Can you guess which companies made it to Fortune’s list of the coolest offices? We’ll give you some hints. There’s one that rhymes with ‘schmoogle’ and another whose name starts with an ‘S’ and ends with ‘alesforce.’
Surprisingly, not on the list are Apple and Amazon. But everyone knows that these companies have invested huge amounts of money into creating unique office spaces for their employees.
If you’re a startup founder who needs to keep your overhead costs to a minimum, a virtual workspace with a virtual office address may be your best option.
Here’s how it works:
In a previous post, we talked about how virtual offices can be helpful to growing your business. We mentioned that while it’s now easier for more people to start their own businesses, lacking a physical presence may cause some difficulties.
This is where booking a virtual office address can be handy.
If you’re not ready to sign an office lease but need an office mailing address, you can either use a P.O. box or go for a virtual office solution that already includes telephone/fax service, business address, and mail handling.
Here at WorkSocial, for example, we also offer meeting spaces when you need one.
Nothing is stopping you from using your home address as your business address, especially if clients or customers dropping by isn’t a problem for you. However, a lot of business owners aren’t comfortable with giving away such private information.
If you don’t want people who search for your business suddenly showing up at your home, consider setting up a virtual office business address instead.
Besides, setting up a virtual office address is easy. Once you’re done, you can now focus on running and managing your virtual office.
After booking your virtual office address, you now have to focus on getting the most out of your virtual workspace. Sure, you’ve saved considerable costs by going for a virtual office suite than leasing out a commercial office space but that doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore opportunities to double your investment.
To do that you need to:
You’ve secured your virtual office address and you know what opportunities to take advantage of to grow your business. Now, you need to make sure you don’t leave anything to chance. Here, we’ll talk about the top 3 things every virtual office needs to have.
Virtual offices come with awesome perks but they’re also susceptible to problems such as decreased efficiency and a fractured team environment. Luckily, you can avoid these pitfalls with some planning.
For example, you can assign at least two employees per project. This way, if one of them suddenly becomes unavailable, there’s always another person who can be in charge. You can also opt for cloud-based solutions, so efficiency can be maintained even if your employees are working remotely.
You can also put your customers‘ and investors’ mind at ease by being honest about the virtual nature of your business. Don’t try to hide it. It’s nothing to be ashamed about.
In fact, it can be an advantage since running a virtual office helps you keep overhead costs low. Just be sure you have systems in place in case there’s a need for face to face meetings.
As for team environment, you can overcome distance and time issues by using project collaboration tools, as well social networking such as Facebook or Google Plus.
If you’ve been using your home address as your business address, it’s time to go for the virtual solution.
Take advantage of the features and amenities that come with our virtual offices so you can devote your time to growing your business.
Contact WorkSocial today to set up a virtual office that is perfect for your business needs.