[updated/modified on febuary 17th]
Our name "Gaicha" is a join of two french words "gai" and "chat" (but without the final "T"). Gaicha also looks like "Geisha" which represents our spirit (we want to be dedicated to help individuals and small businesses in a human way).
In English :
"Gai" means "to be happy"
"Chat" means "a cat"
"Geisha" means "a geisha"
We want to create a character/mascot that was a "happy and honest masculine cat" but dressed as a Geisha and/or manipulating/wearing a Geisha famous/reputed stuff. I believe the cat must look a bit professional since i worry that the professional freelancers might not want their clients to see a too funny cat
IMPORTANT : even if we would love to have a design that shows something about a geisha, it is more important to us that the cat is NOT neutral since our business has nothing to do with cats ... so it must be a "tool to communicate" to customers that dealing with us is "funny, a happy event", that we are "smart people, doing smart software", that we are "honnest people", that we want to be "familior (treat our client personnaly as real human)", ... good values to attract customers.
We want our name to be part of the Logo. The character could be sitting on our name or under it or on either side of it. Do not focus too much on it (optional) but the cat's tail could recreate the missing "T" of "Gaicha" if you juge it looks good. since most of my clients will speak french, i believe "inc" is a better idea than "incorporated"
The logo needs to be "simple", not too much details, it needs to look almost as a cartoon, something not complex. People needs to be attracted to it by its simplicity and prettiness.
In addition, we wish to have one copy of the same character but without the "Gaicha" word attached to it (with a hidden or different tail).
In addition, we wish to have one copy of the same character but reflecting our first product launched (Web availability/appointment ) ... meaning the same cat but with a little something that remember "availability and appointment"
Many thanks for your effort.