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What Is A Permanent Address

The 21st century has been indeed one of rapid digital transformation. The amount of time people spend online, is getting greater & greater, while shifting from traditional areas of attention such as the TV, spending time with friends, socializing in the “real” world etc.

 

This has led to a whole line of new businesses, that just cater to people online, as well as existing industries that have been disrupted & moved their services & offerings online.

 

Additionally, entire corporations are now banking off of the fact that we spend so much time on a computer & or mobile phone screen. Companies like Amazon, Ebay & Google, will keep us busy shopping online, instead of offline.

 

There is an interesting trend, that was especially noticeable after the crash of 2008, of businesses going online for the purpose of slashing expenses; indeed maintaining an office or building, is a lot more expensive than working out of your own home.

 

So in today’s article, we will be covering the topic of permanent addresses, and how these can be used for the registration of your business, helping you avoid many of the unnecessary expenses businesses had 20 years ago.

 

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What Is A Permanent Address?

 

A permanent address is a physical street address that is under your name. Examples of permanent addresses would be a home or office address.

 

Such addresses can be transferred over & changed by completing a Change of Address form with the USPS.

 

Permanent VS Physical Address: What’s the Difference?

 

As you have just discovered, a permanent address is the physical street address which is under your name. Again, this could be your home or your office. You can use it for both personal and business needs. However, there are two address standards in the United States of America: permanent and physical.

 

A physical address is a valid street address which you can use for business and personal. However, it isn’t necessarily where you live (or work). Sometimes, it is referred to as a mailing address.

 

Unlike a PO box, it won’t have any restrictions. You will be able to receive unrestricted mail from all carriers such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, and more.

 

Even though it is generally business owners who use physical (or mailing) addresses, they are quite popular among travelers, students, and people in the military.

 

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Is A Permanent Address Required for Business?

 

Depending on the filling of your business, you would need a permanent address or a registered agent address. Such examples are LLC’s and LLPs. Having said that, you may well need a business address for your small company too. It all depends on what services or products you offer.

 

So, What Is a Registered Agent?

 

A registered agent is a person, agency, or other business who you appoint to be your “mail receiver”. In short, it ensures you never miss an important document (taxes, summonses, and more) ever again.

 

Examples of a registered agent would be the address for a business partner or your very own home address. The alternative to using your home address (and having it being in public display with the State and online,) is getting a regular office address out of which your business operates.

 

Due to the fact that office space generally costs more though, and not all businesses require that the business owner (or employees) be physically located there, startups will use a home address as a cheaper alternative.

 

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Using A Home Address For Business

 

It is reasonable to want to preserve capital, at the launch of a business. For some people, it makes a lot of sense, using a home address in order to save on office expenses.

 

However, considering the affiliated risks that come with displaying publicly on the web, your family’s home as well as the solicitations you will get, you may want to re-think this.

 

Another reason you may want to avoid using a home address is due to the unprofessional look that it will give your business. Especially if you are just starting out and looking to make a good impression, showing people that you went the extra mile to setup your business properly and professionally, will pay off well in the future. Yes, it may cost you a bit more in the beginning, but it is definitely worth considering a registered agent as supposed to your house. After all, you wouldn’t want your kids getting hold of your taxes now, would you?

 

But there is a more practical reason why you should not use your home address, for business purposes. As you grow the business, you will notice that more pieces of mail will come through your mailbox and at some point, will create a chaotic paper mess for you and your family. Additionally, at some point you may decide to move to another residence. That can cause a serious disruption to the location your business is registered in, and potentially a lot of confusion for clients as well.

 

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Alternative Physical Address Ideas

 

So if getting office space is not in the books, and using your home address is not a safe or practical solution, what can you do to register a business? Keep in mind that a PO Box would not work as a physical address so you need some better alternatives than just that. Therefore, we’re going to discover how you can go about finding a business address that is not a PO box.

