5 Signs Your Startup Needs a Virtual Office
Got plans to grow your startup in 2014? We look at how a virtual office could help you boost your business this year.
1. You need to improve your professional image
YouΓÇÖre on a shoestring budget, you havenΓÇÖt got an established client list yet, and youΓÇÖre operating out of your spare bedroom. But a few small details can actually help you to project a professional image ΓÇô and getting the right business address is one of them.
Renting a virtual office means you wonΓÇÖt need to have your business correspondence sent to 53 Suburbia Avenue. And you can keep it a secret that youΓÇÖre working in your PJs from the comfort of your spare room.
2. You absolutely have to have a city centre address
ΓÇ£Location, location, locationΓÇ¥ might be a clich├⌐, but like most, it exists for a reason ΓÇô and some industries are particularly image-conscious when it comes to postcodes. So what to do if you need a swanky Manchester, Birmingham or even Central London address when you simply canΓÇÖt afford it?
Of course, you could start all your promotional material with ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖre based in a tiny rural village but weΓÇÖre still bigΓÇªΓÇ¥ ΓÇô and hope that itΓÇÖs persuasive enough to overcome preconceptionsΓÇª
Or you could rent a virtual office with a city centre address, gaining all the cachet without the expense of renting a physical office. ItΓÇÖs a lot simpler.
3. You donΓÇÖt want to spend all day answering the phone
ThereΓÇÖs nothing worse than breaking your train of thought to answer the phone, only to discover itΓÇÖs a cold caller on the line. What you need is a receptionist ΓÇô but in the early days of your startup it probably isnΓÇÖt feasible to take on someone in this role. This is where virtual offices help.
As well as getting a business address for your post, many virtual offices also include the services of a professional receptionist to answer and forward your calls or take messages.
This frees you up to get on with running your business, safe in the knowledge that all your calls will be answered and you can follow up on the important ones later.
4. You need access to professional meeting space – occasionally
Did you know your virtual office can give you access to a physical space too? Depending on the virtual office package you choose, you can get access to hot-desking facilities, business lounges, and may even be able to book meeting rooms within the business centre which serves as your official business address.
So you can host client meetings without needing a full-time office space or having all the hassle of searching for a venue.
5. You want to make the first step towards an office of your own
It stands to reason that renting a virtual office tends to be less expensive than renting physical office space. This is what makes it a great first step before youΓÇÖre ready for an office of your own.
In fact, renting a virtual office is a good introduction to the ins and outs of renting office space: youΓÇÖll need to consider location, rental rates and of course, the kind of support on offer. YouΓÇÖll find out if the location appeals to your client base and youΓÇÖll be able to try out your chosen business centreΓÇÖs customer service, in the way that they handle your post and calls.
Who knows, when you are ready for your own office space, you could even move into the same business centre which has served as your virtual office.
Is a virtual office right for your startup?
A virtual office offers a practical and professional solution for many startup businesses. That said, renting a physical office, or even a part-time office, may not be as expensive as you might expect and itΓÇÖs worth taking the time to investigate all the options before you make the final decision on whether to rent a physical or virtual office.
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