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Attorney Time, Money Saver: How to Print Postage Stamps Online

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on September 06, 2011 6:49 AM

Let's face it: a trip to the post office is something that most professionals (attorneys especially) dread. Long lines, crowded offices, and horrendous wait times are all qualities that we tend to associate with the postal service. But, did you know that online postage is now more convenient than ever?

While many of us tend to think that the post office is outdated and antiquated, there have been improvements to the post office's website over the last few years.

Now the post office offers the ability to print shipping labels directly off their website.

And, you can order stamps and other mailing supplies directly from the U.S. Post Office.

Treks to the post office with piles of documents to be served may be a thing of the past. But, of course, like most technological advances there are some drawbacks.

The post office's website cannot fully replace a brick-and-mortar post office.

For example, if you want a certificate of mailing you'll still need to drag yourself down to the local post office. Other features are available both online and at the post office, such as requesting signatures upon delivery.

Besides using the official USPS site, there are also other options for mailing. You could also spring for a third-party vendor's postage services. These third party vendors will let you print stamps using your computer like the post office site. And, some of them will also include your own scale so that you can more accurately purchase stamps. Of course, using these third-party services does mean that you'll be paying an additional fee for the convenience.

Or, of course, you could just go to the post office. But, with the USPS website touting up to 15% savings for online postage, why bother going to the post office at all? That is, unless you want one of those pesky post-office only services.

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