Addressing your business address
Is your info business based out of your home? Have you considered using a virtual office or private mailbox service instead of publicly listing your residential address?
That’s an issue of interest to members of AIIP, the Association of Independent Information Professionals. On AIIP-L, our members-only online discussion group (and one of the most-frequently mentioned benefits of AIIP membership) we recently addressed this question.
A compilation of all the responses on this topic is available for AIIP members and below is a summary of some of the considerations AIIP members raised.
Advantages of a virtual office/mailbox included:
- Your residential address is more difficult to identify (although this does not prevent someone from finding your residential address).
- Packages and other deliveries can be accepted without you needing to be home; some services notify you when packages arrive.
- Some virtual offices also offer ad hoc rental of conference rooms and office space.
- You have a reason to get out of the house and interact with the world in person.
- Your business address stays the same even if you move residences.
- You can have a business address in a more prestigious commercial area rather than a residential neighborhood.
- You can keep your business and personal mail separate.
Disadvantages of a virtual office/mailbox included:
- Some legal documents require the business’s physical location so your home address may be part of the public record anyway.
- You have to go out to get your mail and packages.
- Virtual office addresses are not treated by the US Postal Service as first-class forwardable, so if your virtual office moves or closes, your mail cannot be forwarded by the USPS.
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