Are you working from home or running your small business from home? We have seen a huge increase in the number of people working from home during the past few months due to COVID-19. There is no sign of things returning to normal just yet though, so it may be time that you considered a virtual office to help support your business.
If you are running a small business, you may be wondering how you can present a more professional image for yourself and your company. A virtual office could be the solution you are looking for. Let’s quickly run through the key benefits of having a virtual office.
1. It helps improve the image of your business
Think about it, would you choose to work with a business that shows a personal address on their website or a business address? Although it may seem like a really small thing, a virtual office gives the illusion of a bigger company. It can make your business look more professional and projects a better image to your clients.
By signing up for a virtual office, you can appear local to your clients. Here at Virtual Offices, we have thousands of telephone numbers so you can choose the specific area code that you require. If you are based in Lincolnshire but would like an office number for London that is no problem, we can sort it for you.
One thing to note is that when people search for your business on Google Maps, if they are directed to a virtual office it adds extra credibility. It looks much better than them being directed to a housing estate in the middle of a busy town!
2. There are often extra add-on features to take advantage of
Many people don’t realise that there are actually lots of services offered by virtual offices. Depending on the level of assistance you require, we offer different packages to suit your needs. These include some of the following (depending on the package you choose):
- Mail forwarding
- Calls answered in your company name
- Message forwarding
- Mail handling
- Registered business address
- Link to your company website
Plans are flexible and allow you to add on special features to suit your business. Using this wide array of services can free up your time to spend on the business, whilst we take care of some of the administrative tasks for you.
3. You can keep your home address out of the public domain
Keeping your home address private is very important in order to reduce the volume of spam mail you receive. It is also much safer if your home address isn’t broadcasted on the internet for anyone to find.
If you have a product-based business you will be storing your inventory or goods at your home address. Openly publicising this could well attract the wrong people. You don’t want to get home one day to find all of your inventory has been stolen.
Another thing to consider is whether you are going to set up your business as a limited company. You can use your virtual office address on the official documentation. This means that your home address will not be listed on Companies House.
Any questions on virtual offices?
We hope this has helped to explain the key advantages of a virtual office. For as little as £10 a month, the benefits really do outweigh the costs. They are a great solution for startup businesses that have a limited budget or established businesses that are trying to achieve a better work-life balance.
So if you are working from home and would like to discuss any of the virtual office packages we offer, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help.