Is A Virtual Office Right For You?

Even though working from an office with your team of employees around you is the traditional view of most companies, you might have already noticed that lots of business owners are now starting to shun this form of operation. In fact, there are lots of entrepreneurs who are now ditching their physical office and switching to a virtual one. A virtual office lets you work from home and, using tools such as telephone-answering services and mail forwarding addresses, creates the illusion that you are working from a dedicated office.

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Not sure if this is the right directing for your company? Here are some points to help you decide.

 

Advantages

  • No Need To Pay Rent. Once you give up your physical office, there is no need for you pay rent again. After all, you will be working out of your home! Some virtual entrepreneurs still pay rent on storage units for all their documents and paperwork, but there is no need to do that now. While you are rebranding the company and becoming a virtual company, you just need to transfer all your paperwork into digital data. You can then store this on the cloud, which can reduce all the storage you need.
  • Very Low Equipment Costs. You will find that you also don’t need to spend so much money on equipment, such as desks, office chairs, and computers. After all, you won’t have full-time employees anymore, so you won’t have to provide anything for anyone other than yourself.
  • Can Employ A Socially Diverse Team. Now that you are employing remote freelancers, you are giving people the chance to work who wouldn’t normally be able to. Now that working from home is so popular, there are lots of people who wouldn’t be able to go into an office during regular working hours who are able to earn for themselves. For instance, you will find that there are lots of new moms who can work remotely while also caring for their newborn.

 

 


Disadvantages

  • It Can Feel Quite Isolating. There is no denying that working on your own from home can be quite lonely at times. There are ways around this, and one thing you can do is attend your local networking events. These are a great chance to meet other entrepreneurs who are in a similar situation to you.
  • There Could Be Issues With Employee Motivation. You might find that your remote workers aren’t as motivated as full-time employees. This can be a big problem, and there might be little you can do to motivate them as you aren’t with them at all times. You might just need to keep on replacing freelancers until you find your dream team.
  • Need To Hire Meeting Rooms. When you no longer have a dedicated office space, you might not have a meeting room at your disposal. So, you will have to find some to hire, which will push up your business expenses.

So, do you now have a better idea whether a virtual office is right for you?

Dan is an award winning digital marketer and marketing columnist based in the United Kingdom. He has a real passion for digital communications, Hull City and innovation.

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