What is a virtual office?

A virtual office is where your business has a registered office address without you having to physically base your business there. This might be in an office block, business centre, or anywhere else with appropriate space and facilities. It gives the impression your business has an office even if it doesn’t, and there’s usually someone on-site you can deal with any post and phone calls in your behalf.

Who can have a virtual office?

Virtual offices are suitable for any business, but are particularly useful for anyone based from home that wants to create a more professional image. Having an office address can also give you more creditability. Some businesses might also want to have a presence in a particular are where similar businesses to them are based (E.g. Silicon Valley or Saville Row) but can’t afford an office there. A virtual office is a straightforward way to get round this issue.

Newer businesses or start-ups can benefit from having a virtual office too. If they expand very quickly, for example, having a virtual office means they don’t need to rush to look for bigger premises. It also means you can cast your net a bit further to try and catch talented people for your business. Not having the fixed location of an actual office allows you to recruit people from anywhere you like.

What are the advantages of a virtual office?

There are a number of reasons why you might opt for a virtual office, including costs, environmental concerns and even improved productivity. Having a virtual office means you won’t pay out as much every month on things like rent, facilities, and business equipment, so it can be more cost effective. You might even be able to pay on a flexible basis and change your arrangements quickly if you need to.

A virtual office can also be better for the environment as staff can work from home and don’t need to commute. This will improve morale and productivity too, leading to a better work life balance. This, in turn, leads to reduced staff turnover and fewer sickness days.

It’s also worth adding business support here. Many virtual offices can offer the same level of business support as you’d get if you rented a physical office, including reception and admin services. And, if you needed to get everyone in your business together, or need to meet clients, you can often hire conference rooms and all the associated tech in the building where your virtual office is based.

A virtual office is a flexible, affordable way of working for many companies, and many business owners now believe it could be the way forward. Why not see if it could work for your business?

St James Business Centre is an 80,000 sq. ft. building offering serviced, conventional, and virtual office space to rent in Warrington town centre, close to train stations and with extensive on-site parking. We also offer co-working space for anyone needing flexible working without the demands of permanent office space.

Our meeting and conferencing facilities, plus spacious internal courtyards in Warrington means your business has access to everything it needs under one roof. Contact us for more information.