Does A Virtual Address Matter in 2020?

When everything turns digital, one thing seems to not turn digital at all: business addresses & residences. Or do they?


In this blog, we will be discussing the importance of using a virtual address for business or for personal use. There are certain pros & cons you need to be aware of and understanding what your options are along with associated costs, will be important in your consideration of acquiring a virtual address. 


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What Is A Virtual Address


A virtual address is a physical address in a remote location, used as your own mailing address.


For example, let’s say you live in the suburbs of NYC but want to showcase your business being located downtown on Main Street. You would be selecting from a list of virtual business addresses located downtown NYC which could be used for your business registration, receiving & managing mail from your virtual mailbox that comes with it, and displaying that address on your business cards & website. 


Another example (in the case of residential virtual addresses,) would be that you are located in Cleveland, Ohio and are about to move overseas for an extended period of time. That means there will be no one back home to pick up your mail, and you would still need to access your mail some way while overseas. Using a virtual address physically located in your former home town, will allow you to access all needed documents & snail mail from your smartphone or desktop device, through your virtual mailbox. An easy way to think of it, is “snail mail that looks like e-mail.” 


All your documents will be scanned & uploaded into your virtual mailbox. From there you can decide to have the content of your envelope opened up & scanned, you can have it shredded (in the case of sensitive information such as bank statements or social security numbers,) and you can even have the real physical copy shipped to your location at up to 80% off of typical shipping rates.


Virtual mailbox on a mobile device

Is A Virtual Address Important In 2020?


As with anything in life; it depends. 


Here are some cases where using a virtual address will come in handy for you:



Virtual Address For Business


Sure, you can always use your home address as your business address, but there are a couple reasons you would want to avoid that. For starters, using your home address for business is probably not the most professional thing you can do. An easy Google search will be a quick way for people to tell that you are operating your business out of your home. And even though you may be able to do some from an operations perspective, it still looks a bit “cheap” and you won’t a good first impressions from potential customers.

Another more important reason for not using your home address as a business address however, is the fact that it’s in public display online. Whether on Google or online directories, everyone now (well or ill intentioned) knows precisely where it is you & your family live. So if you have  grumpy customer or someone that is straight out an ill intentioned person (or criminal,) you are exposing the rest of your family to the dangers of them walking up to your doorstep and harming you and loved ones.

Alongside this, you need to protect all the important documents your business will receive. You can’t do this with a home address. You need a virtual address for proper security. Otherwise your legal contracts, licenses, permits, correspondence with suppliers, vendor contacts, statements, payments, bills, invoices, and contact information could fall into the wrong hands. Remember, your 4-year-old tot counts as the wrong hands! You never know, you might come home to your taxes covered in purple crayon and apple juice. That wouldn’t look so good, would it?


Plus, you get immediate access to your mail with a virtual box. Regardless of the device you use — smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, you name I — you can access your mail as soon as it comes in. It doesn’t matter where you are; you just need your login details and your received mail pops up. This can be fantastic if you’re awaiting that all-important order your business needs or you are currently talking to vendors about potential contracts. Things like that can’t wait for you to get back from your travels.


Finally, a digital mailbox presents a paperless, seamless document management solution. You can set up it to automatically perform functions that you would otherwise have to make time for — think getting rid of junk mail and shredding certain items. You will never fall short with record-keeping ever again. Imagine that!


Person standing in front of a business plan on a white board


Going abroad


One thing Americans are known for, is travel. Whether for leisure or professional reasons, there are millions of Americans that have moved overseas on a more permanent or temporary basis. They did not turn in their passports necessarily, but rather they have decided to be overseas for a little while. Certain US obligations still follow you however. The simplest thing that comes to mind, are IRS notices & US taxes. These will only come in via the mail. So being able to stay on top of these, will help you avoid fines & being able to pay your taxes or penalties in time. Additionally, other important documents or information will be sent to you; if you are retired, your social security check also comes through the mail. So getting it delivered to you, while overseas can be a very important reason to register a virtual address. Check out what a check deposit is and how it could be a great convenience in getting your bank checks deposited quickly. 


You want a virtual solution.


