Five Reasons All Start-Ups Need a Virtual Space

By: Sibongile Booi

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Virtual offices present an immediate, cost-effective solution to boost start-up business

To address the common challenges start-ups face, you need a professional presence and networking opportunities in your market, as well as access to the latest technology and proficient support services – all combined with affordable costs and lower risk.

This is exactly what virtual business offices offer start-ups.  The professional office and meeting space as well as the administration support services available on demand allow entrepreneurs, business owners and consultants to run their business cost-effectively without the hassle and costs involved in first finding, acquiring, furnishing and staffing offices from which to operate.

Here are five reasons why virtual business offices boost start-up success

1. Professional business presence

Many start-ups struggle to run a business single-handedly from noisy coffee shops or their dining room table, unable to afford the time, cost and risk of office rentals, furniture, equipment and staff.

Modern virtual business offices are well-located in secure buildings in central business hubs and offer office, training, meeting, boardroom and conference rooms, tastefully furnished and fitted with the latest technology.

Available on flexible hourly, daily, weekly or monthly terms, these virtual offices can provide you with affordable and immediate access to a professional workspace and presence in your market, a professional meeting space, and a business address for mail or deliveries.

2.Organic Networking

With a presence in a virtual office in the central business hub of your market, start-ups are no longer isolated and alone, but frequently exposed to other entrepreneurs and business owners utilising the virtual business office. This creates more opportunities for organic networking, enabling you to create awareness of and promote your offering, build relationships and drive sales through more referrals.

3. Access to Technology

Few start-ups have at their fingertips the latest technology that boosts productivity and maintains professionalism. Modern virtual offices are equipped with high-speed Internet and provide access to the latest technology in business equipment such as printers, copiers, faxes, scanners, shredders, teleconference phones and presentation projectors, enhancing your productivity and professionalism.

4. On-Demand Admin and Support Services

Start-ups will enjoy a range of amenities that create a professional impression at a virtual office, including a receptionist that ensures professional call answering and mail forwarding, as well as trained staff providing administrative and secretarial services, such as typing, filing, running errands and information gathering. Provided on an ‘as-needed’ basis, this solution makes it very affordable to enjoy the administrative support that allows you to focus on your core business.

5. Affordable costs, lower risks

A virtual office gives start-ups access to professional office or meeting space, technology and administrative support on demand and as needed, at much lower cost and with no long-term commitments. This significantly reduces your business risk in a start-up venture. In addition, the resources saved can be better utilised in other areas of the business, such as marketing.

In providing start-ups with a presence in a well-located, professional office that provides great organic networking opportunities, as well as access to technology and administrative support, all at a flexible, affordable cost and lower risk, virtual business offices create a seamless and hassle-free business environment conducive to business success.

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Sibongile Booi is the founder of Second Office, the first virtual office solution in the Eastern Cape that offers cost-saving, flexible business and serviced office solutions. She’s been recognised as one of the Top 100 Women in the Border Kei Region and her company has been recognised on various platforms, including achieving First Runner Up in the 2016 Eskom Business Investment competition. A recipient of the SAB Foundation Tholoana fund, Sibongile is a big life enthusiast, a long-distance runner and a pilot in training. Twitter @sibbooi or email sibongile@secondoffice.co.za.