I recently found a resource for fresh Pecans, so I ordered them. The box arrived yesterday and when I opened it, the soft fragrance of pecans wafted up and enveloped me is a sense of nostalgia for homemade pralines and pecan pie. I have packed them in 1# bags and am selling them for $12. I cant wait to make some pies and pralines...........
I was a business major, worked in Corporate Finance for many years and thought that I had a pretty good handle on how to run a small business. I was wrong. Conceptually ok, perhaps, I just underestimated the magnitude of energy. Business school doesn’t really teach you how to start a small business; they teach you to have a business/ marketing plan. And you really do need those. Starting a business is more than a good idea, business cards and a website. Your government is also your partner, whether you invited them or not!
Here is what I learned. Starting a small business is you. Organize as a Sole Proprietorship before you become an LLC or Incorporated; get a DBA from the county; sales tax number from the State Comptroller. And before you do any of that, get a Private Mail Box from Nasa Postal. My street address allows you to keep your home address from becoming Public Information. Then when you obtain the DBA, Sale Tax number, EIN….. all those tasks that are required to become a “real business entity”. When I changed to an LLC, the change became public information and every credit card processor hounded me for weeks until I was able to remove my public listing. What a pain!
Furthermore, you want to focus all your energy on generating business revenue and not worry about back office logistics and administration. Nasa Postal can sign on your behalf should you receive certified or restricted deliveries. My system notifies you via email or text when those arrive.
You may also use your service here as a drop box, should you want to leave something for a customer pickup or if the customer wants to drop off something for you. And if you cannot pick items up during office hours, just call and we have a special place where you will have access after hours.
Starting a new business is a daunting task. Let us help you. Just call today.
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I did not know how prices had increased until recently when I ordered shipping box inventory replenishment. Rate increases in January and April resulted in a 30% increase in the cost of a shipping box just from last December.
Then earlier this week, I looked at the UPS website and saw that their small mail boxes were $30 a month. We are 30% less than that.
And we notify you when a package or bar coded item arrives, sign on your behalf so you don't have to stand in line at the Post Office to receive your item. You have 24 hour access and can pick up parcels after hours if arranged in advance. We also let you know when your box is up for renewal, so you don't have the inconvenience of cancellation.
I just can't imagine paying more and getting less.
Recently, a good customer came into the store to ship a box he purchased, several years ago, at flea market. The box contained about 20 military medals of a paratrooper earned during the Viet Nam War.
The customer, a retired law enforcement officer, had during the last several years attempted to find the recipient, reaching dead ends each time. Continued networking via various Veteran organizations, the investigator was able to find out the town where this quiet hero now resides. Reaching out to a local veteran, also a law enforcement officer, this gentleman went to the home and told the man about the box. The quiet hero was stunned and so very pleased that the medals had been found. He was also delighted to learn that he would be receiving them soon.
We sent the box on Friday and received word that the medals arrived on Monday. It was a very happy day for all of us! And we are thankful that this quiet hero’s medals are home.
At market recently, I found this little product that is ingenious. It is an absorbent material that fits your car’s cup holder. So when your bottle water condenses, the moisture won’t rust your pennies. What adds to the utility is the picture of your favorite dog or cat breed. This makes a great little gift for the pet lover. I have 88 breeds represented at $3.99 each. A thoughtful little something to give.
Earlier this week, a lady came in and inquired about shipping a laptop to an African country. I suggested that she also investigate the postal system in the country and customs or duty on an electronic device as some countries require an internal ministry / office to authorize the import of that item. Sadly, some counties, in all areas of the globe, make the receiver jump through hoops to receive the item, charging onerous duties, taxes and copies of visas or other documents exhausting the receiver who just gives up and abandons the item. Published rules are subject to change without notice.