In today’s economy, business and how it is conducted is changing. Fewer people are working in large corporate offices and more are choosing to strike out on their own. The economy is ripe for startups, and therefore more and more people are leaving their regular 9 to 5 job and starting businesses of their own. These businesses are ones that can be run around their own flexible schedule and do not require an office in the city in order to be successful. Even larger companies are encouraging employees to work from home or to remote access into their computer system to get work done from wherever they are located. These business trends are leading to an increase in popularity of a new kind of office space: the virtual office.
Even though many people are shaking off the traditional ideas of how a company should be operated in order to be successful, there are several perks of a standard office that are still necessary for many business people in order to conduct their daily business. Things like a place to send and receive mail from, a receptionist to answer the phone and screen out salespeople versus genuine calls and then make sure that the messages are given to the boss in a timely manner are extremely useful. It can also be helpful to have a professional setting where meetings can be held, or to be able to have a business address to list on your business cards that does not involve handing out your home address. Also sometimes it is nice just to have an office setting to work out of so that you can put your work down and enjoy your day when you leave your office. These are all benefits that a virtual office can provide.
Another benefit of a virtual office is that it allows you to have your office be wherever you are at the moment. If you need to take your office with you on the road, then a virtual office is equipped to do that. The virtual receptionist is one of the most widely utilized features of a virtual office: you can set up a virtual receptionist so that a live person answers the phone when a potential client calls your business line. They can greet the caller, screen them and find out why they are calling and then transfer the call directly to your cellphone if it is needed. During off hours, you can also set up a professional automated system to answer your calls and direct them to your voice mail if necessary. This allows you to make sure that you never miss an important call when you are on the road. A system like this in a virtual office allows you to create a professional reputation for you and your company without having to pay out the nose to interview, hire, train, and insure an employee that will do all of the same tasks. Right now, the market is in a great place for people that are interested in working for themselves, and virtual offices are there to help them succeed!