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Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsAugust 14, 2007

Zoning laws won't allow my home to be a business address. Now what do I do?

I want to start a cleaning business but zoning won't allow my home address as the business address. They suggested a storage unit as a "base," but it's an added expense and not needed, plus I can't imagine I can get mail sent there. Now what? This would be a residential house cleaning business in downtown Norfolk, VA and my home address would serve only as a mailing address. Zoning suggested the storage unit and it must be a minimum 5' by 5' within the city of Norfolk. Can I use a P.O. box as a business address?

Locate an Executive Center where you can obtain a corporate identity package.  This will give you a proper mailing address (not a P.O. Box) and phone number and a place to hold meetings.  You can do the work at home.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.

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