Google Maps Local Business Center add new feature for 'service-based /home-based businesses'

A Google spokesperson tells us that ‘Google is running a limited test of a new feature for Local Business Center’s longtime shortcomings: the inability for service-based and/or home-based local businesses to use the LBC.’ Until now, LBC required to display a business address for their physical location — not an ideal situation for home-based businesses. […]

A Google spokesperson tells us that ‘Google is running a limited test of a new feature for Local Business Center’s longtime shortcomings: the inability for service-based and/or home-based local businesses to use the LBC.’ Until now, LBC required to display a business address for their physical location — not an ideal situation for home-based businesses. Now, when you log into LBC, you’ll see a new tab called “Service Areas and Location Settings.” Clicking 2nd option “Yes…..,” a new set of choices appears. As you can see, at this point the local business owner can indicate that s/he doesn’t want a business address to appear in Google Maps. For service-based businesses, there’s also an option to tell Google Maps how your location should be specified. Choices are “Distance from one location” or “List of areas served,” and you can only choose one.


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