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...