When you’re starting your own business you want to keep costs low, but you also want to maintain a presence in your desired market. You can work remotely and this usually works well until things start to pick up or maybe your personal life needs more attention. Long term leases are better for businesses that have proven themselves. Startups don’t have the luxury of an established business with a steady cash flow.
Being creative and innovative is what got you here in the first place. So use common sense for all your business decisions and have a contingency plan ready. Small business owners go down faster than the Titanic if you don’t prepare for the unseen or unknown. If you’ve never been in business for yourself being your own boss can tricky and a good learning curve is highly beneficial to your small biz’s survival. What are the daily details of running a day to day business? Where will your business address be? Will you be answering your own calls? What about phones, faxes, copies etc? Vendors are expensive.
Perhaps the answer is a virtual office. When you find your footing, a virtual office might be the next step in from a home office or working remotely. Whether you’re a business professional or just someone with a great idea to fill a niche, you want to create a presence in the market you are in without breaking the bank. Virtual offices provide services that new or remote businesses are looking for.
Most office space providers and some national franchise services offer virtual offices. These services include live call answering, transferring to you anywhere you wish, mail service, a place to hang your business, conference rooms, and day offices. At affordable rates you can afford to get the help you so desperately need while saving your hard earned dollars. You could do it all yourself but for a small monthly fee why not get the help once you find you can do so? Phone services generally begin for less than $70/month with some going as low as $50. If you only need phone or mail or conference room time, providers can usually work with you on pricing. Do your homework and find someone who has a good business reputation for your virtual office provider.