Startups and entrepreneurs have a hard enough time getting started as it is. Simply having a business plan is not enough. A support system of advisors, contributors and vendors are a necessity. So is having an place you can work from. Working remotely doesn’t mean just meandering from place to place. Working remotely is becoming more and more common as folks are finding it a less appealing to working a nine to five job where someone else is getting rich of your work.
Dedicated office space is beyond expensive for a startup. The risks of signing a long term lease can be devastating to your fledgling business. So your options are limited for office space. Or are they? Working from home is great, but the image projected isn’t the best one. Especially if you have screaming kids or barking dogs in the background when you’re on the phone. Are clients finding your home address when Googling for your business address or are your important business packages delivered to your front porch when you’re not home, leaving them vulnerable to thieves?
Consider a virtual office. With a virtual office you’ll received services such as live call answering, mail service and conference room time all designed for the remote business owner in mind. These services will assist your business by creating a professional image, a presence in the market you choose to operate in and in creating that essential element of trust between you, your associates and most of all your clients.
A phone answering service will employ a live receptionist who will answer your calls in your company name and transfer them to you anywhere including a 24/7 voicemail along with faxes sent to your email. Thus creating the professional image you desire. Mail services allows you to use the business who provides you with a virtual office their business address as your own, usually with an assigned suite number. Mail will be accepted on your behalf so you don’t have to use your business address or have packages delivered there. Mail forwarding to you from this location or pickup is your choice. Conference/meeting rooms or day office are also available to you. All services are available as part of a virtual office package or as standalone services. Do you homework before you sign a lease. Location, location, location may affect pricing.