It is common practice to put an address on business cards so that people know where your office is or where you operate, but with so many people working from home these days, is this practice wise?
Working from home is great, but it can be a problem if clients know your home address and turn up unexpectedly. It isn’t just a question of having to entertain business clients in a domestic setting, which could be embarrassing if you haven’t had a chance to do the housework or have your laundry airing in the living room; there are other, more important, considerations. If you are going to have clients come to your home you need to take out insurance, which can be expensive and mostly unnecessary, especially if a client at your home is a relatively rare occurrence. Primarily, the insurance will protect you from being sued should your client trip over a dog toy or rug and injurie themselves.
There is a worry that a business will look dodgy if an address is not displayed on a business card or website, but I believe that working from home is such a common practice these days that most people simply understand the situation. Therefore, all that is needed on business cards for self-employed freelancers or contractors is their name, their contact details, website URL and possibly their social media handles.
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