Office space is so expensive. For startups or entrepreneurs it may seem out of reach. However, there is an alternative to expensive office space and it’s called a virtual office. A virtual office is simply as it sounds. An office without walls. Don’t be fooled by the first impression you might get. A virtual office is a powerful tool for creating a presence or profile for a small business owner.
Working from home may not present the image you want to your clients. There is also a lack of security knowing that your home address is also your business address. Do you really want your customers to have your home address? Then there is the issue of having important packages stolen off your porch when you are not home or are busy.
Services that come with a virtual office vary. You can lease them for a small monthly fee, sometimes for less than $50-$60/month depending on what your need is. Services can be grouped together for a package or separately as needed. For instance, if you only need help with phone service, a virtual office can provide you with live call answering by a professional receptionist to answer your calls in your company name. Calls can then be transferred to wherever you request. Voicemail and faxes to email also available.
Mail or business license address service is also another vital service available for those business owners who want to present their business with a brick and mortar profile. Typically provided by local office or executive suite providers, the business address then becomes the vo clients address also with an assigned suite number where their mail is delivered and kept in a locked mailbox or in a secure location for pickup by you or forwarding as you request. This gives your business the added prestige of a local business address.
Conference room, workstations or day offices are also available at most locations. The leasing manager for each facility will give you a thorough account of all the options available to you so you can make an informed decision. Consider the business address location if you are going to have a mail service and conference room usage. Don’t sign a lease longer than six months in case you don’t like the provider or the service isn’t working for you.