Monday, August 11, 2008

Get a P.O. Box (If Your Company Needs One)

While it might read like an advice column, this entry is not meant to be professional advice, or even intermediate or novice advice. Just so we're clear...

There are several reasons to get a P.O. Box or mailing address outside of the main office: Security, organization, convenience, etc., or some mix all reasons. Anyway, like my film company did in its start-up phase, DeRamos Media acquired a Medium Size 3 P.O. Box for about $110 per year. Medium Size 3 can hold several manila envelopes without being overkill like a Large Size 4 box. DeRamos Media pretty much lucked out in terms of price and location; Medium Size 3 fees (and any size, for that matter) can and will vary by location.

I have to commend my local Post Office for their friendly service when it came to applying for the P.O. Box. That's another story altogether, albeit a pleasant one that reads almost like a sitcom. However, what's not a sitcom is our ever-rising start-up cost of about $760.

Anyway, you can download the official USPS form by right-clicking and saving this link as whatever file name you choose. It's named Form 1093, by the way. Fill out the form in advance, scan the completed form as a PDF copy, and bring two forms of ID to the Post Office. A state-issued photo ID like a driver's license is a no-brainer. The second form is a bit tricky, in my opinion, because Social Security cards and credit cards are not acceptable by the USPS. Like a state-issued photo ID, your second form of ID needs to link your name with your home address. (So the Man knows where to find you.) A recent utility or insurance bill in your name and address should suffice, but don't take my word for it.

To be continued...

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