Virtual office solutions are a growing trend, and a growing need, in the business world. Companies are looking to cut costs where they can while maintaining a professional image. Entrepreneurs, startups, and incubators need office space and infrastructure on an as-needed basis. With the increase in technology, virtual office solutions are changing the business world. Here’s how virtual offices are making an impact on the business, and could make an impact on your business:
Benefits for the Environment
Virtual offices don’t have the same environmental footprint as traditional offices spaces, even though ‘going green’ isn’t typically a reason why someone wants a virtual office solution in the first place. Yet, virtual office users can reduce their use of gas, electricity, water etc., helping the environment and their pocketbooks at the same time. Virtual offices also help by reducing waste, since things are provided on an as-needed basis (i.e lights aren’t left on overnight, computers aren’t left running, you aren’t wasting so many paper cups etc.) By reducing costs through a virtual office, you can put pressure on your competitors to do the same by highlighting your green efforts and also by lowering your prices.
Ease in Expansion
There are virtual offices located all over the country and all over the world, making it easier and cheaper than ever to expand into a new country or market. Since virtual offices are served on an as-needed basis, it’s now possible for companies to test various markets before fully investing in the expansion. Also, virtual offices allow you to expand to cities and states that could have a lot of potential for your business, but may not necessarily be seen as a huge business community or a prime location for expansion. You aren’t restricted to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles because those are considered the places to have a headquarters and to do business.
In-House Secretaries Aren’t Needed
With a virtual office, you have no place to put a secretary. On top of that, many virtual office solutions have their own virtual receptionists as part of the service, so you don’t need to hire one or or to keep one on your own if you do choose a virtual office solution. Although this sounds horrible for many secretaries, the need for them isn’t disappearing. Virtual offices are simply changing where these secretaries are located and how they deliver their skills and services to their customers.
Ease in Starting/Building a Business
Not everyone can run their business from their home, or can afford a traditional office, even one for one or two people. However, not everyone wants to run their business from the library or coffee shop either. Virtual offices fill this need and make it easier than ever for businesses to start and to grow. It also offers businesses a choice in flexibility i.e. allowing telecommuting options or hiring someone that isn’t located in the same city, state, or country, which is much harder to do without a virtual office.
Virtual offices have made a huge impact on the business world, and they could make just as big of an impact on your business. Like it or not, virtual offices are here to stay because they work well with the technology that we have and with what people want out of their workplaces. Not everyone is using them yet, but virtual offices will become, if they haven’t already, a crucial part of doing business and in work in general.