Let’s be upfront here. We’re a coworking space. We offer mailbox service. And we think they are worth it and that’s why we offer the service. If we offered the service and we thought it was dumb, well, that would just be silly.
But, it turns out we’re not crazy (about this). There are a lot of good reasons we have so many business mailing address members! So, if you are on the fence about investing in a mailbox, we encourage you to consider the following points:
Did you know that when you register with the state that whatever address you put in for your paperwork is readily available to the public? If a deal goes bad and you have someone who wants to “visit” you at home that could put you or your family at risk.
In addition to unwelcome guests, there might be pieces of mail or packages that aren’t appropriate for your neighborhood to see. If you had a business address, you’d have a discreet place to collect mail and unpack or open them at your leisure.
Have you ever been anticipating an important package only to step into the bathroom just at the time that the UPS/FEDEX person popped onto your front step? If you’ve opened the door to one of those unwelcome “Sorry we missed you…” slips, you’ll know how valuable it would be to have someone at a desk signing for a package during business hours. Well, if you decide to get a mailbox, you’ll be able to reliably collect your important deliveries whenever it suits you (and at Spark Commons, you’ll have a code that allows you to access the space 24 hours).
There are two things to think about here, first you have search engine optimization to consider. Google and the other major search engines want you to have a place to call your “business home”. That way you show up in local searches. Even if you’re a professional service provider, you want it to look legit if someone searches for you. Our advice? Get a mailing address.
In addition, you also might be chatting with someone at an event, virtual coffee, or on a discovery call. When they ask you where you work, would you rather say “my basement” or would you prefer to say “I have an office in downtown Bremerton”? Hmmm?
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you have a mailing address at Spark Commons. We, and many coworking spaces like ours, have services that are discounted at all levels of membership. For instance, at our space, if you pay $25/month for a mailbox you can use our conference room for $15/hour. You also get invited to the member events (we recently did a gelatin shot tasting – one of our members is developing a new business – and we’ve rented out a movie theater before as well!).
Are you traveling? Need to make sure your packages don’t sit on your porch or your checks aren’t falling from the mail slot on the floor where your dog decides to skid out on them after going outside to piddle in the rain? We got you. Need us to scan your mail because you’re gone for an extended period of time? No problem, we have a package for that.
To Mailbox or Not To Mailbox, That is the Question
Well, if this hasn’t convinced you, then you absolutely should not, under any circumstances, get a business mailing address. Don’t do it. No, really.
Business Mailing Address Anyone?
If you DO decide you’re interested, we’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have! Or you can take a look at our website to learn more as well.