I did financial planning out of my personal home office for years. I quickly realized I needed a mailing address other than my home for several reasons.
I managed client’s money and insurance. I needed a place to receive my mail where sensitive documents could be sent, and received, safely until I could pick them up. A place where they wouldn’t be stolen. And a place where my client’s highly sensitive papers would not be put on a doorstop for anyone to take or read. So, I opened a private mailbox in my area.
Further, after reading news stories about angry customers entering places of business, and violently lashing out at owners and employees, I decided I did not want potentially disgruntled investors knocking on my door. The vision of my young child opening the door for such a person was not a pretty image!
As time went by, I became aware of the various Federal and local privacy laws. They became a big deal, and were multiplying like rabbits. I read where an insurance agency converted all there paper records into electronic records. They dumped the paper into a trash can outside their place of business. They were then turned into the Federal authorities by a neighbor. The government prosecuted the agency owner, and sent them to jail. The agency owner lost the agency and a relative he bought it from never got paid on the note from the sale. Tragic all the way around.
I am not an attorney, but I think it likely that receiving sensitive papers on your door step might violate one or more of these laws. Maybe it is better to open a private mailbox. Check with your legal council, or better yet, go rent a private mailbox today!
Bottom line, I earnestly believe that all home based businesses should rent a private mailbox to protect their loved ones and their clients privacy.
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