If you’re wondering how to ship a package from home, you’re in good company. Home may be where the heart is—but nowadays, your home is your office, your business, a place of learning, and a healthcare setting, too.
Fortunately, shipping from the comfort of your home is straightforward. Whether you’re sending a care package to a loved one or delivering a purchase to an e-commerce customer, here are five simple steps for shipping a package from home.
The first thing to determine is how quickly you’d like your package delivered. As a rule, the faster the delivery, the greater the cost—and vice versa.
The good news is you have a wide selection of shipping services at your disposal. For urgent and time-sensitive deliveries, explore express shipping. Services such as UPS Next Day Air® and UPS Next Day Air Saver® will get your package to its destination the following day.
If time is less an issue, UPS® Ground provides comprehensive, day-definite coverage within the United States.
It may also be faster than you think. Check out the Time-in-Transit Maps to view transit days for various routes across the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Make it easy by shipping with UPS® Simple Rate, based on package size and shipping speed.*
For packages up to 50 lbs, UPS® Simple Rate is a great option:
then you’re ready to use UPS® Simple Rate to ship anywhere in the United States.
Remember that international shipments require customs documentation. The forms you need to complete will depend on the items you’re shipping and the country you’re shipping to. UPS’s online shipping wizard will help guide you through the paperwork.
An essential rule of shipping from home is don’t scrimp on the packing. Taking the extra time to pack well will help protect your shipment against the bangs and bumps of the sorting machine and delivery truck.
Luckily, there’s support available to get your packing skills in shape. Whether you’re shipping electronics, books, or glassware, and everything in-between, explore UPS’s online resources or check out the UPS Packaging Advisor for step-by-step guidance on safely packing a wide range of items.
Is your package subject to Dangerous Goods regulations?
Follow these simple steps to create your shipment online:
All that’s left is to confirm your payment method, and your package is ready to roll.
Organizing a pickup is plain sailing. Schedule a UPS On-Call Pickup® online or call 1-800-PICK-UPS®.
(If you have more than one package to ship, have them ready at the same time. Pickups are charged per pickup, not per package.)
Shipping from home is simple, but don’t forget the wide range of drop-off locations available through the UPS Access Point® network. From drop boxes and local stores to self-service lockers and big-name chains, you’ll be surprised at the options nearby.
Now your package is on its way, follow its progress with UPS tracking.
For business customers shipping from home, sign up to UPS My Choice® for Business and enjoy visibility into your inbound and outbound shipments through a customizable dashboard.
Home is at the heart of so much these days, and that includes shipping. Whatever your circumstances, shipping from home couldn’t be easier. Schedule your home pickup now.
*Terms and conditions apply. Additional fees apply for certain services or package characteristics. Rates for shipments to or from Hawaii or Alaska may vary. For details see the applicable UPS Rate and Service Guide.
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