I have a small online retail store and am trying to figure out the best way to deal with returns in terms of shipping address. I looked into virtual mail boxes which give you a physical street address but the problem is because I am receiving actual packages it will cost too much to have them forwarded to my house. I know a PO Box doesn't look quite as professional and requires me to go down to the post office with my 2 small kids in tow every day. I am hesitant to use our home address because (1) I don't want customers showing up and (2) I blog about my kids on our site and feel it is a safety issue to have our home address out there. I am leaning towards a PO Box being our best option. Anyone have any suggestions or input?
Your best bet is to find a Mail box close to your home. If its not an actual PO Box (US Post Office) then you can list it as a # versus PO Box on your site.
Plus most of these mail places make extra money on shipping, (can probably get lower rates than you could alone), and can hold your packages until you pick them up.
I had one, it cost about $300 usd a year, with a very good address.
Last thing you want is customers showing up to the door.
I would use the address for everything related to your business, (banking, filings etc)