What is a virtual office and is it right for you?
What is a virtual office?
A virtual office is a popular service that enables small business owners to work from home by providing a range of business functions accessible through the internet.
So, you have an office here:
But actually, work from here:
Virtual offices provide a range of services that come with a physical office such as; a city centre address, a receptionist and call handling, but without costly accommodation. Packages available usually start with ‘address only’, which provide a business with an address and mail forwarding services.
Operators may also offer additional services needed by business owners and employees based at home or remotely, such as PA services, access to meeting rooms and phone call management.
Is it the right choice for your business?
If your business calls for flexible work hours, virtual offices create an opportunity for you to work whenever you like from wherever you are.
Additionally, business owners that use virtual offices also benefit from:
- Fewer overheads.
No office rent, no maintenance costs, no utility payments. The savings can not only be passed on to clients, but it also affects your profit margin, allowing you to invest more in other areas of your business.
- No commute time.
The average Brit spends 57 minutes on their daily commute, that is 19 hours a month that could be spent running your small business. Less time spent in the car travelling to and from work means a better work-life balance and increased productivity.
- Representative Business Address
Image is everything in today’s competitive market. There are hundreds of startups established every day, so staying ahead of the competition requires more than just good services. You need to maintain a strong, representative brand and reliable image to customers.
Whether you currently work from home or you’re in the 58% who would like to, a virtual office could be a low-cost solution to gaining credibility and flexible working.