Do you realize how much a Washington virtual office can save your company money? The economy has hit everyone hard in the last couple years, but particularly businesses with high overhead. While sales decline, the costs of leasing and maintaining an office suite do not, making it very difficult for the struggling company to stay in business.
How can you avoid that slippery slope? Take a look at these ways you can beat a bad economy.
Rather than keep your staff members in the office full-time, let them work from home. This frees up your resources and cuts down on the amount of overhead incurred during a typical business day with everyone using electricity, water, and putting wear and tear on your equipment and fixtures.
An additional benefit? Employees enjoy the time they save by not commuting to work and staying home with family members.
Consider a Virtual Office
A really great way to reduce overhead is to completely give up that office you’re leasing. Do you really need it? Sure, you probably do need to meet with your staff and clients on occasion but why not use a Washington virtual office? Your new virtual office is all set up and ready for whenever you need it, including desks, telephones, high speed internet, and meeting rooms. If you need administrative or IT support while on site, that’s available, too. For one low price, you can use your virtual office once in a while or on a regular basis.
Is It Really Possible to Dump the Office?
Yes! You truly can work from anywhere these days. No longer do you need to hire employees who live close to your Washington DC office. Through a number of new devices and technological advances, there is no reason you can’t dump the office lease.
You will need several items to make this arrangement more efficient. For one, select an online collaboration program to allow everyone to easily share files, post tasks, and discuss projects. You may want to require that anyone working from home use Skype for instant messaging. Need to plan a meeting? Use your Washington virtual office if everyone involved truly needs to meet in person; otherwise video conferencing is a good alternative. With a laptop, a smartphone, a webcam, and an internet connection, anybody really can work from anywhere.
A final way to save a lot of money in your business is to contract any services you don’t need on a daily basis. Such things as copywriting, IT support, graphics, and website design/maintenance are all eligible for paying as you go. It makes bookkeeping easier, too. Yes, you do have to create a 1099 for each contractor, but you don’t have to worry about payroll taxes and employee benefits.
Isn’t it time you cut down on expenses and started making more money for your company? Get rid of unnecessary costs by allowing your employees to telework, utilizing a Washington virtual office, and contracting all services that aren’t necessary on a daily basis. Beat the economy by reducing overhead.
For more information on Washington Virtual Offices, 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.