Home Office Setup

A Home Office Setup to match your Virtual Plan

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Setting up a home office can be a difficult task. Things that at first seem like they may not be a big deal, like avoiding a morning shower, getting properly dressed, or working from your couch, quickly become a big deal once you realize that your back will not agree with all your couch “potato-ing”.

It’s of the utmost importance then to set up your home office to be as comfortable, and productive as possible.

Office Chair

The proper office chair is the main thing you’ll need for a comfortable and productive home office. It’s common for those who are designing a home office to attempt to save money by selecting a lower quality chair, forgetting that the majority of their time spent will be in this important piece of furniture. This is “penny wise dollar foolish”, meaning you may save more up front, but the long term effects can be detrimental. There is a reason why ergonomically-correct office chairs can be very expensive. It’s because they’re high quality, and will pay off dividends in terms of gained productivity, and avoiding long term back issues. There is nothing worse than trying to work, while being distracted by back pain, and constantly having to adjust your seat. This is the most important investment you can make when it comes to your home office.

Desk Space

While somewhat less important than a good office chair, a proper desk is less about the quality of the item, and more about it being present. One may think working from a couch may be productive; however, working on your laptop from a sitting position at a desk has proven to be a more productive setting. Those who have migrated from their lazy boy to a proper desk quickly found that their thrived with the extra desk space. It proved beneficial, not only to place their working materials down, but also to organize documents, and to give themselves a place to get in a “working” mood. The home office may seem like an ideal solution to sit away from your cubicle at work, but you’ll still need the desk.

Home and Office separation

The third ingredient in the equation is less about a physical item, but just as necessary as the previous items. When working from a home office, there is a tendency to let the mind wander. And while common remote working arrangements allow for extra time to go do errands around the house or go pick up the kids from school, the wandering mind can destroy productivity. Unless you have excellent discipline, you may slowly find yourself slipping more into pleasure, and less work.

That’s why the distinction between “home” and “office” is so important. Getting into a routine to start the work day just as you would if travelling to work is essential. Take a shower, get dressed in professional clothes, and grab a coffee. Then you’ll be ready to start your workday.

If you’re ready to start a new business take a look at our packages and start your Virtual Office today! 

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Grow your Company with a Virtual Office

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Small or large, all companies have the same goal: to grow. This can be from a simple desire to expand into other geographical territories, or from wanting to grow financially. Of course, if growing was easy, everyone would do it. 

From a small startup which has just now reached their profitability or IPO stage, or a large multinational wanting to expand into a new territory to grow globally, every company struggles with growth. Not only is it a large monetary investment, but it’s a risky proposition. Even the largest companies who spend adequately in order to research their expansion can find themselves in a hard spot and needing to bail out. Losing out not only financially, but in lost opportunity cost as well.

So how can Virtual Business Offices help?

Grow with Virtual Business Offices

Here at Virtual Business Offices, we are in a position to help your company grow in a safe and controlled way. By signing up for one of our available virtual packages, you get professional phone answering, mail handling and forwarding, and more importantly, a premier Bay St. address which is recognized the world over as the financial center of Canada. 

However, these are just the tools by which you can extract the real value of our virtual services. The value comes in using us to grow your company further. A local phone number and a local address add trust to your business by showing that you’re not just trying to grab international business, but that you’re here and contributing to the local economy.

It will also reduce costs for your clients by letting them send their mail locally, and call local phone lines, thereby increasing your potential client base, as well as maintaining higher satisfaction levels.

We can even save you more money with our meeting room hours. Complimentary with our virtual packages, you can use free meeting room hours to meet with local clients and officials, with beautiful Lake Ontario or Toronto cityscape views and just steps away from Union Station.

If you’re looking to grow your company internationally, then getting a virtual package is just a no-brainer: taking that complicated process that is growing your company, and making it easier and more cost-efficient than ever before.

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Meeting Hours: The third piece of the Virtual Puzzle

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When you search for a virtual package, meeting room hours is likely to NOT be near the top of the list of requirements. It is likely that the same things that make that virtual service so attractive (the address and the service) are the main focus points. You may not even be near, or regularly visit your virtual address location.

Despite that, here at Virtual Business Offices, our virtual plans include meeting room hours. You can book a room through our online portal, and come visit us here in Toronto’ downtown core. Why would we do this knowing that it may not be a priority for our clients?

Years of experience providing business services have taught us a few things, among these are the following two: It pays to be prepared, and first impressions are important.

Our purpose in starting Virtual Business Offices was to provide virtual services to companies who need them, regardless of size. Of course, a service like ours tends to attract smaller and ambitious companies.

Startup culture means that you are making more business deals and growing your network from coffee shops in the local community. That’s perfectly acceptable in the ever-changing world. Work is mobile and everyone, and thing, is connected. When it comes to landing the big fish, the large business deals that take your startup to the big time, you’ll want the absolute best meeting room you can get. We allow our surroundings to shape our ideas and our mood and everyone has different preferences when it comes to their surroundings. When meeting with high level executives and their staff, you will most definitely not want to do so in your local pub.

For these important meetings that help shape the future of your business, you want to make sure that everything goes well.

Our meeting rooms are decorated to suit even the most exclusive of tastes, and have the latest tech to make sure that your meeting goes perfectly. And our virtual plans include free meeting room hours, so that when you’re finally ready to take the next step, you’ll have the best place to do so.

