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U.S. Business Address For Foreign Entrepreneurs

Why Your Business Needs a US Address

There are a number of online services that provide a U.S. business and mailing address. Having a U.S. street address is important for foreign-owned U.S. companies that need such address for market presence or paperwork requirements, and it is often necessary for opening a U.S. bank account. Keep in mind, street addresses are superior to P.O. boxes because most private mail carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL, do not deliver to P.O. boxes.

All U.S. address providers we work with provide mail processing and handling services for all of the mail received at your new address. However, different address providers and mail processing companies offer different levels of service depending on your needs and budget.

Opus Virtual Offices, MailBoxForwarding.com, and USAMail1 all provide U.S. addresses and mail processing, ranging from full Virtual Office solution with the most extensive address list and comprehensive mail processing services, to basic mail forwarding from a single address. Below is a basic description of the services that each company offers.

Opus Virtual Offices

Opus Virtual Offices provides a complete Virtual Office solution with more than 400 locations in the US to choose from. Opus Virtual Offices services include the following:

  • A corporate business address for all your mailing and packages,
  • Local phone number,
  • Personalized live receptionist answering phone calls,
  • Personalized voice mail box which converts to email,
  • Fax number that will convert to email.

The cost of this service is a flat $99/month.

A virtual office is the perfect office solution for all new and expanding businesses looking to gain all the resources to provide the perfect image at a low cost. This is not just a US address, but a complete solution that includes local phone and fax numbers, among other things, making it a cost effective choice.

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MailBoxForwarding

Unlike Opus, MailBoxForwarding.com (MBF) is mainly a mail processing service. As of this writing (July 2013) they are offering three addresses: one free street address at its mail processing facility in Grandville, Michigan, and two paid addresses: in Los Angeles, CA ($14.95 / month) and Pompano Beach, FL ($9.95 / month). Most probably as their business grows they will offer addresses in more locations.

MBF’s mail processing services are very similar to those provided by Opus. You will be provided with an online user account, through which you will be able to instruct MBF’s staff on how to process your mail. MBF provides services including alerts to new mail and free envelope scanning, scanning of mail contents, shipping, forwarding, digital and physical storage, and recycling and shredding.

MBF offer competitive pricing on many aspects of its service. For example, all of MBF’s service plans provide free content scanning for a certain number of mail pieces, as well as unlimited shredding and recycling, whereas most other providers charge extra for both. MBF also offers lower rates for physical storage, mail forwarding handling fees, and additional mail scanning.

In addition, MBF offers a shared toll-free fax line free of charge, as well as a dedicated toll-free fax line for $5/month. Recently MBF also began offering check deposit services.

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USAMail1

USAMail1 is different from the two companies above in that it is basically a mail and package forwarding service. Like MBF, it only provides you with its central mailing address. It then forwards your mail to you at an address of your request, anywhere in the world.

While USAMail1 does offer some additional services such as opening packages and letters, scanning the contents, and holding your mail for a limited period of time, its basic function is to provide you with a U.S. mailing address, and then forward your mail to you.

USAMail1 is best suited for small business owners who deal in goods, travel frequently, or are located in a foreign country. Since many U.S. merchants do not ship internationally, USAMail1 provides a solution for businesses in foreign countries to get their shipments from the U.S. For business owners who travel frequently, USAMail1 provides a consistent address where their mail and packages can be sent and then forwarded.

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