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Challenging the fears of Virtual Office…

Virtual office fears

“Virtual Office is great.”

Easily said… but are there any disadvantages to choosing Virtual Office? We’ve addressed the 5 concerns we most frequently encounter from those unsure of whether to choose Virtual Office…

  1. Will my employees be slackers?

It’s a common worry that home based employees will sit around in their comfy pyjamas watching daytime television. In reality a well-organised remote workforce are motivated with set goals and deadlines. Whilst you can allow them a more flexible work time, allowing those with families or in different time zones to join the team, you will still be able to have a level of control over their workflow as well as their schedule ensuring you keep on top of their progress.

What’s more, studies have shown that employees with flexible schedules are not only happier and less likely to quit, but also more productive. So the facts over rule the fears and mean that your business could actually be performing at a higher level by choosing a flexible Virtual Office package.

 

  1. Will my staff feel like part of a team?

Another related issue is whether your employees will feel isolated and lack that ‘team spirit’ that you get from a traditional office-based environment. Whilst this is a genuine concern of the past, the growth of social platforms and other methods of communication such as Skype and conference calls means that a remote base of employees can have a ‘virtual meet-up’ several times a day if need be.

This is a healthy part of a working community allowing colleagues to bounce ideas off each other and be creative. Regular communication also makes sure your employees understand the levels of command in the business and in turn feel accountable for their goals and tasks within their job.

 

  1. ‘Virtual Office’ sounds high-tech – Surely I won’t be able to afford it?

On the contrary! Virtual Office is a comparatively cheap way to run your business. You can have a registered London address promoting your prestigious address on Regent Street at a considerably lower cost to renting office space. An office can have extremely expensive running costs and especially so in a respectable area, not to mention the money you would spend on furniture and commuting.

The money you save could help pay for equipment and bonuses for staff helping to keep the team motivated, as well as going back in to business development.

 

  1. Won’t I look unprofessional using by home or mobile phone number?

At Hold Everything we offer a range of bespoke telephone answering services allowing you to impress clients with a Central London phone number and build on your credibility as a company.

In addition, a professional virtual assistant will filter through your business calls based on your individual requirements. This service means your business will never miss an important call, whilst also avoiding constant interruption by unwanted sales calls. We provide telephone answering services for businesses ranging from large multiple location enterprises, to sales based organisations with staff on the move, as well as for small independent businesses and sole traders.

 

  1. What if my clients find out? Will they feel cheated?

This is one of the major worries from business owners. However when it comes down to it Virtual Office is such a well recognised and common business asset in the working world, and choosing this option can actually suggests many positive qualities about you business skills and your company itself.

Using Virtual Office means you are at the forefront of modern working practice, it also shows you are financially savvy, and you are positioning your own company in the best possible place for success. So in reality clients tend to perceive those using Virtual Office in a positive rather than a negative way.

 

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In addition to all this you will get the benefit of a mail forwarding service for letters and parcels of all sizes. This can be used for all business as well as personal mail which will be forwarded on a daily or weekly basis depend on your requirements.

The Regent Street office also offers a prestigious boardroom within ‘your’ London office. This way you are able to hold any necessary meetings while holding up the foundation of your Central London presence.

 

So to finish the way we started – Virtual Office is great – and a can be a perfect solution for start-up, home-based and entrepreneurial businesses.

Using our flexible meeting room space to your advantage

Meeting room hire central london regent street

Whilst Virtual Office is the perfect solution for companies working remotely and using the latest advances in technology to hold meetings, communicate with staff and undertake their own work from anywhere in the world, many businesses still appreciate the flexibility and security of being able to use a premium meeting room space as and when they require.

 

Our comprehensive meeting room services compromise of a comfortable, professional and well equipped boardroom, suitable for businesses to use for a range of services. We have highlighted three of the most popular reasons our clients choose to utilise our boardroom facilities:

 

  1. Client meetings

However rare face-to-face meetings are becoming, you will undoubtedly need or want to meet up with a client every now and then. When these occasions arise, you will likely feel that the wobbly table in your favourite coffee shop, or the self-made study in your back room don’t create the right atmosphere to match the company image you are looking to portray.

Our boardroom is situated on Regent Street in Central London allowing you to invite your clients to a prestigious location in the capital for your meetings, however big or small. If you choose to take advantage of one of our many Virtual Office packages, you can choose from a range of packages, which offer varying amounts of access to our meeting space. As our packages allow you to use this esteemed W1 postcode as your registered office address, it creates a seamless offering from where your company is set up, to where you mail is delivered (with a mail forwarding service to fit) as well as being a physical location for your client meetings.

