Virtual offices provide some of the many benefits of having an office – a city centre address, a receptionist, call handling – without the physical space, allowing people to portray a professional image but without costly accommodation. The services available start with ‘address only’ packages, which provide a business with an address and mail forwarding services.
Operators are also offering additional services needed by those people based at home or remotely, such as PA services, access to meeting rooms (at a discounted price) and phone call management.
The first driver for taking virtual office space is often price. It is, of course, significantly cheaper to take a virtual office service than renting space in the city centre, especially if a simple ‘address only’ service is taken. This is often the driver for start-ups and micro businesses, but there are other reasons for taking virtual space.