Startups and solopreneurs are constantly looking to do more with less. They need to stay as lean as possible and so they look to optimize their budget so the costs that they have are only the most essential.
A huge cost for any business is the office space they rent, and cutting this cost is what drives startups to work from home or from their local coffee shop. And although these are both valid options to start from, they quickly become unsuitable.
From there the next logical step for any business seems to be to sign a lease on some proper office space. This is just too expensive for many businesses, and so they continue to use their home address as their corporate address. A much better option is to take advantage of our hyperconnected world and start utilizing a virtual office.
A few benefits of utilizing a virtual office are:
Corporate mailing address
With a virtual office you get your very own corporate mailing address. This is great for you because this address can now be used not only to receive all of your company’s correspondence (spam mail included) instead of getting it at your home address, but it can also be used to market your business online through all the search engines, social media sites, virtual directories, etc.
Additionally, having a corporate mailing address at a well-known office building adds legitimacy to your business. Now whenever people look for your company, whether online or not, they will find a legitimate, professional business they can trust.
When you contrast that with them finding your business at a house or apartment the difference is easily apparent. Having a virtual office can help you get more sales, grow your network effectively, and get better partners just by the legitimacy it provides.
Having access to phone services, such as an actual business phone number, fax services, and a voicemail at your company is still very important and will remain a feature of well-respected companies for some time yet.
With a virtual office you can get all these services without having to commit to a long-term lease at a traditional office. Additionally, you can hire a live receptionist to handle all incoming calls, without needing to take on the overhead cost or having to expand your office space to accommodate a new team member.
Easy access to the services you need
With a virtual office you can have as few or as many extra services as your company needs. For example, whenever you need a place to meet a client you can easily book a fully equipped meeting room for the exact amount of time you need to.
If you find that your business is getting more calls than you can handle, you can simply hire a virtual receptionist service. Or maybe you need a private space to use for focused work, in just a few minutes you can book a private office that allows you to concentrate and avoid all distractions.
All these services, and many more, are easily available to you with your virtual office.
Setting a virtual office is as easy as picking a location and selecting the extra services you will be needing. This frees up your time for what is important, running your business successfully.