Is A Virtual Office Right For Your Business?
This can be a sensible way to cut back on costs usually associated with renting an office, but in recent years a number of companies have emerged
offering virtual office services at competitive prices. So what do you get with a virtual office, and would it be right for your business?
The term virtual office can actually refer to two quite distinct ways of running your business. In the first sense it simply refers to establishing a network
(typically via broadband) in which employees can work together as they would do normally, but not in the same building. This will mean they can
communicate and share files between each other quickly and efficiently no matter where they are.
However, the growing definition of â€˜virtual office' is slightly different, and many of today's virtual office services work to improve the image of your
company as opposed to the efficiency of the business itself.
The primary way in which a virtual office does this is by giving you the opportunity to choose the location of your business headquarters, without
having to physically move any staff or equipment. This is particularly appealing to businesses perhaps based in provincial or suburban areas but
wishing to compete with more upmarket clients.
Subsequently, referring to your office address in Central London, New York or even Dubai is a sure-fire way to boost your image - without having to
spend on actual office space in such areas.
A similar impression can also be achieved with your telephone number. Typically, a small monthly price will mean that you can have a locale-specific
telephone number - with the option of having telephone answering with each call answered in you company name, and then connected to you.
Additionally, with the benefits of an improved perception of your business the aim is undoubtedly to get bigger clients. Ideally, this will lead to
meetings and you may need to find the space to conduct meetings in the vicinity of your inner-city location. Most Virtual Office p