Printing your own postage labels is often cheaper then purchasing them pre-made, and prevents you having to make a trip to a store. It's very easy to do, and requires only a printer, Internet access and postage labels or paper. It also saves you from having to line up to buy stamps!
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Load the printer. You can print onto sticker sheets, ensuring they are the correct size to completely fit the label on to, or onto plain paper and cut the label out.
Log on to the delivery company website that you wish to use. You may need to create an account if you do not already have one. Common delivery companies include FedEx, UPS, US Postal Service and Royal Mail.
Select the postage option you require. Check the terms and conditions of each, to ensure your parcel meets size requirements and will be posted in time. Some companies, such as Fed Ex, allow you to schedule a pick up from your home. Others, like Royal Mail, will require you to post the item in a post box or drop it off at a Post Office.
Add insurance. Postal companies have varied packages, but if your item has a value, it is probably worth insuring it. Check that the insurance covers the cost of the item.
Enter the information. This usually includes the delivery address, and your return address.
Pay for the delivery. Most companies offer debit/credit card facilities, or PayPal. Some, such as Royal Mail, offer a prepaid account which makes printing postage faster and more convenient.
Print the postage label.
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