If you work from home, it’s advisable to get a virtual office. I have a friend who operates a home based business that has started to pick up more and more clients over the past couple of months. Initially, she stressed over having to rent office space and all the extra costs that come with that, including screening and hiring an assistant and secretary. While she thought her business could benefit from a spatial expansion, she wasn’t sure if she was ready for all that stress and if she could raise the extra capital needed for a physical office and monthly upkeep. Then along came the virtual office.
Virtual office is basically a technological fix for businesses that do not necessarily, absolutely need a physical building but require the amenities of the traditional office features to provide a professional set-up. As with my friend, the continual growth of her business required an address, a receptionist, an assistant, a phone system and a call center.
You can actually set up your virtual office in under an hour through either one service provider that does it all for you, or entirely by yourself under different service providers that offer different bits and pieces you may need. You can find virtual office addresses anywhere in the world if you search in Foundaspace.com. If you don’t have a mailing address or simply don’t want your mail to be sent to your home, the virtual office address lets you own a mailing address just for the purpose of giving your business a professional feel. You never have to show up to this mailing address to pick up the mail as these services usually offer various ways of getting the mail to you.
Another great, money saving feature is the virtual meeting space. These services basically let you rent a space for a hour, a day, or weeks depending on your needs. This service virtually eliminates any need for a permanent office forever as you can rent the space only when you absolutely need to. Additionally, you can hire assistants and receptionists that understand the local language and have a background on your business for long or short term periods and for less than real assistants.
There’s also plenty of services that can set up a super professional phone system that compartmentalizes different departments with their own extensions and provide automated answering services. With the phone service, you will find that most customers have no idea that you are operating your entire business from home with calls getting automatically re-routed to virtual assistants, receptionists, and anyone else that might be working for you from anywhere in the world.
Overall, my friend is extremely excited about this alternative to a physical office and she has saved tons of money and time, as well as the headache of office politics.