A virtual office is a business that operates almost entirely over the internet. With a virtual business, meetings are conducted via video conferencing instead of in an office space, and all employees work from home. Employees may also be based all over the world rather than in one city.
If you've always hated putting on uncomfortable professional work attire, sitting in traffic several times a day, and dealing with coworker politics on a daily basis, then working for a company that offers a virtual office may be for you. Not only will you be able to work from the comfort of your own home wearing pajamas if you desire, you can also earn a full-time income.
Here are some advantages of working in a virtual office setting:
1. No Commute Time
Instead of wasting an hour or more commuting each day, you can spend that time with your family, working on hobbies or volunteering. This is especially important if you live in a city, such as Los Angeles, that's known for its traffic woes.
When you log out of the virtual office, you are free to do as you please right away. You may need to participate in an after-hours business call once in a while, but again, you can do it from anywhere.
2. Reduced Face-to-Face Interaction
If you're an extrovert who thrives on daily in-person interaction with co-workers, then you many find the virtual office environment to be lonely and isolating. If you're an introvert on the other hand, you may see the reduced interaction as a perk.
You'll still have the chance to speak with your co-workers and get to know them via video conferences and possibly monthly or yearly meet-ups. Another benefit is that you'll possibly get to interact with people from all over the world.
3. Higher Salary
Because your virtual company won't have to spend money on items such as office space, parking passes, holiday parties and paid leave, it may have more to allocate to salaries and contract payments. If the company doesn't offer health benefits and you'll need to purchase your own, you'll have to factor that in to see if you're coming out ahead or behind.
4. Technology Perks
Since you'll be dependent on reliable technology, such as a good internet connection, to do you job from home, some virtual companies may pay for your services. They may also give you a cell phone and cover the monthly bill, as well as an allowance for new equipment, such as a printer and fax machine, as needed.