You will need to make several decisions about shipping your product.

First, you will need to determine your shipping address. For home based businesses, you can choose to use your home address or rent a mail box. You probably don’t want customers showing up at your home. So in most cases it is probably better to rent a mail box. 

You can rent a US Post Office box, a UPS mail box or a mail box offered by a third party. They come in a variety of sizes and prices.  It is good to shop around as prices vary from one location to another even for a post office box.

I found that renting the US Post Office box is the least expensive option. In many locations in New Jersey, it costs $46 for the smallest size mail box for a period of 6 months. The UPS Store nearby had asked for $19.95 per month. When choosing the location of your mail box, it is better to have it closer to where you live.

In addition to the cost of the mail box, the other consideration is the actual cost of shipping. USPS offered lower and more simplified price structure with its flat rate delivery for priority mail across the US.

One other thing to remember is that UPS will not deliver to a PO box.

Overall shipping using USPS and renting a PO box offers a good alternative for home based businesses.

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