Every four years we find ourselves in the middle of a election for President of the United States. What does that mean for your business? If a republican gets into office as President or we have a majority of Republicans in the Congress will that affect our economy? What happens if the Democrats are in control? There are so many “what if’s” and possibilities for the economy. There are no guarantees that whichever candidate you choose, things will get better. Recessions can happen and the models say it’s a likelihood. If you’re an alarmist it’s time to sell, but if you’re in it for the long haul and don’t mind rolling up your sleeves your small business can survive any storm.
Being prepared is the key to weathering any storm and being organized is the key to success. If your business is done remotely or by working from home you can still take steps to protect yourself and your business from being blown away. We don’t know what the future holds for the economy or anything else for that matter, but you can fortify your contingency plan with a virtual office. Being your own boss isn’t easy goodness knows with all the distractions and noise and lack of dedicated office space. However, with a virtual office you can create a professional image that you can’t do with a home office. Listing your home address for your business or using a post office box in a local strip mall gives the impression you’re struggling, fledgling or just down right devalued.
Virtual offices are services provided by local office space providers or franchises. It’s a growing trend in the same way the internet and social media has changed the way business is done. We understand that many of the things we felt we needed to present for are no longer necessary. We can bank, go to school, chat and more without actually being present. A virtual office operates on these principles. The need to be physically present is going extinct. Much of our work is done online anyway with only a small percentage needing face to face time.
A vo can satisfy all of these requirements. Services that can be purchased include live call answering, calls answered in your company name and transferred to you anywhere including a voicemail to email, faxes to email, mail service with use of the business address facility usually with an assigned suite number, along with receipt and delivery of all your mail for pick up or forwarding, and conference room usage for when you actually do need face to face meetings with clients and associates.