Seeking office space to rent in Tampa can have many benefits to help take any business to its next level. But the cost of commercial property rentals is often too high for a small business, start-up, or entrepreneur.

There may be cheaper spaces to rent on the outskirts of town or in other areas, but businesses need to be where the action is in order to get noticed. One solution to affording rent in the epicenter of Tampa's business region is to consider a virtual office.

Many people are under the impression virtual means there is no physical location. But the fact is that a virtual office provides a prestigious business address with a real live receptionist - not just a robo secretary. This person will take messages and greet clients, too. The address can go on all of your advertising and marketing materials and your mail can be sent there.

They'll forward your mail for a little extra, which is handy for when you do business in various towns or want to have another place as home base. Best of all, you can use a private day office space starting at $10 or a meeting conference room for $25 an hour. That's nothing compared to commercial rents in Tampa, and you'd never find a hotel meeting room at that rate. Not to mention, I don't think I've ever seen full-fledged business services out of a hotel. The little computer stalls they have don't count as a business center in my book.

Regardless of what the situation or future business plans may be, a virtual office can be found to fit just about any budget. Virtual offices also make very good in-between offices. Whether a company is just starting out, relocating, or expanding - it could need a temporary office space while looking for another more permanent location.

The bottom line is regardless of business goals, it often doesn't make any good business sense to sign a multi-year lease for most companies today. Especially given the uncertain and somewhat volatile state of the economy!