I had an acquaintance who moved to Austin thinking he would spend less on living and business costs than he was in L.A. He'd crunched all the numbers and everything seemed cool. But after a few years, Austin started to become a boom town and guess what? The prices boomed too!

That was good for possibly turning over his home - except that the market kind of tanked. His lease ended and he couldn't find anywhere to cost effectively run his business.


But he still had clients there and really needed to make it work. Just about the time he was considering pulling out entirely - he found out about virtual offices. For around $75 a month, he got an even better address than the one he had.  His clients still have access to him whenever they need to. For those times, he rents a space for around $35 an hour.

He's also saving a ton on other expenses. Like utilities that used to cost a fortune. They still do, but he doesn't have to pay them! They're included in the rent for his virtual office.

The services are better than what he had before, too. He has access to a live receptionist who will take his messages and forward his calls. Before, he paid a secretary who worked a strict 9-5 and took an hour for lunch. Now, those times and more are always covered by a live person.

Since his clients get better service, it has only served to strengthen his relationships with all his customers. So he gets more business! And the referrals have gone through the roof, too. Turns out, the virtual office where he takes meetings has been a great place to meet other business people. So his networking connections have done a lot to boost his business.

The other surprising thing for him has been how his street address has helped with online marketing efforts. Local marketing is all the rage these days, so the fact that his virtual office comes up in search engine results makes it even better!