Small Businesses: Give Your Business the Corporate Presence it Deserves
By: Angela Doemel, SERVCORP, Team Leader
More and more small and medium-sized businesses are embracing the concept of working virtually to grow their corporate identity and presence as quickly and cheaply as possible. A virtual office gives you the means to develop your business from a variety of locations, without being run into the ground by expensive office costs.
The idea behind a Virtual Office is simple: it is a physical office space in a sought-after business location, shared by numerous companies to lower costs and utilize a shared technological platform. What a virtual office provides is low-cost professionalism and a framework from which to operate your business.
For many start-ups, this is needed to grow quickly in the early phases. You will have a receptionist to field all of your calls, a professional address to direct all of your correspondence to, and state-of-the-art boardrooms, meeting rooms and audio visual equipment which you can book for client pitches, presentations and ad-hoc meetings.
With a virtual office you have all the benefits and solutions that come with having personal office space without the cost or responsibility of managing the space or having to hire, train and pay front office employees. You have the freedom of working remotely yet have an office when needed.
The best way to approach attaining virtual office space is to first establish your business needs. Do you need a receptionist to field your calls? A boardroom from which to conduct meetings? Assess how often you will require these services and search for a package that suits your business needs. Companies such as Servcorp offer flexible packages with short-term commitments which help limit your risk.
The key to working virtually is to start thinking of this space your main office. Use the address on your corporate stationery and email signature. Start directing all postal correspondence to that address. Most importantly, create business cards so that you can network efficiently. To be taken seriously in your business sector, consider what address is going to work best for winning more clients. Is a home office address going to send the right message?
Virtual office proponents say one of the most useful aspects of the service is the receptionist. A virtual office provider will provide a fully-trained receptionist who answers your incoming calls using your company greeting. If you are out of the office setting up meetings, establishing client relations and generating leads, she will field your calls and pass on your messages. She would also have a basic knowledge of your business to field commonly-asked or pre-sales questions; you simply provide a document as a guide. All of these services leave you to focus on running your business.
An exclusive offering from Servcorp is their powerful technology platform: it provides the ability to change the way your receptionist manages your calls by accessing a Servcorp Online account via the web or using the Servcorp iPhone or iPad application. To learn more, or take a tour of Servcorpâ€™s Serviced and Virtual Office facilities at 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, please call Angela Doemel at 312-803-0700.
Angela Doemel is a Team Leader at Servcorp. Servcorp offers the worldâ€™s finest Serviced and Virtual Offices solutions. Founded in 1978, Servcorp operates an international network of prime CBD locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, South-East Asia, India, Europe, the Middle East, United Kingdom, and United States. Servcorpâ€™s office and IT solutions enable companies of any size to operate with the corporate presence, IT, infrastructure and support of a multinational organization, without having the associated overhead normally required to do so. Contact Angela at 312-803-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.