The changes that occur in our daily lives are too numerous to list. Some are uneventful and some are dramatic and life altering. Changes in business happen each day as well. Trends are a way of keeping track of changes to our culture and they also affect the business world. Small businesses may feel these more so than larger companies who may be able to absorb and adapt more quickly due to their size.
When the economic crisis of 2008 hit, we were all required to change they way we live. We spent less money and we spent more time at home. This was a cultural trend that gave rise to a business trend called a virtual office. Virtual offices grew from the ashes of the collapse as more and more companies and small businesses failed or never got off the ground. Just as we spent less time out and more time in, business too did the same. Startups and entrepreneurs that normally would have gone to a dedicated small office space without hesitation soon found working from home was cost-efficient and convenient. Soon they realized not only were they saving money and getting more done, but the balance between work and home life was easier as well.
More and more, local office space providers found it lucrative to include virtual offices into their service menu due to the expanding market and increase demand. Many national companies offer vo services, but mostly by either limiting to live call answering or by enlisting a third party local office space as their middle man or distributor. These local virtual offices provide remote businesses with live call answering in the company name with transfers to most anywhere including voicemail to email. Faxes also sent via email in pdf form. Another service is a business address service in which the rbo is allowed use of the providers brick and mortar address as their own along with an assigned suite number. Mail is also another perk with the rbo’s mail being held in a secure manner for either pickup or forwarding. Clients will find the rbo’s address at this location when doing a search online. Conference/meeting rooms and day office use are also another item that is available to the rbo. All of these services are available as stand alones or as part of a vo package allowing the remote business owner the prestige, profile, presence and credibility that working from home or remotely sometimes lacks. All for a small monthly fee.