For a lot of people, especially those in advancing generations, one of the downsides of living in the so-called “Digital Age” is the amount of terminology, technical speak and jargon which exists and continues to change and grow at an alarming rate; making it hard for even the most technologically savvy to keep up. There is also the added difficult that many newer terms sound as though they should be connected to computers or technology and in fact aren’t.

Virtual Office is a term conjuring thoughts of a Sims-like computer based corporate role play game or an elaborate email and diary programme. The truth in fact could not be simpler. A virtual office is simply an option which is suitable for businesses large and small who do not require or cannot afford to maintain a full time dedicated office for their business purposes but enjoy the benefits of one when it is required. Immensely popular currently throughout the UK as well as in the capital, a Virtual Office gives users all the benefits they might enjoy with a permanent office environment but without the time or financial commitments.

For a customer attempting to contact a business on a mobile telephone can be extremely frustrating, especially when the only available number is a mobile one and the person involved travels or leaves service areas. This can have an extremely negative effect and can leave the customer questioning the professionalism of the service they are receiving; even if the actual job which is being done is of the highest standards.

Whilst an increasing number of businesses feel the loss of a dedicated receptionist to deal with incoming telephone calls and to take and deal with enquiries, for them a Virtual Office London can solve this issue. Many providers can offer the business a dedicated telephone line for their calls with telephone calls taken and logged and fees charged on a per call basis.

A further disadvantage of no fixed business address is also the lack of scope for meeting with customers or clients apart from in their own building or a neutral space but a virtual London Office can also solve this problem with offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities all available on either a monthly fixed fee or even on a more ad-hoc basis where the rooms are not expected to be used on a regular basis but might still be required. In some cases these facilities offer a dedicated meet and greet service and refreshment facilities to further improve the quality of the service and the way in which the service user is considered by their visitors.

A further difficulty which many sole traders and small businesses find is keeping on top of correspondence and administration but not wanting to commit themselves to the wage, holiday pay and other associated costs of an employed administrator and for this reason more and more businesses are choosing to use the services of a Virtual Assistant, who usually operates on a freelance or self-employed basis and is an experienced administrator who can provide any number of services to provide administrative support to the business or worker. Such is the popularity of virtual assistants and the need for them that they are often provided as part of the Virtual Office service.