Have you ever written a letter to a company requesting a refund or asking for more information, but had trouble finding a mailing address? Or, maybe you simply needed directions to a company's office for a job interview. Finding a company's address these days is only a keyboard stroke away.
How to find a company address
Verify the spelling of the company's name. It sounds simple, but mistaking even one character in a company's name can lead you to the wrong address. For example, a company named Fittings Ltd. might be easily mistaken for a company named Fitting Ltd. in a different city and state. Google searches often ask "Did you mean ...?" if search listings are returned for similar--but differently spelled--words. This can help you verify whether you spelled the company's name correctly. Likewise, searching your local phone book, if the company is in your area, can help avoid incorrectly spelled entries.
Let your fingertips do the walking. Using Google or Yahoo! to find a company's official website will often lead you to the most updated address for the company. However, not all companies have official websites. In this case, using www.YellowPages.com is the easiest way to locate an address. Simply enter the name of the company and the state in which it resides to return the most likely listings. Using the Yahoo! search engine will also return a list of local.yahoo.com listings, complete with an address and phone number.
If all else fails, call 411. In the rare occurrence that an Internet or phone book search doesn't yield a company's address, you can always pick up the phone and dial 411 in the United States. Be warned: A small fee is usually associated with the service.
Angela Campbell began writing professionally in 1997 for Easley Publications in Easley, SC, and later for Gannett newspaper properties. A graduate of the University of South Carolina's mass communications and journalism program, she has won numerous South Carolina State Press Association awards for spot news reporting, business reporting, feature writing, photography and page design.