Physical addresses can receive packages and mail from all carriers and not just the USPS. When you have a PO Box, you can only receive mail from the USPS and therefore having to have any package from UPS, FedEx etc, sent to a separate address. With a physical address, all your mail ends up in one place.
PO Boxes are not just limiting with the carriers that you can receive mail & packages from; they are also very costly. Physical addresses on the other hand, come with a virtual mailbox. That means that postal mail is stored in the cloud, making for less physical space and real estate costs. Those savings are passed down to you, as a customer.
Whenever a package or postal mail comes in your name, we will scan it and upload an image within your virtual mailbox. With every mail item that arrives for you, you will get an e-mail notification. You no longer have to visit the Post Office; you can view your mail online from your desktop or mobile device.
Using a physical address, you can register a business with the secretary of your state. PO Boxes would not give you that ability. All mail documents concerning your business (legal, IRS etc) can now all be received at your physical address. Request a mail scan or request we have it shipped to you.
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A physical address is a real street address that can be used to receive mail as well as the registration of any business. PO Boxes will typically give you a box number, and for that reason you are not able to register an LLC or file papers with your Secretary of State.
With US Global Mail, you can get a physical address that comes with a virtual mailbox. That means that all your mail gets scanned and uploaded into your account, so you can view it digitally from your computer or phone. The best way to think of a virtual mailbox is e-mail, for postal mail.
Once a piece of mail arrives at your physical address, it will get scanned and uploaded into your virtual mailbox account. An e-mail notification will automatically be sent, notifying you of new mail. Once you log into your account, you can view all the mail & packages you have received, and request that we scan the interior documents in your envelope or have the package shipped to your location. If you are located overseas, you can get up to 80% off retail shipping rates.
From within your account, you can select mail items that you want discarded and we will securely shred it for you. If you need a mail item to be scanned a 2nd time (or more times,) you can request that as well. All mail that you receive, gets unlimited storage with the first few months being free of charge. If you need to have your mail stored after the free storage ends (number of days will be different depending on the plan you select,) there will be a very nominal fee associated.
We already mentioned how a physical address is better than a PO Box, when it comes to business registrations as well as the virtual mailbox that comes with it. But you will be happy to know, that physical addresses are half the price of what you would be pay for a PO Box. Just to give you an example; if you were to sign up for a typical (medium size,) PO Box, you would expect to pay north of $30/mo, depending on the duration of your plan. With a virtual mailbox however, you can expect to pay just $9.95/mo for the annual plan or $14.95 if you would like to sign up for the month to month plan.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that with a virtual mailbox, there are no limits to the amount of mail you can receive. So although a medium size post office box would have a physical limitation to how much mail you could receive in it, with a virtual mailbox you can receive as much mail as you would receive with an extra larger Post Office box (and more,) at no additional cost.
Factor in the time you spend each week visiting the post office, and the gas you spend back & forth from your home and you can very quickly realize, how getting a physical address will save you hundreds of dollars per year.
There is an unfortunate fact about the industry we are in, which is that most physical address & virtual mailbox companies, will outsource your mail to third party local pack & ship stores. That means that no matter if they have good reviews or the person you speak with on the phone, sounds genuine & professional, your mail will still end up being managed by someone you have never spoken to and most importantly, never been able to review yourself. You will only know, after the fact, the pack & ship store you end up with.
Outsourcing the management of your mail, is one thing, but outsourcing customer service is something that can turn out to be a nightmare of an experience for the customer. In a given year, you will receive hundreds if not thousands of mail items. That means that once in a while, there may be something you need to contact our customer service team about. Being physically located within the same facility with the mail clerks, means that they can be on top of any potential issues that arise in order to notify you in time. And in the rare event where some kind of an issue does occur with a piece of mail or package, they can be in direct contact with the mail management team, and give you real time status updates. That would be not possible, if our customer service team was located thousands of miles away overseas.
A physical address comes with the perk of being able to use it for business registration. That would not be possible with a Post Office box. And the only alternatives would be to either lease office space (an expensive option,) or use your home address – increasing the security risks for your residence with the address being publicly available online.
Physical street addresses allow you to protect your personal home address, while still being able to take advantage of a cheap alternative to renting office space that you do not intend to use. Any IRS notices or documents you receive from the federal or state government, can be received and managed at your physical address. All you need to do is log into your virtual mailbox account (think e-mail,) and you will get scanned copies of them.
Getting your mail at a physical address that has a virtual mailbox system in place, means that you will never get junk mail again. All junk mail, whether advertiser mailers or otherwise, will get securely shredded before it even enters your account. Shredding is available for any mail item that you do not wish to keep in your account. And for environmentally friendly customers out there, you will be happy to know that 100% of all mail that gets shredded, also gets recycled.
If you are located overseas, or happen to be travelling overseas and need mail or packages to be forwarded to your location, you can take advantage of discounted shipping rates that we provide for our customers. Due to the amount of mail we ship on behalf of our customers, the USPS and other shipping companies, give us large shipping discounts (up to 80%) which we then pass down to you as a customer.
When you need something shipped, you will get several shipping quotes from different carriers and almost always, shipping through US Global Mail, will get you a better rate. If you have not signed up for an account already, you can test out our discounted rates by using our shipping calculator.
