A virtual office goes by many different names: call answering service, business address service, mail forwarding service, business identity provider, temporary office space . . . the list goes on and on. All of these names for it are accurate. A virtual office has brought together all the services in a single place, and has become one of the most popular and fastest growing ways to do business in the United States.
Virtual offices have been “leased” out by the hundreds of thousands in the past few years. As our society becomes more mobile, the demand for wireless services increases and as our economy becomes more global, the ability to travel is even more important than before. This is where a virtual office fits in. A virtual office is just that: an office, with all the normal features of an office, without the physical office. With more and more companies going online the commute to work is nearing extinction. People are able to work out of their homes, or on the road – they’re able to be completely flexible, and with a virtual office they can be.
Virtual offices provide many of the same services as an Executive Suite: conference room, call handling by a live receptionist, and mail sorting. They just go one step further and allow the office to be anywhere, not in any particular building. A virtual office also allows temporary office use, so you can only use an office when you need to. Most virtual office services will forward your calls anywhere, either to your office at home or your cell phone. They also forward your mail.
A virtual office is also a perfect way for a starting entrepreneur or small business to present a professional image to their customers without having the unnecessary overhead of an entire office suite. The cost savings that can be achieved by using a virtual office instead of normal office space are substantial – usually less than half. Virtual offices also provide a cost effective way for established companies to gain a presence in a new market by having an office there – without any long term commitments.
In summary, a virtual office is the product of our ever mobile, ever more efficient, ever more global economy. It is the perfect solution for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and up to multinational corporations. No more will you spend idle time on the commute to work, nor unnecessary money on office space to present the image you want.