Virtual offices let business owners work from home while having the professional image which comes with a professional office. You get all the advantages of having a “real” office with all the benefits of working from the comfort of your own home. The Boardroom provides virtual office services in Southern Oregon.
Here are seven advantages you can reap from having a virtual office.
1. A professional receptionist will answer all your calls in your company name just like in a real office. You’ll stop being your own receptionist and can better concentrate on doing your work. Yet you won’t worry about missing important incoming calls from your clients and hot prospects. Often your receptionist in a virtual office will screen your calls so you’ll never get pestered to buy a service you don’t need. And when you’re unavailable, your receptionist will take all your messages and respond to clients as per your instructions.
2. A virtual office is a great solution for traveling salesmen. These businessmen travel regularly in search of clients and mostly work from their cars. However, they too need some advantages that come with having a virtual office. They can benefit from having a receptionist to pick any calls they might miss. They can also meet some clients in a real conference room and they will have a professional address to use for any business correspondence.
3. A virtual office allows people with home based businesses to meet prospects and clients in a professional conference room and not in a coffee shop. This instantly adds a touch of professionalism to your business. You can hire the conference room for however long you like. You also give your presentations without worrying that other people are eavesdropping. You’ll build trust more quickly because your prospect will see that you are a serious business person.
4. The virtual office will give you privacy from clients and vendors. Some clients might have a habit of dropping in on you, distracting your whole schedule. With a virtual office, you get to plan and choose when to meet them. When someone just drops by your virtual office, your receptionist will tell them you’re “out of the office right now. Would you like me to tell him to give you a call?” You can schedule a meeting and be fully prepared when you get together. You’ll never have a client drop by your house while you’re in your pajamas!
5. Anyone with a home based business knows that some distractions are unavoidable. For instance, you could have guests staying over at your home leaving you little time to do your work. With a virtual office you have the option of hiring a fully furnished office where you can work on your projects away from the distractions.
6. A virtual office allows you to be found on Google places since you will have a real business address. You can use the address on your business cards instead of giving out your home address to strangers, increasing your security and privacy.
7. Having a virtual office gives you an easy way to get an address in another state or in a different part of your state without paying for an office. This allows you to expand your business in new markets while saving you from incurring any additional costs.
So if you own a home business, why not follow the example of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. When Apple was starting out in 1976, they worked in a garage while their calls were answered by a professional receptionist leaving them free to concentrate on their business. And yes, that’s Steve Jobs standing in front of his parents’ garage where Apple began in 1976.