Protecting Your Privacy When You Run A Business From Home

Protecting Your Privacy When You Run A Business From Home
SHARE

When you run a business, you need to be easily contactable by your customers. That’s why every business website has a contact page with an email address, physical address, and phone number. But this can present privacy issues if you run your business from home. Do you really want to put all of your personal details online for anybody to see? If somebody has an issue with your business, you don’t want your private life to be involved in that.

A lot of new business owners don’t consider this problem when they start operating from their homes and it causes problems further down the line. If you run a home business, here are a few measures you can put in place to protect your privacy.

Choosing A Business Entity

Separating your business and personal life is the best way to improve your privacy and reduce your risks. This all starts with choosing the right business entity. When the business is registered as an LLC instead of you being registered as a sole trader, you have a degree of separation from it and it’s easier to protect your private information.  

Emails

The easiest way to protect your privacy is to use a separate business email address, but you probably already know that. However, people often make mistakes with their business email, which can compromise their privacy. Don’t use anything that gives away personal details, like numbers that are included in your birthdate, for example. Make sure that you keep a clear divide and never give your personal email out to clients. Business owners often make the mistake of thinking this is a good way to forge a personal connection and show them that you are prioritizing them, but it only leads to privacy issues later on as the line between your business and personal lives is blurred.

Home Address

Giving out your home address is one of the biggest issues where privacy is concerned. But if you run your business from home, what other address can you give? In this case, it’s best to use a physical mailing address service. You pay a monthly fee and you will get a real mailing address that you can put on your website. Any post will be sent there and then forwarded to you via a virtual mailbox, which makes it much easier to manage your post. This is a great solution because it allows you to maintain your privacy and it also gives you a professional-sounding address to use instead of using your home address, which can put some people off.

Phone Numbers

Putting your own phone number online isn’t a great idea either, but there are some easy ways around it. Get a second phone that you use solely as a business phone. You can even get smartphones that allow you to use two SIMs on one phone and seamlessly switch between the two, so you don’t actually need to carry two phones. If you are still concerned about putting your phone number online, you can use free VOIP services that redirect to your phone. That way, people can contact you but you don’t need to put your phone number online for everybody to see.

Taking these simple steps will help you protect your privacy if you run a home-based business.


SHARE
Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

Share this post

Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.