Print Your Own Stamps -
New service from the Royal Mail which lets you print your own stamps
off your computer -
Better or worse than franking machines?
Great news, you can now print your own customized stamps on demand
for a small annual fee of £50, with postage on top - all from
the comfort of your home office.
But is it worth it and what should you watch out for?
Well one of the obvious savings is time - or is it ...
SmartStamp will also print your envelopes as well as 'stamp'
them. But you might already print your addresses, so no time saved
there. And if you are 100% certain that all your post all of a certain
weight, well you could just as well use ordinary stamps.
The real saving in time is if you send a variety of mail out -
brochures, samples, etc. Normally you would have to trek off to
your local Post Office, wait in the queue, weigh your post, etc.
This could easily take up to an hour depending how far your post
So you could you can definitely save time here by weighing your
post out and printing your postage labels at home, and just dumping
it all at the Post Office fast.
But --- as I've learned to my cost, you have to make sure that
you weigh your post accurately.
I once nearly lost a client because I assumed that this important
letter was a certain weight, stuck a stamp on it, and sent it out
- I was in a hurry. When my client hadn't received the letter within
2 days, I had to rush another one out, had it weighed at the Post
Office and found out that I hadn't put enough postage on it. The
first letter arrived several days after the second, with a demand
to pay the missing postage - Not a way to impress a client.
So make certain that you use accurate digital postage scales. Your
kitchen scales just won't do!
Of course, the other big bonus with SmartStamp, is the fact
that you can print your postage stamp design, in colour. Make sure
you do it justice, that 'stamp' will then become the first thing
your customer notices about you.
The only major problem I see, is if you send out a lot of mail,
or send mail out twice a day ...
If you're like me, working from a home office, you've probably
only got one computer, or at least one decent printer.
Every time you want to print some stamps, you are going to have
to alter your printer and tie up your computer from perhaps more
productive work - that Makes you money, rather than spend it.
In that case, enjoy your treks to the Post Office, and look at
it as 'thinking and planning time', or get a Franking Machine -
and that weighs your post as well!
You can find out more about the Royal
Mail's SmartStamp here
scales at discount prices
- as well as all other stationery - here
Machines, plus £20 Free Postage
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