After the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), we have been bombarded with an enormous amount of security measures, all of which promise to guarantee our privacy. From the old-fashioned locking of your home every time you leave the house, to installing the latest antivirus software on your computer to keep your files safe.
However, there is something quite surprising, and that is the fact that a considerable proportion of all independent entrepreneurs in the Netherlands still have a home address as the business address for their company. This may seem easy and efficient at first glance, but it is not recommended at all for privacy reasons. We will explore the reasons why in this article so that you can then assess for yourself whether your privacy is likely to be compromised by allowing your company to continue to exist at your home address.
More people view your business address than you think
Do you have a website for your company? If so, you will undoubtedly have stated your address at the bottom of the footer (or the header, depending on your preferences). This assures visitors to your website that you are trustworthy; after all, you have a physical address. It doesn’t even matter if it concerns a home address: you exist in any case.
However, people sometimes underestimate the number of visitors to a website or the ways in which third parties can find out your address. There are quite a few spam companies that try to find out information mainly by searching the internet for companies, and then use this information for undesirable commercial purposes. They might also sell the data to other parties with equally unpleasant objectives. In short, any of these third parties can find out your business address in a few clicks.
In some sensitive sectors, it is highly undesirable to publicize your home address.
If you work in psychology or psychiatry, or a bailiff’s office, you may regularly have to deal with unstable or angry customers. In any case, members of the public shouldn’t know where you live. The reasons for this are pretty obvious. What is the best thing to do? Invest in a business location address.
A business address in a few simple steps
We offer both virtual office and business addresses. We always recommend the latter option if you are indeed dealing with sensitive information or customers. Your address will then also be changed immediately at the Chamber of Commerce so that your home address is completely protected.
A virtual office provides an address that you can bring out via your own media channels, but the address remains unchanged at the Chamber of Commerce. Which option you choose will, of course, often depend on your specific preferences. Fortunately, you can change or cancel your subscription with us every month. So you are never stuck with a choice and can try out what best suits your company as needed. We have a convenient service for every entrepreneur; please contact us for more information.