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Work from Virtually Anywhere

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The 9 to 5, tied to a desk life just isn’t for everyone. Thanks to the gig economy, there is a new breed of worker known as a digital nomad; they can work from virtually anywhere, from their personal devices. As long as there is a plug and decent wifi, they can conquer the world.

However, as all things, this is much easier said than done. For one, your occupation matters: Graphic designers, social coordinators, and blog writers are some of the most common professions for digital nomads. There are many more professions that can be adapted to work virtually, but perhaps the most important is CEO – meaning you can build and run an entire business virtually.

However, working for a company is very different from building a company into an industry leader. As a contract worker, you can just move; both from your current position, and physically move somewhere else. While a business owner may not have the freedom to move from their current position, Virtual Business Offices allows you to work anywhere you’d like, even a Tropical Paradise.

One of the most important things you can do with your business is build trust. Your customers and clients have to trust that you’ll be there the next day. For the digital nomad, this can feel like a restraint that keeps you shackled down, and away from your dream destination.

With a virtual package from Virtual Business Offices we will answer your phone calls professionally, and only transferring you the pertinent ones for your business. We will handle any incoming mail and packages for you, and forward them to anywhere in the world. This all with a premium Bay Street address, the financial capital of Canada.

So take a look at our available packages, and start working towards the dream of working virtually anywhere.

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! 

Startups can be difficult to build

How Startups can use Virtual Offices

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Building Startups is difficult. You have to not only figure out every detail of your business model, but you also have to assemble a team, determine your costs, shake hands with other business people, find space, etc. The list is endless. You’re creating something out of nothing, and that can be years and years of hard work to achieve. 

However, that isn’t to say that you have to come up with details yourself, and that there isn’t help out there. Smart entrepreneurs know that the key to success in their startups is not to do everything yourself, but to build a good team around you. “No man is an island”, such as no business can be.

But you’ll have to allocate a good portion of your budget to attract top talent. Just as you want the best and brightest to be part of your arsenal, there are also many more entrepreneurs out there also building their dream and also seeking those people for their own startups.

So you have to budget carefully. And as anyone who has built a business in the past knows, it can be difficult to find funding, especially if your business model requires a large investment before it can start returning profits. Startups are built on early labour, and many fail before they turn profitable. Additionally, investors in your business want to know how their money is being spent, and if it is being spent well. That means you have to be smart with those investments, and save where you can, and spend where you need to.

Thankfully many companies have been built from exactly that premise: Saving you money on your own endeavours.

You can outsource email, accounting, graphic design, and even fabrication.

However one major cost center for startups is their space. Rent is high, especially in large cities, which of course, is where you want to be.

You and your staff may spend most of their time working from home. And there are definite advantages to that, especially when it comes to cost and time spent commuting. But working from home does come with two large caveats: How will your staff ever meet to discuss their issues, and how likely are you to be taken seriously as an Entrepreneur if you give someone a residential address?

Appearances can be powerful, and something as simple as the location of your business can give off the wrong idea.

So not only do you need space, but you also a prime address, and that will be especially expensive. With the need to save money in mind, Virtual Business Offices can help you.

With us, you’ll get a world recognized Bay Street Address. As well as professional phone answering services, mail receipt and forwarding, and even professional meeting spaces for when you absolutely need to meet your clients face-to-face.

Take a look at our plans, and get one step closer to building that business 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.

Sign up Today!

 

 

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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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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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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!