So many office complexes want small business owners to sign a long term lease. Risk is high and they don’t want to be left holding the bag. So many startups fail that office space providers are not willing to reduce rates on square footage because they need to make money in case the business fails.
Are there alternatives to high rent/risk office space for startups and entrepreneurs? Yes, the alternative office space is still no office space. It’s called virtual office services and they are growing exponentially in the business world. Why? Because they offer at almost no cost, figuratively speaking of course, usually starting around $50, services that allow a small, remote business the profile and prestige they lack.
Beginning with services such as live call answering by a professional receptionist to transfer calls to your home office or cell or anywhere for that matter, voicemail and faxes to email, mail or business license address services, and conference room, workstations, etc… a small business owner can pick and choose to whatever services best suit their needs. These services allow for a sense of trust between the business owner and their growing clientele. Having a business you’re running from your home doesn’t always translate well.
Virtual offices make for a better presence for your small business. They help you maintain a sense of professionalism that may be lacking when you work remotely. They work very well for sole practice lawyers, CPA’s and financial advisors, but they work well for many other types of small business owners who want to test the waters before they commit to something bigger or just need help building their image.
Call around and check out what is available in your community. If you are wanting to keep your dollars in your community, use a local office space provider instead of a national chain. This works better as the provider is familiar with the city and if your clients have questions regarding directions or other things that are pertinent to your location, this is ideal.