A virtual, satellite or remote office could be the solution
Technology has dramatically changed the way we work and play. We are able to get more done in less time and connect with people on many levels via social networks, expanding our influence and contact pool every day. While telecommuting is still a widely debated work option, there is no denying that we all telecommute on some level. Think about sitting in traffic, you are already working, planning your day and beginning to feel the stress of the time crunch, while dollars billow out of your tailpipe.
Getting it all done is a daily pressure we pile on ourselves, and being available all the time thanks to cell phones means there is not really a voicemail or answering machine option anymore. It has become increasingly more difficult to unplug. Yet something wonderful has sprung out of this technological madness and that is the ability to make choices with your time, how, where and when you want to work. With gas prices so high and housing costs elevated in desirable work areas (high income potential) the question of commuting has become more of a debatable issue for other than simply the obvious environmentalist approach, which is valid by itself. Wasted time, in anxiety riddled traffic and distracted drivers, gas money wasted no thank you!
Managing your time and work is your most important job. We all want to work smarter not harder, right? Productivity levels often are dictated by the work environment, and are a personal preference. Depending on if you work better alone or with a group, your motivation and focus could be increased or decreased. Knowing what type of workspace and work environment you are most stimulated by is highly beneficial if you are an employee or an Entrepreneur.
Saving time by not commuting (at all or even part-time avoiding peak traffic times), working from home, and working out of a “remote” location is becoming more common. “Remote location” doesn’t mean you are detached, in fact are in control of your business and hold the controls of the “remote” from virtually anywhere (let’s leave bathroom time out of it, nobody should be doing this). While there does still seem to be a stigma about the term “remote location”, it should really not mean you work in Timbuktu, but are liberated from the requirement of sitting in the office from 9 to 5, and that are able to work anywhere anytime, and often do. Eliminating the commute and adding productivity in a smarter way justifies the need and demand for virtual office space.
Even having a “satellite” office in a desirable location is considered expansive and reflects well on even major corporations. Thinking about the term “satellite office” can conjure up images of NASA and G-suits. Companies know that having a satellite location means you have your sights set far off in order to see the “big picture” and are able to deal with your business on a “global” scale.
The benefits of working in a virtual office space are numerous, one of these is reliability. Think about working from a traditional office space or even a home office when problems arise. Life or death problems like technical difficulties, phone systems and networks, building maintenance issues or even security responsibilities you need to call for help, which is expensive in time and labor costs, not to mention the stress. Virtual office centers take care of all of that, so essentially you are able to have a team of support without the payroll, you have people for “that” problem.
Depending on the virtual office location, often times these offices are situated in high end real estate markets; there are opportunities to boost your productivity if you work alone or with people. Meeting people that share the office, networking or social opportunities, collaborative and co-working office space, or even a private room to close the door and focus undisturbed are all available by utilizing virtual office space. The virtual office space should be more than just an elite location, or a place to get your mail and field your calls, while it can be just that. A virtual office space should offer something more, a place to truly work smarter not harder.