Your number #1 priority when starting your business is establishing trust. Having a physical office address for your business is an important trust and credibility factor. A physical office address puts out the appearance that the business is successful and trustworthy – providing a professional appearance to customers and colleagues.
When you don’t have one, people start getting the wrong ideas, that you’re hiding something or that you really don’t exist. A company is at risk of losing business and not being found online if they don’t have a physical address. Although some business starters prefer using their home address I recommend people not to. It’s not a good idea because there would be the possibility of having a potential customer or salesperson show up on the front doorstep of your home. Believe it or not, some people may not take your business seriously if they believe you are working out of your home. Virtual office space. Virtual office spaces or virtual business addresses provide you with a professional-looking mailing address, and many also offer additional features and facilities, such as receptionist services and meeting spaces which can be rented when you need them Coworking space. Much like virtual office space, coworking spaces provide you with a more professional mailing address to use for your business and meeting and conference rooms you can use. However, coworking spaces also offer you a physical space to actually work in, along with the use of shared resources, such as Wi-Fi. If you find yourself working at the local coffee shop in order to occasionally escape the isolation of working at home, membership in a coworking space may be an option to consider. USPS Post Office Box While this option solves many of the home address problems, it does not solve the professional image problem and it does not solve the Google verification problem.PO Boxes come with some added problems of their own. They will not be accepted by banks and most government agencies like a business address, they will not appear on Google map searches, and many delivery services will not deliver packages to a PO Box. Private Mailbox Rental. When you use a private mailbox service, you don’t have to publish your home address. This is especially beneficial to business owners who have a home office and want to keep the location private. A private mailbox service will notify you when there is mail in your personal mailbox. Now you don’t have to waste trips going to the post office to see if you’ve received mail. With a private mailbox rental, someone is always there to receive important letters or packages. Use a Mail-Scanning or Mail-Forwarding Service. Fortunately, there are plenty of services that will receive your mail for you, scan the outside of the envelopes, and make the scan available to you, to decide if they should open it or not. From the envelope scan, you decide if you want the contents scanned, the mail discarded, or have the contents forwarded to you.