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.

 

 

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.

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.

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! 

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The Virtual Mailbox

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A Virtual Mailbox is exactly what the name implies: A Mailbox that you can redirect your mail to. Whether that may be simple letters or packages, you can trust that they will go to a physical location, where they can be tracked and delivered to.

They go beyond the standard PO box. They have live people collecting and sorting your mail, and notifying you when letters arrive that you need to run your business smoothly and effectively.

Furthermore, the beauty of a Virtual Mailbox service is that they are located Worldwide, and you can use it to establish addresses in any region, to help your local customers reach you more effectively.

Virtual Mailboxes addresses are commonly found in premier addresses, like Bay Street in Toronto. They show the world that you mean business, and that your home address isn’t the place to receive mail and clients.

And of course, as your business grows, that premier address becomes more and more important. Impressions matter a lot, probably more so than they should. But as long as you know that, you can take advantage of that fact.

Make that address the corner stone of your business. Lead your clients and customers to an address they can trust, and more importantly, send their mail to a place they know won’t be neglected. It can be stressful for a client to not know whether their documents or cheques will arrive safely. In a residential address, there is always the risk of theft, not to mention you may not be home to receive and sign for important mail. For a business just starting up, one missing cheque can be the difference between continuous growth, and a shut down. To have all your hard work be for naught just because you decided that your home address was “good enough”.

Thankfully, you don’t have to go through that. Take a look at our virtual plans and get your Virtual Mailbox address on Bay Street in Toronto today! 

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The Anatomy of a Virtual Office

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A Virtual Office is generally considered to be a package that allows the purchaser to use a business centre’s mailing address as if it were their own. These packages frequently also include services like live reception, a local number, and meeting room hours.

What a virtual office really is, though, is globalization writ small. How we conduct business has been fundamentally changed since our parents’ time, and the Virtual Office is a very poignant indicator of that. Companies, depending on the industry, can no longer afford to operate solely in one geographic area. In 2018, this expansion is also fundamentally internationalization, in a way that did not occur in, say, the 1950s – this presents numerous opportunities for firms; however, it also presents challenges. The Virtual Office is a symptom of this internationalization, and it arose in response to perhaps the largest of those challenges. For while, a business can be international and exist in many places at once, especially if it does not sell a physical product, its staff and its offices cannot be.

Enter the Virtual Office. They were first conceived as a way for companies to expand to other regions without having to hire local staff or leasing office space- perfect for branching out quickly into new markets. They’re still used for this today- people like seeing that the company they’re doing business with has a local address and phone number- even if that company is actually based half a world away.

So, Virtual Offices get used by companies who want to have a presence in other markets. But if you’ve heard of a Virtual Office before, it probably wasn’t being used that way. By far, the most frequent users of Virtual Offices are home business owners. With the advent of the internet, you no longer necessarily need a brick-and-mortar location for your business. People work from home much more frequently now than ever before, and Virtual Offices were enthusiastically adopted amongst that demographic.

Home business owners choose to work from home- but they may not want their clients to know that. Virtual Offices are the perfect fit for that sector; the convenience of no commute married to the outward professionalism of having live receptionists and an address that isn’t in a residential area.

Virtual Offices are the natural response to a variety of factors present in today’s business climate- they help new businesses look legitimate (previously very expensive), help others expand to new markets, and demonstrate that the business world’s borders have less and less to do with imaginary lines on a map than ever before.