May 9, 2014 | Jennifer Goodwyn
For decades, the image of working has always been tied to a place of work or business – usually an office. However, the times are changing and, as the concept of flexible working gains traction and popularity, the idea of a remote or virtual office becomes more and more accepted. Virtual offices provide some of the many benefits of having an office, without the costs associated with renting a physical space.
1. Massive Savings
A traditional business set-up demands a business to acquire physical infrastructures, including office equipment, furniture and an office space or building. In addition to the costs associated with renting an office space, the maintenance fees of the building and office equipment can be extensive. A virtual office can help your business save money from rent and equipment expenses and, since there are no contracts involved, you can feel free to discontinue using a virtual office at any time without having to pay penalty fees.
2. Saves You Time
Virtual offices truly put the power back into the hands of business owners, both large and small. Since you'll be working with professionals, you can rest assured knowing that no supervision is required and that all phone calls will be handled in a professional manner. Since virtual offices provide more business freedom, you won't need to create busywork for employees during slower times, and training employees won't be necessary. Additionally, the corporate look and feel will enhance your virtual team's experience, and make clients feel confident.
3. Lower Risk & Increased Productivity
Building a company from scratch can be risky. By utilizing a virtual office, you'll have more time to concentrate on increasing your revenue and building your client base. Many business who have opted to use a virtual office have reported a noticeable increase in productivity. Since employees aren't spending hours in traffic jams and are able to set their own schedule, chances are they'll work when they feel the most productive.
One of the biggest perks of a virtual office is the ability to hire talent based on their expertise and cost-effectiveness, rather than their location. By investing in a virtual office, a writer in Seattle, a web programmer in New York, and a photographer in Los Angeles can all work together on a day-to-day basis without needing to be physically near one another. Virtual office workers are typically judged on what they produce rather than the time spent producing it, so they can work according to their own natural rhythms.
Once you sign up for a virtual office, it's fully operational. If you're a business owner interested in saving time and money, while increasing productivity and lowering risk, a virtual office may be the best solution for you.