If you are leasing a complete office, with multiple rooms, a copier, and AV equipment, or if you are a sole proprietor or have many employees who work from their homes, you can read the following five reasons to switch to a virtual workplace.
First, let’s define the virtual office. It is basically an office that exists online. It doesn’t have walls, desks, chairs, or a coffee maker. A virtual office is leased to solopreneurs, remote workers, or subcontractors. They can access the Internet and work remotely from anywhere in the country.
- The first advantage of moving to a virtual office over a physical office is the savings. You won’t have to spend money on desks, chairs, and copiers. These things are already available at your home. A virtual office is a great way to save money if you are a small startup or business. Another benefit is that you don’t have to list your home address on your business cards or letterhead. Security reasons. Home addresses can often look just like a home address (206 Winding Way). Virtual offices allow you to have a professional business address that will impress potential clients.
- There are many solopreneurs and small-business owners who answer the phones themselves. This is not as professional as having a receptionist take calls. Virtual offices provide professional phone answering and reception services to their tenants, including the taking of messages. This gives your company one of the key indicators that you are “arrived”: a professional who answers your calls and screens them. Virtual offices offer a cheaper reception/phone answering service than hiring a receptionist/phone operator.
- Many small business owners also need places to meet with prospects and clients from time to time. Again, meeting in a home office brings up security issues as well as how-professional-do-I -appear issues. Virtual offices allow tenants to rent an office or conference room as needed to give their company that professional edge. You can rent an office, conference room, or kitchen for meetings for a reasonable fee.
- It can be lonely to work from home. Virtual offices often offer co-work spaces, cubicles, or small offices that you can rent on a daily, weekly, or even full-time basis. This allows the owner of a small business to work independently but still be part of the team.
This post was written by Tara Kintz. Tara is a director at Signature Workspace. Signature Workspace, owned and operated by Cantor Fund Management, offers services and amenities such as private offices, flex space, co-working space, virtual offices, meeting/conference rooms, and more. Click here for more information.
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