Virtual Offices are growing in popularity as can be seen by the substantial increase in number of companies offering these services. A Virtual Office describes a wide variety of working scenarios but typically it refers to a service that provides most of the services you would expect to have within a serviced or conventional office without the fixed physical space.

If you are a business owner whose employees spend most of their day fulfilling administrative activities you can save significant amounts and make your company more efficient by setting up a virtual office.

The most obvious saving is on the renting of physical space. There is no requirement to provide a working space for each employee including infrastructure, fit out and furniture. If all your employees are working from home, there will be no reason to have a central office, and if there is, it can be much smaller than if you were housing a team of employees.

A virtual office can utilize the services of temporary or freelance workers. This will save on medical benefits and vacation time. Remuneration does not need to include the cost of commuting. There is more flexibility with these employment arrangements and the cost of downsizing or upsizing is vastly reduced. Employees can work from home saving them time and with the advances in IP telephony across the internet, they can communicate as though they were in a central office.

A virtual environment breaks the shackles of the typical geographic limitation to recruitment. Employees can essentially be based anywhere they have access to the internet. This also allows you to expand your business with international start-up costs.

A virtual office eliminates many of the disruptions to your business that the traditional working environment can suffer from i.e. travel disruption due to weather, sickness spreading to multiple employees. If employees have ill children, they will not need time off to care for them at home. Employees benefit from getting back the hours per week usually wasted traveling to and from work. Depending on what they are doing, their hours can be more flexible than the confines of working in a central office dictate.

The setup costs can be significantly lower as many virtual office employees will already have a lot of the equipment they need to fulfill their roles within the home i.e. computers, printers, internet access, desks, chairs etc.

If you are self-employed, having a virtual office of your own can be a great benefit. If you need a more formal address and want your post to go to a business address then a virtual office is the ideal arrangement.

You can also benefit from the services a virtual office can provide while only paying for those you actually use. You can have access to the services of a receptionist to take your calls, an admin team who can manage your post and other needs, and in some cases, access to meeting rooms or shared offices that you can book if and when you need them.

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