How to get the global look without leaving home

How to get the global look without leaving home
Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation

Posted: Fri 23rd Mar 2012

We've already written about the benefits of having a virtual office in the UK if you are a home business wanting a local base elsewhere or if you simply don't want to use your home address as your business address.

But why stick just to the UK? The beauty of a virtual office is precisely that it's 'virtual'- the address, local phone number, call answering and mail forwarding services can be set up anywhere. Enterprise Nation partner Regus tells us that international virtual offices are becoming increasingly popular as more small businesses look to test the waters in overseas markets. Being big fans of global trading, we think this is a great trend! The company now has centres in 1,200 locations in 550 cities in 95 countries. But here are their ten most widely used international locations:

Regus' top ten virtual office locations

The most popular Regus virtual office locations worldwide are: 1.         New York, New York City - Chrysler Building 2.         London, Berkeley Square 3.         Sydney, Citigroup Centre 4.         Illinois, Chicago - West Loop 200 South Wacker 5.         Paris, Champs Elysées 6.         Beijing, Kerry Centre 7.         California, San Francisco - One Embarcadero 8.         Tokyo, Otemachi 1st Square 9.         Sao Paulo, Rochavera - Morumbi 10.       Massachusetts, Boston - 60 State Street You'll notice that most of these are fairly high-end locations - that's another of the benefits of having a virtual office! Here are some more"¦

The benefits of a virtual office

A virtual office will give you the look and feel of a local presence, without the associated costs. You can have an office address displayed on your business cards and website, and a receptionist to take calls, without having to buy an actual office and staff it up. What you actually get are:

  • A prime business address that suits your company brand and brings you closer to customers. This address can then be displayed on your promotion materials.

  • Mail handling: your virtual office provider will receive mail and parcels on your behalf and forward them to your preferred destination.

  • Call handling: you can have calls taken in local time zones by a professional receptionist. Calls are taken in your company name and re-routed immediately to you or, if you're in meetings (or sleeping!), messages are passed on via email and text.

  • PA services: depending on the package you choose, a virtual office may also come with PA services, including assistance with tasks such as typing, printing and booking travel.

How Regus can help

When it comes to virtual offices, the company offers four packages: 'mailbox plus', 'telephone answering', 'virtual office' (mailbox and telephone answering combined) and virtual office plus (all of the above, plus up to 10 days actual office use per month). The cost of the package will depend on your choice of services and location, but prices start at £60 per month.

Businessworld membership

Regus also offers a Businessworld membership service offering a range of extra benefits, that can include the use of business lounges and cafes in major cities, airports, business parks and transport hubs across the world. Businessworld membership starts with a free basic service that offers discounts on meeting rooms and day offices, as well as free admin support. Access to business lounges and cafes begins at £35 a month.

Regus logo

This post was contributed by Enterprise Nation partner Regus.


More tips, inspiration, information and advice on how to Go Global

We've got a whole section dedicated to helping small enterprise take their business to the world, covering everything from sourcing suppliers to marketing internatonally. Have a browse of Go Global: International trade for small businesses Photo credit: Blink+

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