Why Use a Virtual Office?
Posted: 16th October 2014 08:59
Virtual offices are all the rage among small businesses these days, and with good reason. There are a lot of benefits that they offer over a traditional bricks and mortar office. They certainly aren’t right for everyone, but they’re a brilliant alternative if you don’t think you absolutely need real premises.
Simply, a virtual office is one which has a real, defined address, but is not actually a real, inhabitable space. They are operated by companies who allow you to use their own premises as your registered address, and who will receive all of your mail. Some providers like Landmark PLC can actually provide you with meeting rooms as and when you need them.
Some of the benefits are as follows:
- Prestigious Address – Virtual offices are often able to benefit from being located in a prestigious part of the city centre, often in one of the most exclusive and desirable office blocks. This will certainly give out a good impression to your customers, clients and partners when they’re sending their correspondence.
-Low Overheads – Office rental is often one of a business’ largest expenses, but this can be almost completely removed when using something virtual. There’s still of course an associated cost, but it’s far, far lower than paying rent, which means it’s ideal for businesses that are just starting up, and don’t have a large amount of cash to play with.
- Flexibility– If you need to move or adapt, then having a real office can be a bit limiting. You often have to sign up to long contracts, which means moving can be expensive. It’s also a hassle moving people and property. You don’t need to worry about this with a virtual office.
- Less Management – Managing and looking after an office is often a full time job, including things like maintenance and cleaning, but of course if you don’t have a real office, then this isn’t an issue. All you ever need to do is look after the contract between your business and the company providing the service.
- Reception & Admin – Many virtual office providers will also allow you the use of telephone staff, which means that not only can people send mail to your office, they can ring up for enquiries too. This is particularly useful if you’ve got a small business and are not always on hand to answer questions and manage your diary.