When you register for a physical address, because it is a real street address, that means that you can receive packages from all shipping carriers and not just the USPS. If you were to sign up for a PO Box, you would only be able to receive packages from the USPS to your Post Office box. The ability to have more than just one shipping companies ship your packages, means that you can select between a greater variety of pricing options and not rely on just ground or air shipping.
How often do you change your mobile phone number? If you have ever needed to do so, you probably remember what a bear it was to try and get everyone notified of your new number. Signing up for a physical address that has a virtual mailbox, is no different. You do not want to need to update IRS & other federal agencies with your new mailing address, just because you or your business moved.
For that reason, the selection you make regarding your physical address provider, will need to be the right one, the first time. We mentioned earlier, how outsourcing mail in this industry, is an industry practice that needs to be avoided at all costs for the sake of better customer experience. When you sign up with a physical address company, that gives you some address belonging to another pack & ship store, you are reliant on how long they stay around and whether they do a good job or not. It may not sound like a big deal, but consider the physical address companies that have hundreds and thousands of third party providers they have partnered with. You are dealing with people from all walks of life, whether it is a pack & ship store that has been around for 10 years, or a location that just opened up yesterday and you can’t know if they’ll be around next year. If you need to keep calling in every week, because mail is not being processed, or there are delays with shipments, that can turn into a part time job itself. We sometimes kiddingly say, that selecting your physical address provider, is the most important decision you can make, right after selecting your spouse.
Over time, you will get to know the customer service team of the physical address company, by their first name and you will need to know you can rely on a company that has been around for a good amount of time, and intends on being around for the long run. All we are suggesting is; do your due diligence and consider what your physical address experience will be like, years down the road, not just today.
Getting a physical address is not something just for individuals or small local businesses. US Global Mail has had the privilege of servicing expat customers from large corporations like Netflix, Chubb & Shell. If you belong to an organization that would consider having its corporate mailroom outsourced to a professional mail management company, we would love to hear from you.
If you haven’t worked with a physical address company before, how can you get an idea of how they treat their customers and what your experience can be like? As we mentioned earlier, this decision to have your mail managed by a professional mail management company, is one that will follow you for years to come. US Global Mail has thousands of 5 star reviews on platforms like Google, BBB & Trustpilot and the highest rating in the industry!
We believe that managing our customer’s mail in-house, doing good quality work and always staying in touch with you throughout the process are some of the most important reasons why customers sign up with US Global Mail and stick around for a long time. Our average customer has been with us for 7 years, with our oldest customers being with us for 15+ years.
The good thing about our physical address program, is that regardless of which plan you select (we have three tiers,) there is a money back guarantee that comes with all. Pick a plan that meets your needs, and if you are not 100% happy with the choice you have made, cancel within 30 days, and we will be sure to refund you.
Visit our pricing page, to see what plan meets your needs. Once you sign up, you will be completing a short onboarding process where you upload a couple forms of ID (for verification,) and a notarized 1583 form (this allows us to manage mail on your behalf legally.) The only remaining thing from there, will be to complete a change of address with the USPS. This will notify them of your address change, and will forward all USPS mail from your current mailing address to your new physical address.
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A Physical Address is a real street address, where you can receive mail and packages. Physical addresses can be used for business registration, in addition to receiving your mail. There are certain perks that come with physical addresses (as opposed to PO Boxes,) in that you can receive packages from all shipping carriers and not just the USPS.
Physical addresses come with what are known as virtual mailboxes (or smart mailboxes.) For any item that arrives for you at your physical address location, you will get an e-mail notification. From there, you can access scanned images of your mail or packages. If you need an envelope opened to scan the interior contents of it, you can do so. Need a package shipped to another address? No problem! You can even complete bank check deposits from your virtual mailbox account, and leverage other features like mail forwarding or free shredding.
Physical addresses are half the price of a PO Box. Because all the mail that you receive is stored in the cloud, that means that there is less physical space required, making your virtual mailbox a lot cheaper. Depending on the plan you select (personal or business,) pricing ranges from $9.95 to $24.95/mo.
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Yes. Business owners very frequently opt into registering their business by using a physical address (as opposed to say, office space,) in order to save money. Physical addresses come with all the perks of an office, with a much cheaper price tag. You can receive important business documents (bills, checks, IRS notices etc,) as well and access all these digitally from within your virtual mailbox account.
PO Boxes normally do not come with a physical address and therefore cannot be used for business registration. The USPS has a Premium PO Box Service however, that will give you the additional physical address capability. These would come at a more premium price and therefore, registering a Physical Address with a Virtual PO Box instead, is a more preferred alternative.
Any street address is essentially a physical address. And all virtual addresses, because they are located in real physical addresses, are physical addresses. The main difference has to do with whether you get the virtual mailbox capability in each case. For example, if you were to get an office space (which is a physical address,) you would normally not get the virtual mailbox capability. On the other hand, virtual addresses come with the virtual mailbox capability (hence why they are labeled as virtual.) So it all has to do with whether you want to receive your mail digitally (then you would want to get a virtual address,) or if you want to pick it up in person every time (then you would want to get a physical address without the virtual mailbox capability.)
Getting a physical address is simple. Pick a plan (personal or business,) complete a change of address with the USPS and you’re good to go. All mail moving forward will arrive at your physical address, and can be accessed digitally from your computer or phone.
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