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Virtual Services: The Key to an Effective Online Presence

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It’s 2019 and the world is operating in a very virtual manner. Shopping is done online as opposed to in-store, dating apps are taking precedence over the traditional ways of meeting people, and a multitude of businesses are thriving without physical office spaces.

The key to all of this is an effective online presence.

Businesses that have been able to pull ahead of their competition are growing increasingly reliant on their ability to attract their target audience via the web. Countless work hours and funds are allocated to creating an online experience that separates themselves from the rest.

Whether it is ordering a pizza from Domino’s, purchasing a TV from Amazon, renting a cottage on Airbnb, or finding a date for Friday night on Tinder, there is an industry leader who has developed the framework on how to operate efficiently in their respective field.

So what is it about an online presence that sets the industry leaders apart?

According to Spin, elements like solid navigation, clear call to action; proper layouts and being mobile friendly play imperative roles in making a good website successful. While these elements seem discernible, you’d be surprised at how many former industry leaders are finding that they’re step behind because they aren’t changing with the times.

Forbes also highlights the benefits in creating an app that is free for download on both android and iOS.

It’s no secret that businesses who are mastering both platforms simultaneously are creating an insurmountable divide between their competition and themselves.

But, this success didn’t come overnight.

The trial-and-error period of creating an online presence is coming to its close. Users don’t hold the same level of patience as they would have 5 years ago. If a website isn’t easy to navigate, mobile friendly, or attractive, potential business will fall by the way-side.

Placing greater emphasis on research and design, structured management, clarity of vision, and a reliable support system is paramount to ensuring that your online platform reaches its potential.

One of those invaluable support systems is a reliable virtual office provider.

Virtual Business Offices provides the kind of support that allows our clients to concentrate on the task at hand and further expand their businesses online presence.
With a Premier Bay St. Address, Live Reception Services and Fully Equipped Meeting Rooms, you can run your business from anywhere in the world, knowing that all your needs are being met with the utmost professionalism.

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Why you should get a Virtual Office in Toronto

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One of the greatest advantages of a Virtual Office, is that they can be located practically anywhere. They allow you to travel and work from your laptop and phone, OR, can be the base of operations for your business in a new country while you decide if you want to expand, or just stay put.

So if you can have a virtual office anywhere in the world, why would you then choose a city like Toronto?

Why a Virtual Office in Toronto?

Real estate prices are skyrocketing in cities everywhere in the world. And with those increasing prices comes a lack of availability to expand your business to. However, just like everything else in life, it has it’s advantages and disadvantages: A larger city may be more expensive for rent, but also brings with it the highest potential for sales.

Toronto in particular has the distinction of being the largest such city in Canada. It is the financial center of Canada, and where the largest companies all make their home. Your brand and your company will be instantly more recognizable with an address in Toronto, rather than other places.

The Costs of a Virtual Office

At first glance, you may consider a virtual office an unnecessary expense. Depending on your business type, a local address, and professional call answering may be unnecessary. But we find that having a central location for your business, especially in a large city like Toronto, is the best investment you can make.

If you’re considering a traditional office, you’ll also have to consider the costs. Costs like rent and maintenance, desks, computers, internet, power, cleaning, and much more.

A virtual office allows you to bypass many of those costs. For a low monthly fee you can have a local address, mail handling, call answering and much more. More importantly, it will set you up as a local, and help both search results for your business, as well as setting you up as a national, perhaps even international brand.

So take a look at our virtual plans, and contact us if you have any questions. We’ll be more than happy to discuss options with you that make the best sense for YOUR business.

 

 

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The March & April is Out!

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Avoid a White Out

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So, you work from a home office and love that it allows you to wear different hats throughout the day – both the “work you”, the “parent you” and perhaps the “caregiver” you.

And then it happens………. and it’s going to be one of those days.

Whether a parent needs help, kids are home sick or, like today, winter is here in a big way. Snow has to be shoveled, kids are home from school and you can’t give your full focus to anything – let alone answer the constantly ringing phone!

This is where our Virtual Offices come in!

Our Virtual Office packages allows you to maintain the benefits of working from home but shares the load on days when you really could use a second pair of hands.

Our live receptionists will answer your phone for you so you won’t miss any calls and free you up to deal with whatever the day has thrown your way.

Aside from the assurance that your calls will be answered immediately and in a professional manner, our Virtual Office packages also include perks such as:

• Prestigious Bay Street address for mail and deliveries
• Pay-as-you-go meeting and office facilities
• No leases, Mortgages and Rental Contracts

To learn more – and be ready when another one of “those days” hits – give us a call to learn how Virtual Business Offices can help.

Bay Street is the Hottest Business Address in Toronto

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Bay Street has always been one of the best addresses in Toronto. It is known Globally as the Financial center of Toronto, and all of Canada.

We’ve long been offering the ability for any company, from the newest startups, to the largest corporations to get a virtual address with us at 20 Bay Street, and be recognized amongst industry leaders.

And that’s not just boasting. Microsoft has just announced they will move from their Mississauga Campus here to Bay Street. Right across the street from Scotiabank Arena. All about 3 minutes from us, and the TOWaterfront on foot.

And they’re not the only ones: Amazon, Apple, Google, RBC Cloud, Salesforce, VMware, and many more large companies are all located within a short walk of WaterPark Place, or a quick subway ride.

Your company deserves to be amongst leaders of the industry. So take a look at our available packages, and start today!