Working from home offers business owners numerous benefits. The money saved on a gas expense alone makes a great reason to work out of a spare bedroom.
Yet there are times that extra office space, such as a meeting room, is needed. In my web design business, I’m able to meet up with clients at local restaurants or coffee shops. I do know people who work from home and who invite clients to their house for meetings. I’m not comfortable with this set up for a variety of reasons, and honestly feel that unless you have a separate entrance the meeting at home may seem a bit less formal than is sometimes needed.
Virtual offices offer a solution to this problems and others.
Though a virtual office sounds as though it exists only in cyberspace, it is an actual office space set up to accommodate those who need certain services but who do not want to move into the space permanently. Mail, conference rooms, offfice equipment and a variety of other options can be found in a virtual office.
The benefits are numerous. You save on having a central meeting space since you don’t have to lease out an entire building, yet you can use the building for making copies or sending a fax when needed. At times a live receptionist is available to attend to your phone calls, and you are given a local number to use. Your physical location comes with a mailing address, which is sometimes in a very prominent area.
According to an article in our local paper this weekend, more than 4,000 of these centers exist in North America, made more popular recently due to the increase of people running a company from home.
Interested? Contact your local chamber of commerce or even an organization devoted to local businesses to find out if a virtual office center exists in your area.