You are not a banker. You are a small business owner and your hours are not ever going to be the same from week to week. In fact, you are practically married to your company. You eat, sleep and think about your business constantly and are always trying to find new ways to reach a wider market or to make it better.
Social media and marketing are a huge part of your business plan, but going further you don’t want to invest in a dedicated office space. You enjoy the freedom and flexibility that working remotely offers. Why change a lifestyle and work situation that works both for your personal and professional life? If you commit to a long term lease you might feel obligated to go in every day and the next thing you know, you’re back in the same situation you left to pursue this life.
Why not consider a virtual office? A virtual office is the latest trend in business that offers upstarts, entrepreneurs and small business owners an alternative office space. Most office space providers are now offering virtual office services to people like you. In fact, it’s probably in higher demand than a dedicated office because with a virtual office you keep all the perks of working at your own pace. You can remain flexible which allows you to actually go to your vendors, clients and associates when you need to but also be available to all of them simultaneously when you need to.
Services provided by vo’s include live call answering, mail service, a place to hang your business license and conference rooms. What these services provide is a presence in the business world when you are ‘away’. A live receptionist will answer your calls in your company name and transfer to you wherever you may be or to a 24/7 voicemail accessible via email. Faxes are also sent to you in pdf form to your email. Use a local business address with an assigned suite number as your own. Stop using your home address or a strip mall store front postal box. Yikes. Conference rooms for those all important meetings. Stop meeting clients in a coffee shop! Many incidentals can also be included in your virtual office package as needed. Consult your local office space leasing manager to see what works for your small biz before you sign a lease.