Friday, January 28, 2011

Exciting New Venture

I am beyond excited!!  I am becoming a Certified Sign2Me Instructor and will be teaching parents and their babies how to communicate with sign language!! Perhaps you remember my post back in December, Children and Sign Language, or maybe not. Basically, I have benefited from signing with my four children before they could speak.  I am thrilled that I now can share with other moms like myself.

sign for baby
I could just do a little jig right here in my kitchen, but I will refrain from doing so because I still have a mountain to climb.

Becoming an instructor means that I am starting up a home-based business.  Yikes! I am both excited and overwhelmed by all that I am learning, such as DBA's, home occupancy permits, sales tax licenses, and seller's permits. Do you see why I am refraining from doing a jig? I will reserve that celebration for once I have my Instructor's Certificate in my hand...  Or when I get my business license in hand, or have my website up and running, or finally schedule my first class.  There is going to be a lot of dancing going on in my kitchen this next month.

There's going to be a lot of research and learning as I go too.

-send in resume and reference letters
-choose business name
-create marketing plan
-create a business plan
-fill out and turn in with money the three applications for the city
-call the state about a DBA and a sales tax license
-create a logo, figure out type style
-create website
-print business cards and flyers
-order books and other products for resale
-call and visit class location possibilities
and the list will grow in the coming week, I am sure. 

After three weeks of speculation, research, and other ground work, I feel like I can finally move forward. My start-up business kit is in the mail! It'll be like Christmas when that comes.

However, I need help. I need a business name.
I am looking for a name that is descriptive, but not restrictive. Easy to remember, but not too long.
I liked the name Little Signing Hands, but that's taken by somebody in Illinois. Or was it Idaho? Anywho, not happening.
So should I change it up a bit and risk confusion online by using Signing Little Hands?
How about Little Hands Sign?
Hands That Sign?
Little Hands, Big Words?
I Can Sign Too?
Small Signs, Big Voice?
Better Baby Talk?
Something else altogether?

So what do you think?  Which name is memorable and best suits my business? I'd greatly appreciate your input :)


  1. I love the idea. Good for you! Signing with babies does work. I have used a few basic words with my last children and they learn so quickly things like please, thank you, water, milk, hungry, etc. Makes a more content toddler. For a name, how about "I Can Sign with Little Hands" or "Little Hands Simply Sign & Create Harmony"

  2. Some ideas:
    1) Little Hands Express
    2) Baby Sign Time is taken so how about Signing With Baby Time
    3) Sign Shine is taken so how about Time To Sign and Shine
    4) Baby Sign Group

  3. Congrats Keilah! I like a name that has Baby in it...............and nice blog!

  4. how about just: little hands, little hands speak... There are some great ideas, pick one that speaks to you. Good luck!

  5. I thinks this is great for you! You'll do superb as you are always so ambitious!! Good luck.

  6. What a marvelous undertaking! You will do wonderful at it. I've been wanting to learn how to sign The Lords Prayer for my Sunday School class and teach them. Will see if I can accomplish at least a piece of it before the end of the school year.
    Keep us postd on your progress. :)

  7. What a beautiful idea, Anita! I would love to see that one. When you are signing it, don't worry about strict word-for-word interpretation, rather on the idea. ASL doesn't follow English order.

  8. Keilah! I'm so behind! I had no idea until yesterday this great opportunity and path you are taking! I am very excited for you! It is perfect! Have fun with it! Wish i was closer, i would love to be a customer! xoxo