Long gone are the days when a business owner needed to be tied to his or her desk 60 hours a week 52 weeks a year. Technology has advanced to the point that most business owners and entrepreneurs can conduct most their work from the comfort of their own home, exploring Europe, or while on the beach of a tropical island. These new technological advancements are especially beneficial for small business owners or entrepreneurs who do not have the desire to employee a large staff.
One thing many people crave is a physical location to direct potential clients. This is why historically so many businesses would rent a small office space. However, the global nature of business has made this largely unnecessary. The other reason for renting a space was to have someplace other than one’s home to have business mail and packages delivered. Again, the global marketplace and digital landscape make this not only unnecessary but also a bad investment decision.
If the only reason a company needs a physical location is for appearances or package delivery, there are many other options available. A virtual mailing address service provides businesses with a physical address in almost any state which can accept deliveries from national carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. These items can then be scanned and reviewed by the owner or shipped to an alternate address.
This type of service is perfect for those who wish to travel but did not have a practical solution for managing mail and packages while away. This eliminates the need to hire office staff to maintain an unnecessary office space or handle incoming mail while you are traveling. Everything remains in place and the parcels you do need can be forwarded to your rental property or hotel.
Just because you don’t have a physical office space doesn’t mean you might not want an assistant to help with some of the more mundane tasks associated with running a business. Fortunately, virtual assistants are available to run your virtual office.
The profession has increased dramatically over the past ten years and is expected to further increase in the coming years. Demand continues to grow as more business owners and entrepreneurs see the value of having someone available to answer emails, scheduling, and make calls to clients. The job descriptions for virtual assistants are as varied as those for personal assistants in a typical office setting. The tasks will be based on the owner’s specific business needs.
Another technological advancement that has facilitated the growth of online-only businesses is found in the field of business equipment. There are virtual services available for business phone systems that will create a digital directory, voice mails, and phone even various phone numbers that can all be directed to your personal cell phone or the phone of your virtual assistant. Large pieces of equipment such as computers, scanners, and printers, are all available in sizes that are easy to pack into a laptop bag for travel. Even face-to-face meetings can be facilitated remotely on a smartphone or laptop with video conferencing platforms.
As a business owner of any size, there is no reason you should sacrifice your favorite activities and hobbies to run your business. It is possible to create a life you love while ensuring your business flourishes. Take the time to enjoy travel, art, and exploration by utilizing the many tools available due to recent advancements in technology and the digital workspace.