Hello, fellow business owner. I see that you are looking for a new address for your business. That’s great – because I too was once in the position of looking for a new premises for my business. I know how hard it can be to find the perfect property, because you want to strike the right balance between prestige and price. Before we go diving headfirst into how to get the best address for your business I do want to take a step back and to look at what an address actually does for your business. After all, the first job that you have in your business is to establish trust with your brand. Having a physical address on your website is a hugely important part of creating trust and credibility. When you don’t have a physical address people start to wonder what it is that you’re hiding, and they also start to wonder where on earth you’re based. If you’re a small business owner you might not be at the stage of springing for a whole office. So. What do you do if you can’t afford an office but need the address? There are a number of options available for finding the best business address, so let’s take a look at them here.
Get a virtual office for your business. A virtual office is a great option for the agile startup or the expanding empire in that you get all of the services of a full-service office (physical address, receptionist, phone number, access to facilities) without the huge costs associated with these kinds of rentals. Click here for more information on serviced offices in your local area.
Get a PO Box. The cost for a PO box is pretty minimal, it’s a tax deductible expense and you can even sort out your business address online and pay for it easily. Prices can vary slightly from branch to branch, so be sure to consider what it is that you are after.
Get a virtual mailroom. This is a bit of a pricey service, but it’s really handy. You get an address that you use for your business, and from there the team there get your mail, scan it into PDF format and then email to it you or let you view it through a portal. You can sort through junk and then they can recycle or or shred anything you don’t want. They can also forward you any physical mail that you need. Hugely effective for a business that has a lot of unimportant mail coming.
Share an office with another company. If you’re looking for an office space but don’t have the money to afford a property yet then it can be a good option to share a space with another company. Why not pair up with someone who has complementary skills to yours and who can offer a value-add for your business? This can be a win-win for your clients as they will get two for one when they come to see you!
It doesn’t matter which of these options that you choose, it depends on what option you want for your company. Do you want the freedom and flexibility of a PO Box and the ability to move your business around to anywhere in the world? Do you want the prestige of a virtual office and the benefits that brings, or do you want to set up shop with another business? Whichever option you plump for just be sure to have your eyes open to the costs, benefits and detractors. This will help you to keep your head above water when it comes to making a decision.