What are the tools and resources needed to run a business remotely? There are the legalities, financial aspects of course, then the marketing and public relations, social media in 2016, staffing, vendors, etc… There’s so much to do. Many sleepless nights have been spent on contemplating all the details of what is needed. Not to mention where to operate from. Dedicated office space has been the undoing of many a startup. Costly rent and incidentals will eat up your revenue fast. Not to mention hiring help. Everyone enjoys talking to a live person when they call a business. A recorded voicemail machine isn’t inspiring anyone. If you decide on working from home, where will meetings take place, a coffee shop, your living room? What about the business address? Using a home address is risky because now your clients know your home address and that is a security issue. Furthermore, packages can be stolen very easily off a porch.
The answer to all these complications are easily addressed by one solution: the virtual office. The virtual office is by definition exactly what it sounds like. An office that does not physically exist. However, that is the very contradiction of the meaning of one. It is an office. It is not an office. Which is it?
The answer lies in what a virtual office is not. A vo is not a dedicated office. It is not a high rent, brick and mortar location. It is not going to nickle and dime the business owner for every incidental. It is not going to cost the business owner in benefits for an employee to answer phones or greet clients and handle mail. It is not having to meet clients in restaurants or their home.
It is however, an affordable solution to operating monthly for a small fee. It is a service or selection of services that are perfect for those who wish to work remotely. It is a place for those who are required to hang a business license or need a place to receive packages and mail other than home. It is a way of having a prestigious business address without paying for it. It is a way for clients to do an online search for the business owners address and finding it at a reputable office location. It is a perfect place to go for a shared workspace, shared office space, flexible workspace, or use a conference room as needed. It is live call answering, mail service and work/meeting service. It is a local, friendly and professional receptionist to speak to incoming callers to the business.
A virtual office can create a presence, a profile and a professional image for a remote business without breaking the bank. The benefits far outweigh the costs. As the success of the vo and the vo providers increase, the more likely many small business owners will likely join in on this highly successful way of operating a remote or home business.