Sunday, July 8, 2012

Is a Virtual Office a Real Office?


               A virtual office is something close to be being a real office.  It allows for the temporary use of office space on an as need basis.        

I like the definition of the word, "virtual" in the Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary. It defines it as "very close to being something without actually being it." That, in essence, is the definition of a virtual office. A virtual office is something very close to being an office, without actually being one.

It's not something ethereal or intangible like the concept of virtual reality. We don't put you to sleep and plant a subliminal notion in your mind that you have an office, where you can hang out at the water cooler with gorgeous members of the opposite sex. There are things that are real and there are things belong in the realm of fantasy. We're talking about something real, functional, and utterly practical.

At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, located in Queens NY, a virtual office is an office that you can use on on as-need basis. It's not an office that you can move in to and decorate. The offices are already decorated. You can bring a picture of your family, and place it on the desk while you work, if you like. You can use one of our offices for an hour, for a day, for a week - whatever you need - and pay for it by the hour. Prospective tenants of the Executive Office Center have a range of virtual office service packages to choose from, as well. You can see them online at:

Most of our tenants use our office suites as a place to meet clients. These rooms are usually used for meetings with individuals or two to three people. If you need to meet with a larger group,  you can use the Executive Conference Room, which seats twelve around the table. We have about forty attorneys who regularly use our offices, and nearly ten psychotherapists, as well. The other tenants of the Executive Office Center are mostly small businesses and non-profit organizations. All of our tenants are featured on our consumer website:

Can you use the Executive Office Center as a regular business address? Of course. A listing of your business is placed in the lobby, along with other tenants and virtual tenants of the office building. You can use the address on your stationary, and as a reference location for Google and other search engines.

Can you use the office to receive mail? Yes. At the Executive Office Center, you get your own secure mailbox. Even better than that, we'll receive your packages, Fed Ex envelopes, and even call you if it looks like something important.

Having a virtual office (or a serviced office suite) at the Executive Office Center is better than having a regular office in a lot of ways. You don't have the burdensome fixed costs associated with a traditional office space. You also don't pay for for internet service or telephone use. At the Executive Office Center, it's on the house.

And there are other significant benefits as well. We have a receptionist who can provide you with personalized telephone answering. You have to pay for it, of course - but not much. One thing for certain is that it's much less expensive than hiring a personal receptionist. Our receptionist also courteously greets your clients when they come into the office building.

Additionally, there is a beautiful cafeteria, where you can have lunch, watch TV, grab a cup of coffee, or enjoy a snack or a can of soda from one of the vending machines.

And let me add one more thing about the aforementioned Executive Conference Room. It is equipped with a 46" wide screen HDTV, ideal for videoconferencing and/or business presentations.  

So, is a virtual office a real office? It's real, alright.  In many ways, it's better than a real office. And it's a real deal for anyone who comprehends its exceptional value.


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  2. Having a virtual office can cut costs in half. Further, a virtual office gives your business a professional look and ensures reliability. The services are simple yet very effective in attracting customers.
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  3. Virtual office is really good because you can save a lot from this and just spend the money on the other needs or necessity of your employee.

  4. i think both are nice option, i think its totally depend upon your business, if your professoin is consultant type then i prefer you to goto the virtual office but if its not then real office si the reight choice for you. but you can easily there are many artilces on real and virtual offices but it always depends upon proffession. Thanks

  5. Nowadays, I think more and more businesses are leaning towards having a virtual office, but not for the long run. It's something temporary, to help them save costs and expenses for their starting company. Today, a virtual office is also considered a real office; the only difference is they don't have any physical office and there's no personal interaction between the company. But other than that, I think that having an office, whether it's virtual or physical, it depends on the nature of the company and how stable it is.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Deanna. I agree that a lot more offices are leaning toward virtual office services these days because of the cost savings, and those relationships are, in fact, usually temporary. But some of those "temporary" relationships can last for many years, because they continue to serve the purpose of the businesses.

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