Many small business owners don’t want to use their home address as their business address. For some it’s just to keep the two separate from each other, for others it’s a way to save on the cost of renting office space, and a whole host of other reasons. Whatever your reasoning, a virtual office could be the solution, allowing you to present a trustworthy and professional looking business address; and it’s probably more affordable than you think.
So, what exactly is a virtual office address and what are the benefits of using one? Well, a business needs an address for credibility and for receiving mail. And in the absence of an actual office space, a virtual office affords you a real, physical location, and it provides a range of services to assist you in operating smoothly and efficiently.
How do you set up a virtual office? It’s simple. All it takes are 3 steps:
1. Select your virtual office address – we operate offices in city centres across London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow and Liverpool
2. Subscribe – all we need to set up your profile is a few contact and billing details
3. Verification – share one copy of a photo ID and copies of two utility bills or any other documents that verify your home address
From there, you’re all set up. Your new virtual office address is then yours to share on your website, marketing materials, business cards, invoices, and more.
Below are some other considerations you may want to think about before you select the perfect virtual office address.
Finding the right Virtual Office Provider
It goes without saying that it’s important to find a reputable virtual office provider in a desirable location – after all that’s part of what you’re paying for. But you should also consider the ancillary services on offer. These services often include virtual receptionists, meeting rooms, and other business growth services. It’s important to think carefully about which ones might benefit you in ensuring a professional outlook for your business and in making sure your time and energy is focused on your core business.
And think about the price too as you’re most likely using a virtual office to save money compared with leasing office space so there’s no point paying over the odds.
Choosing a Virtual Address
You don’t want to use your home address but neither do you want to have it in some remote location. Aim for somewhere in the centre of a city where your target market lives or work. That way you give them the reassurance of buying from a local business. Your virtual address does not need to be close to your home unless you have registered with a virtual office with a pick-up-post option. All virtual offices should offer services to scan and email your post to you or forward it to an address of your choosing by post. To get the most out of your investment in a virtual office you’ll want somewhere on a big city. We have virtual offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
Select Your Additional Services
Check out which services are on offer in addition to the virtual offices. Services can include mail forwarding options, mail pick up, virtual receptionists, call diverts, and more.
Consider the features you think you’ll need, as many of them provide great value and can give you large discounts when bought as a package.
Be sure not to go with a provider that has setup fees or ties you into a long-term contract. A virtual office should be a flexible option that you can adapt to your changing circumstances.