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The Virtual Office

If you’re a home-based business looking for a little something extra, it may be time to try a virtual office. By Erica Thompson usage for meetings, phone answering, and a staff that are present to greet clients. Privacy If you work from home, keeping your address private can be a challenge. There's no real way to avoid a customer showing up at your house unannounced. This may not matter to you, but if you have small children at home, it could be less acceptable. On the other hand, not everyone wants to meet with you in your home. Working out

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he way people work has changed drastically in the past decade. More and more people are working from home or in flexible and shared office spaces. Working from home has many advantages, including saving money and avoiding a daily commute. But there can be disadvantages, as well. How do you keep your home address private? Where do you meet your clients? How do you improve Google rankings with a home address? How do you create the professional image for your company to get the results you’re looking for?

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These are valid questions that home-based business should be asking. Virtual Office Services A virtual office is a service that provides a professional, physical address for those home-based businesses -- or any business -- wanting to create a footprint or presence in a specific city. Virtual offices usually include access to a wide variety of products and services, including a professional business address, mail handling, acceptance of overnight packages, day office

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profile business location will move you to the top more quickly than your home address. Google does allow you to use your home address, but you also are advertising where you live to the general public! New Market Opportunities Many businesses like to grow into other markets. You can use a virtual office and test the market before committing to a conventional space. Having a high-profile local business address will most likely gain more customers. For example,

If you work from home, keeping your address private can be a challenge. There's no real way to avoid a customer showing up at your house unannounced.

of your home doesn’t mean you are any less professional, but if you’re searching for a specific service in your area, which are you more likely to choose? The one that lists a business in a residential area or the one that has a business address? And if a Google ranking is important to you, a high-

if you are based in St. Cloud, but would like to expand to the Minneapolis area, establishing an address via a virtual office can create that Minneapolis presence overnight and position you to learn how your company will succeed in the targeted market. Erica Thompson is the former area manager of Regus.

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November/December 2019 Issue  

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Business Central Magazine

November/December 2019 Issue  

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Business Central Magazine