What Is a Virtual Office?

February 2014 | Servcorp

Ideal for small business owners or business professionals interested in saving money while starting their own business, medium to large corporations who wish to test the waters of the business world before signing a lease for an office space, or for a company whose employees are willing to work from their homes, virtual offices can help save time and money associated with opening and operating a business.

Virtual Office Services

A successful virtual office must include certain communications and space services. Typical professional address. This professional address alleviates privacy concerns and can be used for accepting, sending, and forwarding mail without having to use a PO Box. Additionally, on-site receptionists can sign for incoming overnights, deliveries and packages. 

With a virtual office, meeting space can often be rented at short notice. On-site office amenities offered for virtual office users include broadband Internet, fax-copier-printer machines, conference calling, video conferencing, a kitchenette, and a professional lobby/waiting area for current or potential clients.

Virtual Office Benefits

By blending the efficiencies of work with the efficiencies of home, a virtual office can supply your business with the best of both worlds. By providing you with the flexibility of retaining an image of professionalism without the requirement a full-time, traditional, high-cost office, virtual offices allow for low-cost expansion without long-term commitments.

There are corporate, small business and worker-level advantages to working in a virtual office. Workers become more productive by avoiding the hassle of commuting, and are judged by the quality of work they produce rather than how they produce it. For corporations, virtual offices do not incur the cost of buying or leasing a building, and employment expenses, such as insurance and taxes, are also reduced since most virtual offices provide shared resources instead of full-time employees.