For a variety of reasons, it’s a good idea to have a PO Box.
Privacy and security being two of them.
Check into your town’s rules. Many towns are updating their
regulations about home businesses since more and more people are
working at home. The usual rule is that the business can’t “change
the character” of the area. So, you couldn’t be a mechanic and have
20 cars out front, and you can’t have semi-truck deliveries.
Remember, it’s never a good idea to lie to your insurance agent.
They already thought of that. If your house or garage burns down
because of your torch, they will find the charred shell of your
tank, note that you never told them about it, and remind you that
since you lied on your application (by withholding that
your policy is void.
There are lots of insurance companies out there besides (large
national company) that you probably have. Some are nicer to deal
with and more reasonable.
Perhaps you could visit your local Small Business Administration
SCORE office for advice without “giving yourself away.”
You register your business name with the state, not your town. I’m
not telling you what to do, but I doubt that your town has enough
time to track you down and hassle you, as long as you’re keeping a
low profile and not changing the character of the area and people
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
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