Is there a certain something about your business a je ne sais quoi if you will, that makes you different? Would you like there to be? I bet you would. After all, if you’re looking to achieve the kind of prestige associated with top-tier companies you need to have a point of difference that allows you stand out.
Now, it’s all very well and good to say that you want to have a point of difference but what if you’re a startup with a limited budget, or if you’re looking to expand into a new city (or even country) and need to be aware of how to make the biggest splash? The answer here is to go with a virtual office.
In case you’re wondering what a virtual office is it’s quite simple to explain. A virtual office is a space for hire in an office building that allows you to enjoy all of the benefits and perks of having a fully leased office but without the overheads and the cost of running a space that you might not need all of! A virtual office comes with a secretary, a phone number, a bookable board room/meeting room, and even office space for when you need to work in that environment. Not to mention the fact that you get full access to the features of a full service office like printing and photocopying.
It really is the best of both worlds. So how do you ensure that a virtual office is the best thing for your business? It’s easy just take a look at these tips below.
Make sure that your staff have clear goals
A key part of the success associated with having a virtual office is going to be managing your staff in that kind of environment. As your staff will be working remotely you need to make sure that they are working to clear goals. You also need to make sure that people have a good way of communicating perhaps a messenger service like Slack would be handy as this will allow people to stay productive. A pain point for many people who work remotely is a lack of guidance or input from other team members, so you need to be sure that you address this. Also, outline the goals for the team clearly and manage this on a weekly basis so that people stay focused on the tasks at hand.
Use the virtual space to your advantage
When you’re working from a virtual office you might feel like you’re in some way at a disadvantage compared to your fellow, bricks and mortar dwelling compatriots. Not so in fact the benefits of a virtual office are numerous especially if you’re a startup or a business in expansion stage, and want to get the biggest bang for your buck. The benefits of a virtual office are such that you can enjoy the prestige of a great address without the headache of the expense paid to get it.
Manage your schedule
When working with a virtual office space you need to know when you’re going to have meetings lined up, and ensure that the space is available at that time. Having great diary management will help you out no end here. Perhaps you might consider getting a virtual assistant for this task as it frees you up to deal with more important things.
These short tips should hopefully give you the basics as to why a virtual office is so great for a business looking to take the next step so be sure to consider it as part of your business plan.