The pros and cons of virtual offices

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The pros and cons of virtual offices
Published November 26th, 2008 by Jennifer LeClaire
Virtual offices have a proven track record, with reputable companies offering dependable services at alow-cost.
But there are also some downsides to consider before you take the cyber-leap into this distributed office enabler.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of virtual offices:
On thetechnology front, virtual offices typically offer a premiere suite of services at your fingertips anywhere you go around the world, including unified messaging, online fax, remote receptionists that answerphones for you, Web 2.0 applications, virtual PBXes and more.
On the business operations front, virtual offices can collect and forward your mail from a prestigious address and set up 800 numbersfor you.
From a practical standpoint, virtual offices cut out commuting time and expenses, the investment of leasing and equipping a traditional office rental, and the hassle of hiring personnel tostaff it. That means you can invest your time and money into the core aspects of your business instead of in officing.
You can set up a virtual office in a matter of hours instead of weeks with littleeffort on your part.
GO Green Initiative.
Specially for downtown locations like Buenos Aires.

Now the downside. To be sure, virtual offices aren’t for everybody. Virtual offices can’t give you ahome base for your company. Virtual offices can’t give you the same level of professionalism as a posh office downtown. And virtual offices can’t give you the discipline that serviced offices maybreed by virtue of their concrete location.

work is something you do, not some place you go to

By telecommuting, we can save the planet circa 100 metric Kilograms of carbon dioxide a year peremployee.
In terms of hours saved, each telecommuter would get the equivalent of an extra 25 working days of holiday per year.

He’s not alone. Gartner Dataquest, a market-research company, reckons one...
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