5 freelancer-friendly perks of a virtual office membership
When you first start out as a freelancer, it can be tricky to work out where to set up shop.
Should you rent an office? Join a coworking community? Stick to your kitchen table to save money?
The answer totally depends on your needs and resources. Considering the business and the circumstances of its owner, securing a dedicated office space isn’t always necessary — leading many freelancers, sole traders and one-person companies to stick to their local café or home setup.
However, doing so means missing out on all the advantages of renting a physical office space, such as having a professional business address, meeting room facilities and other administrative services on tap.
That’s where virtual offices come in.
A virtual office space offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to rent a selection of remotely accessible office services for an affordable monthly fee.
These arrangements are ideal for start-ups, freelancers and small businesses that don’t have the funds or the requirements for a traditional office — with several desirable benefits that can help get their operations off the ground…
1. Protecting your address
One of the biggest perks of a virtual office membership is security.
Working from home has many advantages, from giving you the flexibility to work around personal commitments to simplifying childcare. But when you register your business to your home address, it’s made available for anyone to see online — whether they’re clients, acquaintances or just strangers on the internet.
By registering a virtual office space, you’ll gain a new business address that maintains your privacy — and looks more professional. Plus, it means that even if you decide to work from abroad — as around one in five Brits plan to in 2023 — you’ll retain a reputable UK base and phone line to direct your clients and suppliers towards.
And the benefits of having an alternative business address don’t stop there…
2. Lending you legitimacy
Many budding freelancers struggle to gain their clients’ trust in the early days. Fortunately, this is another challenge virtual offices can help with…
When you ask a customer to place their faith in you as an individual brand, having a prestigious postcode under your name can go a long way in boosting your professional image. That’s what a virtual office membership can offer: a registered, legitimate address and access to high-quality office services on demand.
From fully equipped meeting rooms to call answering support, this reliable renting option can provide freelancers with otherwise-unattainable access to desirable facilities and services without the upfront cost of hiring an office in a major city like London.
3. Saving on costs
Speaking of costs…
Budget and cash flow are usually major concerns for freelancers, who can’t necessarily rely on a steady income to get by. As a result, it can be tricky to commit to renting a physical office space every month — but without one, it can be equally challenging to grow your business.
Virtual offices are the ideal solution to this common conundrum, enabling members to keep business expenses low by eliminating office maintenance and rental costs and incorporating reception, administration and mail services into one easy-to-manage package.
By making this small investment, you can leave your admin in the hands of a trusted provider and concentrate your efforts (and your budget) on winning new clients and taking your business to the next level.
4. Working from anywhere
The COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst for mainstream flexible working — and it looks like it’s here to stay.
It’s a particularly popular working model amongst freelancers, who often operate remotely to reap the benefits of being self-employed and enjoy a commute-free workday to save precious time and money.
With a virtual office membership, freelancers can continue having the freedom to work from anywhere whilst ensuring they have consistent access to everything they need — wherever they work for the day.
Whether you want to head to an appointment or travel during business hours, dedicated virtual office services are available to pick up calls and forward your mail. So, you can rest assured that you’re not missing messages from potential or existing clients.
5. Supporting your growth
As a freelancer or small business owner, you’re probably used to going it alone. But by registering as a virtual office member, you can benefit from additional features and support you wouldn’t usually get without renting a physical office space.
For example, besides providing a registered business address in a sought-after location, some virtual office memberships come with optional bonus services — such as the scan and email service we offer at The Brew. When you opt for this extra, a member of the team will open, scan and forward important communications straight to your mailbox in real time, taking the stress out of staying on top of your mail.
Plus, many virtual offices are scalable to suit your needs, allowing you to expand your operations without the hassle or cost of migrating to a larger office space.
No long-term commitments. No hefty price tag. Just professional services that help you put your best foot forward in the business world and scale your services to meet demand.
The Brew offers affordable virtual office membership packages, private offices and coworking spaces in Shoreditch — one of London’s most thriving business destinations. For more information, please email [email protected],uk or call +44 (0)20 7770 6283.