When people think of great cities to do business in, or to start a business in, most of them might say New York, Boston, Chicago, or Silicon Valley. Although those are great cities for many reasons, there are smaller cities like St. Louis that are also worthwhile places to start a business and to expand your business. A virtual office can do just that, so here are three types of businesses that could use a St. Louis virtual office:
If your a brand new start up in St. Louis, then a St. Louis virtual office is a must-have. It provides a workplace that’s ready to go so you can continue building your business without having to wait for the Internet to get set up or to find the desks and other office furniture that you need. It’s also a professional address that you can use for your new business, so you don’t have to give away a home address or a P.O box.
Start up culture is also about flexibility i.e. working from home or working at all hours of the day or working in a way that’s different from what’s been done before. A St. Louis virtual office can do all of those things. Extra money isn’t wasted on a higher rent, or utility bills, or traditional infrastructure, especially when you expect to work from home often or to be on the go a lot. Virtual offices can also grow as your business grows, without having to find more room for new employees or to get additional desks, computers etc. to accommodate them.
ACNielsen reported in 2006 that 1.3 million people in the United States make a primary or secondary income from eBay. I couldn’t find anything more recent than that, but it’s likely that seven years later, some of those people are still making money this way and that some of those people are in St. Louis. A St. Louis virtual office can facilitate such a business by adding more legitimacy online (with a professional address and phone number), and by providing a place to do the work where it doesn’t have to conflict with another job or to take up space in the home. Whether or not the business is eBay-based, or is just e-commerce, this type of legitimacy is important since there are way too many illegitimate sites and companies that could victimize your customers. A virtual office can show that you are different and make them more comfortable.
Although the self-employed can easily also have a startup or a an e-commerce business, that’s not everyone who is working for themselves. Those who are perhaps writers, graphic designers, computer programmers etc. could benefit from a virtual office by boosting their professional image. A virtual office is an indication that you, as a self-employed person, is competent professional who does good work and takes that work seriously, versus someone is just looking to make a few bucks on the side or to get what s/he can.
Sure, a virtual office might come with a lot more than you might need. Not everyone needs the dedicated office with the door, or the meeting space, or the receptionist, even the printing and copying services. Fortunately, most virtual offices come with options with fewer bells and whistles, so if you are self-employed, you can find an option that only has the address and mail forwarding, or only has an option of renting space when you need it. Virtual offices are not one-size-fits-all services.
So, how about it? Are you and your business ready to have a St. Louis virtual office?