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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2005 05:21:15 AM »

You can easily use your current street address and add "Suite 104" or the like to the address. Your mailman will still deliver, you can easily sort personal and business mail. It will sound like you have an office, but if someone were to say, "I'm going to stop by" they'd get confused when they discovered they were in a residential area.
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2005 04:10:07 PM »

I have a PO Box for my business, it costs me $29.00 every six months for a small box (I'm in NY State.). 

I think folks would rather see a PO Box address (or Mail Boxes Etc./UPS Store address) than either no location at all or just the town and state.  Knowing how to get in touch with businesses in the real world is important to me as a shopper, so I like folks to see that info about my business. 

Of course, I don't have my phone number listed anywhere, and I suppose if I was giving out my phone number, the PO Box address wouldn't be as important. 

Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2005 04:37:02 PM »

I do see it differently.  I think every business card must have phone number and email address.  You're handing it out so people can get in touch.  Few people use paper mail these days. 

I also strongly recommend that if you're serious about your business, you have a phone line that is dedicated to business.  It can be a cell phone, but it should always be answered with your name and/or the name of the business.  You can actually use it for personal calls too as long as your friends and family won't give you a hard time about your business-like greeting. 

Yes, many people wish they were self-employed, worked from home.  But when you're trying to reach a business, you want it to sound business-like.  You're considering giving these people some of your hard-earned money. 

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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2005 08:16:57 PM »

FYI if you plan to have an email mailing list or newsletter, or have email communications with clients, the CAN SPAM act requries that email communications from businesses have a physical address posted in the email so that customers know you are a real place and not some spammer.

I think the PO box/UPS store is the best option. I am about to switch to a PO box b/c the box at the UPS store was very expensive and I have NEVER used it. In a whole year I have never had any customer or anyone I gave my business card want to contact me in any way besides email.
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