When you consider the amount of time we spend in our vehicles every day, it is staggering and adds up to months or years over a lifetime. Why drive to the Post Office, just to stay in line to open an empty mailbox or one stuffed with junk mail? Many people are turning to virtual solutions, considering the ease of accessing all mail from your phone. You simply log into your account the same you would with Gmail, and check all snail mail online. It’s as easy as that!


You are a frequent traveler


Many people need to move every quarter, either because their job requires that (i.e travelling nurse) or because someone has decided to become a full time RV’er. That means that every single quarter, you would need to complete a change of address with the USPS. Although I am sure some people have the time to do that, it’s probably easy to understand what a hassle that can be and how unreliable considering the flexibility required to align with your schedule.


Registering a virtual address, means that you get to have a permanent US address, that follows you wherever you go. Just pick a city, complete your change of address and 1583 form, and you’re good to go. No more hassles, and access all paper mail online!


For all you digital nomads out there, the benefits of a virtual mailbox solution don’t stop here.


With a virtual address, you are guaranteed the utmost security. The mail handlers who work at the facilities are incredibly well-trained and have nothing but the safety of your personal information and mail in mind. The data is encrypted and uploaded to your dashboard so nobody could even dream of hacking it. Plus, any packages you may receive while you are globetrotting are professionally handled and kept in secure, remote locations.


Additionally, depositing checks is now a breeze. Yep, regardless of what currency! When you get a paycheck, your virtual mailbox service will send you a notification. Then, you can use the app to deposit it to any bank in the United States of America. This way, the money will appear in your account as quickly as possible. You shouldn’t have to wait for your money when there are so many experiences to be had out there!


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You Are an Expat Looking for Seamless Solutions


While moving to another country is super exciting and you’ll be pouring your heart and soul into making a life for yourself there, you still have to manage your life back home. You will still need a permanent address in the United States of America. Why? To ensure you acquire all the necessary correspondences, receive packages, and shop securely — all without the risk of your mail getting lost.


A virtual mailbox allows you to relax with the knowledge that your parcels, packages, letters, and business documents will get to you in one piece. There are tons of advantages for you, an expat, and a digital address.


For starters, you will be able to stay connected. A virtual mailbox ensures you have a permanent address, regardless of how many times you move around. It is incredibly simple to forward packages to your current residence from here. Plus, you can still shop at all your favorite US stores without having to worry about whether or not they will actually reach you.


Additionally, you can deposit checks (in any currency) easily, without visiting a bank. All you need to do is go on the app, hit deposit and you are well on your way to seeing your cash.


Oh, and you will never miss important documents. Since you will get instant access on any device to the contents of your mailbox, you don’t need to worry that you will miss payments, tax returns, invoices, and more. You can even set up notifications that will let you know when there is mail you need to check out.


The Benefits of a Virtual Address


If any of the above apply to you, you’ll know a lot about the benefits of a virtual address already. However, if you still feel like you are in the dark, let us walk you through the benefits, step-by-step.


1. Permanent Street Address


A virtual address is mostly globally accepted as a permanent, American street address, unlike a PO box. This saves a bunch of time because you won’t have to make your way to your physical mailbox every day (or week).

Plus, it will allow you to receive parcels from pretty much all couriers. For this reason alone, it’s a win-win kind of deal.


2. Deposit Checks Quickly

No more having to visit the bank when checks come in the mail. With a virtual address, you just have to go on the app, ask to have it deposited into your bank, and it’s done! This way, you get your money within one working day, rather than waiting 3 to 4! Not to mention that you can be in any country while this is happening.

3. Flawless Record Keeping

At the moment, you probably have a huge binder full of all your important, previously mailed documents, right? Well you can kiss goodbye to that with a virtual address. It allows you to store files for as long as you need. Whether that’s 5 seconds, days, weeks, months, or years — it can handle it all. This will save you a lot of space in your home too, so you’ll have more room for storing things that bring you joy.

4. Auto Admin


When the mail comes in, you can decide whether you want each piece shredded, held, or shipped to your current location. Everything can be done from within the app and takes a matter of seconds!

But that’s not all.

Thanks to new technology, the app allows you to search through the uploaded PDF scans of your mail. Again, this will save you time as you won’t have to trawl through everything you’re mailed. Instead, you can focus on your business, your significant other, and your family — you know, all the truly important things in life.


