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August 8, 2012 | 2 minutes

Stuck in the Coffice? Do Better with a Virtual Office

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The coffice may have the best coffee, but it doesn't quite have a what a virtual office has.

If you don’t know, the coffice is the coffee shop office, a popular choice for freelancers, independent contractors, and telecommuters. If you don’t know, then you might not need a virtual office. If you are all too familiar with the coffice, then perhaps you do need a virtual office despite your coffice’s great ‘perks.’

Sure, the coffice has great coffee, the wireless may be free (and excellent), and you may always be able to find a spot to work and to plug in your laptop, but the coffice doesn’t have everything. What about a spot to meet with client? Or access to printing, faxing, and copying if you need it? Or having a professional business address for any incoming mail? Or blocking out the noise if you need to take a call or meet a deadline? The virtual office can provide all that for you, and you don’t have to completely give up the coffice if you don’t want to. A virtual office provides all the benefits of a big traditional office without the large overhead, or even the need to be there 40 hours a week.

If you’re only choosing the coffice because it’s close by, or because it seems like what all the other freelancers and telecommuters are doing, or because you didn’t realize that there were other options for you, then a virtual office could be a good solution or alternative for you and your business. Depending on your service, the coffice might not be the best accommodations, even if it is close to home or the server of the best espresso in the city.

Overall, if you’re working in a coffice, consider working in a virtual office instead. Even if you only would need it once or twice a week, or just would like the option in case your favorite coffice is packed, there are virtual office solutions out there to fit your needs and your price range. We certainly don’t want you to avoid your favorite ‘coffices’, but let’s face it, they aren’t always the best places to work.

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