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Hiring Remote Workers for your new Virtual Business

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Hiring remote workers for your new virtual business is a real no-brainer. If you’re working from a remote location, it just makes sense that the people you employ do the same.

It can also prove to be a way to save costs, and attract top talent.

Salary alone will not bring you the best. At times in the past that may have been the case, but right now, benefits and flexible work arrangements rule the roost. This is especially true for a startup or small company. When the value of every penny needs to be stretched to ensure the continuation and growth of your new virtual business, then there is little left over to spend on hiring. This makes the ability to offer remote working one of your most valuable recruitment tools, allowing your staff to work with the same freedom of mobility that their CEO enjoys.

The other advantage of hiring remote workers is getting top talent. When you’re looking for specialists, you won’t be the only one vying for their time and experience. And they are far more likely to agree to work with you, if they can work remotely. Furthermore, sometimes these specialists are not necessarily located in your country. Previously, trying to get talented workers to re-locate to suit your needs would have been prohibitively expensive, now, that simply isn’t a problem.

In cases where you’re less dependent on specialists, instead searching to just lower your startup costs, hiring remotely can certainly help to do just that. Similar to outsourcing, hiring remote workers can help lower your own costs due to salaries being lower internationally. You can still pay someone well, and be an attractive firm to work for, but save yourself thousands of dollars. Just make sure that you vet your new hires well. 

Now that you know how hiring remote employees can save you money, it’s the right time to start your new virtual business. Take a look at our available packages and sign up today! 

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! 

 

Virtual Office Worker

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.

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.

Franchise Owner Working from Home

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.

Virtually Working

Thinking about a Virtual Office?

Modern technology has allowed work to be performed in more places than ever before.

It is common within certain industries to have entire companies work “out of a laptop”. With automation and improved tech, the barriers have been broken and work can be done from anywhere in the world. This has further grown the “work-from-home” model. Many firms have their employees work remotely and save a tremendous amount of money on rent and utilities. Especially in “tech hub” cities where real estate costs are outrageously high.

Any money not spent on rent can be directly reinvested into your business to help it grow.

Not just about the money

Other benefits of a virtual office include:

When thinking of your employees, eliminating commute times and costs leads to higher productivity. Being able to stay home with their kids can make a huge difference in a child’s life. You’ll be able to recruit the best talent, regardless of location, as well as maintain a healthier work environment. Today’s employees aren’t just searching for compensation, they also seek a company with a good reputation and quality benefit plans. An incentive as simple as being able to work from home might sway their decision in your favour.

It’s also easier to expand. If you’re not concerned with the physical size of your company, then you don’t have to worry about expanding real estate, about finding desk spaces for everyone, or even if you have enough chairs to go around. Not to mention that if you have to move your headquarters, you don’t have to worry about who needs to come with you.

The Physical Address

Telecommuting, working from home, and co working spaces can all lower costs, but they do so with one issue of their own: The Physical Address. If your business is run online, and you don’t have a physical location, simple things like receiving mail may become a significant problem. You can always send mail to your home, but is that appropriate?

In business, just as in life, first impressions are everything. Do you really want to give off a weak first impression? Do you feel your potential clients and partners will be comfortable with a business owning a local residential address?

The Rostie Group has the solution:

  • Professional Telephone Answering and Live Receptionist
  • Professional Mail Handling at an Amazing Bay Street Address
  • A La Carte Office and Meeting Room Hours
  • No leases, Mortgages and Rental Contracts
  • Instantly Operational
  • Cut Overheads
  • Handle All Your sales Remotely

Start working from your Virtual Office

Recruiter Agreement

The Advantages of a Virtual Office for Recruiters

If you’re an independent recruiter you know the challenges of the industry – finding clients, finding candidates – let-alone over-coming “head-hunter” stereotypes.

It’s a challenging job and your focus is on filling your roles. 

As an independent recruiter you may also have the benefits/challenges of working from a home office. The biggest drawback, in my view, is the lack of professional meeting space – coffee shops just don’t cut it – and trying to be your own receptionist and meeting coordinator.

There are also ongoing administrative aspects to your job that require your attention. You have to organize your books, make sure you have insurance, maintain your office, remember your lease, and even something as simple as getting chairs and tables.

None of these things on their own make you money, but they still have to be considered for the health of your business. More importantly, however,  they take your focus away from where it needs to be.

If you’re feeling the stress of your home-based career you may want to consider starting a virtual package with Virtual Business Offices.

As a virtual tenant you will be able to provide your clients and candidates with a prestigious Bay Street address in Toronto’s business district, have access to meeting space and have your calls answered by a live receptionist – they’ll even take your messages and pass them along, so you don’t miss any opportunities!

Our services extend to bank runs, plane and hotel reservations and, calling a taxi or limo to pick up your clients, and if you’re meeting them at our facility, full catering which can be ordered through our online portal.

Please give us a call or visit our website to find out how we can help you succeed.

Cloud Virtual Office

Cloud Virtual Office

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Why do you need the Cloud to get your Virtual Office?

There are certainly advantages when looking at Cloud based system: It’s constantly updated with no need for your input, and it may be more efficient.

But of course, we need to look at the disadvantages as well:

It’s automated, there are no humans in most of the process, so if something goes wrong, it can go really wrong. Bugs in the system can go undiscovered for days or weeks, and some things may just not be possible for an automated system, like they can be for a person.

It also lacks personality. We are all just so sick and tired of speaking to machines all day, and unlike how Google is trying to push Duplex as the future, we think the future will continue to be based on human interaction. It’s just so much more pleasant to get a human on the other side of the phone, rather than a machine. No matter how smart it may be.

Additionally, when setting up a Virtual Office, it is just as if it was on the Cloud anyway. It works for you remotely. But you can rest far more assured that there are people on the other end making sure that everything is running correctly, and that your clients have the best experience possible.

In the end, “the cloud” is a very nebulous term. It has undeniable and positive attributes, and can help businesses grow at an unprecedented rate. But just as any other form of progress, it has it’s drawbacks. You’ll have to decide whether a simple robotic voice can be the thing that helps your business, or if the human touch just can’t be replaced.

When you finally you want your customers to have the best experience when they call in, then take a look at our Virtual Office packages, and don’t leave the future of your business up in the clouds.