Washington Virtual Offices: The Way To Grow, Protect or Start A Business

September 10th, 2010

Businesses in the DC area, or businesses elsewhere that want a DC presence, need to know about the efficiency, convenience and cost-savings of using Washington virtual offices. More and more, these virtual offices are starting up in busy metropolitan areas where traffic is a nightmare, renting office space is costly and competition in so many industries necessitates cost-cutting measures.

In Washington, virtual offices answer the needs of so many types of businesses. If you are looking to start a brand new business with minimum overhead, a virtual office allows you to keep costs low. If you are looking to break into the Washington market and need a professional local address, a virtual office is the answer for both the short term and long term. If your existing business is simply not competitive anymore and you know you need to cut costs, a virtual office to support your telework employees allows you to keep your staff and your professional image while getting fixed costs down at the same time.

Equipped to meet the needs of your business, a Washington virtual office will offer you:

  • mail service;
  • a virtual receptionist to handle inquiries and project the image you are looking for;
  • a telephone answering service so that calls are always answered professionally;
  • meeting rooms with a prestigious Washington address, that can be used upon demand;
  • a business address that ensures your professional image;
  • access to furnished guest offices when you need them, hourly, daily or weekly;
  • completely professional business support services that can be used when you need to outsource office tasks.

Some Washington virtual offices will even provide a “Virtual Club” that allows you to drop by and work from the convenience of their wi-fi enabled lounges, while having easy access to all the amenities the virtual office offers.

Ask yourself a few questions to help you decide if your business would be a good fit for a virtual office.

  • Can I work from anywhere? Can my employees?
  • How often do I actually need to use a meeting room? Could teleconferences work instead?
  • Do customers usually come to me or do I go to them?
  • Would my employees be happier if they could work from home, without dealing with traffic and making their life fit around work?
  • How would my business’s bottom line be affected if it had a “prestigious” address instead of the address I can afford?
  • How much more competitive could I be if I didn’t have all this overhead?
  • Are there periods of the year when my office is much less used than at other times? Can I make do with an office for only a specific amount of time each year?

Washington virtual offices are a great fit for today’s business climate. Because you are not paying leasing costs, furnishing an office, maintaining an extensive amount of equipment, paying utilities or subcontracting maintenance services, you have a great deal more flexibility in the growth, protection and start-up of your business. You can be as competitive as you need to be, while knowing that you have a reliable, professional virtual office and support service when you need it.

For more information on Washington Virtual Office, DC Meeting Rooms, Telework, Executive Office Spaces, FlexDesk and other cost-effective business solutions visit Metro Offices online at www.metroffice.com.

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Kathlene Buchanan is the president and founder of Metro Offices, one of the premiere, women-owned, executive office centers in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. With presence in 8 different locations throughout the capital area, Metro Offices offers a full range of innovative business solutions and advanced technologies to help businesses compete in today’s transitioning business environment. Buchanan has been in the industry since 1979, and Metro Offices has been operating since 1989 with locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.