Don’t Think You Need a Registered Agent? Think Again

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If you’re new to the small business world, chances are you’ve never heard of a Registered Agent, let alone just how vital it is to your business.

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Well, a registered agent is a responsible third-party in the same state as your business. This third-party can receive official government notifications (usually tax forms and notice of lawsuits) on behalf of your LLC.

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Registered Agents are actually required if your business doesn’t have a physical location in the state in which it’s registered. That state needs to know it always has a physical contact person.

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Now…don’t dismiss this as optional just because the above scenario doesn’t apply to you. There are numerous advantages to having a Registered Agent.

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Never miss important documents

Like we mentioned above, a Registered Agent accepts official documents on your behalf, which are usually time-sensitive, requiring immediate action or signatures. If you run a home-based business or are rarely in the office…how can you take the required action? With a Registered Agent, you never have to worry about missing an important document.

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Avoid embarrassment

There are few things more embarrassing than accepting legal or tax documents in front of your clients. Even if you’re completely innocent, being served a subpoena or a tax notice doesn’t look good and calls into question your integrity. A Registered Agent protects your image by receiving these sensitive notices on your behalf.

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Easily change your business location

As your business grows and expands, you’ll need a bigger office space. This is exciting but also frustrating. Frustrating because it means having to change your address with the state, send change of address letters/emails to all your clients, and have your mail sent to the wrong address for weeks until the Post Office officially re-routes your mail. With a Registered Agent, you can move as much as you want while your mailing address remains the same.

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Add credibility to your business

Image is everything in the business world. Using your home address or a P.O. Box can at best make you look unprofessional, and at worst…fraudulent. With a Registered Agent you get a professional business address that affirms your credibility and instill confidence in your clients.

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In conclusion

While Registered Agents are required for some businesses, they’re tremendously beneficial to all businesses. So, if you’re serious about running a professional, credible business, take advantage of this valuable service.

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