Tue 16 Dec 2008
Is a Virtual Office Right for Your Small Business?
Several small business owners are learning about the benefits of having a virtual office.
Some have not yet heard of this concept, but for some businesses it provides the savings of keeping your office at home while allowing the business to have a separate address and phone number.
What is a Virtual Office, Anyway?
The idea of a virtual office is that you pay a small monthly fee to be able to use the office as your business address.
Usually, the virtual address is in an actual office building. Amenities included vary greatly.
Most include the use of the address and phone number as well as a receptionist to screen calls and take messages during normal business hours.
Others include extra features such as signing for and holding packages or the use of a conference room for a set number of hours each week.
The monthly cost of a virtual office is dependent upon your location and the amenities included, but it is a fraction of the cost of renting an actual office.
For some businesses, it is beneficial to have an address in a certain area (for example, Manhattan), but they could not afford to rent space in that location. A virtual office would provide the perfect solution for that business.
Some small business owners would prefer not to list their home address and feel that a P.O. Box may look unprofessional. That is another case in which a virtual office would provide a low-cost solution.
Virtual offices are not right for every business. But if you want to give your business a professional appearance while still operating from a home office, it is the perfect solution.