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Would you ever consider having a virtual office?

    • 10 posts
    September 12, 2012 2:10 AM EDT

    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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    July 27, 2008 11:19 AM EDT
    I completely see why someone in my line of work would use a virtual office.  The State of NY requires that lawyers put a physical address on their advertising (and who wants a bunch of nutballs showing up at their houses)...  It puts work at home attorneys in a tough position.  Plus, I have a feeling that businesspeople really don`t want to work with a lawyer working out of their home...
     
    Just my $.02...
     
     

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    April 22, 2008 5:42 AM EDT
    Home based businesses are streadily growing through out this country. People have taken a liking to this type of business. Using your home address should be fine afterall, its how you do business, not where you do business that counts.

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    March 14, 2013 3:07 AM EDT

    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.

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    January 14, 2013 4:33 AM EST

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1PlWsRuHi8

    "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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    April 28, 2008 7:54 AM EDT
    This brings up an interesting point.  If you intend to have customers contact you either in person or phone, you have to project the image of a well established business.  Without tooting my own horn here, this is where the virtual office products really shine.  My company, for instance, provides you with not only a 1-800 number, but virtual office solutions so that customers can reach you no matter where you are.  And you can manage your voice systems from anywhere in the wold with an internet connection.  There is nothing worse than calling what you think is a well established business and a kid answers the phone and hollers "Dad Phone for You".

    Now on the topic of the address.  Depending on what you are selling, it is ok to use a home or PO Box.  If you are selling hard goods (clothes, widgets) you may want to consider a storefront of some sort if you think you may get a lot of local business.  This is a BIG investment and should only be considered if it can provide a good return on investment.

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    • 55 posts
    April 19, 2008 11:32 AM EDT
    I`ve seen companies advertising this type of service that can give you the prestigious Manhattan address for example. Wouldnt it be better than listing my home address. You would think it would make your company look more professional and larger. Also, its a lot cheaper than leasing office space.What do you think?...
    • 55 posts
    April 19, 2008 5:29 PM EDT

    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.

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    December 6, 2012 9:47 AM EST

    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.

    • 18 posts
    July 31, 2008 9:00 AM EDT
    I use a PO box as my business address. I work out of my home but I have to think about the protection of my kids and my family and not just put my home address "out there" for all to see. My clients all know I work out of my home and after I have established a personal relationship with them, if they need my home address, it`s no big deal. But for marketing and internet use I just use my PO Box.

    I tend to agree with the poster who said they feel a little scammed when they find out a company is using a "shell" address. It makes me wonder if they`re doing an honest business because they might be trying to hide. I wouldn`t consider the Reno/Egypt office situation to fall into this category though.

    Not that I would need someone to answer my calls necessarily, but it *does* seem like a neat idea to have a professional place to meet clients once in a while... maybe focus on a share-rental type situation rather than strictly an address rental.

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    • 10 posts
    December 15, 2012 10:48 AM EST


    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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    • 9 posts
    November 12, 2012 12:18 AM EST

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    This post was edited by melanieup at February 10, 2014 8:42 AM EST
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    November 7, 2012 10:01 AM EST

    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.

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    May 21, 2008 5:03 AM EDT

    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.

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  • March 7, 2013 8:55 PM EST

    Hello everyone!

    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.

    Peter Vekselman

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    • 3 posts
    August 29, 2012 8:34 PM EDT

    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.

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    April 19, 2008 11:51 AM EDT
    i think this totally depends on your business.
     
    startupnation is home-based and uses a real address and has no issues, for example.
     
    these days, as the winner of the Home_Based 100 "Best Financial Performers" winners indicate, a home address does not always get in the way of running an extremely profitable business.

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 7 posts
    September 18, 2012 11:51 PM EDT

    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

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    September 13, 2012 12:26 AM EDT

    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.

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    September 22, 2012 7:43 AM EDT

    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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    February 21, 2014 7:25 AM EST

    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.

    • 19 posts
    March 1, 2014 1:52 PM EST

    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. 

    You can sign up for free at www.themomentrepreneurs.com

    It might inspire you to start your own virtual office as well!

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    • 3 posts
    May 2, 2014 6:02 PM EDT
    I like the idea of virtual offices, its a good way to make your business more effective since you don't have to rely so much on brick and mortar.
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    June 30, 2014 6:13 PM EDT
    This is an old topic but thought I'd at my .02 anyhow. I use a virtual/flex office which allows me access to conference rooms and office space on an as needed basis. Another benefit is the use of the office address. When I hire new employees we may work in the office for a week during training and use it again for monthly staff meetings.

    The only thing I would NOT use the services for is to utilize the free receptionists. Not only because I run a virtual receptionist servive but because when I've called to book my office I have reached voice mail. Another time the receptionist asked me to hold while she finished talking with walk in traffic (I could hear them talking before she put me on hold). So the services are great and having a receptionist to greet my clients is great, but I wouldn't want my clients calling in. This is where I'd defer to the expertise of a professional receptionist service.
    This post was edited by CallBettie at June 30, 2014 6:16 PM EDT
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    July 8, 2014 6:28 AM EDT
    Right now I don't need a virtual office, but the first time I heard this new definition for an office I did a little research and I think it's a great tool when needed. There are other advantages that can come with a virtual office due to the fact that these are most of the time inside a modern office space. That will present to you also other services or products on demand like: meeting room, conference room, day office, business lounge or a business address. Upon this you can gain a worldwide office network that can offer an office space in Riyadh http://www.en.saudiarabia.regus.com/office-space/saudi-arabia/riyadh office, London or NY.

    As mentioned by others, creating a presence in cities like NY, Riyadh, London, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sydney and/or Tokyo can boost your business to another level. But before venturing into such a network, I understand that the business or product must have a solid and studied strategy, if not, although the payments of your virtual office depend on the time used, it can lead to nothing if the product hasn't had a proper market study.

    What I'm trying to say is that a virtual office isn't going to save your business, like if it was a magic potion and business will suddenly rise and rise.

    Business directories: http://www.yelp.co.uk/, https://es.foursquare.com/explore, http://www.worksnug.com/

    Office Space: http://www.en.saudiarabia.regus.com/products/offices/office-space-to-rent.aspx

    Virtual Office: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/virtual-office, http://money.howstuffworks.com/virtual-office.htm
    This post was edited by Jakz at July 8, 2014 9:36 AM EDT