Virtual Offices are increasing in demand during the recession. That’s according to leading Virtual Office operator Da Vinci which is now turning over a massive £3.7m a year thanks, in part, to an increasing trend towards home working during the downturn.
Virtual Offices are flourishing as a cost saving solution at a time when a tough economy is dominating business decisions. Tenants are looking to reduce overheads by cutting physical office space down to the bare bone and larger corporations are asking employees to work from home more and more. And, with the economy showing no signs of a fast recovery, the current trend towards home working looks set to become the norm rather than the exception.
In an article that recently appeared in commercial property and retail magazine Property Week the vision of Bill Grodnik, Chief Executive of Da Vinci, seemed obvious and even plausible; if properly developed virtual sales and marketing has the potential to challenge, if not replace, the need for physical office space.
While the Virtual Office is not a new concept, advances in technology are promising to enhance the service to produce more than a basic answering phone and mail handling facility. Property Week reported that “digital voicemail, voicemail to email, fax to email and voice recognition” capabilities are some of those that we can expect from the Virtual Office in the future.
With salaries accounting for the biggest expenditure of any business, Virtual receptionist facilities are also expected to see advances. “Virtual” staff will be fully trained with a specific understanding of the client’s business needs and activities. Services including diary management, client calling and decision making may be introduced to improve business support facilities and cut out the costs of employing a “real life” secretary or PA.
The future of the Virtual Office looks bright. The combination of technological improvements together with the introduction of a tailored “virtual” clerical team could see the service evolve from what is essentially a high-class address facility into a fully functional, business support system. Many start ups and small businesses are already on board with the Virtual Office concept as a cost saving alternative to physical office space and Da Vinci is forecasting that the industry will soon see more interest from large corporations with bulk enquiries already coming in.
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Source: Property Week
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