Deciding to get a mailbox with a physical address is one of the smartest choices you can make. There are so many advantages (which we will get into in a moment). However, if you’ve never done it before, renting mailboxes can seem like quite a daunting, confusing task.
That’s why we are here to help you out.
But before we get into the specifics, we just want to make you aware of all the benefits getting UPS PO boxes (or whatever “rent an address for mail” service you choose to use) can bring you.
Ready to get into it? Let’s go!
The Advantages of a PO Box With a Real Address
While there are more benefits than the 5 we are going to talk about, these are the main ones (in our humble opinion, of course).
Letter and Parcel Security
Since PO boxes and other UPS personal mailboxes are safely stowed within the post office, you won’t have any parcels or packages left on your doorstep. Ultimately, this alone ramps up the security and decreases the likelihood of your mail being swiped.
However, it runs deeper than this.
Even though the UPS mailbox rentals are inside an already super-safe environment, they are individually locked too. Sometimes, this will be via a code, but more commonly, it’s a key system. Just bear in mind that there is only one primary key holder per PO box. (Not that this should make much difference, to be honest)!
You Acquire a Permanent Mailing Address
Are you moving a lot? Are you flying your whole life overseas to start another life in a new country? Or are you living in an off the grid type of situation? Whatever it is, with a UPS mailbox address, you will have a stable place for friends, family, and companies to send you parcels, packages, and letters.
Keeps Your Home Address Private
It isn’t a great feeling when you think about how many businesses, customers (if you run a company), and people know your home address. You are putting trust in multiple locations when, in actual fact, you don’t know a quarter of them!
With a PO box, you can give registration forms and such this address so you don’t run the risk of having your privacy invaded by unprofessional, unethical fellows.
Quicker Mail Delivery
All UPS private mailboxes are already inside a postal facility. So, your parcels, packages, and letters will be delivered quicker than if you used your home or business address.
Great For Your Business
Business mailbox rentals are becoming increasingly popular too! Why? Because they’re cheaper than renting office space, some professionals don’t want their customers knowing they work from home, and clients can rest easy thanks to the company’s fixed, UPS business address.
Okay, we’re sure you were already convinced before you clicked on this so we’ll move along now!
UPS Store Mailbox
With a UPS personalized mailbox, you get so much bang for your buck. We’ll talk specific costs in just a moment but first, let’s have a gander at everything you’ll receive.
For starters, you will acquire a mailbox with a street address. Not only does this look more professional if you run a business, but it also won’t cause registration forms to glitch.
Plus, you can receive packages from all US mail carriers, not just the USPS. You don’t tend to find this with other private mailbox rentals. And, you can pick up your letters or parcels whenever you can! No really, we mean it. Regardless of the time, you can access your mail since UPS is open to their renters 24 hours a day.
Oh, and everything in the facility is managed, maintained, and guarded by UPS store certified experts. You will feel right at home when you walk in the door.
We think they are pretty great (if you hadn’t guessed).
How Much Does a Mailbox Cost?
It is quite hard to give you a hard and fast rule where UPS store PO box prices are concerned. Why? Because there isn’t a hard and fast rule! It all depends on where you live — the state and the city. Although, we can say that they usually range from $20 to $25.
PS: UPS mailbox prices run a lot cheaper than your traditional PO box, which only gives you a number and not a valid address.
Can I Use a PO Box as a Legal Address?
In short, no. You only get a number when you rent a PO box. However, acquiring a UPS street address and mailbox will allow you to use it as your legal address.
How to Rent a PO Box
If you’ve come this far, you’re serious about getting a PO box. You must be itching to know exactly how. Well, you’re in luck because we’re about to scratch that itch for you!
Step One: Location
You need to get a PO box somewhere that suits you. Whether that’s near your office or home, it doesn’t matter. Just know you’ll need to go there pretty much every week.
Step Two: Choose a Size
Typically, post offices will have boxes in the following sizes:
- Extra small
- Extra large
These all come with different price tags (naturally). Our advice is to ensure that you are comfortable with the cost before you dive headfirst into this whirlpool.
Step Three: Register Your PO Box
You have two options here — to register in person or online. It’s your choice.
These days, internet registration methods are used more frequently than the other. So we’ll focus on this one:
- Go to the USPS website.
- Search for a branch near you by typing in your zip code
- Choose your preferred box size
- Pick a payment plan (3, 6, or 12 months)
- Click on “reserve now”
- Travel to the branch you selected and
pick up your keys!
