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What is a virtual office?

Posted on: 20th July 2017

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With over 50% of business people now working remotely for more than half the week, virtual office space has become more important than ever.

<p style="text-align: justify;">With over 50% of business people now working remotely for more than half the week, virtual office space has become more important than ever.</p>

What is a virtual office?What is a virtual office?

With over 50% of business people now working remotely for more than half the week, virtual office space has become more important than ever.

The number of business people working remotely continues to rise, with over 50% now reporting that they spend more than two and a half days per week working outside the office. As the remote workforce grows, demand for virtual office space will increase. But what is a virtual office, why is it necessary, and how can Regus help?

Explaining the virtual office

Although the world of work is changing rapidly, business demands remain much the same. Invoices continue to be sent by post and mobile phone numbers are disproportionately expensive to call compared to landlines.

A virtual office gives remote business owners and employees a fixed workspace from which to field their operations, wherever they might be in the world. For example, a freelance consultant could be in Chiang Mai but have a virtual office address and telephone answering service in London to help ease logistics with UK-based clients.

Maintain a presence through a virtual address

Virtual offices are bricks-and-mortar operations, not cloud-based. Although remote workers aren't physically based in their virtual office, they can use the address for their own business listings and communication. This removes the need to use a private home address on documents like invoices or online ads.

Regus's virtual offices offer mail-handling services, so communications from clients and financial establishments are dealt with quickly and appropriately, even when business people are overseas.

Stay connected with a telephone answering service

Mobile numbers are expensive to call, especially when remote workers (or their clients) are overseas. Changing SIM cards regularly while travelling can also cause disruptions to client communication. Having a set landline number in the locality of the remote worker's choice ensures that phone calls remain at a standard rate.
Regus offers a telephone answering service so that remote workers can enjoy the benefits of their own private secretary. This means that calls are unlikely to be missed, even while business people and their clients are in different time zones. If you would like to find out more about Regus virtual offices, please get in touch today.

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