Many of the best businesses we know today are actually remote working small businesses. Think about it. Apple started off in Steve Job’s garage. After the economic crisis of 2008 many small businesses collapsed. Many found new and creative ways of operating. Entrepreneurs and startups risks were too great to operate out of dedicated office space so many folks decided to work from home or other remote locations.
The rise of many of these small businesses lead to a need to service them without interrupting the way in which they do business. Economical and free from the nine to five daily grind. This gave rise to the current virtual office trend. Like social media and websites, a virtual office can do for a small business that work remotely, what used to take a lot more work. Small businesses found they could not just survive, but flourish. However, they were missing something that a ‘regular’ business had. They were missing the professional profile, the presence and the credibility that other small businesses had even if they were in a strip mall location.
Now with virtual office services, startups and entrepreneurs or any other remote business owner can now have all the perks that come with being an established and serviced company. Virtual offices are typically provided by a local office space or executive suite owner. There are also national and international companies that service SBO’s as well, but historically, they offer phone service. Skip the middle man and head directly to either the local provider or if you are trying to create a presence use the local provider for that area.
Services included in most virtual offices are as follows:
- Live call answering in your company name.
- A professional receptionist
- Transferring to you anywhere.
- Voicemail to email
- Faxes to email
- Mail service aka business address service.
- Exclusive use of the local vo provider’s business address.
- Your own suite number.
- Mail accepted and held secure on your behalf.
- Mail held for pickup or forwarding to you.
- Conference room usage.
- Day office usage.
Copies and other amenities sometimes including or at a nominal fee. All in all, for a small investment each month, the payoffs are big for small remote businesses.