It used to be unheard of but now a lot of employees can actually work from home. This is not just a key factor in decongesting rush hour traffic but also essential to a company’s bottom line. In most work-from-home programmes, employees tend to be more productive and businesses usually decrease overhead costs. But this is an era when you can practically run a company even without the physical office, hence the emergence and popularity of companies operating entirely in a virtual office.
But while a virtual office can save your company potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds and even as the UK ranked as the lowest cost destination to do business among established markets, certain factors can work against such favourable outcomes. So to maximise the benefits of virtual offices, UK businesses would do well to consider the following things.
Consider the location.
A virtual office gives your company a prestigious business address, but without making you pay the prohibitive cost of actually running a physical office. You can choose to operate out of your home or at a satellite office while the virtual office you choose answers and routes your calls, receives your mail, accepts fax communications, and the like.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you won’t need to drop by at the virtual office now and then; you may need to pick up your mail if you opt out of the mail forwarding service. So choose a virtual office provider located in the best business centres and one that’s accessible from where you live.
Consider the technology being offered.
Companies that operate in virtual offices are more than familiar with advanced technologies, in order to meet the changing demands of the business environment. Your company should also be in tune with existing technologies not only to keep with the times but also to achieve greater productivity. So look for virtual offices that allow your business to use advanced technologies, from cloud-based data storage to advanced data security solutions.
Consider the professional support.
If you’re starting out in an industry with only a handful of employees, you may need auxiliary support. Additional professional support can help you meet the growing demands of your business, from record or data maintenance to configuring conferencing systems. You’ll want the flexible office solutions provider you choose to offer reliable and professional support, where you need it.
Consider other products you may need down the line.
Finally, all businesses will eventually need to exist outside of its “virtual environment” and so some functions may require you and your team to meet with clients or stakeholders. Be sure to consider the other products being offered like conference rooms equipped with conferencing technology, plus audio and visual equipment, and access to day offices.