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The Bottom Line


Virtual addresses are not for everyone. But they can come in handy for quite a large percentage of the population. Usually, a business mailing address will also be cheaper than a typical PO Box, considering that all that mail is stored in the cloud (instead of a real physical location) making it cheaper for the end user.


Whether you have decided that you are about to launch a new business, want more privacy and the convenience of accessing all your mail virtually without needing to drive weekly to the post office, or simply because you’re about to relocate – having a virtual address can come in handy.


Talk with our award winning customer support team today, and see if a virtual address is right for you.


Thinking of retiring abroad? Read this first

About 10,000 baby boomers retire every day.


Yet, according to a study by Northwestern Mutual, 45% think there’s a chance that they’ll outlive their savings. For many, the answer to this problem is to continue working long past the day they turn 65. But there’s another option to consider- retiring abroad.


Retiring abroad, specifically in a country where the cost of living is lower than that of the US, allows you to maintain the lifestyle you have with a smaller budget in addition to experiencing the adventure of exploring a new country and its culture.


Each and every year, thousands and thousands of people choose to take advantage of geographical arbitrage to retire overseas much earlier than they would have been able to in the US. They get to live like royalty on a budget that would have been almost impossible to pull off in America, all without having to sacrifice a lot of the amenities and opportunities that they would have enjoyed back home, too.


Retiring abroad still isn’t a picnic though, so here’s what you need to do to start planning:


Decide when to retire


Do you want to? Retiring past 65 out of choice isn’t abnormal. You might enjoy your job and want to further your career or maybe you enjoy the social interaction it provides. Many retirees cite that they feel bored.Do you have enough money? Try speaking with a financial adviser . There’s also the less expensive option of using a retirement calculator.


There are a lot of open parts and pieces of the puzzle you’ll have to put together when you want to retire overseas and abroad, but the most important thing – by far – is figuring out when you want to retire in the first place.


A lot of people are under the impression that they have to wait until they hit 65 to give up punching the clock and working 9 to 5, but again a lot of that has to do with our cultural idea of retirement here in the United States.


When you choose to retire abroad you can (oftentimes) retire much earlier than that – sometimes 20 or even 30 years earlier, depending on where you want to live, how much you have available to live off of, and what you want to do during your retirement, too.


But just as you wouldn’t head out on a road trip (or retire halfway across the world) without and ultimate destination in mind you cannot effectively plan for your retirement without first figuring out when want to walk away from the rat race and live life on your terms.




How much do you have in your personal savings? Do you receive a pension? Does your employer have a 401k plan? How much do you expect from Social Security? According to AARP, the average Social Security Benefit in 2019 was $1,461 which considerably less than the average wage of most Americans.


The best time to plan and budget for your retirement was the very first moment you started to make any money at all, but the second best time to start planning and budgeting for your retirement is right now – this very moment.


This is true even if you do not necessarily have a mountain of money on hand to begin retiring with right now. You’ll want to sock away anything and everything you can to start building up that nest egg – investing smartly there’s something we highlight in just a moment – so that you can get the ball rolling and figure out how long it’s going to take you to achieve your retirement goals.


The budget that you’ll need to comfortably retire is going to be influenced in a big part based on where you’re going to retire, whether or not you’re going to work part-time while you are retired, and whether or not your investments are income producing or strictly “nest egg only”.


For obvious reasons, those willing to pick up a part-time job, those with a side hustle small business that provides income on a regular basis, and those with income producing investments are going to be able to accelerate their retirement timeline quite a bit more than those that are strictly saving up until they have enough to pull the ripcord.


There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all kind of budget when it comes to retiring, though, so really spend time thinking about how you want to live, where you want to live, and how much money you’ll need to live comfortably going forward.


Consider Investing Overseas


If you realize you may not have as a big of a budget as you planned consider investing overseas. Many choose to put all your eggs in one basket by investing only in the US. But with overseas investments you take on less risk because you’re gaining income in different currencies. And with more countries switching to free-market economies, their growth rates can be up to three times faster than developed market economies.


