Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
Perhaps you will agree with me when I say that the internet is an entrepreneur’s best friend.
With internet and the worldwide web, you can have an instant access to information and researches, and help you send communication fast and easy. But I am pretty sure that you are already aware on the advantages and benefits of the internet and the web including the ease and efficiency of having a virtual office for your home business.
Just a run through, a virtual office will lessen your overhead expenses since not only that you don’t need to pay costly monthly office space rental but you also saved on gasoline expenses. You will also enjoy lesser water and electricity bills but most importantly, you saved yourself the trouble of rushing to the office early in the morning and enduring the traffic at night. You also saved the energy of your employees or team members since they are not wasting their time commuting everyday.
In fact, having a virtual office can make your employees become more productive; they can concentrate on their work instead.
Also, since the online world set no boundaries on the reach of your business, your employees can then be located on the other side of the world and have a different timeline than yours. In a virtual office, physical location is not a cause for concern nor is it a hindrance. So, if you are decided to set up a virtual office for your home business, consider these three important factors.
Having a virtual office will enable you to grow your team without the need of expanding your physical office. It will also be possible for you to hire professionals located anywhere in the world, thus saving yourself from worries on how to run the back office since your online and global staff are taking care of it already.
Also, I am sure that you will hire a proactive and competent employee that could meet your business needs. So hire virtual professionals who can take care of your office administration, programmers, designers or assistants.
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Having the right gadgets and competent people for your virtual office will still not make your business run smoothly. Another equally important factor that you need to look into is your business operation system since this is what you and your employees will follow in your daily business conduct. When your employees know by heart your company’s business operation system, then no need to regularly explain how they should do the task, when they should do it, etc.
Let’s say you are running an online writing and research company. Your employees already know your writing standards on how they should write it and when do you expect it to be done. Unless, you have special instructions about a particular project, otherwise they can write following your writing standards. Also, you may keep entry and exit logs since this will help you determine who among your employees is entering or using your company’s database and other information.
More so, set up a reliable and clear online payroll system for your employees. If you are paying your employees by the hour, then you can require them to keep a daily online work log. Or if you are paying them per output, you can easily see the details of their submissions and completed projects within a specific time frame. So, when payday came, it’ll be easy for you to send online payments or bank transfer depending on what you and your employee agreed upon.
So, handling a virtual office is almost the same as handling a traditional company. The only big difference is, you or your employees don’t need to be in one physical office setting just to get the job done. Other than that, running a virtual office entails the same proficiency and professionalism.
About the Author: Clarissa
Clarissa is a work from home mom. She has been working as freelance web developer since year 2005 and she recently built her first hosting review sites at iPage Review (http://www.ipagereview.biz). Just like WHSR, iPageReview.biz is a site that offers free website hosting reviews and web development guides. The website also provides a free-platform that allows users to input their personal review on iPage hosting. She enjoys cooking and hanging out with her kids during free time.