Virtual offices, telecommuting and telework all mean essentially the same thing: employees work from another location outside of the traditional office. A Virtual Office Space creates an opportunity to conduct business in a professional manner with their clients and develop a great impression while networking. A virtual office space offers all the advantages of an office address and office communications without requiring the client to set up an actual office space. Not only do virtual offices allow for no commute time, low to no technology costs and lower overhead costs (with no lease to pay), having remote workers also, increases productivity, and produces a lower turnover rate.
No Commute Time
In some densely populated areas, commuters spend upwards of 10 hours each week just going to and from work. Telecommuters can put to use the saved time by dedicating more of their time to office work, or to achieving a work life balance by spending time with family.
Increase in Employee Morale
When you run a virtual office, you may just find that your employees are happier to go to work—and that they’re more productive. Your employees will enjoy not having to physically go to work in the morning, especially when it involves ditching a long commute and wearing pajamas to the “office”. As long as you stay in contact with your employees, and as long as you still provide fun get togethers every now and then, you may just find that your employees are happier. This boost in employee morale not only increases production, but it reduces turnover, and that’s a huge benefit to your business.
Cheaper to Operate
In most cases, a virtual office is much cheaper to operate. You don’t have to pay rent on a building, and you don’t have to pay utilities for that establishment either. Plus, you don’t have to pay maintenance fees to upkeep or remodel the building. Only having to pay for the essentials, such as an Internet connection and any other virtual office technology you may need is much more cost-effective, and can save you a fortune. With a virtual office, you can still collaborate with your team of employees too. Video conferencing, cloud-based software and other state-of-the-art technology can ensure that your business still runs just as smoothly as were you and your team constantly face-to-face.
Virtual offices allow you to impress clients
Some companies think that going virtual means having to find a random place to meet clients, and this can mean looking unprofessional. But they’re wrong. With a virtual office space, you have access to conference rooms,meeting rooms, a business address, and all the amenities of a physical business without having to pay for one.
A greater part of the day can be devoted to job duties, projects and other work-related responsibilities because commuting time is eliminated. Letting employees work remotely shall also decrease turnover because people are generally happier to be able to do their jobs and not have to deal with the drama that comes along with putting a bunch of people in an office together.
Acquire the Best Employees
When you have a physical establishment, you are limited in the employees you can have. Obviously, you can only employ employees who live close enough to commute to your office. While you may have decent employees in the area, having a virtual office allows you to acquire employees from anywhere in the world. Because of this, you can hire the most talented individuals for the positions you need to fill, and this can be beneficial for your business. Plus, when you employ individuals who live in another country and are on another time zone, you can actually run a 24-hour business, and this can be extremely beneficial to your bottom line.
As you can see a virtual office offers a great opportunity for a startup or small business owner to avoid spending thousands in office expenses while maintaining a professional corporate image for their business. While the virtual office doesn’t work for every business, in those businesses where technology truly allows you to work from anywhere, a virtual office offers a strong alternative to a traditional office environment. Whether you are working from home or on a tight budget you can easily run your business like a major corporation without breaking the bank.
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