Virtual Hub hosted free training dedicated to SMEs interested in operating successful businesses.
The training was focused on finance, corporate governance, legal documentation, Customer service, Social media marketing and Operational Procedures.
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The training is dedicated to SMEs interested in operating successful businesses. We have assembled an impressive array of professionals to train on key areas in business and operations.
The training will focus on
*Social Media Marketing
Selection will be on a first come, first serve basis and there are attractive prices to be won after the session.
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Details of the training will be communicated to the companies shortlisted.
It’s great to have a client meeting, or a free consultation, or even a simple professional meeting with a business coach or a potential marketing partner. It means things are going well. But, do you really want to do that meeting in a coffee shop, where you could be overheard or you might even have trouble finding a table? Not to mention that there’s not guarantee on an outlet or that it’ll even be quiet enough for you to easily hear each other. Although coffee shops aren’t necessarily bad places to meet, it can still be a bad idea since there are way better options out there.
Coffee Shops Have Their Place
Coffee shops can work for more casual meetings, like if you have a laid-back relationship with a client or your business coach is also a close friend as well as a professional colleague. Some even have meeting spaces that you can rent for a small fee, and of course you can’t forget the awesome food and drink. But this isn’t always the case. If you’re potential client would be a really big account and you want to make the best impression possible, or perhaps doesn’t fancy meeting in coffee shops, then you need to perhaps rent a conference room in an office building or a co working space. If the impression is important, then you want to have your meeting in an environment where you can control as much of the atmosphere as possible.
What if There’s No Space?
Even though some coffee shops have a conference area or a meeting room to rent, most don’t. So, if the place happens to be crowded and there isn’t an open table or its too noisy, then you could be out of luck. That’s not only embarrassing, but finding a new location could waste time if the person you’re meeting is on a strict schedule. By choosing a board room or a day office that would always be available to you when you needed it, and would come with open outlets and other technology that you might need, you don’t have to worry about finding something in a pinch or needing to reschedule when you otherwise could have had the meeting.
It would be cheaper in the long run if you’re meeting at coffee shops a lot. Sure, you don’t have to sit at a coffee shop, but many coffee shops won’t allow you to take a table without making a purchase, and sometimes you could do without purchasing the small coffee or the pastry. Instead, with a professional meeting space that doesn’t serve any food or drink, you only have to pay to use the space and not for any unwanted snacks. Also, with a professional meeting space arrangement, you could use that space to work as well as have meetings, even if that’s just to ensure that you get your money’s worth. Besides, we all know that eating out is more expensive than eating in, so why eat out when you don’t have to?
Coffee shops aren’t bad, especially if they make an impressive dark roast or their brownies are to die for. But, there are quieter, more professional options when it comes to meeting spaces, so it’s important to know about those and to use them when the circumstances require it. We’re not asking you to avoid the neighborhood business forever, just when renting a conference room or a professional meeting space could make the difference in landing a deal or in making that important first impression.
What is a virtual office?
A virtual office is an office which is delivered by a third party company. They provide business clients with various different services, from a city centre address and mail forwarding services, to teams of virtual receptionists and customer service operatives. Basically, virtual offices allow start-up companies to benefit from having an office, without having to operate within the physical space.
Virtual office providers offer various different packages, from ‘address only’ packages which provide businesses with an address and mail forwarding service, to fully outsourced solutions, where businesses can gain access the virtual receptionists and customer service advisors. Some virtual offices also offer more specialised services, including marketing and accounting.
- It is a cost effective way to expand your business
One of the main benefits of getting a virtual office for your new business is that it provides you with a cost effective way to grow your company, both in terms of your staff and customer base. When you work with a virtual office, you gain access to a team of virtual receptionists and assistants. These virtual employees are fully trained, skilled and experienced in all aspects of administration and customer service.
The great thing about having a team of virtual staff is that it means there is no need to hire your own staff. You will save on the cost of recruitment, employee salaries, employee benefits and training. There will also be no need to find the virtual receptionists somewhere to work, as they will be based at the virtual office. This saves on the cost of renting a city based office and paying for overheads.
Basically, outsourcing work to a virtual office enables you to reap all the benefits of having a team of employees working with you, without having to take on the responsibilities and costs of actually hiring them.