Global investment opportunities (particularly in channels like real estate, Forex, and other markets) open up a world of investments that wouldn’t have existed if you limited yourself exclusively to US-based investment vehicles.


It’s a good idea to dip your toe in the water a little bit as you get established, though, just so you can sort of feel things out. But there’s also a lot of potential to take advantage of in these relatively untapped markets that can dramatically accelerate your retirement timeline in ways you might not have ever thought possible before.


Diversity is a huge piece of the puzzle to successful investing with your retirement in mind. You certainly don’t want to pile up all of your savings into a singular investment, crossing your fingers that nothing bad happens, only to get wiped out because of a market correction or downturn that leaves you with a lot less than you started off with.


Make smart, savvy, and strategic decisions when it comes to investing through diversified opportunities and you’ll have a lot less to worry about choose one or two of those investments not pan out as well as you had hoped initially.


Choose which country is the best place to retire


There are many important factors to consider. What type of climate do you enjoy? Are you interested in learning about the native culture? Is there a thriving expat community? How do the country’s citizens generally treat foreigners? But the most important question is does the cost of living fit within your budget?


With a budget of $1,000-$1,500 per month consider:


Man and woman retiring abroad in Indonesia
  • Indonesia Indonesia boasts the 2nd largest tropical forest in the world, coral reefs to go snorkeling in, and volcanoes to hike on.
  • Bolivia Bolivia offers a temperature climate, indigenous folk music, and beautiful tours through its salt flats.
  • Armenia In Armenia, one can enjoy the view of Mt. Ararat, travelling via rope-way, and the medieval architecture.
  • Fiji retiring in Fiji means, romantic getaways in bungalows, fresh seafood, snorkeling and diving, and an abundance of local culture to take part in.
  • Grenada In Grenada, forests, mountains and tranquil beaches contribute to amazing scenery. It’s also known for it’s chocolate, friendly locals, and exquisite carnivals.
  • Laos Laos is mostly known for its many rivers and cave systems. And with 130 ethnic groups there’s a vast amount of culture to learn and absorb.
  • Montenegro Montenegro offers some of the best hiking in all of Europe, picturesque villages, and affordable yachting on the Adriatic sea.
  • Nepal In Nepal, one can hike the Annapurna Circuit, go on safaris, and visit the many Buddhist and Hindu temples.
  • Nicaragua known for its colonial architecture, wildlife, and lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua is a great place to dive and hike.
  • ZimbabweZimbabwe boasts quality safaris, national parks, waterfalls, and plenty of archaeological ruins to explore.


With a budget of $2,000-$2,500 per month consider:


The Colosseum in Italy
  • Panama With its primary currency being the US dollar, Panama is very familiar for US retirees. It’s also known for its canal, the biodiversity within its islands, and excellent coffee.
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica is known for its beaches, rivers, rain forest, exotic crops,and abundance of turtles.
  • Mexico Mexico boasts amazing food, live music, and art, along with beautiful beaches and plenty of colonial towns to explore.
  • Ecuador In Ecuador, you can soak in natural hot springs, ride the Devil’s Nose through the Andes, and sleep in an Amazon rainforest lodge.
  • Malaysia Malaysia home to a vast number of caves, beaches, and islands. It’s also known for it’s tea, hiking, and chinatowns.
  • Columbia Whale-watching, snorkeling, and journeying through the amazon are just a few of the many activities Columbia has to offer.
  • Portugal In Portugal, you can take gondola rides, visit castles, whale-watch, ride through the Rio Douro Valley , and much more.
  • Thailand Thailand boasts year-round sunshine, friendly people, and amazing food and culture.
  • Spain In Spain, you can visit beautiful churches, delectable wine, plenty of history and art, as well as great food.
  • Italy Italy is home to Vatican City, the Colosseum, amazing food, fashion, and extensive history.


