The benefits to working remotely and being your own boss are numerous, however, there can be as many drawbacks as well. Having the freedom and flexibility to do as you please when you please can’t be understated. Working your own hours, making all the major decisions, and having more personal time just to name a few.
When things go wrong, and they inevitably will, there is no one to blame but yourself. Did you make the right decisions, spend too much of your free time leisurely or not have enough help? The solution is to be proactive in your small remote business’ well-being. In order to protect it you should plan in advance for all the things that might go wrong. Unless you have a crystal ball you won’t be able to foresee everything, but you can implement common sense ideas that help prevent the minor details from becoming major ones. Knowing when you need help is paramount.
A virtual office is one idea to consider. Virtual offices are a fast growing trend in today’s business world. They existed prior to the market crash of the mid 2000’s but found their footing after as many remote businesses found they were able to create a presence in the business world, a professional image and gave them the credibility they lacked.
With services such as live call answering, mail service or a business license address service and conference rooms, a virtual office gave remote businesses that extra edge they were lacking and all of the benefits listed above. Small business soon realized they were able to impress their clients and associates with services that allowed them to use the provider’s physical business address along with an assigned suite number where all their mail was received for forwarding or pick up and gave them a geographical location for clients to find them at.
Live call answering by a professional receptionist also gave them a more polished image by having calls transferred to them anywhere including voicemail to email service. Faxes were also sent to email via pdf’s. Along with conference room usage or day office’s, the remote business owner was able to use the vo provider’s physical address to meet with clients and associates in a professional location, not a coffee shop, for those all-important meetings and signings.
All these services are available to any remote business owner for a small monthly fee, making things much easier for entrepreneurs and startups to stay afloat.