By Betty Wang
Need tips on choosing a virtual office location? Long gone are the days when brick-and-mortar offices were the only options around. Virtual offices are increasingly popular because of their convenience and practicality factors.
These days, many businesses (especially small businesses and startups) don’t really require an actual brick-and-mortar location.
So with that said, here are five practical tips for choosing a virtual office location:
1. Location, location, location. Even for a virtual office, location can still be key. Make sure you find a spot that is not only convenient for you, but for your clients as well, if you’re planning to hold meetings there. Think about the demographics that you cater to and keep that in mind when checking out prospective locations. Is the area safe? Is the building ADA compliant? Also, is it located in a special “business improvement district” that may require you to pay extra fees, just for the privilege of using that address?
2. Lease or membership? Will you be renting your virtual office space or paying a membership fee? Make sure that you know what you’re getting into. Signing up for a lease creates a landlord-tenant relationship, while signing a membership agreement (common for “plug-and-play” office spaces) does not.
3. Confidentiality concerns. If confidentiality is crucial to your business, then make sure that this can still be maintained at your virtual office. Is the Internet secure? Who’s manning the fax machine? Does anyone else have access to your mailbox?
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