See? It’s easy when you know how!
Is There an Even Better Solution? You Bet! Take a Look
Even though we live in a world that increasingly relies on digital communication – text messages, email, direct messaging, etc. – there’s still a need for a mailbox with a physical address, especially if you are running a business.
At the same time, there are a lot of drawbacks to using a traditional PO Box through the USPS, not the least of which is the fact that you are going to be physically restricted to a single location where you’re able to pick up your mail.
Thankfully though, with a service like our own here at US Global Mail, you won’t have to worry about the headache and hassle a PO Box brings to the table while still taking full advantage of all the benefits a mailbox with a physical address has to offer.
Below we highlight just a few of the advantages you’ll get leveraging our service, the perfect mix between a PO Box and a “virtual mail solution”!
Say Hello to Your “Forever” Address
When you choose to take advantage of our mailbox services you get a physical street address that you can use as your “forever” address, completely separating your mail from your business or your residence.
This eliminates a lot of the headache and hassle that a change of address with the USPS inevitably involves but also guarantees that none of your mail gets “lost in the shuffle” when you are changing addresses, either.
Combine that with the extra security and anonymity that this kind of mailing set up affords you and it’s easy to see why so many people are taking advantage of services like ours.
Never Drive to the Post Office Again
Another of the biggest advantages you’ll enjoy when you set up your mail service here at US Global Mail is never having to drive to a physical post office location ever again.
Instead you’ll be able to create a physical street address to receive ALL of your mail and packages, establishing a central “collection point” for your mail that can then be rerouted and sent to you directly no matter you are. Considering that people spend over 500 hours annually behind a wheel, this can be a big time saver for everyone.
Do Virtual Mailboxes Have Unlimited Storage Space?
Traditional PO Boxes can get pretty expensive, especially if you are expecting a daily flood of mail (like you might if you are running a business).
Larger sized PO boxes in particular are very expensive, but the average rate of a USPS mailbox it’s anywhere between $25 and $40 – and you’re always limited to the size of the box that you have rented.
With our private mail acceptance service, though, you don’t have to worry about any of those issues any longer. We offer a variety of flexible mail service solutions that include unlimited incoming mail acceptance, guaranteeing that you don’t have to worry about important pieces of mail getting returned to sender just because there wasn’t enough space in your box.
Combine that with all the other benefits we provide here at US Global Mail and it’s easy to see why so many people choose our services time and time again.
Effortless 24/7 Access to Your Mail
You are always in full control of your US Global Mail virtual mailbox, too.
Not only will you have 24/7 access to your mail and your packages through our virtual service, but you’re also going to have access to images of all envelopes and boxes as they come in.
Every single time a new piece of mail comes in for you a picture will be taken of the outside envelopes/packages, a message will be forwarded to you via email or text directly, and you’ll know exactly when your mail has arrived (almost in real time).
We can digitize any mail that you request to have digitized so that you have instant access to those letters and those documents, can pick and choose the mail that gets forwarded to you in the mail that gets shredded and disposed of, and can even have checks deposited into your bank account (at your instruction and your discretion) without you having to run those kinds of errands, too.
Reliable Mail Forwarding
Because of the relationships we have with global shipping partners we can help you save upwards of 80% on retail shipping fees when you want your mail forwarded to you.
We can set up regular mail forwarding that make sure you get the mail that accumulates at your US Global Mail box on a regular basis, with many of our clients choosing to take advantage of weekly or monthly deliveries that make their life a lot more organized.
We also accept packages from all shipping partners (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) and can guarantee that you’ll get your packages when you need them without delay and without having to spend a small fortune on shipping, too. In fact, you can calculate your shipping costs here.
At the end of the day, it’s been our mission to make sure that the process for taking advantage of all that a virtual mailing service has to offer combined with a street address is as simple and as straightforward as possible.
We are proud of the reputation that we’ve built up offering our US Global Mail solutions to more than 80,000 customers and are continuously looking for ways to add even more value to our mailing services.
If you’re interested in leveraging the benefits we provide, or just want more details about how to make the most of the mailbox with a physical address services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
We are based out of Houston, Texas and you can reach us through our online chat and support tools or can drop us a line through our toll-free number (1-866-596-8965) during our normal business hours.
Be sure to have a look at the different mailing services we offer, with a range of plans designed to accommodate individuals, small families and organizations, and larger businesses that aren’t satisfied with being handicapped by a physical PO Box.
For more details, reach out to us today!