In the last 20 years or so the digital revolution has created something that sounds like it comes straight out of a science fiction movie; the Virtual Office.
What is a virtual office? Simply put, it’s the ability to run a business, have employees and take care of customers without the need to have all of those people gather in one specific, brick-and-mortar office location.
Instead, a business owner and his or her employees can work from home, or from practically any other location they desire, communicating through today’s technology to get the job (or jobs) done.
But what exactly are the benefits of having a virtual office? In fact, there are many, both monetary, physical and emotional, which is why virtual offices are extremely popular.
For example, with a virtual office there’s virtually no commute time for both the boss and employees. When you consider that the average person wastes over 90 minutes a day commuting back and forth to work, that’s a huge benefit. Not having to commute means more time to actually work, less time spent doing nothing while getting stressed in traffic, and significantly lowered costs as well, because of savings on gasoline, car repairs, tolls and so forth.
Having a virtual office also means that, as a business owner, you can pull from a huge talent pool of people around the globe rather than having to hire locally. That’s a huge plus, especially if you sell your products and services internationally, because you can have “boots on the ground” in any location, with employees that know the local customs and language.
Of course one of the biggest reasons to use a virtual office set-up is because of the huge decrease in overhead that it creates. When you don’t need an office, parking spaces, desks, chairs and everything else that goes with having a physical office, your expenses drop dramatically.
Speaking of physical, it’s been shown that both business owners and employees are much more physically active when they work in a virtual office environment. When you consider all of the data that’s been released in the last few years, showing how sitting for long periods at a time is detrimental to one’s health, that’s a very big plus.
It’s also been shown that employees who work from home are happier, more productive and take significantly fewer sick days then their counterparts who work in a physical office, facts that can also significantly reduce costs for any business and, at the same time, increase profits.
As you can see, having a virtual office has many excellent benefits. It’s not for every business of course but, if the industry that you’re in allows for it, having a virtual office can be a huge factor in the success of your business.
If you have questions or need advice about starting your own virtual office in Essex, please drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you with answers and advice right away.