When planning to start your own business your choices are overwhelmingly stressful. Creating a viable business and implementing the plan is probably the hardest thing an entrepreneur can do. What is your projected income? What are you profits? Will you be using social media and do you need to hire anyone to help you? Mostl likely yes to all this and more.
If you try and operate from a dedicated office space before your ready, you could sink your ship before it has a chance to sail. Deciding on a location to operate from is probably one of the single most crucial decisions that can make or your fledgling business. Test the waters first with a virtual office. A virtual office can provide you with many of the services dedicated rental office spaces can provide without all the overhead and additional stress.
If you don’t want to go it alone or just want the extra umpf that a virtual office can provide at a minimum cost to you, then it’s something you should definitely look into. Many local office space or executive suite providers also offer virtual office services for small business owners. There are also many franchises that specialize in virtual office service and you can sign up with them online. However, some of the live call answering operators are in another state. That works fine if you don’t have a business where customers need information about the local area. Depending on what type of service your asking for it may not matter. If you just want an operator to answer your calls and transfer them to you then a franchise is fine.
Many services also include mail services where your mail is received and forwarded at your request. This is also part of the “a place to hang your license” requirements many cities require of small businesses. It is also perfect if you want to use a local office as your business address. Most times this includes an assigned suite number although this varies from each locale.
Conference and meeting rooms are also another service available to the virtual office business owner. Stop meeting clients at coffee shops and make a reservation at the office space provider you are signed with. Perfect for those all important signings and meetings where you can impress your clients and associates alike.
Consider a virtual office for your small business. It couldn’t hurt and might actually help.