When you start your own remote business, you’ll be responsible for a number of ongoing expenses. Shipping mail and packages is one of them. Here are a couple of tips to help you save money when shipping domestically:
- If you are sending multiple mail and packages, it’s best to bundle them and ship your items together as a single order when possible. The first oz (FC) or lb (PM) is the most costly in terms of postage. Incremental weight increase from there is a fraction of the first oz/lb’s postage costs. For example: You have a 5 oz package, a 2 oz package, and 1 oz letter. Shipping three separate items will cost you much more than bundling it all under an 8 oz package and shipping it together.
- Distance plays a role in shipping costs. If you plan to ship mail regularly from your mailbox to a frequent location (such as a home or office), you should select a mailbox location that is close to your residence/office.
- Be mindful of your packaging. If you use a box that is significantly larger than your package, you’ll be paying to mail empty space. This is referred to as dimensional weight.
- If you’ll be shipping expensive items often, it’s recommend that you select a tax-free location like Delaware or Oregon.