The Benefits of a P.O. Box

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You are the only one with a key to your post office box unless you request another.
You are the only one with a key to your post office box unless you request another. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A post office box provides your small business with an inexpensive, yet professional, image while also keeping your home address private. Getting a P.O. box is easier than ever, with the option to reserve and pay for your box online. The U.S. Postal Service provides most of the post office boxes available, but some independent mail service providers also provide P.O. box service.

Convenience

Those with a post office box can pick up mail at any time of day. Most post offices separate the post office boxes from the main lobby area, giving you 24-hour access to your post office box. If you need to run errands late at night or keep your post office box in a city different from the one you live in, this provides the convenience of picking up your mail when you're in the area.

Safety

Having a postal address on your small business website gives your company an image of stability while concealing your home address from the public. There's no need to hesitate when providing an address to a new client or worrying that a disgruntled customer will try to locate you or threaten your home. Using a P.O. box in a well-populated city makes it harder to use your name and city to look up your private information.

Consistency

With a post office box, even if you move, your address doesn't change. If your small business moves to a brick and mortar location, your P.O. box address remains. You don't need to change your documents or fill out change of address forms with your business name. Your mail goes to your P.O. box throughout your move and you won't miss any correspondence.

Packages

If your company receives multiple packages, larger post office boxes safely hold your packages until you pick them up. You don't need to worry about waiting for a package to arrive, and if it doesn't fit in the P.O. box, the post office holds the package for pickup during its operating hours. A third-party P.O. box provider may provide a street address, rather than a P.O. box address, and most accept packages from FedEx and UPS, which do not deliver to U.S. Postal Service P.O. boxes.

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