Operating a typical, physical office can be brutal. Though you’re supposed to focus on running your business and serving your clients, you may get stuck looking for affordable rental space instead. And as most Berliners are finding nowadays, that is no easy task. Finding that perfect, well-located business front may take months. Though Berlin is cheaper than most major European cities, rental costs are rising and space is coming at a premium.
What can you do? Enter the Virtual Office.
But what is a virtual office? With a virtual office, you can still receive your mail and meet with coworkers and clients. You also have access to a meeting room, call answering and forwarding services, and a registered business address. Just don’t pay the full market price for space you don’t need all of the time.
Of course, every business has its own needs. Some large businesses may still require a full-service office replete with cubicles, copiers, and daily meeting space galore. So who is a virtual office for?
- New Companies
Perhaps you’re a brand-new startup in Berlin. When you’re just getting started, it’s not easy to put up the necessary capital just to run an operational office. Digital startups may not need the full office space right away, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a metropolitan profile. A registered address in downtown Berlin gives your company a sense of reliability, edge, and style. Give your company a chance to develop more business and revenue by investing in virtual office services.
- Companies from Abroad Starting a New Branch
It’s exciting to enter new territory, whether it’s a new city or a new country. But every big move comes with a big risk. For companies unsure of what Berlin will bring, it may be smarter to put money into a virtual office than a regular office space. Avoid the hassle of working out new city regulations for business rentals. Be operational in Berlin right away and give your company time to learn about Berlin and the German market. If you decide to move on from Berlin, you won’t be stuck in a complicated rental agreement.
- Individual Business Owners
For individuals who are the sole employee in their own business, having a regular office makes little financial sense. Use a virtual office to meet with clients in person and have an assistant greet them at the door. With a virtual office, your business can seem like it’s the size of a standard company.
You may not own a business (yet), but you do provide regular services to brand name companies. But most freelancers either work remotely or from home, so what address should they put on their business cards? Where should they direct clients? If you want to protect your personal privacy and keep things professional, give them an address in downtown Berlin (like on the Kurfürstendamm). Meanwhile, get call forwarding and answering services so that you can protect your personal number and your clients understand that your time and skills are valuable.
Are you none of the above? That’s ok. A virtual office still may be the answer for you. If you have questions, ask us, the business solution experts.