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Why Use Virtual Offices?

They are ideal for remote workers wishing to convey a professional image. A virtual office provider will answer telephone calls on your behalf and transfer them to a private number. Post can be sent to a business centre and forwarded to an appointed address. Most virtual office providers will also provide office and meeting room hire.

Large organisations also make use of virtual offices to gain footholds in new markets, often situated abroad. This low risk strategy enables them to assess the viability of that market, before committing to relocation or recruitment. Their local presence often adds more credibility when building business relationships overseas.

The Benefits of a Virtual Office

Several different factors are creating excitement about remote computing and fueling this new approach to doing business. The most important of these are:

  1. Eliminate commuting to the office, since many people will be able to work from home. Many feel this would improve employee lifestyles since they would no longer have to spend so much of their work day (and money) traveling to and from work.
  2. Significant cost savings that companies would realize over time, as requirements for office space diminish due to fewer people working in a headquarters operation.
  3. Increase in productivity of the individual employee due to the reduction in distractions of the office environment, and the greater time that will be spent working on the job due to the elimination of commuting time.
  4. Ability of a field sales or service organization to operate as a fully autonomous unit without having to come into the office to check mail, pick up materials and receive the \"marching orders\" from their management.
  5. Greater speed of communication due to the use of electronic media (i.e. Internet) to communicate rather than the traditional paper flow.

What do Virtual Offices provide?

Normal services included in a virtual office are:

  • Personalized telephone answering in your company name
  • Call patching (System that connect you directly with important callers, wherever you are)
  • Postal forwarding (include use of an address where you can register your business)
  • Voicemail
  • Fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Office / meeting room hire
  • Access to offices and meeting rooms
  • On-site helpful support
  • Business correspondence composition such as brochures and flyers.

Prices vary according to how much use you make of facilities like meeting rooms. If you need to hire a room for more than 10 hours a week, it may be worth looking into upgrading to a serviced office or shared office/hotdesking environment. Once in a serviced office, the rental rates for meeting rooms normally drop significantly.

Businesses can select which services to use. A company looking for a way to handle incoming calls may choose to use just the telephone answering service as a cheaper alternative to hiring a receptionist.

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