With a budget of $2,500+:


Vista Encantada, A gated community that is great for people retiring abroad
Poolside of Vista Encantada via Vista Encantada

You could live almost everywhere comfortably; Another option available for you would be to aim for a more luxurious lifestyle. Gated Communities in foreign countries not only have spectacular views and actives at lower prices, but also give you a chance to mingle with fellow expats. For example,Vista Encantada is a gated community consisting of lots, homes, and condos just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  You can get to know your neighbors at the common area pool, BBQ’s, or the botanical gardens; Take a hike or morning walk through the jungles that surround both sides and enjoy spectacular ocean views; or pay a visit  to Costa Canuva, the popular new tourist destination  only a few minutes away with 5 diamond restaurants, hotels, and a magnificent golf course.  At a place like Vista Encantada, you can retire in paradise.  To reach out to them, check out their official website or Facebook.


Apply for Residency


If you’re planning to spend the rest of your retirement in one country you’ll need to apply for residency. Some countries are eager for overseas retirees and even offer benefits and special retiree visa programs. To qualify, they typically have you meet a minimum monthly income, a certain amount of money deposited in a local bank, or invest in a business.


Recognize and understand that any international locale that you have decided to retire in will have its own rules of its own regulations, and its own laws dictating how foreign citizens are able to retire within their borders – and make sure that you are strictly adhering to those rules, regulations, and laws.


Nobody wants to preplan an entire retirement only to discover that they fill out the proper paperwork and now they have to fight lengthy legal battles far from home, legal battles that are going to suck up a lot of the money that they set aside to retire on in the first place.


Most of this paperwork can be navigated all on your own without too much headache or hassle. At the same time, it may not be a bad idea to have a trusted attorney that specializes in this area (and the locale you are retiring in) to double check that everything is good to go and you haven’t overlooked any of the fine print.


Health Insurance


Medicare doesn’t apply overseas and it’s unlikely your private insurance will as well. You’ll need to explore either getting an insurance plan in your new country, buying an international health insurance policy, or paying out-of-pocket for every medical expense. Paying out-of-pocket can sound expensive but the cost of medical care is different in every country. Depending on where you go, routine care can be significantly cheaper.


There are entire communities worldwide that are set up specifically by ex-pats that are built on the back of international locales with amazing health insurance and great healthcare. Bangkok, in particular, has some of the best and most affordable healthcare you’re going to find in the international community – particularly if you are a nonresident/noncitizen retiree.


These are the kinds of things you want to consider before you choose your ultimate retirement destination. As you get older your medical needs are going to increase, and you’ll want to be sure that you can count on a high quality of care, a high standard of medicine in that area, and a level of affordability that isn’t going to wipe out your retirement budget.


Tax and Legal Obligations

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Retiring abroad can mean additional reporting and filing.  And if you plan on working as a resident in another country, you should seek legal advice. If you’re planning on living in Portugal , Gil Figueira & Devillet Lima Advogados, or GFDL, is a Portuguese law firm that focuses on representing foreign clients in Portuguese speaking jurisdictions as well as Portuguese clients worldwide. With a skilled team and experience in real estate, private equity, Private client and asset protection, they’re easily able to advise you on your unique and challenging needs. To reach out to them check out their official website, Linkedin, or Facebook.




Lastly, there’s the question of how to receive your mail. Whether you’re planning to travel to many different countries or retiring abroad in one country, this is extremely important. Bank Statements, IRS, and Voter Registration all require a mailing address. The solution to this problem is to get a virtual mailbox. A virtual mailbox is a service that offers a permanent  US street address. With US Global Mail, the exterior of your mail is scanned and uploaded as soon as it arrives. Then, you decide whether to have it opened and scanned, shredded, or forwarded to a different address. You can have access to your mail within minutes no matter where you are.

How to rent a virtual mailbox with US Global Mail infographic

What Is A Virtual Mailbox? Here’s Why You Need One

No text messages, no social media, no email…none of that back in the day. How did we even survive back then? (my 15-year-old son asks)

And although most of the aforementioned means of written communication have taken up the lion share of what the USPS used to be responsible for, it still hasn’t completely wiped out this organization that employs so many millions of Americans. IRS notices, the occasional letter from grandma, the DMV (and the list goes on) are some of the reasons why everyone still needs to receive some kind of paper mail. 


A pen sitting on a written letter


Of course the environmental toll we’re paying is humongous, considering that most paper mail is junk (marketing) mail. Other factors to consider (outlined in the paragraphs below) may lead someone to start thinking of alternative options to traditional paper mail. Something faster, easier to use & more secure. A virtual mailbox.


