Question for Work from Home IMers

by bchez
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I tried searching the archives for this, but can't find this, so thought I would ask.

If you work from home, and use email marketing as part of your promotional methods, what address do you use to display on the email? Do you setup and use a PO Box or use some other solution?

I have never been in this situation where I didn't have a physical address I could use.

TIA!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I'm using a PO Box personally. The last thing I need is random people showing up at my door asking for one of my pen names. Would get real awkward real fast.
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    • Profile picture of the author bchez
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      I'm using a PO Box personally. The last thing I need is random people showing up at my door asking for one of my pen names. Would get real awkward real fast.
      I wondered if that what most people were doing - I too am nervous about someone popping up to see me.
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  • Profile picture of the author angiedc
    Try to use a service that provides a real street address. I've always used UPS store facilities for this, so rather than having PO BOX 123, you can use 123 Main St. #1. Depending on what you're signing up for or putting your return address on, you may want to have a street address for a more professional appearance, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
      Originally Posted by angiedc View Post

      Try to use a service that provides a real street address. I've always used UPS store facilities for this, so rather than having PO BOX 123, you can use 123 Main St. #1. Depending on what you're signing up for or putting your return address on, you may want to have a street address for a more professional appearance, etc.
      At least in my neck of the woods, the USPS allows you to use the street address of the post office with your PO Box number as a sub number if that's what you're wanting. Personally, we just use the basic PO Box number (that we set up for just the business) with no complaints or problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Hi

    I do the same as Angie. I have a UPS box and they are very flexible on the address they will accept. Basically, if it has your box number or even if it doesn't and they can figure out it's to you, then it makes it into your box.

    I use 123-99 Mailbox St so it looks like a real street or office address. You could do 99 Mailbox St, Suite 123 or Office 123.

    I have heard the Canada and US post are strict about how PO Box addresses are formatted.

    UPS will also sign for packages and hold parcels. No boxes leaning against my front door.

    Mahlon
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  • Profile picture of the author travisl
    I always give the address to my least favorite neighbor.This way if a crazy person shows up I have enough time to laugh inside a little bit, and make a speedy escape out the back door.


    In all reality though, it is definitely worth it to invest in a PO box. If you don't have a lot of money use your address temporarily then once you make a little money go get one. After all, although there is a possibilty of someone coming to see you at your address, it is a very slim one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    My mailing address is a box number anyway. But if it wasn't I would get a box number. For email marketing that is all you need.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Use a virtual address if you're concerned about someone coming to see you. There are paid virtual address providers who will forward you any mail and will give you an address in any city in the US for a monthly free. There are also free services available.
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  • Profile picture of the author bchez
    Thanks guys. Truth be told, I am not extremely worried about *customers* coming to look me up, but once on a social network, I mentioned my husband's name in passing, and someone Googled us, found our wedding announcement, congratulated me on our actual anniversary date and starting asking me other personal questions. It was not cool. Ever since then, I have been real funny about my last name and other info being out there....it wouldn't be too hard for someone to sign up for my email, and get my address etc etc, next year the weirdo might send a card. -__-
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      I use a PO box for the bulk of things. I've moved so many time in the past few years that a physical address would have been changed every 5 minutes.
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