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The Perils of Using Your Home or Business Address as Your Registered Agent Address

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If you’re thinking about registering your LLC or Corporation, there’s one piece of advice we can’t stress enough: don’t use your home address as your registered agent address. Sure, it may seem like the simplest solution at the time, but trust us when we say that it’s not worth the headache. Here’s why:

Your Home Address Will Become Permanent Public Record

Once you use your home address as your registered agent address, it becomes a permanent public record associated with your company. That means that anyone and everyone will be able to see it—including creditors, process servers, and corporate spies. Not exactly the level of privacy you were hoping for, right?

You Give Up Your Right to Privacy

In the US each year there are approximately 40 million lawsuits filed.  As an entrepreneur at some point it is highly probable you will get sued. If you use your home address as your registered agent address and you get sued, chances are good that the process server will show up at your doorstep. And not only will they show up at your doorstep, they’ll do it in front of your family, neighbors, and anyone else who happens to be near your house at the time. Talk about embarassing!

The same goes for if you use your business address—except in this case, it’ll be your employees who see the process server instead of your family. Do you really want your employees to know that their employer just got sued?

It’s Just Not Worth It

When you break it down, using your home or business address as your registered agent address just doesn’t make sense. It’s not worth sacrificing your privacy or putting yourself in an awkward situation just to save a few bucks. Fortunately, there’s a much better solution: using a professional registered agent service like BusinessAnywhere.

We keep your information private and if you are served a lawsuit, we will upload the document into your mail dashboard for your to view and attend to without anyone else being privy. Plus, we have over 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs just like you get their businesses off the ground—so you know you’re in good hands.


Don’t risk it! Registering your business with BusinessAnywhere is the best way to protect your privacy and ensure that your company gets off on the right foot. We’re here to help you every step of the way, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance getting started.

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Rick Mak

Rick Mak is a 30-year veteran businessman, having started, bought, and/or sold more than a dozen companies. He has bachelor's degrees in International Business, Finance, and Economics, with masters in both Entrepreneurship and International Law. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the world during his career on entrepreneurship, international tax law, asset protection, and company structure. Business Anywhere Editorial Guidelines

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