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Building a Professional Image on a Budget: Virtual Offices as a Cost-Effective Solution

Virtual offices offer an affordable and flexible alternative to bricks and mortar offices, while still giving your business a professional image.

In recent years many of us have opted to start our own businesses from home. We may love the flexibility of working from home, but that doesn’t mean we want our customers to know we actually operate out of our draughty back bedroom or our actual street address! That’s where a virtual office can help.

A virtual office offers you a range of perks, most notably, a central professional mailing address. You get all the benefits of a professional business image, without the costs and commitment of a physical office. Plus, when the service is provided by a coworking space, you get the added benefits that come with a flexible workspace.

Choosing the Right Virtual Office

When looking for a virtual office space, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you choose the right solution that aligns with your business needs. Here's are the things we recommend you keep in mind:

1. Location

Consider the location of the virtual office space, is it central and in a location that makes sense for your business - do you need a capital city address and/or one close to where you live? It should be easily accessible for you, your clients, and any team members, who might occasionally need to use the facilities or collect packages.

2. Services

What services are offered by your provider? Will it handle your mail and packages? Does that include collection only, or forwarding? Do you need a phone answering service? What about free or discounted access to the coworking space, meeting rooms, etc? Are there any community and networking opportunities?

3. Scalability

As your business grows, you may require the coworking space more and more, where you find your virtual office becomes your actual office. What might be your future needs regarding the coworking spaces’ facilities, technology, accessibility and reputation?

4. Cost

Whilst still considerably cheaper than the upfront and ongoing costs of running an actual office, it is important that you understand the pricing structure and what's included in your package. Ask about any additional fees or charges for services not covered in your plan.

Platypus Coworking Virtual Offices

Here at Platypus Coworking our virtual office ‘tenants’ love that their membership gives them access to a professional, central, business address. Their membership includes managing all incoming mail online, with options for mail pick up, secure shredding, scanning or forwarding.

When you become a member, you will also receive a free One Day Pass every month and conference room discount for when you need a professional and lively place to work. Virtual office members are invited to all our member events.

We have two packages, to help you align our services with your business needs. For more information click here or give us a call.

In Summary

So, if you're in search of a professional mailing address and workspace, without the commitment of a traditional office lease, consider the advantages of becoming a virtual tenant in a coworking space. Your business and bank account will thank you.

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