Alternatives for your physical address

If you work from home you may be surprised by the CAN-SPAM requirement to have a physical address in every email you send. Who wants to give out their home address to everyone on their mailing list? Not me.

Luckily there are a few options. The important thing to note with all of these is that the law doesn't require it to be your address, simply an address at which you can be contacted. With that in mind, let's walk through your alternatives:

  1. Rent a P.O. Box. Head down to your local post office and rent a post office box. This will give you an address where you can receive mail, without having to use your home address. Prices vary, but in general a P.O. box will cost you about $100 per year.
  2. Use your work address. If you have a day job with an office then you can talk to your employer about using the office address. Any mail to the office with your name on it should find its way to your desk.
  3. Ask a friend with a business. If a friend of yours owns a studio, coffeeshop, or simply has an office with an address, you can ask them to forward mail to you. Again, the requirement is simply that if a notice with your name on it is sent to the address listed, it gets into your hands.
  4. Head to a UPS Store. UPS Stores offer the convenience of a PO Box setup without the PO Box address. You get their physical street address and a "suite #" that directs the mail for you to the right box. Prices vary depending on the store so call your nearest location for details.
  5. Try your co-working space. Many co-working spaces add a perk that businesses renting from them can use their address as the business address. If you rent from a co-working space already, check with the manager on their policies regarding incoming mail.

Hopefully that gives you some alternatives to giving out your home address to the entire Internet (while still being compliant with the law).

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