So you have a business idea and you want to take it to the market and test it out? You are passionate about this new business and the project is rich on energy and enthusiasm. Fabulous! Now let’s take it a step further.
Have you thought about where you are going to base this business? Smart office space in a city centre location with dedicated support staff would be ideal. But is there money in the budget for this? And do you really want to commit to an expensive office lease and buy furniture and equipment?
Let’s not lose sight of the fact this new business may not go according to plan and it would be good to emerge from the failed venture with your shirt on and not saddled with years of debt to pay off. So let’s think about giving this project every chance to succeed and more importantly, doing so in a risk free manner.
For example, an excellent alternative to traditional office space is to use a virtual office. It’s inexpensive and the contracts are usually short term, if not month to month. So let’s have a look at a virtual office as a tool for your new business.There are 2 maintain elements to a virtual office: mail and telephony.
You get a business address and a mail handling service, where mail can be forwarded to you or you can arrange or collect it. Read more about our Business address service.
On the telephony front you get a business telephone number and a call answering service, where receptionists answer your calls in your company name. Calls can be forwarded to you live or you can opt having messages taken and sent to you by email or SMS. Other items usually include after-hours voicemail, a fax number and fax to email service, and access to meeting and conference space.
The price for a full virtual office service is typically less than £100 per month. For that you have an excellent business address, telephone and fax numbers and your own telephone reception staff. It goes without saying, this is a fraction of the real cost of what your own physical office space and support staff would run to. Of course the reason it is so inexpensive is due to the fact you are using a shared resource and not paying for dedicated resources.
For new start companies this solution has many benefits:
- Excellent corporate identity
- Prestigious office location
- An inexpensive office solution
- Low risk and short term contract
- Professional first point of contact for new clients
- Improved communications with existing clients
- Privacy at your home address
- Provision of support staff
- Access to meeting and conference facilities
Get off to a good start
Starting a new business is tough enough without having to be available to answer each and every call and worrying about the possibility of missing out on an important business opportunity because you are in a meeting or out and about conducting your business. The peace of mind that support staff brings to the equation is invaluable, especially in those frantic early days of business.
So a virtual office is an affordable means of providing a new start with an excellent business location and support staff and so much more!