Friday, October 2, 2009

What are the benefits of a virtual office for an entrepreneur?

Let’s face it, Vancouver office space is expensive. However it is difficult to convey the image of stability and professionalism when you are limited to meeting clients and customers at your kitchen table or in a series of coffee shops. So, what’s a smart and enterprising entrepreneur to do?

A virtual office space provides you with a location and resources that you might not otherwise be able to afford. In a virtual office situation, like The Network Hub on Richards Street in Vancouver, you get the visibility and prestige of a downtown address without having to shoulder the entire cost. The expense of office space, meeting space and even reception and answering services are shared by the tenants. A quality shared space will offer you not only a desk or office, but shared reception and involved management. This allows you to focus on the core of your business and avoid wasting time on administrative confusion. This arrangement provides you as a business owner with the professional image and location that you might not be able to afford, especially in the start-up phase of business.

And since the shared office space is managed for you, your office is “open” for messages and mail even when you have to be somewhere else.

About the author: “Karen Southall Watts has been training and coaching entrepreneurs for over a decade. She teaches business courses for Bellingham Technical College.”

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