What Is A Virtual Mailbox?


It is a secure mailbox you can access online, in which all your paper mail is scanned & stored in a digital format.


On top of that, you’re able to gain a whole lot more control over the mail experience – sending and receiving mail – when you move to a virtual mailbox service than you would have been able to otherwise.


Similar in a lot of ways to a traditional PO Box, but differing significantly when it comes to how technology, digital scanning, and a host of accessory services included with virtual mailboxes are concerned, there are a lot of individuals and a lot of businesses moving away from PO boxes and towards virtual mailboxes for a couple of reasons.


We dig a little deeper into those reasons below, but you’ll be happy to know that signing up for the right virtual mail service is pretty easy.


Obviously, you’ll want to find the right company to do business with – a trusted partner like US Global Mail – but after that you can really hit the ground running without a lot of headache and without a lot of hassle.


The process is very simple:

  1. First you will receive a virtual address.
  2. Then all your mail arrives to that address.
  3. Items you receive are scanned (exterior envelopes) and you can view them in your Virtual Mailbox
  4. And finally you pick which items you wish to have opened and scanned. We scan and upload the document into your Virtual Mailbox. 


Snail mail entering a mobile phone and coming up as digital mail


Above and beyond the obvious benefit of not having to drive to the post office, being able to view everything online instantly and getting real-time notifications, the virtual mailbox gives you several options: you can scan a mail item, discard, shred or even select the option to have it mailed to you. (Sometimes you may need the actual physical mail, for example, your driver’s license.)


Never again are you going to have to worry about losing mail that has piled up in your home or office, not being able to track down important packages or parcels that you know you picked up weeks or months ago, or generally just cluttering up your space with mail that you don’t know if you’ll ever need in the future – but know that you probably shouldn’t toss it out on the off chance that you might.


The control that you are able to exercise over your mail with a virtual mailbox is unparalleled.


Sure, the USPS has a proven method in a PO Box that has been tried and true for generations. But virtual mailboxes don’t throw out PO Box approaches entirely so much as they incorporate what the USPS does well with those services with their own innovative twists, accessory services, and improvements.


You really do get the best of all worlds when you choose to move forward with a virtual mailbox service compared to just grabbing a PO Box at your local post office.


Another huge convenience is the ability to go back and view mail that came in many months (or even years) ago. It serves as a terrific mail management system, with superb archive features. Which is why you need to ensure you are working with the best virtual mailbox service.

And if you own a business, you realize the amount of paperwork and paper mess this archival system can help you avoid. 


You’ll have a completely searchable (easily searchable, at that) archive of every single mail piece, every single package, and every single parcel that comes through your virtual mailbox.


On top of that, we aren’t just talking about a couple of data points that you can get out of a spreadsheet with this searchable database, either.


No, with the right virtual mailbox service you’re going to get actual digital photographs or scans of the envelopes and packages themselves.


You’re also going to get information about the individual or organization that sent you those packages and parcels, as well as concrete dates and timestamps about when they arrived at your mailbox, when you received digital confirmation of those deliveries, and (with some services) when you last accessed that information and those digital documents.


All of this is going to streamline your paperwork process significantly. You can forget forever about having to pile all kinds of mail into complicated physical filing systems, living your life with manila envelopes cluttering up the place, or hoping that you haven’t lost a key pieces of mail somewhere in the shuffle just because you have so much to navigate.


Overwhelmed professional looking at a stack of papers


Something to consider if you have a business that you wish to display in a more “prestigious” fashion, is the fact that a real street address looks a lot better than a PO Box. 


It is true you can register your business using the Post Office and get a PO Box, but consider how that would look on your website or when doing a presentation to a client? 


A streamlined enterprise mail management solution could help with other business needs as well, such as a check deposit. Check deposits are offered both for individual customers and businesses alike and can come in handy in order to save time from going to the bank. Endorse your check digitally, and you’re good to go!


These check depositing services are just one of the accessory options that top virtual mailbox service providers include as part and parcel of your membership package.


There isn’t anything like this available from the USPS at this point in time, and there may never be a streamlining of these kinds of services in the future.