 

  1. Presentations

In addition to a regular client catch up, you may find yourself in a position where you need to give a formal presentation, or pitch an important proposal, and therefore require a suitable environment to do so.

Our meeting rooms are set up with all the features and facilities needed to give a professional and hassle-free presentation. With a capacity for up 8 people, it is the perfect space to comfortably suit small groups. We offer unlimited access to Wireless Broadband Internet, an Overhead Projector and an A1 White Board Flipchart for you to utilise for your chosen presentation format.

Crucially, your environment can shape the way your presentation is perceived. From a comfy chair to a well-lit room, your colleagues and clients are more likely to engage with your presentation if they are impressed by the professionalism of their surroundings.

 

  1. Hot-desking

Our boardroom is not restricted to use for meetings, the desk space is perfect for providing you with the privacy you need to carry out your work whilst in Central London. As well as taking advantage of one of our Virtual Office solutions, you can also choose to hire the boardroom for full day or half day use, or even by the hour, which is ideal for hot-desking between meetings.

Meeting room hire central london regent street

Meeting room hire central london regent street

How to get started…

Our meeting room space can be hired on a flexible basis as and when you need it, meaning you have the option to use the space without the need to be tied in to a contract.

However, the best way to make the most of the boardroom is through one of our monthly Virtual Office packages which can include a mail forwarding and telephone answering service, as well as allocated use of the boardroom at extremely competitive rates.

Our packages have a set number of meeting room slots available for you to take advantage of on a monthly basis, whilst still being able to add on additional meeting days, or pay by the hour at your convenience.

Whatever your requirements, Hold Everything can offer you a flexible package to suit. See more here http://www.hold-everything.com/hire-meeting-rooms-uk/

The importance of your business location

business location

In an age where modern technology, virtual office and cloud computing are taking over, many businesses are wondering if location still factors in to their company portfolio. Whilst some businesses certainly may rely less on being acknowledged for their location, we would argue that location, or at least perceived locality is still of prime importance to a dynamic business model.

Why is your business location important?

Having a business address in a premium location such Regent Street in London gives the perception of a successful, confident and professional company. Potential customers can feel safe in the knowledge that your business is both established and trustworthy based on a recognisable location.

As well as overall perception, choosing a location with a London address ensures you are seen to be at the centre of the UK and in a hub of technology, business and commerce. This means customers will be at ease in the knowledge that you are at the forefront of the modern world. Logistically it also means your address is easily accessible for vendors, ensuring your deliveries get received without complications.

Affording a physical office

So if location is important then why not just rent a premium office location? Well that’s simple – it’s a rent problem. The more premium the location; the greater the competition and therefore the higher the price. Whilst some larger companies can justify the spend, it is likely that the majority of small independents, entrepreneurs or start-up companies would not be able to meet the high rates demanded by central London office spaces.

So ultimately it’s a catch 22. A remote location may directly impact your bottom line by reflecting poorly on the perception of the company, and yet a premium location is unaffordable to most. So what are the alternatives?

Taking advance of virtual office

The modern day solution is choosing a virtual office. A virtual office allows you to use an external address as your own legitimate business address. This will be your registered address for your company and can be used on your business card and website, as well as for receiving your mail and linking to a London telephone number for your calls.

Virtual office allows you to gain all the benefits of a central London address without the expenses of renting an office space. Plus, rent is not the only cost that is eliminated. You will save on equipment such as desks and chairs, as well as skipping electricity and water bills for the building. The money saved can be utilised on staff training and resources to encourage successful remote working environments.

With a virtual office you also get the added benefits of meeting clients in a physical boardroom, which can be booked and used as your own. Our Regent Street offices have a professional environment with all the essentials you would expect to find in a fully furnished office.

Hold Everything offers you the use of a mail forwarding service so we can collect and forward on all essential mail as you wish, as well as a telephone answering service where your incoming business calls will be answered by one of our dedicated telephone receptionists, meaning you will never miss an important call again.

Make your location count

Location, location, location – despite a rise in virtual communications, perceived location is still important to customers and therefore an essential consideration for businesses. Choosing a virtual office solution allows you to have the dream location, without the associated price tag, as well as enjoying many other business benefits along the way!