Working from home or remotely, doesn’t mean you have to forego a professional image for the security of a home office. A home office or business unfortunately does not have the luxury of all the perks a dedicated office based business has. Having a receptionist to answer your phones and greet your clients, a prestigious office and meeting rooms, a respected business address in a great location all work towards giving your business a professional image and create a sense of trust between you and your clients.
Dedicated offices are expensive no matter what city you are in. Signing long term leases can put an end to your business dreams. However, dedicated offices are to business what apartments are to tenants, the higher the rent, usually the better location and security. Keeping that in mind, not having one and working from home has a specific stigma most folks who do, want to keep this to themselves and not let their clients know. Many will enlist a strip mall mailbox as a business address just to ensure their ‘secret’. This isn’t much better than using the home address. In fact, it’s probably worse and adds a sense of skepticism on behalf of the client. Your basic office needs are for your calls to be answered professionally (sometimes this isn’t possible for you to do), have your mail at a great location other than your home or stripmall mailbox, and a place to meet clients other than a coffee shop or at home.
The solution to all these problems and more is the fastest growing trend in business today. In fact, in the future, most businesses will probably be virtual. A virtual office allows you to continue to work remotely from home or anywhere for that matter. Keep the freedom and flexibility that comes with this work/personal lifestyle. Millennials already are using this new business solution to keep the lifestyle they have come to know from college.
For a small monthly fee you’ll receive live call answering in your company name with calls transferred to you anywhere by a friendly, professional receptionist. Voicemail and faxes to email are included. Mail or business license address service is another great service that allows you exclusive use of a vo provider’s, typically an office space or executive suite service, business address. Usually a well known, brick and mortar location with an assigned suite number. Here all mail and packages will be received for you in a locked mailbox or in a secure manner for local pick up or forwarding. Conference rooms, workstations, day offices, and shared workspaces are also another service provided that can be, as all the vo services listed, can be leased separately, together or as needed (conference rooms). Combine 2 or all for a custom virtual office for your remote business and shake the stigma of working from home.