Virtual mail services are not new—business centers have offered them for years. Virtual mail is, however, an increasingly common offering in coworking spaces as demand for more professional amenities grows in the shared workspace industry.

In a nutshell, virtual mailbox services receive and process mail for clients. Unlike a traditional P.O. box, which is a place to receive mail, virtual mailbox services include a number of other offerings and can be a valuable add-on for small business owners, independent professionals, freelancers and coworking space members, whether full-time, part-time, or virtual office members. Here are seven reasons to use a virtual mail service instead of a P.O. box.

1. Establish a professional business address with a virtual mailbox

Having a street address for your business signals a level of success greater than that expressed by simply having a P.O. box. A business address implies stability. It can also strengthen your brand and help you establish yourself in the local business ecosystem.

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Virtual mail services provide a professional business address at an economical price point in locations like this high-rise office in San Francisco


2. A virtual mailbox gives you a business address in any city

Virtual mail services allow you to have a business address anywhere in the country, or even world. Unlike a P.O. box, which requires you to be present to pick up mail, virtual mail services will sort, hold or forward your mail to wherever you are. This way, you can have a San Francisco digital mailbox, or a business address in Silicon Valley, or London, England, or Austin, Texas.

3. Get mail alerts and notifications with a virtual mail service

The beauty of virtual mail service is that you don’t have to be present to pick up your mail. You’ll be alerted when you receive mail and can decide what to do with it remotely. With Pacific Workplaces, whether you’re using virtual mailbox services in San Jose, California, Reno, Nevada, Sacramento, California or anywhere else, mail alerts and notifications can keep you up-to-date with your incoming mail.

Virtual Mailbox Alerts and Notifications

4. Determine what to do with your mail

Once you receive an alert that you’ve received mail, you can have it forwarded, opened, scanned or shredded with the click of a button. This way, you can stay on top of the mail you receive from wherever you may be.

5. Additional virtual office services

Your virtual mail service may include additional virtual office offerings. For instance, Pacific Workplaces virtual office plans include live phone answering, call forwarding, access to workspace, private offices, meeting rooms, day offices and open coworking.

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6. Access to a professional network beyond virtual mail services

A P.O. box is simply a box at the post office for your mail. Virtual mail in a coworking space or shared workspace, however, offers access to a professional network of people working in the space, gathering for events and meetings and collaborating on projects. You may start out as a virtual mail member, but you have the option to grow into more workspace offerings as you grow and expand your business. Pacific Workplaces are full of independent professionals, freelancers, remote workers and small business owners. Many take advantage of virtual mail and virtual office offerings as well as the rich networks that grow when professionals of all types share workspace.

7. Customize your virtual mail plan at Pacific Workplaces

As with coworking and virtual offices, there’s no single virtual mail plan that is right for every business. Pacific Workplaces empowers you to create a custom virtual mail and virtual office plan that’s right for you and your company.

A virtual mailbox, virtual office or coworking membership can help take your business to the next level. Pacific Workplaces is a leader in the shared workspace industry, offering shared offices in 19 locations, including San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Find a Pacific Workplaces location near you.

Written by Cat Johnson, a content strategist and coworking member at NextSpace Santa Cruz.

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