 

But since we are discussing permanent addresses (and not necessarily physical ones), here are 4 alternatives to a permanent address (which are definitely worth your money):

 

  1. PO Box Address: Using a PO Box will allow you to receive business mail as well as fulfill the address requirement for your business registration. Registering a business using a PO box is probably not the most professional way to go about it, but it is definitely a lot safer than using your home address.
  2. Pack and Ship mailbox: These are independent postal centers that will receive and process mail for you. Every neighborhood has them, and it’s a good way to register a new business. One potential hurdle could be that you are dependent tied down to lifetime of that business. So if for whatever reason the center goes out of business or relocates, you will be dealing with a change of address all over again.
  3. Virtual offices: We already discussed how your startup costs could go up with the lease of a real office space. However there is always the option of going virtual, and having a secretary answering your phone calls for you (and taking messages) as well as receiving your mail. Virtual offices are a cheaper alternative to a real office, but they’re still going to cost you a few hundred bucks per month.
  4. Virtual Mailbox: Think of this as “PO Box meets the Internet.” You get the perks of having an address that is distant from your home address, with the security you would expect from a postal service center, and rates that a Post Office store would give you. It is the ideal situation for any new business registration. There is an additional perk of viewing all mail online of course which should not be neglected. From the comfort of your own couch, using your phone you can access all snail mail online. From there, just click to scan, shred or mail forwarding an item.

 

How to Get Mail Without a Permanent Address

 

Of course, there is more to life than business needs. With that in mind, we need to talk about how to get personal mail with no permanent address.

 

Thankfully, it is possible. Whether you are a digital nomad, travelling for a living, or moving house without knowing where you’re actually going to end up, you can still receive letters, packages and parcels.

 

There are a few solutions that the United States Postal Service has devised that are fantastic options for you. Let’s get into the specifics.

 

Get a PO Box

 

Granted, this may not be that great for those that are travelling as you’d have to stay around the same area to access your mail. However, if you are planning to move to a location but don’t have an address yet, PO boxes are definitely the answer.

 

They tend to be located in the lobby of post offices so they are easy to access. In fact, some places offer extended opening hours for PO box owners (sometimes even around the clock access 7 days a week).

 

You won’t need to worry about security either as each box is locked by a code or key. Just bear in mind that there can be only one named key holder. So, you can’t have your partner’s name on the file too, unfortunately.

 

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General Delivery

 

If you are going to be staying in the same city for a decent length of time, or you know that you will be moving to that area shortly, you can use general delivery. Going with this option means your letters, parcels, and packages will be forwarded to one of the mail offices in the city.

 

Don’t stress, you won’t need to rush off there every time a piece of junk mail comes in. They will hold all your mail for 30 days. Bear in mind that you will need to pick it up in person and bring a valid, government accepted photo ID. This could be a driver’s license, student card, or military identification.

 

The great thing is that it doesn’t take long to set up when you need it. Although, if the city you’re in is quite big, the process will take longer. Why? Because you will need to call someone to figure out which post office to forward your items to.

 

Temporary Address Change

 

Of course, these options won’t suit everyone. So, you can simply ask a trusted friend or relative to collect your mail for you. Then, they can send it to your new address when you have figured everything out. Alternatively, you could save them a job and pick it up!

 

We mentioned earlier about the Change of Address forms. You will have to fill one of these out if you want to ensure your mail goes to your loved one. As we said, it’s easy to input all your information and submit it. Here’s how to do it:

 

  1. Go to the USPS website.
  2. Locate the Change of Address page.
  3. Click Temporary.
  4. Pay $1.05 so the online platform can verify your identity.
  5. Fill out all the information on the form.
  6. The United States Postal Service will send you a confirmation code. Make sure to keep this safe as you will need it if you want to cancel or adjust the information you provided.
  7. A welcome kit will turn up at your temporary address.
  8. All your mail will be sent here until you make a permanent change (or a different temporary one).

The Bottom Line

 

Using a permanent address does not necessarily mean that you need to put your home and family at risk. Distancing business from residence is good for so many reasons beyond security and privacy. Having control of business-related mail and keeping it separate from your individual mail will allow you to stay on top of things. It’s a pretty win-win situation, don’t you think?

 

There are several options available to you when it comes to using third party addresses to register a business. By far what we would highly recommend, is the consideration of the virtual mailbox, which gives you the advantage a PO box would give you, along with the convenience and ease that comes with a digital mailbox system.

 

Virtual mailboxes allow you to shred, scan, deposit, and ship your mail, all from within the app. Not to mention that our mail handlers are more than trained to give you a high-quality, secure experience. Trust us, it will feel like you’re living in the future!

 

US Global Mail is proud to be leading the way, in the virtual address world. With over 80,000 customers since 1999, our proven track record and success with handling your mail, has allowed us to continue with the same passion and dedication that we had 20 years ago. Just look at all the amazing customer feedback we have received over the years. We are proud to be backed by such brilliant people.

