Is a Franking Machine Suitable for My Business?

franking machineNow that you have been introduced to a franking machine, it is only natural that you find out more about it. After all, it pays to have good research before investing your time and money into something. So now you’re asking if a franking machine is suitable for your business. Answer these questions and you will surely make a good decision after this article.

What is your business?

Are you an eCommerce business? Is your business small, medium or large? Are you into manufacturing? Do you ship products regularly?

Do you send mail regularly?

If so, how many do you send daily? Is it 5, 50 or 500? Do you send mixed mail (a mix of small, medium and large envelopes)?

Now let’s pause. If you answered yes to the question above and you send at least 5 pieces of mail a day then you are on the right track.

How much are you spending for your mail?

Calculate how much it costs to send mail daily. Don’t forget to include the overhead costs such as electricity, staff salary and petrol or transportation cost. Also calculate how much business you are losing while you or your staff is away, falling in line at the local post office.

How much is your budget?

Now that you have an idea of your current mail expenses, set a realistic budget for a franking machine. Keep in mind that there are machines tailor made for small, small to medium, medium to large and large businesses so you can stick to your budget. You don’t have to purchase a machine with all the bells and whistles if you are only processing 20 pieces of mail per day.

You can also rent one if you are scared to invest in a new one. Have a feel of what’s it like to have a franking machine. Eventually you will be able to decide what’s best for your business. Renting is also a good option if you send bulk mail in erratic periods. For short term projects, renting is your best bet.

Benefits of a franking machine

If you own a franking machine, you can cut a lot of your aforementioned expenses. You don’t need to go to the post office daily so you save on transportation costs. You don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing mails. You will be able to focus on the more important aspects of your business.

Did you know that Royal Mail will give you discounts for your franked mails? Discounts are allotted for properly franked first and second class mails. Discounts are dependent on the size of the mail you are sending. Not only were you able to cut costs, you can make sending mail quite profitable. You can use the money that you save to invest on other things. You will get higher discounts if you send more mail and that equates to more money in the bank.

Owning a franking machine will give you back more time, more money and more control over your business. 

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