One of the main challenges facing small businesses is the fact that many customers and clients automatically overlook them in favour or their bigger rivals.
Companies with large offices, lots of employees and a fantastic central location find it far easier to acquire new work as people automatically have confidence in their ability to deliver.
So if you run a small business with great potential but can’t afford a city centre office, here’s how you can get an address to impress so that you too can start to compete with the big boys.
Mail forwarding can give you an address in some of the best locations in the city
What is a mail forwarding service?
A mail forwarding service can be used as part of a virtual office package, or by itself, in order to give your business a new address without having to relocate.
All mail and postal communications are sent to this new address where the service provider will then collect them and forward them on to you.
Some mail forwarding services also provide a physical post box so that you can collect your mail whenever you like.
How can this impress potential customers and clients?
If you choose the services of a reputable provider, they should be able to offer you the choice of postal addresses in some great city centre locations, and even is prestigious buildings or office developments.
This gives your potential customers and clients the impression that your company is larger and more established than it is, inspiring confidence in your ability to deliver the results that they are looking for.
To complete the impression that your business occupies a city centre pad, you could also hire a call forwarding service, giving you a new phone number with the geographical calling code of your new office. Calls are then either answered and transferred on to you or routed directly to your phone system.
How can you get a mail forwarding service?
Setting up a mail forwarding service is very easy, simply contact a business service provider and they should be able to have your mail forwarding set up quickly and efficiently.
All you’ll need to do is provide them with the relevant paperwork in order to verify your identity and address. This will normally be two documents, like a driving license and utility bill, and helps to prevent rogue traders from using mail forwarding services.
How much does it cost?
This should be around £25-30 to setup and then about £30 a month after that. Some providers may also a charge a mail handling fee of around 10%.
Combining a mail forwarding service with other virtual offices solutions could see you make a saving, so contact your provider to discuss this before you sign up.
All of your mail will be forwarded on to you quickly and efficiently
Is it easy to cancel?
Like most virtual office services, once your company no longer needs mail forwarding you can cancel it quickly and easily.
Though you’ll need to ensure that you’ve updated all of your clients, customers and suppliers so that your lines of communication are not interrupted.
Creating a more professional and impressive company image can work wonders for the success of your business, helping it to grow and develop into a serious contender.
So why not start now? Get that crucial city centre address, and help your company become the business that you know it can be.
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