Today many people run their own businesses from home as it saves on the costs associated with leasing an office or other business premises. Although there is nothing wrong with working from home, to some clients it screams unprofessionalism. In this article we will explain how you can alter people’s perception of your small business by using a mail forwarding service.
What is mail forwarding?
A company offering a mail forwarding service will act as an intermediary platform between a business and its clients. They will give home-businesses a physical corporate address which they can use on their business cards and stationary. Clients will then send their mail to the business address, where the mail forwarding company will sort the letters and packages before posting them to the business owner’s home address.
In the business world it is all about creating a good impression, with location playing a huge part in this. If you are based at home it can often give clients the impression that you are new and perhaps are not able to offer them the same standard of service as a larger business. By using a mail forwarding service you can have a prestigious business address in a large city like London or Manchester. This will give clients the impression that your business operates from that address, and will have no reason to think you run your business from home.
Using a mail forwarding service will also mean that you do not have to give out your home address to clients. Your home is a place of privacy so it is understandable that you do not want your clients to know where you live. The mail forwarding company will be able to sort out your mail for you so you do not receive junk mail through your door every day.
How to choose a mail forwarding company
If you have decided that using a mail forwarding company would be beneficial to your small business, then it is important to spend time finding a company that can meet your needs and requirements. Make sure you find out where they are located, as their address will be the business address that you give out to your clients. If you want your customers to think your business is located in London, then you will need to choose a mail forwarding company that is located in that area. You will also need to find out the turnaround times of the mail forwarding services, to ensure you will always receive your letters and packages in a timely manner.
Some mail forwarding companies look like they offer cheap rates on the face of it but can ask for six months or even one year up front to achieve these rates. As a small business you will not want to be tying up your valuable cash by paying up front and will want flexibility to leave the service if your business changes direction.
Sometimes small business owners can feel like they are at a disadvantage working from home, rather than at a prestigious business premises. Mail forwarding services are the solution to this common issue, as they provide home-run businesses with a prestigious business address that looks professional and impressive to customers.
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