As more trades depend on their workforce travelling and visiting customers and clients either in their own homes or businesses, many business owners are electing to do away with the traditional office set up. Measures such as working from home are often more cost effective than the on-going and sometimes unwarranted expense of the day to day running of an office, all the power charges and equipment they require and the wages of at least one staff member to be present at all times. In these modern times of financial unrest the money saved by not having a permanent base of operation could help to save the job of an employee, or give staff a bonus or pay rise.

There is, however, a number of disadvantages to losing the traditional office set-up and one of these is receiving regular mail. Without a permanent office it can be difficult for suppliers and customers to send mail, packages and much needed supplies. Many entrepreneurs are seeing this disadvantage and the potential damage it can do to small businesses, and bridging the gap by establishing professional mail forwarding services which aim to assist with the problem.

Professional mail forwarding services work in a number of ways; either providing the business with a full postal address or a PO Box number where post can be delivered to and dealt with, or forwarded on to a home address, or in some cases left for the company to collect at their convenience.

Many business owners, as well as with the increasing number of self employed people who work from home, utilise Mail Forwarding services as having a permanent base where mail, packages and supplies can be delivered to gives them a professional edge and a unique selling point which their competitors might not be able to offer; especially in the case of tradespeople who often allow their workmanship speak for their professional reputation and tend to give little thought to the way they are perceived by their clients. An obvious advantage to this is that the clients never need know (if the business owner chooses to work on this basis) that they do not have a “traditional office” which they work from. This can help with a clients’ perception of the size and scale of a business.

Another benefit of using a mail forwarding system is that tradespeople and freelance workers who operate their business from their home address tend to receive much in the way of sales documents, junk mail and flyers from competitors – this can cause a nuisance and a build up in domestic rubbish. Having a professional mail forwarding service can alleviate this nuisance and many services can even “whittle” out the junk mail before it is passed on to their clients.

Using a mail forwarding service and therefore not providing a home address can also help many small business owners and self-employed people counter the problem of data protection as the family home does not have to be listed. This is turn can help maintain privacy and can also ensure that customers don’t decide to do “house calls” themselves.