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Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Xelp, Mar 19, 2014.
We use this service and it is nice to use for peace of mind.
Why, I asked a reasonable question, We have had these posts about hiding who you are before and nobody on the forum has ever come up with a good reason or had any bad behaviour by customers etc unless they were doing wrong
Well here is the first good reason you are going to get. Me and my business partner both rent and are not allowed run a business or register a business at our addresses. We're a start up so cash flow is small meaning we can't afford an office. We communicate over the internet and work from home. Is that valid?
and by the way, I did some work for a gambling company that would have people turn up at the office and pull pranks on them. They would also do some quite spiteful stuff as well. They ended up switching to a virtual office.
There are definitely some legitimate reasons.
Bit late to the party. Didn't see this thread.
We don't publish our complete virtual office addresses on our website for two reasons:
1. We don't want to outrank our clients on Google searches on the address;
2. We don't want people who haven't paid for the address to use it, and then we have to deal with the mail that turns up. This sort of mail would tend to be associated with more problems, than from paid customers, for obvious reasons.
Anyone who isn't happy with the address may claim a refund within 28 days of purchase, if the address hasn't been used on Companies House.
We charge people £12 to change the forwarding address on their account, which they might do once a year, max. We have to inspect the proof of the new address uploaded, and then change the address manually on our system. The client is not allowed to change their forwarding address themselves. This helps combat illicit use of our addresses. It also help prevent clients changing their address willy-nilly.
As to why people use services like ours. It's very simple:
- An entrepreneur sets up a website or wants to register a company a companies house.
- He quickly realises that he needs a mailing address.
- He also realises he's not comfortable, at all, with putting his home address there, for all to see. He may have a family.
- He can't afford to, or doesn't need to, rent a bricks-and-mortar address, as his business is largely internet-based, with few staff.