Keeping costs under control is a priority for any business.
One of the largest of these expenses is office space. When you’re just starting out, or navigating choppy economic waters, signing up for a fixed term high-cost tenancy is often not a practical option. It just doesn’t feel right.
So what’s the solution?
Virtual offices. Get one in Dubai and you gain all the advantages of a premium business address and office infrastructure, without the financial commitment associated with bricks and mortar. It provides the flexibility to work where you want, in the space you need, for a period that suits agile companies.
So let’s look at why more and more forward-thinking entrepreneurs and startups are embracing this way of working.
Using a virtual office keeps your home address private and means you can provide customers and suppliers with a recognisable business address. This goes beyond just practicalities; it has a positive knock-on effect with how you are perceived by your industry peers and competitors.
How this could benefit your business
The way your company is perceived is vital. Virtual offices allow you to place a prestigious office address on your business cards, website and marketing materials. That means clearly demonstrating to those you work with (and compete against) that your venture is a serious and established proposition.
You will also receive IT support, and have access to a network of well-appointed work spaces
and meeting rooms in multiple locations where you can meet both your team and your clients.
What this could do for your business
Having access to these reception facilities and administrative support can be highly beneficial to your company. Expenses on office space and staff are minimised, while your business retains the impression of a traditional infrastructure.
Why? In short, people are more productive when they’re happy with their environment. If your team functions best while working at home, or in a café, or in a shared meeting space that you rent from time to time, then a virtual office could be the perfect solution.
How this is good for your business
Even if you’re a small company, allowing people to work from a place where they are comfortable will reduce the amount of days they take off work and boost their overall productivity.
So if you are unsure about expanding into new areas of business, or even new geographical locations, and want to limit your risk, virtual offices can provide workers and facilities on a temporary basis for a significantly lower price than an employee on payroll.
Why this is good for your business
Virtual offices give you the chance to grow while minimising the risk. But if you’re unsure whether your type of business doesn’t lend itself to this type of working, consider the findings by Melanie Pinola in her book The successful virtual office in 30 minutes.
Pinola noted that ‘according to one estimate published in the Journal of Labor Research, 65% of all jobs are amendable to at least part-time telework. This number will surely only get higher as technology continues to evolve.
Virtual offices significantly reduce these fees. Since you won’t have a physical workspace, you completely bypass transportation costs and only use specific services and facilities as and when you need them.
Why this is good for your business
With office-related costs likely to rise as we move closer to Expo 2020 in Dubai, startup businesses are looking once again at the space they pay for each month and comparing it with what they actually need and use. The savings here can be significant.
Why this is good news for your business
If you have a financial shortfall, you’ll be able to amend your agreement and change the terms of your contract. For example, if you would like add or remove any services – such as telephone answering or a mailing address – you have the flexibility to turn them on and off as required.
Whether you’re a brand-new entrepreneur, or an established mega-brand, the virtual office option is there to fit your needs and should be something you consider for your business.
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