Virtual Business Addresses: Don’t Let a Home Address Hold You Back
Maybe you can’t afford an office space right now. Maybe you really like working from home.
There are a variety of reasons small business owners and solopreneurs opt to keep their home office and get a virtual business address instead of paying for an actual physical office space.
So what are the benefits of having a virtual office address?
A virtual business address boosts credibility.
What image does your address project?
If you operate your business out of your home, you might be inclined to just use your home address for your mail and official documentation.
But if your address is clearly residential — say, 123 Maple Lane — or if a potential customer decides to look you up on google maps, you could be losing credibility.
Right or wrong, many people associate home offices with a lack of professionalism. There are some businesspeople who might be able to operate out of a home office without looking small-time, but accountants, financial analysts, real estate agents, and others will not get the same benefit of the doubt.
You might also get access to administrative services.
In addition to letting you use a business address on your official documents, a virtual business address might give you access to valuable services.
For example, many virtual business address providers also offer phone services, so you can have a dedicated business phone number separate from your cell or landline. You can have calls forwarded to you, or in some cases even have a live receptionist take them.
Virtual business address providers sometimes also offer access to fax machines, copiers, and mail services, including accepting packages and keeping them safe until you’re able to retrieve them.
Virtual business addresses keep you compliant with local laws.
In addition to your town’s bylaws, you might also have to worry about your homeowners' association rules.
While your city government or HOA might not know at first that you’re operating a business, eventually someone could notice the increase in mail or all the new computer equipment you’re buying, and then they may try to fine you or shut you down.
Further, operating a business illegally can cause problems with your insurance.
Premier Workspaces maintains locations across the U.S., each featuring a selection of flexible meeting spaces and offices. Most locations also include kitchens, receptionists, and waiting areas.
Customers can rent these spaces by the day or even the hour. Hold one-on-one client meetings in one of the offices or larger gatherings in the meeting rooms, which are all equipped with the latest technology.
Access to these facilities allows you to maintain your professional image, even when meeting clients face-to-face.