Unfortunately for some, not being able to get into the office is no longer really a feasible excuse for not being able to get some work done. Technology is constantly moving forward and laptop computers, smartphones, and internet services like Skype are ubiquitous now. It’s a result of these breakthroughs, though, that make running your own business from home more viable than ever.
One of the major steps to making sure you can effectively manage your professional life with your personal life is through a virtual office service.
How Do They Work?
Virtual offices are perfect for small companies able to work independently for the majority of the time.
A virtual office works by providing you with all of the benefits and services of a traditional office, such as employees, a business address, and a place to meet clients, without the need for dedicated space. This makes them an ideal choice for companies with employees in different locations around the world; they’re also great for any small company that does not frequently meet with clients – and everyday communication is possible through virtual means.
What Are the Advantages?
Access to an off-site receptionist – a professional receptionist who can handle all of your company calls and email? Keeping up with this is an essential, albeit time-consuming, part of any business owner’s day so this will be a massive help. Your receptionist will also be able to screen any unwanted messages, leaving you with just the information you need to focus on making your company the best it can be.
Make your clients feel valued – the biggest advantage for those looking to contact your company will be that they’ll be able to speak to a real person rather than just your answering machine. Not only will you be able to make better use of your time, your clients will feel more valued.
Getting a business address – a business address can have a big effect on the image of your company. Sending documents from a home address can make you appear unprofessional, but renting an office in a respectable area is expensive – especially for a startup. This where virtual office providers can help by setting you up with a prestigious business address, previously out of reach to small businesses.
Use their space to meet clients – many virtual office providers, such as Landmark, also own properties that you can rent on an hourly basis. This is perfect for the occasion you need to speak with a client or interview a potential business partner. Your virtual office provider will offer you the chance to rent out a professional conference room or lounge to give your clients the best possible impression and draw in the best talent to work for you.
Deciding to start up your own business is a big decision, but with the help of virtual offices some of the difficulties associated with a startup can be effectively alleviated.