What is a Virtual Office?
A virtual office is essentially a non-physical space that you use to assist with running your business.
Virtual offices offer a number of different services such as mailing address, where you use the office’s address as your registered business address; telephone answering service, whereby a receptionist will answer your calls in your business name and either transfer them to you or take a message for you; hot desking, where you can rent a desk by the hour, day or half day and can plug into the building’s wi-fi and broadband; and virtual flex services which allow you to use services such as telephone answering on a flexible basis without any ongoing commitment – for example if you were on holiday, or at a conference and were unable to answer your calls.
How many people use a service like this?
It is estimated that approximately 20% of the working population in the UK, some 6.5 million people, work from home. This number is forecast to grow over the next five years, and with the number of start-up businesses still rising in this country, virtual services are taking a leading role in helping businesses move forward.
Isn’t it just for small companies and one man bands?
No, not at all. For every employee that works from home, companies save an estimated £8000 per year. With the recent introduction of flexible working regulations, meaning that any employee with over 26weeks service in a company can ask to be considered for flexible hours, businesses both large and small need to be looking to how they can get the best out of their workforce, which may often mean basing them away from a physical office.
Make your small business look big!
In addition to saving large companies money, virtual offices can also make small businesses look big. With a professional sounding company address and a trained, experienced receptionist handing your calls efficiently, clients need never know that your business is being run from your spare bedroom!
How can Portal Business Centres help?
Here at Portal Business Centres we have a whole range of virtual services, from mail handling and telephone answering to hot desking and virtual flex services to keep your business running when you’re off on holiday or simply need an extra pair of hands.
Discover more about Virtual Offices with Portal Business Centres.