You’ve heard about them, but just what is a virtual office?
A virtual office can provide some of the many pros of having an office such as a business address, mail handling, call answering and more without the overheads like utility bills and rent. It’s everything you need to portray a professional image without actually having to pay for an office or desk you’ll never use, perfect for if you travel a lot or want to work from home.
Here are our top 5 reasons to use a virtual office
1. A Business Number
Ever been handed a business card with just a mobile number on it and felt less than reassured? A business phone number not only separates your business and personal calls but also looks way more professional and will help potential clients take your business more seriously. A number with a local area code will also help to reinforce your local brand and means potential clients wont be ringing you out of hours.
2. A Business Address
Another biggie. If you don’t want random people turning up on your doorstep then it’s probably not a good idea to promote your home address on your business card or website. However not having an address might put prospective clients off. Having a business address will make you look more professional and protect you from unwanted guests. There’s also the option of having someone at the office handle your mail and filter out the junk.
3. Call Answering
Speaking of filtering the junk, you’re probably getting pretty sick of sales calls interrupting your day too. Not to worry! A good virtual office will have a call answering service. People who are specially trained to get rid of unwanted callers and take a message or transfer a call to you.
4. Business Support
Even when you’ve chosen to work from home or on the road, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Welsh ICE will give you a desk to work from once a week with super fast broadband and you can keep yourself topped up with caffeine at our on-site coffee shop. You’ll also get access to a range of business mentors and workshops such as GRIT. (For more information on our events, check out the calendar.)
Discounted meeting rooms, use of facilities and access to a network of other entrepreneurs are just some of the perks you could enjoy when signed up to a virtual office.
Virtual Membership at ICE is just £42 a month and includes:
- One day a week hot desk – Fibre broadband, energy usage
- Calls answering (fair usage)
- Mail handling
- And access to all events (GRIT, Hello!, Open Day, and all social events)