In this modern world, even the business industry is getting into virtual trends including having a virtual office. Because of modern technology, you can now have an office that is not physically there but it is exists.
At present, there are many companies that use virtual offices. Whether it is a law form, accounting firm or a business consulting office. It is gaining popularity since many people wants to their work almost virtually.
It is very important to consider some factor if you want this kind of virtual set up for your company. So know more, here are some advantages and disadvantages of a virtual office.
The first advantage is you will definitely reduce costs in employment, transportation and monthly bills. Surely, you do not have to buy a new car just to go to the office; this also includes your employees. Equipment costs can also save you money including the services of a janitor or a handyman to change the light bulb in your office.
It also saves you time in preparing the any office work. As long as you have the right equipments in an office like telephone, internet, computer and other files that you need then everything will work out just fine just like in a traditional office.
You can also set your own time in working. Since nobody will see you and no one will take a look at your working hours, you can do your work using your available time. Just make sure that you can finish your tasks on time.
Another advantage of having a virtual office is that you can transact with a business prospect without meeting personally. You can get in touch online via webcam and have a conference. It is also very convenient especially when the person you would like to transact with is in another country or another location in your area.
The work force can be more productive at the same time while having their "virtual work". You can do laundry if you are at home or you can go to the mall and shop for any item you want.
The first disadvantage is you do not get personal interaction with your employees and business prospects. Socially, it is not good since you can not see even the face of your employers in person. Social relationships may also diminish because of the "solitary nature" of each person in the office.
There is also a downside in having your own time of work. Meaning, you will have longer hours of doing your job since there is a possibility that you are doing something other than your work and you might forget that you still have a task at hand.
There is also a tendency that you might get easily bored and stay unfocused. There are many distractions that you can have especially when you are working in your own home. The kids may be noisy or you need to do some errands like fetching your children at school.
These are the advantage and disadvantage of a virtual office. Remember, it is still your decision if you choose to have one or not.