If you work from home and use a simple business account, you likely also want the professionalism of a business address, but the privacy of not using your home address (especially if in rented or shared accommodation).
Royal Mail offers a simple PO box number, which is an option. But it’s quite expensive and also if you don’t use it often, it is perfectly legal for them to shut it down. Many people prefer the option of a virtual business address. Not only is it cheaper and secure, but most will scan and email you your post, which saves paper and postage too.
- The Hoxton Mix gives a cheap prestigious London address, with no postage fees, set up in 10 minutes. You can have all mail scanned and emails, the day it’s received. All documents are then shredded and recycled. You can use the service as your registered address, and cancel month-to-month (unlike the Post Office, which forces you to pay 3 months in one go).
- Icon Offices offers 4 cheap address options. Choose from London, East London or Essex. Silver, Gold and Platinum packages include worldwide postal forwarding.
- UK Post Box offers a business address to read online or forward if needed, using mail management software. Post is scanned and you can have is scanned, forwarded (unopened), stored or shredded. You can use the address for correspondence, business trading, registered office or directors’ address.
- Your Virtual Office London again offers a prestigious address, then scans and emails all post. On signing up, you can use the EC1 address instantly. And choose to have physical mail forwarded daily, weekly or monthly (all parcels signed for by them).