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Maintaining Privacy Protection When Using Your Home Address for Your Business

A common way that new business owners cut costs is by listing a home address as their business address. This can be unsafe for many reasons, and it would be inadvisable depending on your privacy concerns. Additionally, a residential address can make your business seem unreliable, unprofessional, and, in the worst-case scenario, shady.

Why open yourself to both scrutiny and potential privacy breaches? There are options to work around this, but first, you have to understand the risks and how to best protect yourself and your business.

What is Privacy Protection?

Separating your personal life from your professional is critical when starting a business, but it’s often overlooked. Worse still, using your home address as your business address causes these two worlds to mingle from the start. If you’re not careful, you could be saying goodbye to your privacy and hello to customers showing up at your front door. Do you really want strangers knowing where you sleep?

Privacy protection means different things to different people, but it generally means safeguarding your information from those you don’t want to see it, i.e. public websites, hackers, or government entities.

An LLC’s or corporation’s information is readily available to the public online through your state’s Secretary of State website or even through simple online searches. If you use your home address as your business address, this opens you up to major security and privacy concerns including, but not limited to, angry customers threatening you, fraud from a business partner, and disgruntled employees.

We want to help you avoid these bad and scary experiences!

Protecting Your Home Address in 5 Steps

When you use your home address as a business address, you’ll be giving it out to countless people countless times. Can you really keep track of where your address ends up?

If you’re already using your home address as a business address, it can be difficult to fully protect it, but it’s not too late to take steps to protect your privacy and personal information. You can follow these five basic steps to start.

Use a Digital Mailbox

Digital mailbox services like SnapMailbox let you have a permanent business address for receiving mail. The service scans your mail upon receipt and sends an image of the envelope to your digital mailbox. You can then view the scanned images and request that the mail be opened and its content scanned. You can read more in What is a Digital Mailbox and How Do They Work?

Digital mailboxes offer exclusive benefits, such as:

  • Remote mail management
  • Mail centralization
  • Real-time notifications
  • Online viewing of mail
  • A permanent address even if your business moves
  • Mail opening and scanning
  • Mail and package forwarding
  • Mail recycling, disposal, or shredding
  • Automatic check deposits

If you’re looking for a flexible address option that lets you conveniently manage your mail and packages from any location while keeping your privacy safe, you can’t go wrong with a digital mailbox.

Use a Separate Business Address

We can’t overemphasize this: Never use your home address for any official business documents. Instead, always use your selected separate business address.

Assume any address you provide for records, business transactions, and other activities related to your work is easily accessible for the public to see online. Don’t leave yourself open to junk mail or scammers!

Whatever address you use in these activities, even if it’s a digital mailbox, make sure it’s the address you associate with your business and not your home address.

Remove Your Home Address From Company Filings

Once you have a separate address, it’s essential to update your information on any company filings. Keeping your home address on file will increase the risk of someone finding it, since it becomes public information.

Limiting this exposure means decreasing the chances of receiving anything from unwanted business junk mail to an angry customer showing up at your house. There may be some cost involved in updating certain filings, but updating your address, or ideally using a separate business address from the start, will save you time and money in the long run.

Don’t Act As Your Own Registered Agent Using Your Home Address

A registered agent is a person or business you authorize to accept tax and legal documents on behalf of your business. Every LLC and corporation is required to have one. You can act as your own registered agent, but doing so will put your privacy at risk.

Acting as your own agent means sharing your home address in business filings, which become public information. The best way to protect yourself is by using a registered agent service.

Voila! No need to expose your home address!

Open a Business Bank Account

A business bank account is one of the most vital parts of your business. It separates your personal and business finances and is usually one of the first things you set up if you want your business to succeed.

Some banks and financial services will allow you to accept a residential address, but we don’t recommend it. The point is to use your home address as little as possible to protect your privacy. This means using your personal information is not in your best interest.

One thing you could do is set up a business address through SnapMailbox, which will allow you to safeguard your privacy, no matter what.

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