If you run a home-based business, there are many reasons that you should consider using an alternative mailing address. Having an address where customers can reach out to you builds credibility and presents a professional image. However, listing your home address on a home-based business webpage or business card is just not a great idea for the protection of yourself and your family. Here are three options for mailing alternatives.
UPS Mailbox Service
There are many benefits to using UPS’s mailbox service. A UPS mailbox comes with a street address instead of a PO box number, giving your business a more concrete professional image. Certain locations offer you 24-hour access to your mailbox, so you won’t need to worry about not having access to your mail. In addition, your mail and packages are held in a safe and secure location. Unlike a PO box, UPS accepts packages from all carriers and will call you if you receive a package. The cost of service and size of mailboxes are dependent on location, so contact your local UPS Store for specific information.
A virtual address is an online service offered to home-based business owners that enables you to view scans of your mail online. Employees of these companies open, scan and upload your mail for you. Added services include mailing the original hardcopy to your home, shredding mail you want to discard and allowing your business to use a “Suite #” address for a more professional image. Virtual addresses promote strong first impressions and a greater level of working flexibility. The cost is usually under $10 per month.
PO Box Service
A PO Box at a local post office is the least expensive choice for an alternative business address. Most PO boxes range from $3–$10 per month, depending on the location and the box size. Although a PO box has some shortcomings, its low cost can make it a valid option if your home-based business is just starting out. Also, being able to write off the PO box as a business expense can be an added bonus that you might not get if you used your home address for receiving business mail.
The benefits of using an alternative mailing address can greatly offset the cost when taking into account the privacy of you and your family. In addition, being able to improve your business’s image and credibility can help step your business up to the next level. So take a careful look at the options above and see which option is best for you.