First you should probably identify the triggers of your stress. What is it that keeps you worrying at night? For most people the answer usually is money. Where to get it, coming from and going to. If you are thinking of becoming your own boss, you already have implemented steps to take that will allow you to startup. Maybe you had a Gofundme account set up and are ready to go. Maybe you borrowed a small business loan. Maybe you or your parents mortgaged their home to pay for initial costs.
Whatever the case might be getting started is hard. It always has been and always will be for the average small business owner or individual setting up a private practice. You need to be organized, tidy and in control. One of the first decisions you may make is where the center of operation for your company will be. It says a lot about your company. If you decide to work from home the benefits are going to be amazing. You won’t have to pay for office space or new services and you can set your own hours. No one will be checking in you unless it’s to see if you need something to eat. In any case, working from home also has a downside. Knowing where the lines of beginning and ending the work day will be an issue. As long as you get things done it really doesn’t matter.
Then there are your clients or the market you are aiming for. How are you going to reach them? Social media and the internet have changed the way the world does business. Skype, Facetime and Snapchat are great ways to connect to your clients. You really don’t need an office. However, you do need the services that a dedicated office space might offer. Consider a virtual office. Also one of the latest trends in business in addition to social media mentioned above, it’s an idea that has become more popular in the past few years.
A virtual office can provide you with many of the same services you would receive if you had office space. Some of the great perks of having one is live call answering in your company name. Not a bad idea to have a professional receptionist answer calls in your company name. From there she/he can transfer them to you anywhere including a voicemail to email accessible 24/7. It’s probably a good idea to have a filter between you and the initial call. That way you can be prepared when you get it or you can call the client back once you’re in a place or time you can without interruptions or noise.
Most office space providers are now offering virtual office services. Do you homework and find a reputable facility with good reviews and experience. There are also many franchises out there that provide live call answering only. Mail service with an assigned suite number is also way to present a professional image to your clients and save those all important packages from being stolen off your porch. Conference rooms are also another item virtual office servers can provide to you as a single item service or as part of a virtual office package.
Reduce your stress and live longer. Try a virtual office for your small business and sleep better at night.