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How To Make A Virtual Office Work for You
Virtual Offices are becoming increasingly popular with business owners and managers because of the simplicity and flexibility they provide. Virtual Offices can be used for a prestigious business address to improve the professional image of the business and inspire confidence in your customers and suppliers. Here are just some of the types of people who use virtual offices and how it benefits their business.
Business Owners Working From Home.
Many business owners, particularly those who own SMEs, are now running their business from their own home and with advances in technology (especially cloud storage), this is now entirely manageable. Lots of business owners report that they prefer working from home as they are more productive and prefer the flexibility. While they get on with their work, they know that their calls are being dealt with efficiently by their own reception team at the virtual office. It allows them to fully focus on their work without being hassled by sales calls and nuisance calls.
As a start-up, it’s important to have a dependable business presence without having to pay over the odds for your own employed receptionist or office space that you don’t need. A virtual office can be useful for when you’re in meetings with clients and can’t take calls, meaning there will always be someone there to take the call for you and to help your clients.
Virtual Offices provide a prestigious business address for all your mail to be sent to, your virtual office team can sign for parcels on your behalf and can scan your post to your email address if you prefer, meaning you can check your mail as soon as it arrives. It also means that you don’t have to use your home address as your business address, which gives you peace of mind.
Large Business Owners Trying To Cut Costs.
Business owners may come under some pressure to cut some costs in times of uncertainty or when investment in other areas of the business is needed. Many business owners favor virtual offices as a method of cutting costs. Wage costs for receptionists are rising due to increases in national minimum wage and you’ve also got to consider the cost of equipment (telephones, office furniture and computers) among other costs such as PAYE and National Insurance. Virtual offices provide a low-cost alternative, without compromising on the quality of customer service.
Businesses can also use virtual offices when testing the water in new markets, as setting up a physical office in every trial location would be unaffordable and could be a costly mistake if things go wrong.
This is how our Telephone Answering Service has helped one of our clients.
"We were initially wary of the transition from in-house telephone answering to another party, but our fears quickly subsided once the service started. It has proved to be the best move that we ever did. The service is exemplary, our customers are happy with being able to leave a message or log a call with the sure knowledge that it will be dealt with properly and professionally"
Gerallt Pritchard, Servicevend N.W. Limited
Think you need a virtual office? At Obsidian, we have various flexible virtual office packages, including business address and telephone answering which can help to support and grow your business. Find out more here.
Did you know that we also provide professional meeting rooms?