It is evident today how many start up and small businesses begin and continue operating their businesses from the comfort of their homes. As convenient as it is, it is important to consider having a different address for your business apart from your own personal home. Setting apart your business from your personal life and space can do wonders in organization of your company and personal life, privacy, and most of all, professionalism.
PRIVACY. Privacy is one of the many important issues that need to be addressed by an entrepreneur who is operating his/her business in the premises of his/her home. Business addresses are public, and should be available to not only your current clientele but also to everybody who might be considered as your “potential” customer and it is most probable that you prefer to keep your home private. Using your home address as your business address means you would have to put the same address to your business cards, website, advertisements and just about everything to help spread the word about your business. This means your home address is known to the public, just about anybody can have access to this information.
ORGANIZATION. Setting your business and personal home and space apart will aid you in keeping everything in order. It is beyond your control how many mails will end up piling on your address. Just imagine, if you have a separate address for your business, you can have your business documents stay all together and separate from all your personal ones. It will also save you time to scan through all the mails and separate and organize them one by one.
PROFESSIONALISM. Although first impression doesn’t always last, first impressions still matter. Companies who would like to work with you, whether for a collaboration, or get your company as a vendor, giving them your home address would not give a good image. It will, in fact, give them the notion that you are a small time business and may not have the capacity to provide them the services or products they need, especially if the demand increases. By having a professional business address, you will have the advantage of making your business look more official and trustworthy. It will send out an image that says you are established and that whatever mails they send you will be handled professionally and answered quickly.
Having a professional business address (and a prestigious one at that), is one of the many steps you must consider to take if you are setting up your business for the big jump. The small effort to finding yourself a virtual office that offers prestigious business address could help you greatly in the long run.