For better or for worse, the virtual office concept is catching on, with more and more remote workers joining the labor force worldwide. A virtual office setup is especially appealing to entrepreneurs with modest resources, who find that renting and outfitting a physical office is currently beyond their means. There’s no shame in that, as long as new startups realize that many established and experienced businesses, consumers, and vendors are wise to the fact that it costs next to nothing to work from a virtual office — so they’ll already know that your startup is not exactly rolling in wealth.
That being said, here’s a few things to remember about getting the most out of the virtual office experience.
Make sure to have an online virtual mailbox service. Not a PO Box, but an address where the Post Office can deliver a letter if necessary. Also make sure that your virtual office has its own email address. Don’t use your home address or personal email address. It just doesn’t look professional.
Be aware that a lack of face-to-face, one-on-one interactions with clients and vendors is a major drawback of the virtual office. Sometimes it pays to travel to meet a client at their office, to insure continued loyalty. But otherwise learn to sharpen your tweeting, texting, and email skills so you can get your message across professionally and succinctly.