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Old 10-26-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Hey guys I am going to look at two different virtual offices tomorrow. The reason I want one is because,

1. I hate advertising my home address or just a P.O. Box #.
2. They provide a phone number with someone answering it for messages.
3. I can meet my subs or potential customers in a conference room.
4. The location is in downtown.

I really want my own office but right now I just have to keep my overhead as low as possible. What are things I should look for before I make my decision? Has anyone have a virtual office and how do you like it?
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
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Well I went and saw what they had to offer. The cost is $99.00 a month. This includes:

1. A dedicated phone number with my choice of area code/
2. A receptionist that will answer phone calls and will direct them to my cell phone. Or I can tell her if I have another preference on how I want my calls to be taken and sent.
3. I can leave blueprints or checks for subcontractors to pick up from the receptionist.
4. They have a digital sign on the entrance with my company name and logo.
5. Access to an office or a conference room, when needed. Depending on what size room I need the prices vary from $15 to $30 an hour or I can rent them daily.
6. They collect your mail and call or email you when it arrives.
7. I have a physical address so I do not have to advertise my home address.
I like this idea because the overhead compare to having my own office is a lot lower. What do you guys think?

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:24 PM   #3
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I think it sounds like a sound idea but, how long do you have to commit?
I think it would give a very professional appearence without the overhead, I wish they offered something like this in my immediate area.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:56 PM   #4
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One year contract needs to be signed unless I want month to month for $130.00.
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I rented a virtual office acouple of years back. Decided to go for the month to month. I had a partner that I wasn't 100% sure about. Good thing, too. Business only lasted 3 months before I pulled the plug. My advice would be to start at month to month and then graduate to an annual contract when you feel comfortable.
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How does a business only last 3 months?

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Sleezy partner. Sleeze came out when checkbook was examined. I was paying for some costs not pertaining to business.
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Thanks Paul. I am going to do the month to month just to see how good their service is. Sorry about the business. I have learned the hard way that I am not meant to have a business with parthners.
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Never again!! 2 businesses with partners. 2 end scenarios wher I end up owing money. I can go broke on my own without the assistance of a partner.
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We have to consider going into business with someone just as important as being married to them. We have to literally date them for a while to make sure going into business will be a good idea. I have had several so called potential partners none have worked out. They didn't have the same drive and direction I had for the business, so we parted ways... I had a virtual office for sometime and went with the month to month route which was 99.00 a month at the time. You can't go wrong with it, just make sure the service they provide matches the clientele your trying to maintain.
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Thanks jlewis. Yeah I am going to try the month to month first and see how it goes.
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yup , i agree with the partner thing , even had one from the church i went to , stole about $100,000 from the biz , i am finally recovering from it , this time i am going solo , and i talked to someone about a virtual office today for los angeles , it sounds like a hell of a deal , with 3-4 girls to answer phones and do scheduling if needed . where do i sign?

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