As is probably obvious to most people that check out this blog, I am a small business owner. That means I have certain operational needs that are part of the normal course of operating that business. As few of those items are a business address and phone number. To many people that probably sounds like not such a big deal, however it actually is. I have a limited number of choices in obtaining those services including using my home address or obtaining a conventional office lease. With the use of my home address come privacy issues and potential liability ones as well. With a conventional lease comes overhead, in many areas significant overhead. Fortunately, all is not lost. There is a third option. A virtual office (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_office). The term virtual office refers to a service that generally provides the following services:
- Mailing address
- Business phone number
- Live receptionist
and more depending on the provider. The cost of a service such as this? Most times it is less than $100 per month. This offers a significant savings over traditional lease and eliminates the drawbacks associated with the use of a home address. Where can you find a virtual office service? Opus Virtual Office is one such provider… There are others of course, such as Davinci and Cloud Virtual however they are more costly. So there is your money saving business tip for the day. Head over to Google and do some research to find the solution that best meets your needs.
If you are still confused about what a virtual office is, check out this short explainer video: