When you are running a business working from home or remotely it can be overwhelming. There is no room for mistakes or misspent time. It takes 100% just to survive in a competitive market. The line between personal and home life bleeds over all the time. Anyone who has a remote business knows how difficult this balance is to maintain.
Leasing a dedicated office space is out of the question for most startups or entrepreneurs. Especially now that rent is going up in most cities. Hiring someone to help answer phones is also out of the question. The expectations of benefits, raises and insurance are out of the question for most startups. Enlisting a post office box at a local strip mall is not beneficial and does not add to the already problematic issue of professionalism.
Most folks just aren’t aware that a growing business trend that came out of the economic collapse of 2008 was the advent of the virtual office. Many of the current businesses we patronize are actually virtual, but we just aren’t aware. It’s a great way to save money and build a professional image, profile and presence for a remote business.
Virtual offices are a service or group of services provided by local office space or executive suites. There are local franchises, but they will actually enlist the aide of a local vo provider. For a small monthly fee, the benefits of a VO far outweigh the cost. They allow the business owner to operate in an ever growing competitive market. The services also create a sense of trust and an image of credibility with the public.
The services provided include live call answering in the company name (phone service), business license address service, (mail service) and conference room, day office, shared workspace or workstations available at many locations. All services are designed to create a professional image and create trust between the most important element of business, the client.