When you know how what a virtual office can do for a remote business, you will know that having one, can lead to very good things. A virtual office is a service or group of services designed for businesses that operate remotely so that they can operate as though they were in a dedicated office space in a brick and mortar building.
During the economic collapse of the mid 2000’s many smaller companies left their expensive executive suites or office spaces in favor of working from home or from a remote location when having offices became too expensive for failing companies. Soon after many of these virtual business became able to continue to operate more efficiently and cost effective from doing so. This gave rise to the growing virtual office trend we see today. Businesses found they could save overhead on rent, gas, utilities, salaries for employees, vendors and so on.
The services are usually provided by a local office space or executive suite provider, although there are many national companies now providing phone service and call answering. Using a local provider is not necessary, but if you are trying to create a presence in a region you cannot physically be present for, it’s a great way to create one.
Typically the services include live call answering by a friendly, professional receptionist who can transfer your calls to you anywhere, including a voicemail to email! Faxes can also be sent to email in a pdf form.
Mail is another service sometimes referred to as a business license address service as it allows the business owner to use the office space provider’s business address as their own, without physically being there. When clients search for the owner’s address they will find a prestigious location.
In addition, conference room and day office usage are another service that help boost the small business owner’s image by being able to meet with clients and associates alike for those all-important meetings and signings.
There is no doubt that a virtual office provides the much needed profile, presence and prestige normally afforded to brick and mortar businesses to a virtual office client. In addition, they are so affordable, that even startups can afford the small monthly fee.