Updated: Nov 2, 2020
Traditionally, virtual offices are thought of as being most useful for small businesses and start-ups. However, as businesses change, there is an increase in remote working with companies being more conscious about reducing the drive to work and therefore the carbon footprint, together with more awareness of the work life balance for the individual, and all this comes together to offer benefits to larger companies.
A virtual office gives the impression of a physical office without the associated costs and this gives businesses the edge. The provide a plethora of services which include the use of a professional business address, mail handling facilities, call answering services, and often discounted rates on meeting rooms, conference facilities, and also add ons such as secretarial services and laminating, photocopying, etc.
What are the 5 benefits of Virtual Offices?
1: You can work from anywhere.
With a virtual office you can literally be anywhere in the world whilst to all intents and purposes you look like you are 'in the office'. This allows you the freedom to work remotely with all the benefits that offers such as no commute, no queueing in traffic, no fuel costs, no finding a parking spot. You can even be in your pyjamas if you wish.
2: You can save money.
One of the main reasons that people name as a reason for choosing a virtual office, is the cost. When compared to renting a serviced office, the cost is extremely reasonable. You don't have to worry about rent, maintenance, utility bills, staffing costs, cleaning costs, parking costs - and yet you have the advantage of looking to all intents and purposes as though you have a physical office. It can be a very useful stepping stone for start-up businesses until they grow large enough to move up to a serviced office.
Not only that, but think of the saving on fuel!
3: You aren't tied in.
With a virtual office, you aren't tied in to long contracts, and therefore you can have the flexibility which reduces risk on your business and allows you to change your mind.
4: Saving time and energy.
With a virtual office, you can be working from home, whilst looking like you are working from a professional establishment, and saving that commute, saving 10 journeys a week, reducing fuel consumption, time, energy and cost.
5: It's safer.
Publishing your home address on websites and business cards is not a good idea, it impinges on your privacy and safety. With a virtual office, you don't need to give out your home address on your correspondence, and you don't need to give out your personal number either. You will avoid unexpected callers.
6: It's more professional.
Having your home address on your literature doesn't look professional and the first impression is the lasting impression. A virtual office can help small businesses to look professional and removes any doubt about the credibility of your business. A prestigious business address shows professionalism and helps build trust.
Interested in finding out more? We offer Virtual Office services at Bragborough Hall Business Centre. Please get in touch.