Should I Consider Using a Virtual Office For My Business?
The 21st century has seen a rise in the virtual office. Although virtual offices are certainly nothing new, many businesses have changed the way they operate over the course of the past couple of decades, meaning that virtual offices have become much more of a tantalising prospect; especially as myths about them have been debunked by the increasing usage. Here we look at reasons why you should consider using a virtual office:
1) Lowering Costs
If you’re a start-up business, freelancer or just an SME that’s conscious of their overheads, then a virtual office can be a great idea as it will help lower your costs. With a virtual office, you won’t need to pay rent, utility bills, cleaning bills and so on. A permanent office costs much more than just the rent suggests, so be wary of what you’re signing up for; especially if you don’t need or use it full time. Using a virtual office in the centre of London, for example, is far cheaper than owning an office there, potentially helping your business to save money and costs and for the amount you could save on rent, utility bills etc. you may even be able to hire another member of staff or, grow and expand other areas of the business.
2) Increasing Professionalism
If you’re a start-up or SME that works from home, then a virtual office can be a great networking tool and place for you to hold meetings. This is because it increases your professionalism.
If you’re meeting or corresponding with clients then you’ll be able to have a sought after address and postcode while also meeting them in luxurious surroundings. Subtle things like this can make a big difference. After all, first impressions count. Creating the best first impression and holding a successful meeting could be the difference between winning and losing a deal. Ultimately, it could also be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful business.
3) Desired Locations
Finally, sometimes the physical location of your business can make a subliminal impact on a client or, potential client. A virtual office allows you the exclusivity of a desired location’s postcode, but at a fraction of the price. Locating in London, for example, will allow your business to appear at the heart of the industry, even if you’re working from home in the suburbs for the majority of the time.
To conclude, virtual offices have a number of advantages. Of course, they’re not for everyone or every business, but if you’re looking to increase your professionalism, without massively increasing your overheads, they’re a great option.