I have always dreamed of working for myself. I wanted to do so in an environment that would help me work better. The initial plan was to start off by working by myself and then as things picked up, hire an assistant. And even further down the road, hire even more people as the need arose.
I initially drew up a business plan and debated whether or not to rent an office space. In the end I decided not to rent a physical space. My finances would not allow it. Instead, I decided to use a section of my home as a virtual office. I am pleased that I did. The benefits definitely out weigh the disadvantages. And the additional assistants I had considered hiring also work from their homes.
The major advantage of having a virtual office is the money saved from not having to pay rent.
Some of the other benefits of having a virtual office, as I have found, include having zero commute time. I wake up and my virtual office is only feet from my bedroom. In addition, there is no rush hour traffic to worry about. I don’t have to fill up the gas tank in my car and as result I save on fuel costs.
Another benefit of this type of setup is that I don’t have to put on any particular type of clothes to begin work. If I want to work for an hour or two in my pajamas then that is just fine.
I am able to take breaks and I can set my own hours. Yes, I still time myself and pay attention to the clock but I do so in order to get work done in a timely fashion.
When I have tasks that I don’t want to do or tasks that I am unable to do I have assistants across the globe that handle those tasks for me. They are virtual assistants. They are qualified, reliable and they get the job done.
So far it has been a win win situation. If I need to interact with clients or assistants I can do so through one of the many popular softwares out there that provide conference calls via cam or audio. Luckily, the type of work that I need to have done can be done from the comfort of my home by me and the rest can be outsourced to virtual assistants. The money I save, by having a virtual office, can be reinvested to grow the business.