 

For any questions feel free to reach us here. We are always happy to relieve your concerns and queries you may have before you commit to our virtual mailbox.

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How To Register An LLC With A Virtual Address

Deciding to start a new business, is stressful of its own. You probably put together a business plan, have hired some industry experts & consultants, and probably poured in a decent amount of money already.

 

The last thing you need to focus your attention on, is the bureaucratic side of filing your Limited Liability Company (LLC.) And as much as we all like free enterprise and streamlined systems, the law is the law, and you can’t argue with “uncle Sam”

 

You may be asking yourself; Do I need physical address for LLC?

 

You will need to have a registered agent address, if you are registering a Limited Liability Company (LLC,) a corporation or a Limited Liability Partnership.

 

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Let’s go through this step by step:

 

What Qualifies As A Business Address?

 

Any address that can receive the paper work that will be sent from the secretary of State, can be used to register your LLC.

 

You may be thinking of big tall glass buildings in the middle of a metropolis, but the reality is, most businesses don’t necessarily fit the description of a service that would be located in a high rise building. And there are many virtual businesses as well (eCommerce is big these days if you haven’t heard.)

 

Many people will decide to use their home address as their business address. Although an option, it is probably not the most viable one. Consider the security risks you are putting yourself (and your family) into, with telling everyone online where you live.

There Is A Better Way

 

Security concerns are not the only reason you would want to avoid using your home address; it also does not look very professional. Some businesses decide to register a PO Box which makes things even more complicated, when trying to explain to customers why your office is in the Post Office building.

 

All kidding aside, there is a big need for actual physical addresses that do not compromise your privacy and still make your business looking sharp. The first option to consider is actually renting out office space. If you do not plan on being on location however, you probably would like to opt in for a Virtual Address.

 

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What Is A Virtual Address?

 

A Virtual Address is a physical address that you are able to receive mail to, without actually being physically present there.

 

Paper mail arrives at that address and from there is scanned & uploaded into your virtual mailbox. Making it easy to access all your mail online, from your phone, with the click of a button. It is a bit similar to e-mail in a way, with the advantage of having your mail items shipped to your physical location, stored to be accessed at another time, or even shredded if you desire to get rid of sensitive information.

 

Virtual addresses give you the power of handling your mail, remotely.

 

Can You Register an LLC to a PO Box?

 

While you definitely have the opportunity to register your LLC to a PO Box (most states throughout the US) – any address that can receive mail and the paperwork necessary to finalize the registration of your business is allowed – there are a lot of issues that can arise should you choose to go down this road.

 

For starters, some states and some municipalities are heavily going to encourage you to use your physical, residential address if you were going to otherwise use a PO Box to get that LLC up and running.

 

This is a bad idea for a couple of different reasons, the least of which is having all of your business and residential mail sent to the same location, mixing things up and causing headache and hassle that way.

 

You also lose a lot of privacy when you take this approach. Having your physical address attached to an LLC that you own eliminates any of the potential anonymity that you would have enjoyed with traditional LLC protections, but it also opens up the potential for unhappy or dissatisfied customers (for a variety of different reasons) to know exactly where you live just by looking up the address that your LLC is registered to.

 

Registering your LLC to a PO Box also ties to that PO Box address and limits you to receiving mail at that specific physical location. All of your business mail, packages, and parcels are going to have to go to that PO Box and that postal office – and some post office is aren’t going to be all that excited about you spending a small amount of money on a small PO Box but having a huge volume of mail come flooding in a day-to-day basis.

 

You might also want to move shop later down the line in your businesses life, and having that address changed is going to take a little bit of extra time when you go the PO Box route. You’re much better off having a more traditional business address for LLC sign up – even if that means moving forward with LLC virtual address options like the ones available through US Global Mail, for example.

 

This cuts down significantly on the hassle and the headache that you would have had to contend with otherwise. You’ll be able to streamline your business registration process, you’ll fill the need a business address (physical address) would have left otherwise, and you’ll be able to rapidly move through the LLC registration process in a way that a traditional USPS PO Box have made possible.

 

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Can I Use a PO Box for My LLC?

 

As far as using a PO Box for your LLC is concerned – not necessarily registering your business to that address but instead just using that PO Box to receive mail – there are a lot fewer issues or hurdles to clear here.

 

Lots of business owners choose to register their business under a specific, physical address but then have a separate mailing address – almost always a PO Box or a virtual business address for LLC purposes specifically – to avoid having unhappy or dissatisfied clients and customers show up on their doorsteps.

