Given that we’ve been going to the trouble of formalizing our online ventures as an actual business, I thought that I’d go the extra mile and document the various steps here. Since our goal is to separate our business and personal lives, it only makes sense to rent a Post Office box such that the business side of things can’t be easily tied back to our home address.
To this end, I dropped by the Post Office to check out what they had available. As it turns out, P.O. Boxes are way cheaper than I had expected. The least expensive option, with a 3″ x 5.5″ opening, was just $26/year. We opted for the second step up (5″ x 5.5″) at $38/year. While the sizes are standard across locations, prices vary depending on where you’re located. This table gives you and idea of the range (prices reflect six month rates) but you have to know which “Fee Group” you’re a part of before you can figure out your exact cost. It’s probably easiest to just call your local Post Office for pricing.
More info on P.O. Boxes is available from the U.S. Postal Service.