- Enhance your brand’s image
Despite the fact that an increasing number of people are quitting their nine to five jobs in favour of setting up their own companies from home, there is still a stigma attached to home-run businesses. What people do not seem to realise is that business owners choose to set up their companies from home to suit their lifestyle, for example, if they have become parents or have moved out to the countryside. Running a start-up company from home is not necessarily a temporary solution or due to business owners not being financially stable enough to run a traditional office.
The fact that people often see business owners that work from home as ‘one man bands’ means that they are often reluctant to work with them. For some reason, people believe they will not be able to offer the same quality of work as businesses operating from traditional city centre office blocks. The fact that people usually choose to work with companies based in well-known prestigious areas often makes it difficult for home-run start-up companies to compete. This is why new businesses should consider using a virtual office.
When you work with a virtual office, you will be able to take on their business address as your own. Virtual offices are usually based in prestigious city centre locations and are surrounded by other successful businesses. When customers see you are located there, because of your virtual address, they will automatically associate your business with those other successful companies. There is no need for them to know that you do not actually operate from that location, as the virtual office will provide a mail forwarding service.
Using a virtual office will enhance your business’ image, making it look more professional and better established. The more professional your business appears to be, the more likely people are going to want to work with you. It’s not just home-run businesses that use virtual offices, but those that are actually based in big cities too. According to this article by smallbusiness.co.uk, seventy four per cent of virtual office clients are London-based and are taking virtual space in prestigious areas like the West End and the city in order to create the right first impression on customers.
Location is everything, so if you are thinking of working with a virtual office, make sure you choose one that is set up in a prestigious city centre location in order to benefit your business. Continue reading
Many people plan their vacations very carefully, and if you’re taking an extended vacation, there is a lot to think about. Probably after you make all your Flight plans, Hotel Reservations, Reserve a car, and research the best places to see and eat; you think you’re about done. That is until you start making the list of what to do before you leave; it’s then when you might consider a mail forwarding service.
But really, you should check into this much sooner than the last minute. Sure, if you want the post office to hold your mail for you while you’re gone you can just go in and fill out a form and it’s done. Your mail will sit in your assigned box until you get back. But what if you’re going to be gone for a while and would really like to know if anything important comes in. Like a bill that comes late and needs to be paid before you get back, or an important notification? Think of all the things you get in the mail that are important. And also, if you’re like me, you get way more junk mail than important stuff. But sometimes the mail cannot be ignored without causing problems in the future.
There’s no denying that working from home has its perks. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work at their own pace, set their own dress code, avoid the hassle of commuter traffic and reduce overhead costs? But, if there’s one glaring downside to operating from home it’s this – working from a home office simply doesn’t have the allure of a commercial address. Those who are seeking the freedom and cost-efficiency of working from home should consider the image-boosting benefits of renting virtual office space.
Professional Resources Project a Professional Image
A virtual office is an excellent way for start-ups and small businesses to keep costs low while gaining the resources of a professional corporation. Most virtual offices come with a dedicated virtual receptionist, call forwarding and mail management services; some technology packages even include fax forwarding to email and voice mail forwarding to email. These resources not only maximize efficiency but also project an image of professionalism that can set you apart from home-based competitors.
A Virtual Office Affords the Opportunity to Network
Let’s be blunt: it’s usually not a good idea for your business card to contain an address that’s clearly in a residential neighborhood. Most virtual offices come with an address for a physical location that’s zoned for business, helping you to establish credibility with those you hope to do business with in the future. Also, most virtual office packages allow for access to private and shared office space and meeting rooms. By working alongside others, you’ll be in a better position to network, creating the possibility for new opportunities.
A Corporate Image Establishes Credibility
A professional business location speaks volumes about yourself and your operation. So much so that it can even help you to meet compliance demands from creditors, suppliers and lenders. Simply put, it’ll be easier for your business to be taken seriously if you’re located at, say, in the heart of Lagos State, the economic hub of Nigeria and at the Government Reservation Area on the Mainland and less than 5 minutes drive from the Airport. This can be of vital importance if you’re just starting out and hoping to get your business off the ground. The right address can make a difference in closing deals, winning clients, establishing credits and making connections that can take your business to the next level.
Boost your company’s profile with a prestigious address that reflects a professional image in one of our high profile business locations today.