 

There’s also a lot of extra anonymity that a virtual business address for LLC purposes provide, especially if you choose to incorporate your LLC in states like Nevada or in the District of Columbia – or even potentially overseas.

 

You wouldn’t want to use a physical address that is paper trailed to you and your identity in those cases, just another reason to consider moving forward with business addresses for LLC operations that are attached to PO boxes or virtual addresses.

 

Virtual address options from a company like US Global Mail do open up a world of flexibility and customization that you wouldn’t get with a traditional PO Box business mailing address.

 

You’ll be able leverage all of the scanning and recording solutions provided by a company like US Global Mail, you’ll be guaranteed to be able to accept packages and parcels from every delivery service imaginable, and you’ll have a lot more control over what happens to your mail – as well as how and when it is delivered – than you would when working with the United States Postal Service.

 

Those are just a couple of reasons to consider choosing a company like US Global Mail when you need a business address service.

 

How Do I Create a Virtual Business Address?

 

The step-by-step process for creating an LLC virtual address for your business is rather simple and straightforward, but it really all starts with you first figuring out what type of address you want to create, how important anonymity is, and where you want your virtual address to be “located”.

 

For starters, there’s always a lot more legitimacy, a lot more credibility, and a lot more confidence built right into physical street addresses as opposed to PO Box numbers.

 

If you’re going to create a business address for LLC purposes it’s a good idea to make it a street address whenever possible, especially if you’re going with virtual services like those from US Global Mail.

 

Secondly, you’ll want to consider the value and importance of anonymity where the very least the ability to separate your business from your personal life as much as possible – and that all starts with the business mailing address you choose for your operation.

 

Even completely legitimate business owners understand the importance of separating your business and your personal life.

 

Whenever you have products and services to sell there’s always the potential for customers to become disgruntled through absolutely no fault of your own, especially when people are handing over their hard-earned money and have very specific expectations about what they are going to receive.

 

There isn’t a person in the world of business (including attorneys and accountants) that would recommend you use your personal, physical residential address when you need a business address for LLC purposes.

 

Instead these professionals are almost always going to recommend that you choose a business mailing address that is totally separate from that, with enough “distance” from that address to your physical residential address that they cannot be easily linked together with one another.

 

Lastly, because LLC virtual addresses can be created for almost any city or state in the US you’ll want to think about how the location of your new “physical address” is going to impact the perception of your business.

 

Choosing a virtual address in a major metropolitan city lends a certain amount of credibility to your address for sure, especially if your ideal prospects or customers are based in a similar geographic region.

 

Basing your new virtual business address for LLC purposes in a smaller town or rural community may lend a bit of a “smalltime” kind of feel to your operation, and if your ideal prospects or perfect customers do not fit that kind of mold you really handicapped yourself quite a bit.

 

Think about how you want your business mailing address to add to the legitimacy and credibility of your business and then choose an address that makes the most sense. Companies like US Global Mail can help you navigate that landscape easily and efficiently.

 

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How To Register An LLC With US Global Mail

 

There is a simple 3 part process to this:

 

  1. Sign upWhen you do so, you will receive a physical address in the US. That can be used for your business as a mailing destination and an address that can be displayed on business cards and other marketing brochures.

 

  1. Complete the 1583 form. Mail fraud in this country, is growing at a rapid rate and doesn’t have any plans of slowing down. Ensuring the security of our customers, is of utmost significance and a top priority here. Completing this mandatory form, will grant us permission to receive & process mail on your behalf.

 

  1. Access your mail anytimeNo more rushing to the post office, standing in line, just to open up a mail box that is an empty. Using your virtual mailbox, you can check everything online and have any action taken (such as scanning, or shipping) with the click of a button.

 

At the end of the day, those that need a business address but do not necessarily want to deal with the headache and hassle (and lack of control) that a PO Box at the local USPS postal office involves are going to want to take a much closer look at LLC virtual address options.

 

US Global Mail is an industry leader in the nontraditional mailing service business, trusted by entrepreneurs and business owners all over the country to give them far more control flexibility, and utility out of their mailing needs than the USPS ever could.

 

You’ll want to have a close look at the options available for a virtual business address from US Global Mail ASAP. There are a variety of different solutions available to fit your needs and your budget, helping you build the perfect mailing solution for your business without any real extra effort on your behalf whatsoever!

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