One of the great things about virtual offices is not only are they located anywhere and everywhere in the world, but that they can be run from anywhere and everywhere in the world too. For example, if you have a Denver virtual office, then you don’t actually have to be in Denver to run it or to conduct business. This makes things a little bit trickier, but it’s possible. Here’s how to run your Denver virtual office, or any virtual office, from anywhere in the world:
Call Forwarding is Essential
This is an obvious one, but it’s not possible to run your virtual office from anywhere without it. First of all, it’s best to have a local number with the same area code as your virtual office. It’s easier to conduct business in the area. Then, through the virtual office provider itself, you can have calls set up to redirect to a cell phone or to a program like Skype. Second of all, part of the benefit of working anywhere and everywhere is that no one has to know. It only needs to seem like your in the office at your desk. As long as you’re able to be productive, to provide quality work, and to handle these calls in a timely manner, it shouldn’t make a difference where you’re working.
Online Presence Management is Huge
What makes running your virtual office from anywhere particularly tricky is that you still need to be generating new business, marketing the company, and making sales. This is tough to do if you’re trying to work from all sorts of places, by rely on traditional marketing techniques such as cold calling, print advertising, and direct mail. Instead, you need to use online marketing techniques and have a killer online presence. This means a user-friendly website with resources and blog posts to keep people engaged and coming back. You need to generate leads from your website through long form content like white papers, tip sheets, eBooks, and phone consultations. If you want to run your virtual office from anywhere, then you need a sales and marketing funnel that can be operated from anywhere as well. Online presence management is what it takes to make that happen.
You Need Virtual Workers You Can Trust
Unless you have sole proprietorship and you have a business that you can run on your own, then you will probably need some virtual help in some shape or form. Part of running a virtual office from anywhere is the ability to manage and trust your employees and your help. Everyone isn’t going to be in one place where you can keep an eye on everyone or meet in person to get things done. You have to trust that they will be able to meet deadlines and do their work well. You have to be able to communicate your needs effectively and to use tools to keep track of projects and to keep everyone on the same page. This is getting easier as more and more people work this way, but it won’t be possible to run a virtual office remotely if you can’t manage your team remotely.
Overall, having a virtual office doesn’t just mean that your business can expand easily, or be headquartered from anywhere, or that you are given the option to work from home or work when you want. You don’t even have to be in the same city, state, or country as your virtual office. Running it is just a matter of knowing what you need and how everything works.