Virtual Business

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 Uprising of Virtual Business Offices

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Virtual Business Offices have been growing in popularity exponentially for the past few decades. If you have any reasons to believe that a physical office is not for you, then here is a solution perfect for you. Welcome to the modern world where convenience has never been so… convenient!

The Beginning

It is unknown who originally coined the term “virtual office”, but there are two feasible possibilities. One being that in 1989, Ralph Gregory from Boulder, Colorado created The Virtual Office Inc. He built the business to work from home so that he could spend time with his children. However, there is record from 1982 in an article that a John Markoff mentioned “virtual offices”. Markoff wrote “A virtual office would be built around a portable personal computer and local area network that would expand working horizons dramatically”. Regardless of which is the true origin story, the idea of virtual offices have been around for over 30 years. Working away from the site would begin the journey towards convenience for commuters.

The Significance

As time goes on, cities become overwhelmingly populated. This causes difficulty travelling everyday to get to work. Sometimes a simple 20 minute commute to work can turn into 60 minutes if the traffic is bad enough. Perhaps this isn’t enough to convince you of the convenience of virtual offices. Imagine you are located several miles away from your business to the point that commuting to work just isn’t a possibility, and there is no option of moving closer to the location. A virtual office is just what you need. This allows you to work from home for a business that may be across the country should that be the case.

The Advancement of Virtual Offices

In the present day, virtual offices are very common. Due to overpopulation in some cities, commuting is quickly going out of style. Residents are constantly searching for ways to simplify the travel. Virtual offices have risen to popularity because of this issue of inconvenience.

It is not too late to get your virtual office! Here at The Rostie Group, we have many options for you to select from. Check out our web site here!  Try it out and see how you can take care of business from the comfort of your home. Keep your business up to date with modern trends in order to compete! Don’t forget that a virtual office can benefit your clients and business partners as well. Making you look more professional and reliable as an employee or employer.

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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.

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The Advantages of a Virtual Office for Franchise Managers

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Running a franchise, while having your home as your business address may not represent the best side of your business. However, a virtual office with a premier address in Toronto shows others that you mean business.

Convenience

Having a virtual office allows you to avoid all of the daily annoyances of commuting. Nobody enjoys an hour long trip where you find yourself standing squished between a wall and a group of sweaty bodies on the subway. Working from home allows you to stay inside; this way you not only save energy, but you also save a significant amount of time. This way you can yell at your employees for slacking off from the comfort of your own home! Simply dial the number of your franchise’s location and commence shouting. How exciting!

Cost-Effective

Working through a virtual office saves the cost of renting out a physical space elsewhere. Consequently, you will find yourself gradually saving money since you will not be factoring in a cost of rent.

If you are adamant on a space downtown, you will find the cost of rent is not very forgiving. Therefore, it would be most beneficial to search for smaller spaces in order to avoid spending a large amount for an extra 50 square feet.

Not only is the rent of the physical office going to rack up a large bill every month, but you must also consider the cost of commuting. Whether you take public transit or you drive yourself, you will find a significant chunk of your paycheck going towards the trip to work every day.

As briefly mentioned earlier, this idea of a virtual office is essentially the concept of saving a small piece of each paycheck and putting it into a savings account. Rather than this, you are saving pieces of your paycheck by eliminating the cost of commute.

Overall, it is simply much more cost-effective to use a virtual office rather than sacrifice an arm and a leg for a physical office in an expensive neighbourhood. If you have this opportunity for a virtual office,  the only downside is if you wished to share a workspace with your coworkers.

Credibility and Legitimacy

A virtual office gives an impression that you are working for a professional business in a prestigious location. Rather than having your cell phone number as the main form of contact and an unfamiliar address, a virtual office allows you to use an address that suggests your franchise is legitimate and successful. Imagine having your business card include an address for Bay Street. This address will be easily recognized.

On the contrary, 9092 Dirt Boulevard is not going to impress any potential clients. If anything, they might have a disgusted expression on their face because your business is located on a street called Dirt Boulevard…

Morale

A virtual office will improve your mood even if you can stay home only once per week. Being able to get away from the workplace every now and then will give you a chance to catch your breath and feel refreshed for the next time you may have to go in for the day. It may also be good for your employees since they are most likely uptight when you, their boss, is around. You will find that you are not as drained as a lot of your day at work might be devoted to sitting in traffic or waiting for transit. Imagine looking out the window, seeing horrible weather, but realizing you do not have to face those terrible conditions. How satisfying is that? That will definitely have you sighing in relief and perhaps a maniacal laugh at the thought of those who are standing in the rain waiting for the streetcar that is running late as usual…

So if you’re ready to take your franchise business to the next step, then take a look at our available packages and start your Virtual Office today! 

Working Virtually on the Holidays

Holidays are better working Virtually

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In some industries, it can be difficult to find time to enjoy the holidays. We all want to visit our friends and family, but you are needed at work. However there is a way to take the time you need for the holidays while still continuing to be productive.

The main issue with taking the holidays off is that not everyone has the same schedule. Not every country celebrates at the same time and the same events, so while you may be preparing to sit with your family about to dig in to a delicious turkey, somewhere else, it is business as usual. And they are waiting for emails and phone calls from you.

If you’re a business owner, you may have reservations about keeping your employees around for the holidays. They deserve the time off and to be with their loved ones for the season. Happy workers are productive workers, and you know that denying them that opportunity will not be beneficial to their long term prospects with you.

At the same time, you need your employees to stay active and continue to work through that season.

The solution to this is simple. You can set up a Virtual Office for your employees. So they can continue to work, while they are away for the holidays.

By running your business from a Virtual Office, you get all the same benefits as a physical location; an address for mail and a place to meet your team and your clients. But you also get the benefits of remote working, such as flexible schedules, avoiding commutes, and massive rent prices.

And with the rapid increases in technology, faster and more reliable internet connections, and more work than ever before being done on a smartphone, there is no reason why your employees can’t be with their families for the holidays.

So take a look at our available packages and select one that fits your budget, and allows your employees and yourself to take the time they need for the holidays.