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Need to post a sign for my business infront of my home - Legal?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mikeads66, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. mikeads66

    mikeads66 Junior Member

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    I run a small business which involves clients coming to my home and dropping off their electronics and such. After some feedback i believe that some customers find it sketchy and some even just do a u-turn and drive away.

    I live in a great neighborhood, but it's still slightly strange.

    So i was considering getting a large sign printed and sticking it in front of my home on the garage or something, but I'm not sure if this legal. And if there are some legal issues with it, how could they be mitigated.


    Any ideas?
     
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  2. RicoFlex

    RicoFlex Newbie

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    Not sure about anything but if you live in a regular neighborhood, you could see if theres a local board or something of that nature. Ask them, if you live in a gated community, condo, etc... (something that obviously has a group that oversees and makes rules for the area). You'd have to go through them.
    Also, is your business registered with the state or is it just a gig you do under the table?

    I'd just get the sign made and post it in my front yard. Don't put it on the area of grass between the sidewalk and median/curb. The city owns that area technically.
    GL
     
  3. Fishy

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    Hi MikeAds66

    I would check with your local city council. In my neighbourhood, this is illegal. It has to do with your neighbours having a right to a quiet street without "business traffic". So firstly make sure it is legal.

    Then, I would check with neighbours, to make sure they support your business - so that you will not have any issues on that front.

    You mention that people find it "sketchy". So the issue is to make their goals easily attainable for them. Guide them properly, so they don't have to be asking themselves questions like: "am I at the wrong house?"
    This can be done by maybe building an area or leaving a garage open with a nice sign that fits with the house and neighbourhood - not too Intrusive - that has 1. The Company Name, and 2. A clear instruction, such as: Electronics Drop-Off, with a nice clear arrow to the space. Maybe also leave 1 piece of equipment there, so people can see where to place it as an example.
    It might be good to do a local flyer drop for your community also - as they will be seeing the sign. And pitch it as if you are doing a service for the community - to get that community support and potentially lots of new business.

    Best of luck!
    Fishy

     
  4. Seankearns

    Seankearns Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If it's in North America and in a normal residential zoning I'd be very surprised if it's not against a bylaw to have signage advertising a business on your lawn.

    If its just for customers looking for your address to find you I'd have a nice sign made up with your address on it and post that instead. That would be fine most likely, and you'd legitimize things a bit.
     
  5. weruncompanies

    weruncompanies Power Member

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    Sign in law = Legal.
    Running a business out of your home = Illegal.
    You can't do business in a place that's no zone for it.

    Just get an office, $200/month in a shared building.
     
  6. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    Wow you can't run a business out of your home in the US? So all the internet marketers working at home are breaking the law? That's crazy..
     
  7. dubious

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    Not entirely true, it's up to zoning so you have to check with your local council. People run stuff like t-shirt printing business etc from their basements, but anything that involves people going to your property for business (like if you converted your garage to a beauty salon which your wife runs) requires registration, licensing, compliance, insurance etc.
     
  8. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    Ah right, that's not so bad. It's the same here in the UK.