The Right Address - Do You Have The Right Address


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Business Essentials: 
Let‘s Get Physical

A physical business address doesn’t mean you have to go rent a commercial space for your pet sitting business.  It does mean you need an address that is not your home.  Aside from the obvious security reasons; do you really want someone showing up at your doorstep, where your family resides? You don’t. Period.  Let’s get into your options for a professional business address and what they can provide.

“Brazil has no parties, only acronyms.”   Michel Temer

LLC and 3 More Reasons for a Professional Address
If you are thinking of starting an LLC or incorporating a real commercial business address is essential. A post office box will not protect your home address.   Your contact information filed with your LLC or Corporation is publicly available on the Internet. Anyone can go to your state’s Secretary of State website to search and pull up all the filed information for your LLC/Corporation. If you use your home address for your business address, you have just publicly published where you live to everyone online. (See Let’s get physical above).

  1. Many states require you to use a physical street address to register your LLC or Corporation. PO Boxes are not accepted.
  2. Bank institutions will not accept a PO Box as your principal place of the business address. This means that you will not be able to use it to open a new bank account for your business or apply for merchant services to accept credit card payments.
  3. Certain government applications and forms will not allow PO Boxes to be used as your registered address.


“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act.…”   Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Oh, The Places You Can Go

Oh, the places you can go, to find your professional address are many.  As our beloved Dr. Seuss has said, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)”.   It’s not really a difficult decision when you consider your options.

 

  1. Choose a place that provides an actual street address, not just a box number.
  2. Choose a place that is close to your actual location.
  3. Choose a place that accepts packages from all the major delivery services. (USPS, UPS, FedEx)
  4. Choose a place that fits your business. (if you are a freelance blogger, you most likely don’t need a conference room, if you are a tutor you may need a private space, but you may also provide services online. Consider what’s right for your business today and tomorrow.

You Get an Email, You Get an Email, Everyone Gets an Email

At this point, you know a professional email, like a professional phone number and business address is a no brainer when it comes to your business.   Getting a branded business email is pretty easy and actually can be pretty cheap.  The first thing you need is a domain name* (costs anywhere from $12 to $16 a year). Next, it’s a matter of choosing the email service you need to connect to that domain.  If you have a website, you may already have access to free email.  If not, email service ranges from $1.66 per month for one email with an adequate amount of space to $6. Per month for Ultimate Business Workspace email at tekboutique.com. These are workspace email plans. If you are looking for something with more, like an Ultimate Business email Office 365, it will cost about $9.99 a month at Godaddy.com  

*Remember you will need a domain name for your business website

You are Here

Commercial space, virtual office, sharing an office or private postal center, basic workspace email or Office 365, they are all good options.

Each provides a professional business address and furthers your brand recognition.   You are here at the beginning. It is not expensive to be professional from the start but it can be extremely expensive to retrofit that professionalism if you decide to use your home address, email, phone, etc.  Choose wisely.

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