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Small business, Big impressions: Taking advantage of a virtual office address

As a small business, making a good impression can seem like a feat in itself. There is something about a start-up enterprise or a family run company that can put you on the back foot with potential customers, finding yourself judged and scrutinized before you can even say hello.

This judgement is quite ironic as over the years I have become accustomed to hearing realms of praise from high flying business men and women who are often describing the warm customer service, acute attention to detail and second-to-none product knowledge that they have experienced working with a small business.

The problem is, small businesses still make people nervous. There are usually less reviews to read, fewer big name case studies to take in and in general more ‘unknowns’ compared to the big names in the market. This makes it very hard for a small business to make a good impression from the start, despite the often superior service they may be able to deliver.

Being able to sway an individual to take a chance on your company is all about confidence. Confidence that you have the capability and experience to compete with the big players.

Choosing a virtual office address allows you to use a highly desirable business address for your company. All of our clients benefit from using a Regent Street address, and impressing potential clients with their prestigious W1 postcode in London. They are also able to make use of a personalised London telephone number where our dedicated telephone assistant will answer the phone in the name of their business and send on calls as they need.

These small features can make the world of difference to the perception of a small business, giving customers the confidence to find out more about what they can offer, and as we’ve found are often pleasantly surprised at the quality of service they receive.

How Virtual Office can grow your business

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When you’re looking to grow your business, you need to put your company in the best possible position with an impeccable reputation and status. You also need to ensure you have the time, drive and money to put your resources in to business growth.

Virtual Office can help you achieve all of the above with minimal hassle and smaller financial outgoings than you are currently spending. Here are a few ways that choosing a Virtual Office solution can be the gateway to business expansion.

Top notch credentials

When a potential client starts to scope the field for their next business opportunity, the first thing they will look at are your credentials. How established is the company? Does it look reliable and trustworthy? Does it look professional?

At this early stage you can’t rely on your own personal skills to sell your business, so you need your credentials to do the work for you and get you a foot in the door. Choosing Virtual Office with Hold Everything provides your business with a prestigious company address on Regent Street in London, with a corresponding London phone number. This allows your business to look established, serious and reliable, all through your W1 postcode.

Never miss a new lead

As part of your Hold Everything package you can get a dedicated telephone receptionist who will answer every call you receive on behalf of your company. This ensures you never miss an important call, and in turn don’t miss out on a potential new customer. Your receptionist will answer the phone to your bespoke requirements being able to pass on any crucial calls to the correct member of your team as well as filtering through sales calls to save you time and interruption.

This service will again improve your credentials, establishing your company as a premium option and encouraging new business to thrive.

Extra money in the bank

Office space anywhere costs money. However a premium and established office address in London, costs a fortune! Virtual Office is a very cost effective solution for flexible and forward-thinking businesses. With modern technology allowing your staff to work from locations across the world a set physical office is often a waste of space as well as a waste of money. Money can be better spent on generating new business and improving essential services leaving Virtual Office to help both your reputation and your finances flourish.

Productive staff produce results

Studies have shown that working from home as well as working to flexible hours produces not only happier staff with a positive work-life balance but also more productive employees. By choosing a Virtual Office solution your team will be motivated to work to a higher standard and therefore produce the best results for your business.

Without being tied to an office space it also allows you to spread you net when hiring new staff, choosing the most qualified and ambitious members to join the team rather then being limited to those living in close proximity of the office. You will end up with the best staff, working to the best of their ability and subsequently growing the business to its maximum.

Time is in your hands

Time is one of the most important factors in running a business. Commuting to an office can often mean a couple of hours twice a day every day of the week which you could be putting to use in growing your business and also ensuring you keep a stable home life balance too. This is important both for you as the leader of your company but also for your staff who need to remain motivated to work.

In addition…

In addition Hold Everything offers a number of extra benefits to help your business succeed. You will receive a thorough mail forwarding service for all your letters and packages which will be held and dispatched to your requirements. It also answers one of the concerns of Virtual Office which is what to do when you need to have those critical face-to-face client meetings (however rare). Hold Everything offers access to a premium office space at the Regent Street address which you can book and use for business meetings as you please, ensuring there are no awkward situations despite your business working remotely.

Find out more about our range of Virtual Office packages to help your business grow today!

PO Boxes vs a Virtual Office

Money, money, money, we all want it but we don’t all have it available to spend on luxuries such as a serviced office in an enviable location. This means that working remotely or from home is becoming increasingly popular for businesses who wish to tighten their belts to survive in the current economy, save time on unnecessary commuting, and let’s be honest, enjoy a few more of those home comforts too!

A recurring problem for businesses is having an address available which is suitable for impressing potential clients, as well as being secure – many people may not want their home address plastered over business cards, advertising and so on to respect the privacy of their personal life and family.

Well then, why is using a PO Box not the perfect choice you may ask? They are professional (when compared to a home address), convenient and secure. Sounds great right? Until you consider the following issues:

A PO Box is….
• Expensive: Having a PO Box doesn’t come cheap, with current rates at £244 p/a collection and delivery at £303, it isn’t really fitting with the money savvy business world.
• Impersonal: People like people, they like knowing they are contacting an individual at a business and a PO Box address can appear ambiguous.
• Suspicious: Do people ‘trust’ a PO Box? It could seem as if you are hiding behind a mask, which in turns raising the notion of ‘Why? Do they have something to hide?’
• Unprofessional: A PO Box is not a substitute for the professional merits of a prestigious office address.

These issues could make potential clients wary of the business and in some cases may even deter these customers from getting in contact, choosing to go with a competitor with a registered business address that they trust.

Unfortunately it is a struggle to find alternatives that do not possess a baggage of additional problems of their own. Renting a serviced office will not only give your bank balance a heart attack, but incur all the same old problems of time wasting, stress and inconvenience which result in a negative effect on your lifestyle. Whilst turning to a freepost solution is again expensive, unprofessional and outdated.

The Modern Alternative – Virtual Office!
Choosing a virtual office solution with Hold Everything is a fantastic alternative, as you get the added bonus of using a prestigious registered business address on Regent Street, London.

So whilst a PO box may have had some selling points a virtual office is far more professional, benefitting from a prestigious W1 post code, more convenient, with our efficient mail forwarding service that filters for unwanted junk mail and only sends on what you require, and as mail is dealt with to your particular requests you also benefit from a safe and secure process.

To top it off, you will receive a range of other benefits including a professional telephone answering service, use of our flexible London boardroom to hold meetings, and in comparison with the high prices of using a PO Box our prestigious forwarding address is actually cheaper.

So when considering whether to use a PO Box over Virtual Office the question is…
Do you really want to give your business a mask to hide behind, or instead present an established and prestigious identity to be proud of?

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