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Can I Register My Business at My Home Address?

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Can I Register My Business at My Home Address?
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The short answer is; yes, you can register your business at your home address. This is a question that is commonly asked when forming a company and legally there's no issue with it. In fact, it may be convenient and economical for you, especially if you’re a new or small business. There are, however, a few things worth considering before you do so.


Why sharing your home address as your business location could be a bad idea


Depending on your situation, there are a few reasons it may be problematic. First, it can make it difficult to separate your work life from your personal life, especially if you work from home full-time. Presenting a professional image can also be a problem, especially if you're meeting with clients - not to mention the security and privacy risk it can bring to you. In this section, we’ll discuss potential pitfalls you may encounter.


Inability to separate work from home


One of the biggest downsides of putting your home address as your business address is that it can be difficult to separate your work life from your personal life. You may receive a lot of business mail, which can clutter up your mailbox. It can be easily lost or misplaced, especially if your business-related mail is mixed with personal mail. These are just a few potential inconveniences you may encounter, so using an alternative address, such as a virtual office, can be a simple way to draw a clear boundary between work and home. Read more about starting a business from home with our guide.


Professionalism and business legitimacy


Using your home address can also make your business look less professional, especially if you're meeting with clients or customers at your home. This is not the case for everyone, but people often associate home addresses with businesses that are small, informal, or just starting out.


Now, if you're serious about your business, and you may want to project an image of professionalism and legitimacy and sometimes using your residential address can undermine that image.


Security and privacy


One thing you need to know if you register your home address as your business address, is that it will be made public. This can be a security and privacy risk, as anyone can just look up your home on the public register and you could be targeted by scammers, telemarketers, or even burglars - people could even turn up to visit if they have a query.


Increase in cold callers at your home address


Since cold callers often use public records to find businesses and then call them in the hopes of making a sale, using your home address for your business could also make your home a target. If you're constantly being bombarded with cold calls, it can be very annoying and disruptive for you and your family, not to mention the considerable security risk, as cold callers may also try to get personal information from you or try to sell you something you don't need - not something you need when you’re trying to focus on building your business.


What are your options if you don’t want to use your home address? 


If you don't want to use your home address for your business, you have a few options. You can use a PO box or even a virtual office. Read the benefits of a virtual office to help you get started, 


Why would you want to use a virtual office instead?


Virtual offices offer a number of benefits, including increased flexibility, privacy, and mail-handling services. We all want a professional and secure way to conduct our business and using a virtual office is inexpensive whilst offering many benefitsUsing a virtual office is also completley legal, so there are no concerns there.


If you're interested in learning more about virtual offices and the different packages available, tailored to suit all sorts of businesses, we go into much more detail on our website. Our services can give you the extra support you need, without any complicated jargon. 


Can I use my home address as my registered office address?


Absolutely. You can use your home address as your registered office address. But - as mentioned above - there are a few points you should consider before making this decision. If none of those mentioned beforehand concerns you, then it could be the right option for your business anyway. 


Can a registered office address be removed from public view?


Since it is a public record, it can’t be removed from the public view. Your registered office address is used by authorities like Companies House to identify and contact your business. This is where you’ll be sent official communications, such as legal notices. That is why we highly recommend considering a virtual office, to keep your home address private and secure. And with mail-forwarding services, you’ll have peace of mind that all communications are safely received and documented, and all in one place for you to access whenever you need. 


Are there any ethical implications of a virtual office?


If a company uses a virtual office address on its website and marketing materials, depending on the type of business you run and the type of clients you have, some people could consider this to be misleading. But, knowing your business and your customers, if you take this into consideration, you may decide that the benefits a virtual office can bring outweigh the drawbacks. If you think that a virtual office is a great choice for your business, have a look at our Manchester virtual office service for more information


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