According to statistics from the American Community Survey, telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and now makes up 2.6 percent of the American workforce, or roughly 3.2 million workers. As the mobile workforce continues to expand, alternative offices are growing in popularity —as they cater to this segment of the population thanks to their practicality, affordability, and convenience.
Here’s a deeper look at just a few of the ways that alternative offices cater to the mobile workforce:
#1. Access to an As-Needed Physical Location
Working from home or the neighborhood coffee shop is great —until you need to meet a high-priority client. A virtual office space allows mobile workers to pay-as-they-go for the use of conference and meeting rooms, which provide the prestigious location they need to meet with clients and create a great first impression. Similarly, shared office space is another solution for the mobile worker who needs a turnkey office for any period of time.
#2. Ability to Utilize Professional Services
When you’re on-the-go, it’s easy to miss important phone calls. And, when you’re working from home, a barking dog or noisy neighbor can quickly ruin any conference call. With a virtual office, mobile workers can utilize professional services such as phone call answering and forwarding to the number of your choice. Not only does this mean important phone calls don’t go unanswered, having a professional phone service gives your company clout.
#3. A Place to Receive Packages and Correspondence
When a potential or current client Googles your physical address, what will they find? For the mobile worker, having a reputable commercial office address can be vital for maintaining a professional image. A virtual office space also allows mobile workers to have a physical address to receive packages and correspondence, and —in many cases— can help establish the business’ presence in a particular market.
#4. Decreased Overhead
When a mobile worker chooses to move into a more physical location, renting out an entire office space can prove to be quite cost prohibitive. On the other hand, a shared office space or boutique space like those at Emerge212 can be a great solution —often costing far less. Such options decrease overhead costs and give the mobile worker the ability to focus those financial efforts in other areas. Furthermore, these types of spaces are often fully equipped with all the technologies and services a growing business may need.
Alternative Offices Remain Interesting
Way back in 1998, a report by the Harvard Business Review (The Alternative Workplace: Changing Where and How People Work) saw the future —that the mobile workforce would offer a profound opportunity to benefit both the individual and the enterprise. Where will it move in the future?
If you’re ready to explore alternative office options in New York City, browse our selection of virtual and boutique office space today. We’re always a phone call away and look forward to helping you find the solution that best suits your needs.
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