The cost of living is going up. Everyone knows it and yet many in the UK are turning a blind eye and covering their ears from the news. The pound is weakening; inflation continues on a rising stride. Utility bills, fuel and gas prices are sharply rising with seemingly no sign of stopping. Yet many businesses are still spending thousands each month to maintain a private office in London at great financial cost to the business. Perhaps this is not the time to “keep calm and carry on” as if everything is just fine. Perhaps it’s time to change the way we do business.
If you’re unconvinced, let’s take a quick look at what’s happening right now in the UK economy. Economists have recently predicted that inflation will continue to rise from 4.4% to 4.6%, the highest it’s been since 2008. Several of the major power and gas companies in the UK have raised their tariffs by upwards of 18%. The cost of petrol is still highly inflated with a full tank costing upwards of £45-50. This combined with rising food costs and the recent announcement of an 8% rise on rail fare means the average working household in a precarious financial position. With the current economic climate being what it is, is it no wonder that virtual offices are growing in popularity. Virtual office services offer an opportunity to maintain the professionalism and personality of your business and yet save thousands on excess utility bills, commuter costs, and rent.
Here are a few ways in which switching to a virtual office can benefit you:
• Save on Utility Bills: Only use a physical office when you need one. Maintain your professional image but keep your costs down.
• Reduce Travel: Work from wherever you like, even at home in your pyjamas, or from the beach. A virtual office means you commute only when required. Not only will you save on petrol, you’ll also benefit from reduced commuter related stresses and increased balance between work and life.
• Be the Size that Suits You: Even if you’re a small business, you don’t have to pay out thousands in rent and other building costs to project the image you seek for your business.
• Think Forward: Beyond just hiring your virtual office space for meetings or events, mail forwarding and call answering means you can have a London office address and telephone number yet still work from wherever you wish without any interruption to your work.
The world is changing rapidly and unfortunately not always in a positive direction. However, as technology continues to evolve there are more solutions that put the power back in your hands. Alternative business methods such as virtual office services are a way to turn the system on its head and take back control of your business finances and reduce unnecessary costs no matter the size or scope of your business, even in a recession.