Small business owners or entrepreneurs know that real changes only start with action. Good ideas are only that, ideas. In order to make these ideas a reality they must be implemented. Steve Jobs would never have gotten anywhere had he only dreamed of technology and so it is with all startups, regardless of the type of business.
Once a new business owner has taken all the preliminary and legal steps to become a full fledged business, the next step is marketing and self promotion via websites and social media. After which comes the organizational and implementation of making a ‘office’ from which to operate from. Home offices are great for testing the waters and saving money for the startup. If however, after a time the business grows and becomes stable, a home office unfortunately, does not bode well for the business owner. The stigma of working from home is becoming more acceptable, however, until it becomes so it will still come across as less professional than it’s dedicated counterparts.
Thankfully, an increasing trend called the virtual office has brought the home or remote business owner into the competitive market it so desperately needs to be in in order to survive. A virtual office brings the remote business owner the profile, professional image and presence they may lack. By offering services that deliver all of these, a virtual office can propel a business into a class all it’s own.
These are many of the same services that dedicated (physical) office occupants receive. For a small monthly fee, a remote business owner can lease a virtual office package or service that includes live call answering in the company name by a friendly and professional receptionist. Here the calls can then be transferred to the business owner wherever they are. Also voicemail and faxes can be sent to them via email. Great for sole practitioners who need to save these for their records by downloading. Having a phone answered by a receptionist without paying for an employee but getting the benefit of live call answering is an immeasurable bonus.
Next is a mail service or what is sometimes called a business license address service. Here the vo client will receive exclusive use of the vo provider’s business address (usually an office space or executive suite) along with an assigned suite. This meets the requirement to ‘hang your license’ some cities ask. In addition, this allows the vo client or remote business owner the luxury of not giving out their home address as their business address. The security for family and lost packages can’t be understated. The added benefit is also of creating a presence in a locale that is found on an internet search and where mail is delivered on behalf of the vo client along with packages, all held in a locked/keyed mailbox or held in a secure manner for pick up or for forwarding.
Finally, conference rooms, day offices, workstations, or shared office space are the final component of a virtual office package or a stand alone service. This is great for those business owners needing a break from the home office or for creating a more professional image for their clients for meeting places and signings.
Virtual offices for the small fee are an outstanding way for a small business owner to make big headway in business. All it takes is moving into action.