Should I use my personal address in google places?

Have you ever found yourself considering if you should use your home address in your online presence because you don’t have a commercial space? Is it a good idea or bad? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have experimented with various options and gotten differing results. Listening to their stories may help you decide what is best for you and your company.

One lawn care business owner asked “I am working on my website and trying to optimize on google places. I wanted to get some feedback on what you guys do for business address. I have narrowed it down to using a business address service which is pretty cheap and can give me a physical sounding address in the center of town instead of a po box. My concern is that if I used my personal residence as my address in these listings is that I could potentially be placing a target on my back if competition was to become angry with me and vandalize something. Am I going overboard or do you think better safe than sorry?

I plan on doing business honestly. But after reading about what some business vets experience, I am concerned. You never know what people will do these days.”

A second lawn care business owner responded “using your personal address but not having it show in google places is an option. Google will send a letter there to verify the address put you can set it to not show it.

I wouldn’t advertise my personal address. I don’t want to let any would be thieves know where I live so they can come by at night and steal any of my lawn care equipment. I also don’t want to be bothered by lawn customers who find my home address and want to come over to talk to me.”

A third shared “for my Google Places listing, I indicated my service area rather than listing my home address. I have no interest in advertising my personal residence information.  Even though it could be figured out easily enough.

The last thing you want is for lawn care clients to start ringing your doorbell. It is the most ANNOYING thing ever.

I have clients ring my doorbell to ask when I’m coming to cut their lawn, etc… You eliminate all of your freedom.

You might consider renting a storage unit and use that address.”

A final landscaper added “I use my home address and haven’t had any problems. A few customers have even brought me money that was owed. No problems for me.”

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