The recent decline and recovery of the economy left some trends by the wayside. Others grew exponentially out of a need for alternative to expensive services. An enduring trend is the virtual office. Being physically present in business became no longer necessary. It became feasible for companies to allow more and more employees to work from home. Especially those that have regional offices around the country.
Perfect for regional managers, sole practitioners and startups, a virtual office is basically an office without walls. Many of the same services that dedicated office tenants receive, virtual offices are far and away more affordable than their office counterparts. For a small monthly fee, small business owners can receive services such as live call answering in their company name by a professional receptionist. Calls are then transferred to the client to whatever number they have instructed the virtual office provider with.
The vo provider is usually a local office space or executive suite or one that is contracted by a large franchise. Mail service is using this provider’s address as the business owners typically with an assigned suite number as to create the illusion of a physical presence or a professional image and credibility. Also known as a place to hang your license, a mail service will allow you to receive mail in your company name for pick up or forwarding.
Conference, meeting or day rooms are also another service that a vo provider offers. All services are usually available as a package or as stand alones as needed. It is advisable for the business owner to do some research on the provider prior to signing a lease to make sure their provider has good reviews and there are no hidden fees in the lease.