Use PO Box or Home address?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by mkarps, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. mkarps

    mkarps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I have been using my home address with only part time but I am taking over 300+ accounts. What would you recommend? What do you guys use, home/po?

    I've looked into some of the virtual po boxes but don't think that will work since receiving checks.
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    I use a PO box because when I started I was living in an apartment that I knew I wasn't going to be in for long. If you move you will have to make sure 300 people have your new address if you use your home address.
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  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,168

    I use a PO box for customer use. I have 1200 active customers, and probably another 5000 inactive customers. I know they can find where I live, but I want them mailing to a PO box, not my home. Trying to separate home and office.
  4. mkarps

    mkarps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Good points. I just can't decide if I need to or not. I am leaning towards it for that purpose of not having to change the address. I haven't had any problems with mail up to this point but have only been mowing for a dozen or so clients.
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    when i first started i used my home address. but i bought my own house 4 years ago and got a P.O. box for my company.
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    My service center and my home are located on a farm with acreage. There is no mail delivery here, so I have to have a post office box in the next city. It's only five minutes down the highway and having an address listed as "Industrial Avenue" is kind of cool.

    I would prefer to have it delivered here.
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    I use a home address.
  8. Luke Reedy

    Luke Reedy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    With a P.O. box you won't have to worry about kids thinking it's funny to walk down the street, open your box, and throw your mail up and down the street. I've had it happen to me a couple of times. Can you imagine, with all that you have your mind on in the day, to have to explain to customers that you understand they sent the check but you don't have it and why? The times it has happened to me, I had a P.O. box and nothing important was in there. I came home and all of my mail was in the ditch, or in the street, or across the street. If you get a P.O. box, change billing address on your credit card statements, bank statements, utility bills, and any important mail you would receive. Can save a lot of potential headaches.
  9. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    P.O Box for the business stuff
  10. mkarps

    mkarps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Anyone using a UPS box at UPS Store? I like the idea being able to have a street address. Cost is at least double a PO Box. I see some people use it as suite #. Is anyone doing this?

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