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Solving the Physical Address Dilemma for the Home Business

Solving the Physical Address Dilemma for the Home Business

Operating your business out of your home, as great as it may be, does have several challenges to overcome. One of these challenges has to do with your physical location. What should you do about the physical location of your business? Should you —

  • have a non-existent physical location,
  • list your home address,
  • or find a different solution?

In this blog, we will consider virtual solutions to address the problem of a physical location. In my next blog I will weigh in on solutions for the storage of inventory.
We will break the information into two sections:

Before starting, you should consider two questions:

  • What is wrong with not having a physical address?  This may not be a problem if your business operates online and all your products are digital. But if you have non-digital products, it may be necessary to list a physical address. This will help to provide legitimacy for your business.
  • Why should I not use my home address as the physical business address? There are several downsides to using your home address as your physical address:
    • Security and privacy of your home
    • Lease or homeowners association rules
    • Zoning regulations
    • Liability concerns

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Virtual Mail

Before getting to the virtual solutions, there are some simple, longstanding physical alternatives you may want to consider. These are standard mailbox services:

  • USPS –  Renting PO Boxes from the US Postal service has been around for decades. Though a PO Box is not new or virtual, it is still an alternative.
  • UPS  – Securing a mailbox from UPS is also an alternative that has been with us for years.
  • FedEx – Yet another mailbox rental option.
  • Local Options – Search your local area, and you are sure to find several more options.

If you want an excuse for a break from your home office, these options may serve you well. But, convenience will not be their strong suit. They do require you to retrieve your mail.

The following table gives you a quick reference to the benefits offered by five virtual mail services. You will note that they all provide a physical address with the mail service. To enlarge the table use CTRL & + keys together. To return to the default size, use CTRL + 0 keys. You can also use this link to download a PDF of both tables below – (Download PDF of following tables)

Using the table reference, you should be able to quickly select the features you want. From there you can go to their websites to look more closely at their information. Each service will have differing details about charges you will incur should you go over the allotted amounts. Links for each product is below the table.

Virtual Mail solutions

Virtual Office

Home business physical address
Business mockup. Office workflow. Icons on virtual screen. Internet and digital technology concept.

The virtual office is an expansion of the mail service. It amounts to a suite of virtual services, including mail, phone, and fax. Unlike virtual mailboxes, the virtual office packages cannot be listed in a table showing how they compare. Since each virtual office package is unique, I have listed each one individually.

other Virtual Mail solutions

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