By Betty Wang
4. Appearance. At the core of it all, you are still running a business, and you’ll want your office to make a good first impression if you’re going to meet clients at your virtual office space. Does the building and overall neighborhood make the right statement that aligns with your business’ mission? Put yourself into the shoes of one of your customers and ask what your virtual office location says about you.
5. Know what you’re paying for. Many virtual office plans come with mailbox privileges only, while others allow you to print, copy, fax, and scan to your heart’s content. Other questions to ask include: Do you get to use conference rooms or empty offices as needed or for an extra fee? Does your plan also let you work at other virtual office locations?
Of course, any virtual office location will require a written agreement—either a lease or a membership contract. It’s wise to have an experienced contracts lawyer look over your contract before you sign, but if your business is just starting up, that may be cost prohibitive.
A virtual office is much cheaper than having a traditional office and it provides more flexibility. Just make sure you consider all the right factors first before you make that transition.
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