Integrating the virtual

As business owners rethink traditional office environments to accommodate a virtual office strategy, there are two main issues to consider — the personality and business skills of potential virtual office employees and the cost of setting up a virtual office.

The personality and business skills of successful, highly productive virtual office employees include:

  • Proven self-motivational abilities
  • Excellent time management skills
  • The ability to multitask
  • Strong inner drive
  • Resourceful in completion of core and noncore business tasks
  • Experience in a virtual office or small field environment

When analyzing costs associated with a virtual office consider:

  • Budgeted amounts for furniture and office equipment
  • Computer equipment and software programs
  • E-mail capabilities
  • High-speed Internet service
  • Postal costs associated with equipment and supplies
  • Ongoing cost of office supplies
  • Utilities associated with multiline phones
  • Delivery services
  • Yellow pages/business-to-business listings
  • Savings recognized from eliminating office lease expenses and administrative costs