You’re an entrepreneur with a kick-ass idea for a start-up, and you’re in the early stages of developing your business, so you’re working out of your home.

First things first, don’t mix your business with your home life, at least as far as your business address is concerned. As you establish a business, credibility is key. Your customers, clients and even potential investors want to know you’ve got the professional cred to do what you say you’re going to do.

One problem with using your home address as your business address is your privacy. For some people, mixing the two is okay, for others, the need to separate client visits, mail, and telephone calls from your home is important. For instance, if you’re working alone, you may not want people you’re only meeting for the first time coming to your home.

A post office box — or a box at your local shipping store — is an option, but not a very good one.

There’s privacy, yes, but the credibility issue comes into play — customers might not trust a company that lists a P.O. box as its address. As an article in BizAmmo pointed out: “Basically, it’s easier to trust a brick and mortar business than one with no real location (meaning it’s more likely the business might vanish from one day to the next).”

That’s why, for entrepreneurs and small businesses in this region, a virtual membership at the Cooperative Venture Workspace makes complete sense. The value to a business of a brick-and-mortar address are well known. And, really, the brick-and-mortar address of the Workspace at 36 Maplewood Avenue, Portsmouth, NH, is as good as it gets.

Your address at the Workspace is home to an eclectic collection of small business men and women. Your address is also located in one of the most vibrant business and cultural communities in New Hampshire, if not the entire New England region.

Your customers, your clients, your investors will see the 36 Maplewood Avenue address, and they’ll know that you know what you’re doing.

Here’s what a virtual membership at the Workshop gets you:

  • The best value is the Tier II: Private mailbox, Portsmouth address and conference room access for $99 a month;

  • Tier I: Private mailbox and Portsmouth address for $65 a month;

  • Tier III:  Private mailbox, Portsmouth address, conference room access, and automated phone service with voicemail for $139 a month;

  • Tier IV: Private mailbox, Portsmouth address, conference room access, and live phone service with call forwarding for $199 a month.

To sign up or gain more information regarding our virtual membership options, please contact or call 603-610-8250.