Starting up your own business as a sole trader can be a very challenging time, and expenses can soon start adding up. If you are a one-man band you probably won’t need a physical office to begin with. However, staying on top of those all-important admin tasks can be very time consuming, particularly in the early stages. This is where getting support from a virtual office provider like Venture Offices can be a real life-saver. Here are just 4 of our top reasons why sole traders would benefit from a virtual office.
1. Keep your overheads low
Firstly, congratulations on cultivating a successful business to a stage where you require extra help and support! You are now probably thinking about the next move of hiring staff and renting office premises. What if we told you that you could save a lot of money, whilst still growing your business with a virtual office? It would allow you to keep your business small, still run it from home, and avoid the extra drains on your business by using virtual office services instead.
Here are just some of the things of the benefit to a sole trader from by having a virtual office:
- A professional receptionist to take care of your business calls and messages
- Your business post will be managed for you
- You will have a prestigious business address within your desired location
- Mail forwarding to an address of your choosing
As you would be using virtual staff to help run your business, you won’t have the stress of worrying about the financial needs of your own employees too. A win-win situation!
2. It gives a sole trader a professional business image
First impressions always count, no matter what industry you are working within. If your potential customers know that you are running your business from your kitchen table, this may not give them the confidence in you. However, if you have a virtual office address your setup will seem a lot more professional.
If you are trying to win high-priced contracts, you really need to consider the reputation of your business. A large company is not really going to trust someone who is working out of their spare bedroom. Sadly this is true even if you are more than capable of doing the work. Company image is very important, and having a virtual office could really help with this.
3. More family time
One of the huge benefits of working from home is that you can build a flexible business that fits around your lifestyle. Being at home means that you can be there for your family members, and can take time out very easily. You can look after a family member if they are ill, whilst still being able to carry on doing some work. All with the peace of mind that your virtual team will be looking after the administration in order to keep your business ticking over in the meantime.
4. Outsource your boring tasks
When you become a sole trader you quickly realise that you aren’t just responsible for providing the service you are offering. Often you will have to wear multiple hats. You will need to become an accountant, receptionist, marketer, networker and so much more. It may be that you start losing that initial passion you had for your job. This is very common when people get bogged down by boring administration tasks.
To have a successful business you need to look at where you can outsource some of your workload, giving you more time to focus on the aspects that bring in more money. By utilising the services of virtual office providers, you can get the help you need. Freeing up more of your precious time to carry out the tasks that you do well.
Range of packages suitable for a sole trader
With a virtual office package, you can grow and expand your business without having to fork out for staff or office premises. Please feel free to have a look at our range of packages to see which would suit you best. If you have any questions at all ring us on 01205 809 222.