Situations Every Work From Home Person Has Experienced

I’ve been working from home for about three years now. Most the time, it’s great,… but this story is about the not so great times. Over the course of a few weeks something kind of weird started happening. My doorbell would ring and when I answered it,… there would be a person standing on my sidewalk, not next to the door as you would expect. When they saw me answer they would say “Oh, nevermind”. It never seemed to be the same person twice. In my overactive imagination it was totally a team of buglers stalking the neighborhood ringing doorbells just to see who was usually home during the day. Do you work from home and have kids? If yes, then this may have happened to you. I have a dedicated phone for work ONLY. The kids know this phone is off limits but that rule didn’t stop my daughter from answering an important call from a client. “Hello, No, My Mommy is in the bathroom”. Lunch time! Usually, I just go to the kitchen for food. However, today I really needed to get out of the house, I’m sure you can relate. I went to a nearby cafe, had a great lunch, took a small walk enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Walking in the front door the first thing I noticed was my house was humid! Turns out my washing machine’s pipe had burst and was spewing out about three gallons a minute of hot water all over my laundry room floor which was now spilling into my living room and soaking my carpet. Needless, to say...
How do I know if a Virtual Office is For Me?

How do I know if a Virtual Office is For Me?

Welcome back to another edition of this fine business blog!  The fact that you’re here, tells me you are a savvy minded individual looking to maximize profits and minimize expenses.  Before I get into the pro’s and con’s of having a virtual office, I want to first make sure we’re all on the same page by briefly explaining what a virtual office is. A typical business owner is a lone wolf, spending the majority of his/her time plugged into a computer, attached to a phone, and completing paperwork.  All of these things can easily be done in a home office.  However, one of the most vital aspects of business is working with clients.  The best client relation techniques is done face to face.  This is where the home office has limitations as it’s not ideal to invite clients to your home.   This is where the virtual office comes in as it allows home based business owners to appear as if they work out of a prestigious office complete with large conference rooms and a receptionist.  This allows the business owner to work from home, from a lounge chair on the beach, or really from anywhere.  The virtual office doesn’t mean the office is virtual, it actually means the business owner is virtual as they can work from anywhere.  The virtual office is a physical location where the business owner can utilize the office space when needed, such as meet with clients.   Okay, now that we have established what a virtual office is, let’s talk about the pros and cons: Pros: Appear as if you are a much...
Innovative Office Designs

Innovative Office Designs

I’ve been working in corporate America for sometime and I have seen a lot of changes in office design. Now, I don’t want to age myself here but I remember my old cubicle. I was on the 4th row over and the 7th one down, it was a tight fit. My desk made the cubicles in the movie office space look spacious. Imagine trying to work and a co-worker coming back from break pushing your chair forward in order to have enough room to squeeze down the aisle. Imagine my delight when this same office remodeled. It was this three desk cluster design, I tried to figure out how our new desks had so much more room and yet still seemed to fit everyone. The interesting thing that happened was I got to know my team in a whole new way. We worked together like clockwork, we had each others backs, and we had really good ideas for improvement and even got to see a few of them implemented. More and more companies have adopted this open space mentality. It encourages team collaboration by blasting down the walls of yesterday’s cubicles and inspires creativity when companies also add fun design elements and splashes of color throughout the work space. A really good example of this is Google. In Google’s words, they wanted to “Create an office for work and play”. Wow! Play? but how can your employees be effective if they are encouraged to “play” at work? In an article in the New York Times about their work space. Google’s employees stated they felt special to be a part...
Five Things to Consider When Deciding to Work From Home

Five Things to Consider When Deciding to Work From Home

1. Do you have space in your home where you can separate your office from your home? When I opted to work from home my living situation was such that I had to put my office in my bedroom. I found out quickly, that sleeping in the same space that I worked in was not conducive to getting a good nights rest, or being able to disconnect from work after working hours. 2. Does your living situation allow you to get work done without interruption? Kids, roommates and even pets can get in the way of being able to focus and get real work done. 3. Do you have the ability to stay on task without direct supervision? Or in one word, discipline? The distractions while working at home are numerous – that pile of laundry that you have been putting off? Those dishes in the sink? It will only take a few minutes right? But all those little tasks can be tempting to take care of while you’re working from home, but they add up and break your concentration from doing your job. 4. Are you ready to be alone? Some people don’t realize that when they start working from home that they won’t have the daily interactions with co- workers like they normally would. While this might seem like a benefit at first, but after time, people get tend to get lonely. 5. The last is what I like to call stagnation. When working from home you don’t really have that – going home feeling. When you “get off work” you’re kind of still at work and...
What  is a Virtual Office?

What is a Virtual Office?

A virtual office is fills in the space between working from home and having your own executive suite. For business purposes it is an office with phone number, and mail box. However, it does not feature any physical space. It is ideal for businesses who do limited business in other states, or people who work from home but don’t want their clients to know it. Most virtual offices operate without a physical office address and all internal and external business processes and communication are performed via the Internet. With increases in internet technologies and networking software, virtual offices have taken steps to ensure their place in the businesses of tomorrow. Most virtual offices feature two types of services: Communication Services, and Space Services. Contact Us to get your Virtual Office set up...