3 Benefits Of Using A Virtual Office
Date : October 25, 2019 By
The idea of running your business from a virtual office seems far-fetched right? Most business owners (new and old) avoid the idea of “virtual” offices and telecommuting – but why?
In most cases, they do it out of ignorance.
Sadly, they allow misinformation to guide their decisions. While every business is not built for a virtual office, there are plenty that can be. If you sell custom widgets for a niche market in your community, a virtual office is not the best option for you. But, if you run a web development firm or sell everything through an e-commerce storefront, there’s a good chance that a virtual office makes more sense.
Briefly, we are going to give you three benefits of using a virtual office. When you finish, you should easily see why it makes a lot of financial sense to use virtual offices.
1. No Wasted Time Traveling
Telecommuting is nothing new – people have done this for years. However, a lot of business owners (micro-managers) have refused to use it as a hiring tool or as part of their employee package offerings.
Because they fear the employees will waste time and slack off (we’ll address this on the next benefit point). However, there is research to back up the claim that employees are more productive when given the option to telecommute.
Now, back to the subject at hand…
Driving to-and-from work can be timely and costly. You (and your employees) have to make numerous trips each week over a wide range of distances. In fact, the current average commute to work is around 30 minutes each way; that’s an hour of wasted time.
- Imagine how much money you could save by cutting down the fuel expenses.
- Imagine how much time you could recapture by cutting down on travel.
So, the first benefit of using a virtual office is decreased costs, increased time each day, and less time traveling.
2. Employees Are More Engaged And Active
The next benefit of using a virtual office is the engagement factor.
Again, most business owners are afraid of using virtual offices (and telecommuting); this is based on misinformation. In fact, research from Fundera (1) shows that two-thirds of managers reporting an increase in productivity with employees who use telecommuting.
And that’s not all. The employees themselves felt they were more productive – 86% to be exact. When employees feel more productive, it means they have a greater sense of worth and they work harder to maintain that level of productivity.
Employees that feel they are being watched (micro-managed) tend to get frustrated with their current job situation. It’s not that they are bad employees, but no one likes being treated like a child. Micro-management has caused good employees to leave good jobs because of bad management; virtual offices cut this management style out (for the most part).
3. Less Overhead Vs. Traditional Offices
And the final reason to use a virtual office is the lack of overhead costs.
A traditional office requires a lease, insurances, utilities, security systems, etc. A virtual office does not require any of this. While there may be a monthly cost, the rest is handled by the hosting company.
Why this matters?
Because you can pass all of those cost savings to your clients (or your employees), giving you an advantage against other companies who refuse to see the benefits of a virtual office. The more you can save, the more you can grow your company.
Now that you can see the benefits of a virtual office, what’s holding you back?
If you’re worried about costs, you shouldn’t be. In fact, you should look at Opus Virtual Offices. They have virtual office plans that start at $99/month with plenty of features to make your life easier. Some of the features you get include:
- Live Receptionist Answering Calls
- Corporate Mailing Address
- Company Phone Number
- Company Fax Number
- Voice Mail Converted to Email
- 2 Voicemail Boxes
- Faxes Converted to Email
- Premium Call Transferring
And that’s just the base package! Where in the world can you rent out an office for only $99/month? It’s time to take your business in the 21st century. Quit letting myths and misnomers run your business – are you the boss? Take charge of your business and quit wasting so much money on a traditional office space.
Again, virtual offices make sense when you don’t have a physical product that needs to be touched and/or browsed. As a business owner, you owe it to yourself to find the best options for your business and its continued growth and success – a virtual office is just another piece of the success puzzle.