How Extroverts Can Survive in a Richmond Virtual Office

RIchmond virtual officeExtroverts may have a harder time than introverts transitioning to a virtual office. If you’re telecommuting or starting your own business as a freelancer or entrepreneur, then you lose the social atmosphere of a traditional workplace because you’re now on your own without the company of coworkers. Many virtual offices also don’t have open floor plans or work spaces, where an extrovert may thrive on random interactions or the chance to meet someone new across the room. So, how does an extrovert make a Richmond virtual office work for his/her outgoing, talkative nature? Here’s how an extrovert can survive a virtual office environment without distracting others or going crazy themselves.

If You’re Telecommuting, then Don’t Do it Everyday

If possible, try to telecommute only three times a week and go to the office the other two days. This gives you a chance to interact with other people while also having the virtual office on those days you can’t have interruptions. Even extroverts need to have a quiet place to concentrate or a private spot to think creatively from time to time. Extroverts just can’t have that all the time, so don’t force yourself into that position. If your employer won’t keep your cubicle or if there isn’t an open spot to work, then you can opt for a coffee shop to get the stimulation you need. The great thing about telecommuting and virtual offices is that they are flexible enough to let you work where you need to.

Attend Networking Events or Other Groups After Work

One thing you don’t want to do as an extrovert is unload on your roommate or significant other once both of you are home from work. If that person is an introvert, then they may not want to talk right away. Others may simply want to take a shower first or to have a meal before choosing to socialize. Burdening them with social energy because you haven’t had an outlet for it all day may cause more problems than solve them. Instead, make it a point to attend networking events regularly, even if it’s just for an hour or two. The event will serve as the outlet, instead of whoever is awaiting you at home. If there aren’t any events available, then making a few phone calls to friends and family, or finding a non-work related organization to join would also work in giving you the social energy you crave.

Find Someone to Use the Virtual Office with You

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have coworkers with you or that you need to hire people for your new business right away. But, for example, if you’re planning to freelance then try and find another freelancing friend or two to use the same virtual office provider as you. This way, you would still have the freedom of choosing your own career and doing the work that you want, but this wouldn’t have to come with the sacrifice of working all by yourself. Your freelancing friend is a door or two away, and you can still get your social interactions in during lunch or when you need to vent about a bad client, but also find the time to concentrate and to have the privacy you need.

Overall, both extroverts and introverts can survive in a virtual office and reclaim control over their work lives and careers. For extroverts, this would also mean keeping the social part of the work environment and finding ways to incorporate it without distracting others or taking steps you don’t want to take with your career.

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4 Reasons Why Green Bay Virtual Offices aren’t For You

Green Bay virtual officesWe’re certainly not saying that Green Bay virtual offices are horrible (there’s no need to hate Wisconsin). We’re simply saying that if they aren’t for you, then any virtual office won’t work for you. As great as they are, virtual offices aren’t for everyone, and will only waste time and money. Here are four reasons why a virtual office may not be the best office space solution for you or your company.

You Need a Physical Division Between Work and Home

When transitioning to a virtual office, one of the difficulties is setting up those divisions between work from home, or even just setting up a new workspace. If you’re someone who needs those divisions set for you, then a virtual office won’t be for you. Working from a virtual office requires a lot of discipline on your end to ensure that you get your work done and that you don’t waste time because no one is watching you or asking you if you’re working. If it helps you to have someone else there, or to have that sort of structure, then a virtual office won’t work for you.

You’re Looking for Social Interactions and Networking Opportunities

If that’s what you’re looking for, then you probably want a coworking space and not a virtual office. They are similar in that they are both flexible workspace options, but a coworking space is much better for extroverts because they encourage social interactions and networking events. Virtual offices can have this, but it’s not something that’s actively promoted or encouraged. With virtual offices, it’s more about having something to use as needed and as a professional address while you work from home. If you’re looking something that replicates the social aspects of a traditional office while allowing you to do your own work, then a virtual office isn’t for you.

