Definitely, I would consider having a virtual office if I had to save money on paying rents for office space. Actually, virtual office space is the best option for people who want to run their office from home.
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Having a virtual office is a good idea, my uncle is a broker and he recently set up a virtual office at the demand of his clients. He was a little skeptical about this because in his opinion nothing can replace a real office, point of purchase displays and having face to face conversation with your clients, but after trying this he liked a lot the concept.
Whatever your industry, a virtual office can help your business to maintain a professional image and flourish.
More and more companies are signing up for this type of service and are happy with the outcome.
Take Anna Hemmings, Olympian MBE, for example. Here, she speaks about how voxclever's Virtual Office service has provided the telecoms solution to support the growth of her training and coaching business, Beyond the Barriers.
"voxclever’s national network of business centres and meeting rooms has been absolutely invaluable to us. They are available up and down the country in prestigious and convenient locations for transport links and that’s absolutely essential for us and our clients.”
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Yea it def depends on the service you offer and the kind of customers you want to attract. If your customers are local then yea a home business address is fine, but if your targeting the larger client something like a virtual office in manhattan would probably help boost your image. It gives you that NYC presence that screams ligitamacy.
It depends on certain things. I have also heard of virtual assistants who make just under 1k a month and have quite a setup, and from a consultant who gets VA's started for practically nothing, if they join his marketing network of VA's for real estate transactions. So it can be a simple business to operate and sometimes remotely. I myself have networked with some and it is paying off handsomely and do recommend those who want to network with job opportunity.
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Even if I have enough money for a physical office, I will still choose to establish my business using a Virtual Office. A lot of authority sites and online businesses thrive in this kind of work setting. One good example would be Automattic - the owners of Wordpress.
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We actually have a virtual business. All of our business is done through email and the web. Virtual offices are becoming very popular. You can save a lot of money. I have a friend that owns a multi-million dollar business that does all of his business through a virtual office.
He does business in 345 different countries. This is not a MLM business either.
---Michael W Krout, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CVE 5.0, MCT President/CEO firstname.lastname@example.org Idea Dudes LLC
I don`t think virtual offices should be used strictly for address purposes, but they are a great alternative to having a regular office space if you just need a place to meet clients occasionally.
---Rebecka Melson | Virtual Business Services | www.vbsofok.com
Virtual office is the trend these days. Even in my field, real estate, many brokers/agents/investors are setting up this kind of office.
So if it works for you and your clients, why not, right?
Looking forward to more discussions in the future.
Well, there are many great advantages of using virtual office. Here are some of the best ones: Save on rent, Reduced overhead costs, Administrative support and More productive and flexible.
---Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation
I would like to add that having virtual office with good phone sytem is a great advantages to provide services support without adding employees and no extra budget
Actually, I am, right now. I am planning to start a new business which I can run from home for that I think virtual office is the best option I have got.
I have a business that laws require a physical address be listed because Local Kids involves kids doing videos... also my daughter is frequently shown on these videos and I don't want a predator to put 2 and 2 together.
I use to spend $100 a month for a virtual address and get 2 hours of space per month plus could use the address. Then I went to a PO Box while trying to figure things out... my answer was a several room small office w/training room that I would help other use as well. I created the Business Space Coop in VA Beach and let others use the address for $30 a month, plus marketing on the Member board. For $100 a month they get 16 hours of use plus the address.
It is a win-win for everyone. I still work from home with Local Kids since I homeschool my 9 year old, but I now have an affordable business address and space I can use for meetings and trainings.
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Virtual offices may sound like a good idea, and maybe are, as long as you aim to get your own offices as soon as possible. Your expensive offices are in cities and CBD's, which most home based business can't afford, and which have city traffic on the way there. But many neighborhoods have an office area nearby, where you should get yourself a small office. Even if you have to paint the whole building over.
Vitual office agencies makes a lot of money, from home business owners. You are paying far more per hour than the traditional way would've cost you.
Then it is better to rent close nearby, and even better to buy when you can. Paying rent means you're making someone else rich (read Rich Dad Poor Dad again!), while owning property turns it around. As more and more people work from home office space in the suburbs in many cases do become cheaper (or rather, rent is more negotiateble). So athough you don't have flashy offices in a high-rise building in the city centre, at least you'll have an office nearby. I think it was Google or one of those IT-companies who have done a study some time ago, which showed that productivity in home based businesses are below par when compared to traditional office workers.
You can even contact say 3 other home based business owners in your area, and share the rent with them doing your own virtual agency-thing. And get one receptionist there to help with al four's admin.
I have been working from my virtual office for the last five years, and have been able to raise a family and provide by doing this. I believe as a mother it is the most rewarding way of life, and it can become incredibly lucrative. I have enjoyed this experience so much that I developed a FREE 6DAY workshop to help inspire and motivate more women to become Momentrepreneurs.
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It might inspire you to start your own virtual office as well!
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