If you’re unsure whether a virtual office could work for your business, you’re in the right place.
What exactly is a ‘virtual office’?
This describes a ‘front’ for your business, which comes with a real address (typically in a location that’s impressive), and the services you would expect with a traditional office. This includes a receptionist, meeting rooms and phone answering services. In fact, the only thing that differentiates it from a regular office is that you or your employees don’t actually work there!
Tasks and responsibilities are carried out by employees remotely and technology is used to keep everyone in touch. At the same time your BAU is taken care of by a dedicated receptionist. Operating from a virtual office can be advantageous for businesses who may not have the funds to invest in a regular office or a company that requires flexibility.
Your business could benefit from a virtual office for a number of reasons such as:
- Do you find many traditional aspects of business outdated?
Nowadays flexibility lies at the heart of many businesses. Particularly with the recent events of COVID19 leading many employees to work from home. There is increasing interest in letting employees work flexibly. If this falls in line with your business goals, a virtual office could fulfil your company’s needs.
- Having several locations increases brand credibility.
Firstly, your business has the opportunity to boast an address in a prestigious location, such as Mayfair, which is typically the level of social status a virtual office provides. Secondly, you can establish an international presence for your business.
- Face to face interaction is limited with a virtual office.
Some professionals swear by face to face interaction as the foundation of success, but others know it can be pointless. If your company sways more towards the latter and isn’t the type of business that depends upon going to someone else’s desk for a five minute ‘chat’ (what’s wrong with video chat?), a virtual office could be for you.
- Can your employees carry out their roles from anywhere?
Providing they have an internet connection, your employees can carry out their daily tasks from anywhere in the world. If so, it almost seems selfish to place these professionals behind the same desk daily when they could gain more autonomy and do this from anywhere. This could even benefit you in attracting more skilled workers who often require these terms anyway.
- You have minimal money to spend.
In addition to the above reasons, the financial savings perhaps trump the other benefits. It’s no secret that a virtual office would save you financially. In setting up a virtual office, your business will pay a fraction of the costs you could expect to pay for a traditional office.
- Are you planning on scaling up your freelance game?
The benefits of virtual offices don’t just apply to large corporations and SMEs. Perhaps you’re a freelancer who hosts meetings in coffee shops and operates from their home address. A virtual office could be your next step in upping your freelance business.
- Don’t forget about environmental considerations.
Working from home policies are also being adopted by some companies to reduce carbon footprints. Taking the step forward and having a virtual office could also be benefiting mother nature here as well. Your commute will require no energy consumption!
Today’s digital-first world allows more opportunity and flexibility for businesses and freelancers alike. If you have often pondered the need for a large office space purely to front your business, it could be time to rethink this…