Your Company Wants Butts in Seats at Headquarters

For those that aren’t entrepreneurs or self-employed, they need the support of their employers to telecommute in any way. If your employer doesn’t like the idea because they want to see people in their chairs doing work, then a virtual office won’t look like a great idea because people won’t be coming to the office. In order for virtual offices to be part of any office space solution, your employer needs to trust its employees and to be willing to do what it takes to accommodate them. That’s what it takes to make a virtual office work.

Your Prone to Distractions from Friends and Family

Even if you were self-disciplined and could work from home, if you don’t have the right home life, then a virtual office isn’t going to work. It’s also not going to work if your friends and family don’t understand that you need to work and treat you as if it’s the weekend. This may also include young children, who will need a lot of attention and don’t understand that you need a little peace and quiet to get something done. Although telecommuting options are great for working parents and great for those living with a lot of people, the virtual office may not be the solution here since virtual offices still have a work from home aspect.

Overall, virtual offices are a big decision and can be a solution to your work or office space needs. But, if you don’t anticipate what’s coming for you, or if you choose a virtual office for the wrong reasons, then the solution isn’t going to work. We only want to provide virtual offices to those who will succeed in it.

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The Disadvantages of Virtual Offices

desk and chair in a home office

Change is inevitable, but its never easy and not always desired. If you need to make a change with your business, and a virtual office is an option that’s on the table, then you need the best information possible in order to make an informed decision. We’ve spent a lot of time highlighting the benefits and advantages of a virtual office, but there are disadvantages as well. Here are some of those disadvantages, factors that need to be considered when a virtual office is an option for your business or company:

Lack of Centralization

If the company is just you, then this isn’t a problem. But, if you use contractors or have a few employees, then a lack of centralization or a single place for everyone to meet and to work everyday can be difficult. It might not be difficult for you to maintain the self-discipline to work with a virtual office, but your employees might not like the lack of structure. Fortunately, the virtual office is there to be structure if necessary, but it still requires more initiative on their part than a traditional office space.

Scheduling Conflicts

With a virtual office, you don’t necessarily have your own conference room to use whenever you need it. You also have to take the time to pick up your mail once or twice a week if you don’t have mail forwarding. If either, or both, are the case, then you do have to take the time to schedule use of the conference room ahead of time, or to go to the virtual office to pick up the mail. This might not be a big deal for those that are good at organizing their time, or aren’t far from the virtual office, but it does make it difficult to meet with a client on short notice.

Lack of Interaction

This is a disadvantage that can easily get glossed over or taken for granted, especially for extroverts who thrive on human interaction. With a virtual office, human interaction is hard to come by, as people may not be there or may be there to work rather than socialize. You also don’t have the interactions that come with a traditional work environment, such as lunch breaks and chatting with your coworkers about the boss or about life. If you think this will be an issue for you, make sure to find other outlets for that human interaction, such as networking events, volunteer activities, or getting to know others at the library or the local coffee shop.

Decreased Productivity

In a virtual office environment, it can be easy to get distracted by outside influences, or to think that you now have all the time in the world to get work done. Although taking breaks and working at night (if you are a night owl) may be good for your productivity, don’t let yourself get fooled or to get lazy. Even the most self-disciplined can get off track, or have a day of doing nothing. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break or getting the distraction that you need, but make sure those things don’t get in the way of doing your work.

Communication can be Tough

With technology, we now have more ways than ever to communicate: email, social media, teleconferencing, texting, etc. It makes working from a virtual office that much easier, but it can also make communicating with clients and colleagues that much harder. When it’s not a face-to-face meeting, or even a telephone conversation, there’s an increased chance for miscommunication or misinterpretation. Perhaps that use of a word was a spelling error and not meant to mean something offensive. All the words lack the non-verbal cues and the tone of voice that could make it easier to gauge what the person is saying and how they are feeling about certain things. All this can be easily fixed once you are aware of the problems, but it could take some time to fix, or at least get used to.