But the ability to not only have a check delivered directly to your mailbox, a digital document made of that check arriving, a digital copy of that check scanned into your records (available and accessible on any internet enabled device at any point in time), and the ability to have that check instantly deposited into your account is a game changer.


It’s not hard to see how a service like this can streamline so much of your operation, especially when you choose a partner that you know you can trust in the virtual mailbox industry.


Mail being delivered across the world with the click of a button


Here is a list of the advantages you get, when using a Virtual Mailbox:


  • Save time, money & stay organized. Long gone are the days when you needed to drive, sometimes in harsh weather, deal with the traffic and get stuck behind a turtle car. If you consider the amount of money you spend on gas going back and forth to the post office yearly, that’s some extra needless spending. And you know what they say about time being money right? So factor that in too! And what about archiving all your documents and going back months & years at a time, digging up some old IRS notice? It’s evident that a Virtual Mailbox, if nothing else, would provide you great convenience and would also be a money saver.


A clock held on the one hand and a dollar sign on the other hand


  • Save up to 80% on shipping costs. Sometimes you need to access your physical mail and get the actual paper envelope. We understand that, which is why there is an on-demand shipping request made available to you. The advantage here is the fact that when using a mail forwarding service like US Global Mail, due to the volume of mail we ship & handle, we are able to provide bulk pricing. The irony is, that so do several mail forwarding companies, but many of them decide to even mark up the shipping service itself. If you do proper due diligence, you will find mail forwarding services that offer you shipping at a fraction of what the retail cost would be (up to 80% off.) US Global Mail is proud to be one of them.


Shipping boxes sitting on a keyboard key labeled as shipping


  • The environmental consequence. The tons of junk mail that end up in landfills or our oceans, is scary to even think about. Unfortunately, most residents tend to simply trash the junk mail (magazines, marketing mailers, etc) instead of recycling. Using a digital option, would help lessen our global footprint, considering that the sponsored mailers that we get – should you decide to do so – we shred and recycle.


A giant human footstep that has demolished part of a forest


  • Security & privacy. Mail theft in this country is growing at a record pace. Identity theft is on the rise, and having your mail exposed in public, can create a series of headaches or even amount to personal losses with criminals using your identity for malicious activity. When you compare this to having all mail sent to a warehouse secured with 24/7 surveillance systems and security personnel, it is evident that you your mail will stay away from the hands of crooks. Additionally, all mail is encrypted and you have access to it all, whenever you choose. 


USPS mail theft notification


In summary, e-mail in no way has been able to eliminate all physical mail. But obtaining a virtual mailbox will allow you to digitize even the extra pieces of mail that our 21st century digital age has not been able to disrupt. 


Two things are certain: virtual mailboxes aren’t going anywhere and nor is snail mail.


The trick is trying to find a way to marry these two completely different of communication in a system that doesn’t add more headache, more hassle, and more complexity to your already super busy life.


Nobody wants to have to worry about more issues and more anxiety with their mail, regardless of whether or not that’s personal mail or business mail. We are all looking for ways to increase efficiency, cut down on the amount of time we spend having to navigate this type of necessary busywork, and making our lives a little simpler and straightforward along the way.


The good news is, streamlining your mail management and keeping everything online in one place, can help organize the busiest individuals and businesses. 


The big challenge is always finding the right partner to move forward with, especially today when the market is becoming ever more crowded with new competitors getting into the industry.


You’ll want to be sure that you research all of your options, really do your due diligence to find professionals that you know you can trust, and dig deep into the reputation of the companies you’re thinking about doing business with before you sign on the dotted line and have them handle something as important as your mailbox.


It’s critical that you work with trusted companies like US Global Mail, experts that have a long and established track record that can be independently verified by you, so that you know you are being well taken care of.


Move forward with a fly-by-night operation that you can verify on your own and you’re only adding more complexity and more anxiety to something that could have been almost effortlessly taking care of with the right partner – a partner like US Global Mail.


What are your thoughts?


Are you ready to make managing all of your mail – ALL of your mail – a whole lot easier than it ever was before, all while enjoying the best of the traditional mailbox and digital communication worlds?


How can a Virtual Mailbox make your life easier?


Let us know!


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