Whilst more and more businesses call for adaptable work hours, the virtual office makes an open door for individuals to work at whatever point they like from wherever they are.
Updated for 2017.
What is a Virtual Office?
A virtual office is typically defined as a location that does not exist in reality. A non physical address typically used by small companies who would like their mail and sometimes calls directed to.
A virtual office can provide businesses with an address that they can use to handle their general office admin. They are often sold within prestigious business locations such as a city’s commercial and downtown districts.
Consider drive time, low to no commute expenses and lower overhead expenses, having commuters travel less, builds efficiency, and allows those who work remotely to get a little extra out of their day.
In 2017 Jesse Cooper, took her London-based communications firm virtual. She saved money by not paying rent on downtime for her company building. For her, what was supposed to be a temporary cash saving method, ended up becoming a permanent situation. Jesse saved money, her productivity increased and her employees became far happier!
So why choose a virtual office?
1. Little to no commute time.
Many of us live close to our place of work, but for those of us who don’t, working remotely can offer an individual more time to sleep and work. This means less time wasted and more time spent being productive.
2. Your employees have more energy for the important things.
Although rather morbid, there are studies that suggest sitting at a desk for more than 11 hours a day can increase your risk of death by more than 40% in the next 3 years. Allowing yourself and your employees the freedom to move about will not only help to keep them energised but will also be beneficial to their well-being.
3. There are no limits on who you can employ with a virtual office.
So you’ve taken your business virtual? Well now you can employ anyone from anywhere! Say you need to be overseas every week, why not hire someone from the country you commute to instead? They can deal with the overseas clients and you won’t have to board a plane.
4. Save money.
Let’s be honest, most of us are in business to make money and the best of us know how to save it. Switching to a virtual office can save you money on utilities, office leasing and necessary hardware. Not to mention the costs of travel, if you commute to London like I do, saving money by staying at home could be a deciding factor when it come to choosing a virtual office.
5. You’ll gain in productivity.
As business owners we know that keeping our employees happy is fundamental to their productivity and in turn, the productivity of our business. You lose the stress of getting people together all in one room and instead you’ll replace it with a satisfying feeling, knowing that you can rely on a number of conference call technologies to handle the meeting for you.
Virtual offices have a number of benefits for business – more than this list entails. With better technologies for keeping people connected the traditional office is becoming outdated and uncomfortable.
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