You Don’t Need to Rent an Office to Grow Your Business – A Virtual Receptionist Offers a Cheaper Alternative

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

When you’re starting a business we all know that it’s key to keep your overheads low. But what happens when you outgrow your spare room or kitchen table, when you need extra support and a more professional guise? The solution: rent yourself an office and employee a personal assistant….maybe….or maybe there’s a simpler, more immediate and far cheaper solution!

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The amount you’ll pay per month for renting an office space is dependent on many factors based on the the area you’re looking to rent, these include the cost of living, unemployment rate and demand for space.

There are different models of office rental open to you; fully serviced (where everything is included), managed (where you’ll supply your own furniture and pay for some utilities), and stand-alone (where you would need to organise, pay and supply everything, signing a rental lease with the landlord).

Beyond the rental cost, you will also need to consider who your neighbours will be when choosing the right office space, how might they affect your productivity? What about the infrastructure of the building; how quickly will you be able to move and resume working, how much interruption will your business experience? Does the office space have phone lines, reliable internet, will you have to look into local parking provisions and costs for you, your new employee and any potential visitors?

Moving your small business to an office doesn’t have to be daunting, but it is expensive and it has to be well thought through to ensure it doesn’t put unnecessary strain on your fledgling business.

An office isn’t the only way, before making that leap, consider first if your needs can be met by using the services of a virtual receptionist. A virtual receptionist company can support you as your business grows, adapting to your needs and acting as the first member of your in-house team! There’s no training involved, no lengthy searching or organising, no disruption to your business and no hefty payout. You and your business can have the support you need agreed over the phone, in an afternoon, from the comfort of your home office. A virtual receptionist can take your calls (answering in a way that you choose and collecting the information you need), they can manage your diary, and even process orders using your own online system. Many virtual receptionist services can supply you with a virtual land-line number so that you no longer have to give out your mobile number (which looks rather unprofessional) and even supply a virtual address routing your post to a business address rather than your home address (protecting your privacy) where it can be forwarded to you, or collected at your leisure.

There’s a huge array of ways that a virtual receptionist service can help you to grow your business without the costly step of renting an office and finding, employing and training your own staff. To find out more about the services that we offer at CSnotepad, visit our website, or call us on 01273 741400.

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