Support Can Be Beautiful Postal centers go high-tech

By Jacquelyn Lynn

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Most homebased entrepreneurs are as comfortable in postalbusiness centers as they are with childhood friends. After all,this is an industry that's grown up with the SOHO market. Oncefairly simple operations where you could get mail, ship and receivepackages, these centers have matured into sophisticated, high-techresource centers. Here are some of their latest offerings:

Web-to-print technology. Log on to PostNet's Web site where you canselect, publish and purchase advertising specialties and printedmaterials using your own artwork and logos.

Computer time rental. Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) centers rentcomputers by the minute or hour The service includes high-speedInternet access.

MBE Online. Another MailBoxes Etc. offering, this Internet access product marketed byMBE, IBM and Infoseek, is an easy-to-use research andinformation-gathering tool for the homebased and small-officeworker.

Virtual warehouse. Parcel Plus locations are beingdesigned and retrofitted to provide homebased businesses withenhanced supplies, facilities, packaging and shippingexpertise.

Travel aid. Mail Boxes Etc. and USA Technologies Inc.have teamed up to offer MBE Business Express-24-hour. These fullyautomated, credit card-activated, totally self-service businesscenters are designed for business travelers who need quick accessto personal computers, printers, copiers and fax machines. Computerworkstations, featuring Microsoft software, provide Internet ande-mail services, laptop ports and printers.

Jacquelyn Lynn left the corporate world more than 12 yearsago and has been writing about business and management issues fromher home office in Winter Park, Florida, ever since.

Wavy Line

Editor's Pick

A Father Decided to Change When He Was in Prison on His Son's Birthday. Now His Nonprofit Helps Formerly Incarcerated Applicants Land 6-Figure Jobs.
A Teen Turned His Roblox Side Hustle Into a Multimillion-Dollar Company — Now He's Working With Karlie Kloss and Elton John
3 Mundane Tasks You Should Automate to Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff
The Next Time Someone Intimidates You, Here's What You Should Do
5 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health and Regulate Your Nervous System for Sustainable Success
Business News

'Do You Hate Me?': High School Teacher Shares Wild Emails He Receives From Students

Jordan Baechler teaches high school students in Ontario, Canada.

Business News

After Being Told They Could Work From Home Forever, Employees Made Major Life Changes. Then, a New CEO Ordered Them Back to the Office.

Farmers Group CEO Raul Vargas is facing backlash for the change, but he says being in the office brings more "collaboration" and "innovation."

Starting a Business

Starting a New Business? Here's How to Leverage Transferable Skills From Your Prior Careers and Drive Success

Launching your own business can be daunting, but when you harness the skills from past jobs, there are a variety of things you must ask yourself. Here are three recipes for success using your prior experiences.

Growing a Business

Do You Say 'Like' Too Much? Don't Worry! I'm a Sociolinguist, and I Like 'Like.'

The modern use of the word is denigrated through and through. But it may be doing more communicative heavy lifting than we give it credit for.