First of all, the use of a virtual office is not a universal panacea but there are many good reasons why they really make sense in these recession restricted times. The key advantages are that they can get yourself operational fast and with a virtual foot on the ground in your chosen territory, for example, you need a Chinese branch office responding to customers in Mandarin by tomorrow night, with a virtual office you can deliver in time, on time, every time.
1) Apart from handling phone calls, you need a prestigious city center address for mail and deliveries, your choice of a virtual office can also give you meeting facilities where you can meet clients from time to time in a place that reflects their impression of where you should be and at a fraction of the cost that traditional premises would have cost.
2) You need not get bogged down with leases, mortgages and rental contacts. It is a simple business proposition “land and expand”, there is little financial commitment, you use the services and facilities for as long as it works for you. If your business warrants moving to something more permanent, you sign off and leave. It’s that simple.
3) You will be operational instantly, you concentrate on the business and the virtual office service company concentrates on kick starting your business fast.
4) It is certainly more cost effective because you cut overheads and in some cases, you get your own virtual secretary to handle all the calls and you can handle all the sales remotely.
5) A professional virtual office company has recruited a multi tasking staff fully equipped to manage multi-tenant clients, they can handle calls, take messages and do everything a professional secretary or secretaries would be expected to do. If the secretary is sick, this is not your problem but theirs; you only pay for the service, not the medical bills. Continue reading
A. A Space That Meets Your Budget
When looking for a working space, it’s important not to get too consumed with its luxury, location, spacing and amenities. While all of these are important, they are also costly mistakes if you over-indulge and are bringing in too many expected costs for your business. Always look at your working space as an extra expense, and make sure it’s one you can cover. – Zac Johnson, Blogging.org
A. Culture and Community
At the base level, most co-working spaces are going to be relatively similar. Community and culture are two important factors that will make or break a space for you. You’ll be spending a lot of time at the co-working space you choose, so you want to find one with a culture that you jive with and with a community of people who inspire you to do your best work. – Nailah Blades-Wylie, Wylie & Co.
A. Whether It’s the Right Option
Co-working spaces aren’t for everyone, so finding one that matches your style of working is key. Make sure it’s full of people that are approachable, smarter than you and don’t mind bouncing ideas off each other. However, this type of environment can be a major time suck too, so understanding how you work is important. – Steven Newlon, SYN3RGY Creative Group
A. Inspiring People
We launched in a co-working space, and we spend a lot of time in other cities’ spaces when we travel. The best ones always have really interesting people and companies who are doing inspiring things that you can learn from. Spaces full of remote salespeople or real estate agents are fine but don’t compare to the ones with entrepreneurs building amazing things. – Julian Flores, GetOutfitted, Inc.
A. Positive Environment
In a co-working space, I like being around people who are eager to learn and motivated to succeed. To build a strong team, you have to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Being around people who have positive attitudes is infectious and good for business. Co-working spaces are always more pleasant with natural sunlight, too. – Ravi Kurani, Sutro
A. Complementary Entrepreneurs
Find a co-working space that matches your work style. If you need library-like silence, don’t pick a co-working space with a lot of loud salespeople on the phone all day. If you are a developer, try to find one that has other developers. Don’t go for homogeny, but some like-minded folks can make you feel at home. – John Arroyo, Arroyo Labs, Inc.
A. Convenience, Comfort and Amenities
Does the space host events? Is it easy to get to? Can you work comfortably? Are there dedicated desks, meeting space and lounge areas? Other membership perks? Amenities vary widely, so be sure to understand the membership package you would get. – Michael Rheaume, SnapKnot Inc.
The fusion apartment is a one bedroom self catering apartment available for short stays or Visitors in town for period of time. Our apartment is also suitable for clients writing professional exams seeking a quiet place to read.
- Daily cleaning
- Internet Access
- Access to office lounge during stay
- Tea/ coffee available daily
- Two bottles of water daily
Storage, Secretarial support, Telephone Answering, Printing, Photocopying, Scanning, Faxing, Binding, Laminating, Courier service, Post, Projector hire, Stationery services available at the Virtual Hub on a pay-as-you-use basis.
- Lamination and binding
- Black & white photocopying
- Staffed reception and switchboard
- Daily day & night-time cleaning
- Facilities and maintenance management