The perks of a home office are endless, but they have their drawbacks too. Distraction is easily the most difficult thing to get past. There’s that car that needs working on and you can see the back yard needs work from your office window! Hey, come the see what’s happening on the news! You spouse wants you to go with them to their Dr.s office because, well, you can.
The benefits are there too. The money you’re saving is substantial. The freedom and flexibility you have makes all your family and friends envious. If it’s slow, you have all the time for the above. You can manage your time because you have no set hours. You enjoy the independence and privacy you have. You can work in your pajamas for cryin’ out loud. You’re free from office politics and you are your own boss.
So what it is exactly that you’re missing from a dedicated office space? Well, let’s talk about all the money in overhead you’ll be saving. Office space is expensive, leases can be long, receptionist aren’t free and vendors costs can skyrocket.
In between these two options are another called a virtual office. A virtual office is a series of services offered by a local or national business focusing on the remote business operator. Perfect for startups, entrepreneurs, sole practitioners (lawyers/CPA’s/financial advisors), regional office managers, and small businesses.
That’s not to say, virtual offices don’t handle highly successful business, they do! No business is too big or too small for a virtual office. The services offered include live call answering in your company name by a friendly receptionist/operator who will transfer calls to you anywhere including a 24/7 accessible voicemail to email. Faxes also sent to your email in pdfb form. Mail service which is sometimes called a business license hanging service or business address service is used for receiving your mail by exclusive use of the facilities address to your own assigned suite number. Mail can forwarded to you or held for pickup. Conference rooms are also an added benefit with use of the providers conference or meeting room and some even have day offices or work stations.
Do your homework and investigate the reviews and location for the virtual office space provider. You’ll be glad you did as hidden fees, long leases and a poor location can make a difference.