How to Start a Postal Business

Postal business is generally a mail service. It refers to the delivery of letters, parcel post, and printed matter such as books, magazines, and newspapers. It is also used in issuance of domestic and foreign money orders. In point of truth, it is used everywhere by everyone. No wonder why establishing a business like this will ensure you of a lucrative venture.

However, it may be a bit difficult, that is if you have no sufficient knowledge about how it works.

Postal Business in General

Here is good news for you. Postal business is a low maintenance start-up venture. It is because it only requires a small space to operate. Postal businesses are usually in commercial storefronts. The storefront where your business will be located is of great importance to your viability. So you will have to conduct a market research which will give you enough knowledge about the local demographics’ population and the foot traffic as well. Also, just like any other businesses, postal venture needs business plan. In this case, it must in a form of operational blueprint. Your business plan must include the location of your establishment as well as the present situation and competition in the market. You will also have to include in your plan the essential equipments of your business as well as the supplies and initial start-up expenses.

Start-up Tasks

The very first task in starting up a business is the choosing of a business name. Once you are registering for your business name, make sure that your chosen name is not similar to another for this will produce problems. Thus, make your business name unique but still catchy, one that can be easily remembered. Another task is the identification of the permits and licenses that will be needed before you can start operating your business. Requirements for acquiring such things will vary by state laws. Hence, you will have to research on your state laws concerning postal establishment. You will also need to estimate the kind of business liability insurance that you will apply for and which will be necessary.

On the other hand, you will also have to determine your pricing, deposits, and rental duration period for the mailboxes. Furthermore, policies for the 24-hour access to the mailboxes must be developed as well as notices with concern to the special deliveries, mail forwarding and large parcels delivery. It is also a requirement for you to acquire rights for you to be a legal site drop-off and pickup points for mail couriers.

Lastly, you will have to secure equipment and supplies of your postal service. For example, the individual locking of mailboxes which are small, medium, and large sizes which will be solely for customer use. You can obtain your commercial boxes from product providers like the National Mailboxes.


  • maria rocha said on December 14, 2010
    my business location will be at 19 th. st. and mission, San francisco, california 94110
  • Ron Ravin said on June 30, 2011
    Can a postal center be started without a franchise? How can I obtain more resources to start the postal counter in San Jose, CA, USA
  • Get Linked Social said on February 7, 2012
    Hello I'd like to hear your marketing plans please share with me.
  • Tshepo said on August 23, 2013
    can i work hand in hand with the local postal office to access clients post boxes so that i can drop them off at their(clients) door steps?
  • Helen omolara said on June 12, 2015
    Pleasant hill rd kissimmee, fl. 34747. Do I get an agency with usps or it must be a franchise first then you apply to usps
  • Dareen said on November 18, 2015
    How can a postal center be started without a franchise?El Cajon, San Diego, CA, USA


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