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Considering that it is a growing trend both here and abroad, you have probably heard of virtual offices before. However, just because you are familiar with the term may always mean that you know what it is or how it can benefit your home business. If you would like to learn about the basics of this amazing innovation, read on.

What Is It?

A virtual office is a remote or mobile work environment. It enables users to work from any location through using technology, such as internet access, mobile phones, and laptop computers. It is especially beneficial for start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises.

What Are the Benefits?

 You can have addresses at buildings in city centres and business parks even if you are not renting commercial space. This gives your target audience the impression that your company is stable and growing. Not to mention worth their trust and money.

 You can easily upgrade your package to get a physical workplace in your chosen locale. If you're looking for office space for rent in Cebu, Davao, or some other region, you can simply ask your provider to get you a spot, even in the building that has the address you're using.

 You can take advantage of reception services to receive and sign for any packages that are delivered to the dedicated business address. You can then book delivery of the parcels to your home. You can also make arrangements for on-site witnesses and notaries.

 You can make use of voice mail, answering services, call centres, live phone receptionists, and other communication options. The office can even have its own fax number and email address.

 You can enjoy different amenities, if they are available. These include parking facilities, wireless internet connectivity, broadband, break rooms, kitchens, lounges, and video conferencing equipment.

How Do I Make Full Use of It?

 Have a space dedicated to working. This will help you stay focused even when you are at home. If you have a spare bedroom or an empty loft, convert it into a private office. When you don't have the luxury of extra rooms, you can settle for a corner of your den.

 Do not isolate yourself. This can be done by signing up for Facebook or Skype. Simply interact as you would in a workplace setting. This means that you should take the time to form relationships with fellow entrepreneurs or your freelancers.

 Learn to organise your time. This will ensure that you avoid getting burnt-out. Being an entrepreneur doesn't only entail typing away on your computer. There are also calls to be made and client meetings to attend. Schedule everything properly so you won't feel too stressed.

 Establish standards and goals. This helps to determine if you are doing too much or not enough work. Of course, you should remain realistic regarding your objectives as you don't want to end up always having to extend your time to the wee hours of the morning.

 Remain culturally aware. If you have or are planning to take foreign clients, it is crucial that you learn about their traditions and society. Thus, you should note holidays and be aware of respective time zones when it comes to holding your hours.

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Conclusion

There's a lot to be said about virtual offices, and most of them are good things. Though not all home-based businesses in the Philippines may be using this type of service, that doesn't mean that you should overlook it. It might actually give you the edge over the competition, you never really know.

About the Author

Gina Ballesteros writes for Regus PH, a global company that aims to address the virtual service and commercial space needs of clients. Their range of services also include workplace recovery and mobile working.

Comments/disqusion
1 comments

  1. Ann Shirley says:

    I love virtual offices because they give so much credibility to a business while allowing the business to be flexible and save their money. It also allows them the ability to spend more on hiring talented individuals to further grow their business. We use serviced offices for my Sutherland Shire office and have seen an increase in productivity and profits since making the transition.

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