Why a Virtual Address is Better than a PO Box

So you’ve started a new business, and it is time to separate your work from your home. Many have gravitated towards a PO Box in the past, since they are easy to set up. But since they cannot receive packages from other carriers, aren’t easy to manage and cannot be used legally for business registration, is a PO mailbox really the best choice or offer the best value? A Virtual Address may be the answer.

Your Credibility is at Stake

While a PO Box certainly allows you to receive mail, it has some limitations. Bank and merchant services typically will not accept a PO Box as your main business location, which means you would not be able to open a business bank account. Most states will not allow you to use a PO Box when registering your business as an LLC or corporation, and they certainly will not let you register your business through your home address.

A Virtual Address can be used as a registered agent, meaning that governments documents, business registrations, and bank and merchant documents can be received at this mailbox location.

When clients or investors want to see where you work, bringing them to your garage will not leave the best impression. A Virtual Address is tied to a physical location, so you can bring your clients by for a tour. Many Virtual Office plans offer access to the space, so you can even schedule important meetings at your registered business address location. This lets your clients know that you are credible, legitimate, and reliable.

For many clients, especially when you are selling a product, a PO Box can raise some red flags and deter business. In today’s world, there are thousands of scams out there, and most of them are run directly from a PO Box. A Virtual Address reassures your clients that your business operations are located in the United States, so they can contact you anytime if issues should arise. After all, a confident buyer equals a long time buyer, and a virtual office can get you there.

Catch More Clients on Google


Most potential clients look up new solutions to their issues via Google- and how can clients find your business if you are not registered? Google does not allow businesses to register on Google My Business with a PO Box, since a physical business address is required. Any listings that are not an actual location will be removed from Google. A Virtual Address is a real location, so you can use this business address to register your business on Google My Business. This improves your online SEO footprint, and helps you reach more clients.

Don’t Miss Out on Important Packages

Do you love Amazon? We do too. With a USPS PO Box, you sadly won’t be able to receive any of the business supplies you ordered. A USPS PO Box does not accept mail from different carriers, so anything that will be delivered from FedEx, UPS or DHL won’t arrive there.

A Virtual Address can accept mail from any carrier, no matter the size or weight. Your packages can be held until you request a forward or are picked up.

Ease of Accessibility

If you travel a lot or are out of the country, getting your mail from a PO Box in the United States can be inconvenient. A Virtual Office offers mail and package handling, so you can request a scan of important documents, or have it forwarded to you directly. Tired of your mailbox being filled with junk? You can request a shred from anywhere, so you don’t waste time on items that are already destined for the garbage can.

A Downtown Office, Without the Cost

“Where are you located?” is a question that any business owner hears quite frequently. Chances are, your clients won’t be impressed by your garage-turned-office. A Virtual Address in the United States gives you the elevated business image that you want to project, without having to spend a fortune on a skyrise office. Conference room access, a live receptionist that can answer all of your calls, and mail handling are all part of a comprehensive package to help your business succeed. Your clients will be impressed with the level of sophistication that your business brings to the table.

A Virtual Address mailbox has a variety of benefits that you just cannot take advantage of with a PO Box. Your clients will feel more secure in their decision when they see that you are associated with a physical address, and the time

 

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