Home Office vs. Virtual Office

April 26, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn

Whether you exclusively or occasionally work from home, a home office can be a sanctuary for productivity, creativity, and innovation. For this reason, the traditional office is becoming less and less popular each and every year. Although coworking spaces are becoming more popular, home offices and virtual offices still offer some great benefits. The convenience and low cost of home offices make them accessible and effective, while the professional address and access to a receptionist make virtual offices a great choice. Below you'll find the top benefits of home and virtual offices so you can make a decision about which is right for you.

Low Cost

When it comes to a home office, practically everything you need is already there. Having a home office means not having to rent an outside space, and any space at home can easily be repurposed into a home office. Your only costs may be getting another computer or upgrading a desk setup, while costs at a traditional office often include services or utilities you don't really need.


If your office is in your home, it's open whenever you need or want it to be. With a home office, you can work your own hours or not work at all whenever you'd like. There is nobody but yourself making your hours, so your schedule comes first. Unfortunately, this flexibility can make it difficult for some to concentrate. If you find yourself too distracted by daytime television, household errands, or the constant ringing of your home phone, a virtual office may be better suited for you.


Those that work out of a home office don't have to leave their home to go to work -- it's that simple. So much time is spent commuting to and from work, those that work from home often find that they have more time and energy to actually work. Plus, when you're craving a good home cooked meal or a fresh pot of coffee, the kitchen is only a few steps away.

If you're looking for the benefits of a home office and the benefits of a real office, you should consider a virtual office. By renting a virtual office, you have access to a workspace and a dedicated receptionist to help manage your work and calls. Here are some more benefits to having a virtual office.

Professional Address

By leasing a virtual office, you have access to an office with a professional address. Your location says more about you than you may realize, and having a professional address will help first impressions. Also, having a separate business address will keep your home address private, which may be useful in the future.

Dedicated Receptionist

As your business grows, more people are going to want to get into contact with you and it can quickly become overwhelming. By leasing a virtual office, you'll have access to a dedicated receptionist who will take calls in your company's name. From there, they'll use their best judgement and determine whether or not the call should be routed directly to you. By letting someone else handle that, you are free to do what needs to get done.

Work / Life Balance

One of the issues with a home office is that you're always at work. Your office is only steps away and it may be tempting to spend all your time there. This distraction could easily destroy a work and life balance that's already difficult to keep. By having a virtual office, you can get out of your house and put hours in at a professional location so when you come home you don't have to worry about work.

If you're interested in stepping out of a traditional or home office and into a virtual office, look no further than Servcorp. With convenient locations all over the world, anywhere you go can be your office. Contracts are flexible so you never feel tied down, and you'll be amazed at the difference a virtual office can make.