Ever wanted to start your own business but are intimidated or put off by all the requirements, paperwork, and costs that come with setting up an office? Today’s modern technology and its constant improvements have helped to create efficient workplaces, as well asnumerous solutions for various business needs.
Among these are a number of services that can be very helpful for companies of all sizes, especially for start-up businesses. Five examples of these are serviced offices, virtual serviced offices, meeting rooms, mailing address services, and casual workspaces.
Serviced offices are fully-furnished and IT-equipped office spaces which are often found in prime corporate locations. They offer a greatsolution for start-up businesses, as they have a number of advantages for new business owners.
Serviced offices don’t require lease contracts for a set number of years, the office space is already fitted with furniture and equipment, and the IT infrastructure as well as communication facilities are already set up. Other services include admin and secretarial support, staffed reception, building and facilities management, and pantry area. This allows businesses to enjoy instant occupancy, all-inclusive monthly payments, and quality office facilities for a fraction of the cost.
Virtual Serviced Offices
Virtual serviced offices are ideal for small and home-based businesses that need a reputable address or location for enhancing business image, a team to take care of calls, mail, and other administrative tasks, and support.
Business owners who opt for virtual offices typically have their own local telephone numbers answered in their company name, a receptionist to answer calls, virtual assistants for admin tasks, and access to meeting rooms, day offices, and video conference facilities in other branches of virtual office providers.
With the high costs of office space rental at present, many small to medium-sized businesses can only afford to rent small, studio-type spaces which often do not have a dedicated meeting room or conference room. For this purpose, many companies offering virtual office services also have available conference rooms, training rooms, and meeting facilities that can be booked for an hourly rate.
They usually offer different types of rooms for varying needs and number of people that can be accommodated: casual office type for two persons, meeting rooms for small groups, and boardrooms for ten or more people. These meeting rooms also typically come with free internet access, whiteboards, and free coffee and the larger ones may also include free use of other amenities like projectors, audio-visual equipment, and flip charts.
Mailing Address Services
Ideal for home-based businesses, mailing address services allow clients to use a professional address for accepting, sending, and forwarding mail instead of a PO box. Through this service, business owners can enjoy an ideal business address in any location and be assured of receiving important documents and parcels without compromising the security of home addresses.
Also called coworking spaces, casual work spaces are, as the term suggests, office spaces where people can work on a “drop-in” basis and only have to pay a daily or monthly rate. These spaces are perfect for home-based business owners who might want to give their freelance workers or independent contractors an alternative work space.