A postal box is a personal mailbox located in a privately managed mail center. While it is similar to the traditional USPS P.O. Boxes available at any Post Office, it offers the small business owner several distinctive advantages over a P.O. Box.
Perhaps the greatest advantage a small business owner receives a postal box is a physical street address that looks much more professional than a P.O. Box number.
This is a very important fact to take into consideration if you are leasing such a box for business purposes. While we may not like to admit it, people tend to judge businesses more favorably when they are associated with a physical address as opposed to a post office box number. They also will judge a business that is obviously being run from a residence.
Operating a business out of a commercial mail center will help a business owner build more credibility with his or her client base.
The enhanced, professional image the business gains from this is far superior to that of how it will be perceived if people know it is being run from a spare room in a house. With a better image, the business can more easily expand into commercial lease space when time and money become available.
A postal box will give a business owner 24-hour access to your mail every day of the week.
Commercial mail centers are typically divided into two sections. The back section is the service counter, which is closed after normal business hours and partitioned off by a pull-down screen that locks in place. The front of the center can be opened by a door key issued by the establishment, and the mailbox can be accessed by the mailbox key assigned to the user.
With such a setup, a commercial mail center can maintain its own security and still give the user 24/7 access to the mail any time he or she needs to pick it up. Mail slots are also available at these centers if the user needs to drop off outgoing mail at the same time.
Users can count on mail remaining secure in a postal box no matter regardless of how often they go to pick up mail.
If a mailbox fills up to the point of overflowing, the commercial mail center will manage the overflow in an organized, confidential manner and hold it until you pick it up. In all fairness, Post Offices will attempt to do the same thing, but because they are so busy with so many other tasks, the chances of not losing something important are much better if the business owner works with a smaller, private organization.
Again, there is a much better chance of a package arriving intact a business is working with an organization that is dedicated to handling all manner of mail on its behalf. Some public mail businesses even email or text message their clients to notify them of special deliveries, packages, and even envelop mail marked “special attention.”
|This article was published on Tuesday 28 December, 2010.|
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