Now things are really getting interesting on the Virtual Office front for 2017. Ten years ago, a Virtual Office was often the lower-risk business launching measure one would make -- a way for hedging one’s bets on a shoe string budget, while keeping their expenses and exposure low. In many instances, by people in transition during the turbulent downturn of the economic recession.

‘Virtual Office’ it made a lot of sense back then, and it has since launched millions of dreamers and entrepreneurs worldwide in pursuit of a successful business that was not only achievable cost-wise, but also viable in terms of structurally being able to deliver to clients all that was expected of a larger and more established company, without all the challenges that come part-and-parcel with being a fledgling business. No need for leasing a full-time office that you’d only use sparingly, or investing (draining) capital in infrastructure, or buying or leasing furniture or equipment. There’s also no need to hire, train, and pay salary plus benefits to staffers that you would need to support your new business. Perhaps most significantly – Virtual Office meant no requirement to sign a lease or legally binding contract for longer terms than you might not need, or that your company would either outgrow, or not be around for beyond the short-run to fulfill, in a quantumly leaping business world where either the technology of the day would quickly become obsolete; another brilliant dreamer could out-innovate and leap-frog you; or your successful enterprise could get instantly gobbled up and thus, the leases and contracts would attach to your career and dreams like a ball and chain.

Virtual Offices became the darling alternative and practical way forward for many savvy, sleek-operating entrepreneurs that realized that being fast-on-your-feet and out there hustling to succeed was more advantageous than having the dedicated 9-to-5 cellular office, with all the expenses plus contractual trappings that made new-business solvency a tougher goal to reach. The veil of the ‘must-have an office as a symbol of legitimacy and status’ began to pierce, in favor of being more entrepreneurial by being thriftier, along with the mobility and flexibility that advancing technologies enabled.

The Virtual Office movement over the past decade has grown in popularity and legitimacy -- not only because of its fiscal and locational convenience to all, but also because it just made darn, good business sense as the world galloped towards a work-anywhere universe, plus where work-life balance increased in priority and as a necessity. Virtual Offices mainstreamed over the past decade because the values of Millennials and the newer work generations changed so dramatically. Virtual Offices became, not only the workplace and work-way of choice of the cost-conscious and fiscally conservative solopreneurs and freelancers -- it simply became the wisest way to work for all types of workers -- both the self-employed and especially those that were increasingly working away from headquarters; a population which skyrocketed in recent years.

When a well-appointed, reliable place of work was needed, be it for an address or as a mail-drop; to answer its business calls; to receive and impress clients and guests, and/or as a place to meet and work out of for an hour, a day, or longer -- the Virtual Office industry stood tall and provided just the right array of options, level of attention and professionalism to get the job done and achieve one’s objectives -- and without breaking the bank to boot!

Fast forward to the second decade of this workplace/work-way phenomenon, and as we embark into 2017 we see all those marvelous components that made Virtual Offices such a hot option … and then some. Not only is a Virtual Office the most cost-friendly, scalable address/phone/office and meeting space alternative out there, but the menu of features and advantages that most Virtual Office providers offer has ballooned, to the delight of the increasingly agile and nomadic work force that is emerging as a prime movement and ‘new normal’ in the world of business.

Virtual Office providers can now help, not only with receiving mail, calls and packages -- they can adroitly sort and re-direct them to you to save clients time and effort. Some have the ability to screen and patch callers to you; they can handle your live-chat needs; they can set-up meetings and cater them for you; some can help you with things like preparing documents, reports, copies, messengering; and some even offer bookkeeping and researching, plus many more capabilities there for the asking.

Virtual Offices are in business to lift their clients up on their shoulders, while respecting their time, plus their need to keep their expenses and exposure in check. That’s why Virtual Offices were popular when they started proliferating a decade ago, and as we go into the new year and next decade, we see them receiving even greater demand, as they expand their offerings and sophistication to keep pace with the burgeoning workplace and work-way market needs. This is the beginning of a spectacular Virtual Office/2.0 decade. Enjoy the advances, and have a wonderful and prosperous ride in the new year!