How many movies have you seen or books have you read about how the future is going to look?
How many times have you sat back and wondered what things are going to be like in 10 years, 20 years or more?
With every passing day we see the progression of the digital age, with new devices to help make all of our lives bigger and better! So what’s next?! What is the next big change for us, for technology? Well if I really had the answer to that, I’d be rich! But seriously, there are some very big changes in all of our lives that have been taking place as technology becomes a part of us all. Just think back to 10 or 15 years ago, trying to program your vcr, how much of a pain that was, now you’re PVRing all your favorite TV shows without a second thought from a few clicks of your remote.
The business world is no different than the rest of our technologically infused lives. It is moving on and progressing with every passing day thanks to our digital society. With the continuing technological advancements and the ease of connectivity to the internet for everyone, even big business has gone digital! We deal with some of the largest technology companies in North America who operate satellite offices all over the world. Intel, Qualcomm, Google, to name a few all have one big thing in common, they are all striving to lead the next technological revolution. What better way to ensure that you are on top of technological change than to implement it internally.
As the need for the large head office environments begin to dwindle, many prominent organizations are branching out to new virtual solutions. Serviced office providers offer a myriad of services to help organizations virtualize their businesses. No longer do you need physical office space in a large office tower downtown, while you live happily out in the suburbs; with virtual office packages you can use the prestigious business address as your business address without having to pay big monthly rental fees. No longer do you need administrative staff to take calls, book appointments, or keep your books, all of that is available to you on an as needed basis. And no longer do you need expensive equipment to run your operations, servers, network infrastructure or dedicated high speed internet connections, because you can leverage cloud technology to rent space on hosted servers for pennies a month in comparison to previously required capital investment.
In our new digital age all you need is a computer and an internet connection and you can work from wherever you would like! With the constantly changing and improving computer technology, why spend 25 thousand dollars on a big server when you can rent access to one, fully secured, and upgraded regularly at no upfront cost to you. Gone are the days that you need to regularly be updating your technological hardware every 2 or 3 years, your cloud based servers are upgraded for you at no additional cost to you. Hardware failures are fixed immediately, again at no cost to you! Let someone else bear the brunt of those costs for you!
Being able to leverage cloud computing to power your infrastructure requirements and take advantage of the amazing serviced office providers to provide a professional business address, administrative support, book keeping services, marketing services, web design services and more, you have just eliminated 95% of your overhead. With low cost monthly service packages you can essentially rent whatever you need on an hourly or daily basis. Need a big conference room with state of the art technology to give a big presentation to potential clients or investors, no problem; you can book one online in a few clicks of a mouse! Need someone to revamp your website, plan new marketing strategies, or implement new marketing objectives, no problem; the experts are just a phone call away. In our digital society, almost anything is available on a short term basis, and in this case by the hour, rather than by the month or the year, should you have to hire a full time staff member to take care of things or rent a big office to run your operations in. With the high costs of real estate in this day and age, why pay $20,000 a year for a boardroom that you only use for a few hours a week, why not rent it for an hour or for the day whenever you need it.
Now don’t get me wrong, the need for a prestigious business address is still just as important as it ever was, because I know the first thing that I do when I get a new client inquiry, I Google map their address to see where their offices are located. You can tell a lot about an organization from a quick minute on Google maps. You can tell if they are located in a big office tower or if they are operating from their home. Instantly people make a judgment call, thinking if you’re working from home, then you’re probably not too serious, which as you and I know all too well is most certainly not the case!
Serviced office providers like TCC Canada are opening the doors to the future of our working environment. Whether you’re a corporate juggernaut or a 1 man entrepreneur, you can get the big head office environment as well as the prestige and professional presence that you need, for a steal on an as needed basis rather than huge yearly financial commitments. The success of your business hinges on the amount of overhead you carry. Why not take the pressure off and move into the virtual future!
Author: Steve Cochrane
The Corporate Centre