Every business has the essential everyday tasks to perform. However, not every business needs a support team with an actual physical office. For many years, innovative, forward thinking business owners have been embracing the powers of the Internet. They have undertaken positive changes using the opportunities that it brings and started to operate an online office.
They realise using online systems and outsourcing tasks (or entire roles) is simple and convenient. This allows them to create their own freedom without making a long term commitment. It also encourages business growth, taking an almost non-existent business risk whilst receiving excellent value for money.
IT innovation is the fundamental driving force behind this change to working culture. The development of new secure platforms promotes and improves communication and collaboration. This enables many kinds of workers, whether outsourced, employed, or entrepreneurial business owners to collaborate effectively and efficiently online.
Work Is No Longer a Place!
It used to be that you ‘went to work’. However, with these technological advances, work isn’t necessarily a physical location anymore. It is an activity, or a task… something you need to do, rather than somewhere you need to be.
Many businesses now find that there’s a financial and operational disadvantage to retaining a physical office with dedicated staff. Online offices are proving themselves to be more efficient, more productive, and better value for money. Giving those operating online a competitive edge over their rivals.
The Perfect Solution
Two factors combine to work together and create the perfect solution in business support – online systems and virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants provide online business support across an astonishing range of roles and work with a multitude of online systems. Through reducing your workload and streamlining your processes, your VA will positively transform your business. Providing a scalable basis from which to build your success.
The incredibly intuitive, practical and efficient online systems available at little or no cost, cover almost all business support areas. These can include –
- customer service
- document sharing and e-signing
- project collaboration
- call answering
- appointment systems
- design and more!
Financial Benefit to Using an Online Office
The substantial savings in time and money by implementing an online office are clearly recognised. With an online office significant costs are immediately cut as there’s no rent, rates, or utility bills. Each worker provides their own working space and equipment. The online office systems themselves are well priced and the investment is well worth the regained time. The time savings allow a greater ability to focus on your clients, income generating tasks and business growth. This leads to more sales and ultimately more income!
Among many other benefits, outsourcing to a VA provides you with professional assistance at a fraction of the cost of employing staff. It also secures a productive workforce, focussed on delivering specific tasks by agreed deadlines. This completely eliminates time wasted due to lingering office politics, or regular interruptions by colleagues.
The individual worker experiences many benefits from working online. Both in financial savings and positive lifestyle changes. For example –
- No longer having that horribly long commute so they are able to spend more time on tasks or with family
- More freedom by being able to work from almost any location with Internet access
- Financial savings from a reduction in travel and clothing costs
- Better work/life balance and improvements in well-being
- These all lead to higher productivity!
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