Why your international business should open a virtual office in the UK

Globalising your business is always going to be a difficult but exciting challenge. If you’re looking at reaching out to foreign markets with your products and services, we congratulate you on taking such a daring step in your business’ future. It means that your business has progressed as far as it can at home, and that your brand has enough weight to potentially succeed abroad.

Of course, taking that step to becoming an international business can be an expensive and time-consuming move. You may not be quite ready to jump right into opening a new office in the UK, whether it is down to your cash-flow or just the feasibility of having a fully operational team in the United Kingdom.

That’s when it may be time to consider using a virtual office and telephone answering service. A popular choice for many SMEs expanding into the UK, you can outsource all your office duties while planning your business growth.

Here are 5 reasons you should use a virtual service before you open a UK office:

1. It is a temporary solution that gives you the chance to test your products and services on the UK market without having to hire staff.

2. It’s an affordable solution that means you can outsource the work while you look into the financial implications of opening your first UK office.

3. It gives you time to learn more about your UK market and to plan your operations over here.

4. It creates the impression that you have already started business in the United Kingdom before you actually have, allowing your brand to become recognisable before you start actual operations here.

5. It makes your global expansion plans more manageable than quickly overloading yourself with new offices across the world at once.

If you’re looking for a business that can support your virtual office and telephone answering needs, then turn to Goodwille. We’ve been providing businesses from across Europe and the world with a friendly, professional and organised service. Companies from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Austria have all benefited from starting their UK operations with us. Now it’s your turn.

How a virtual office can save you time and money

If you’re a small or medium-sized business, you need to maximise your resources. And the chances are your main resources are time and money! A virtual office can help save you both. Here’s how.

You’ll pay less in rent
We’re sure you already know just how expensive modern office real estate can be. If you operate in a major city like London, it can be a huge drain on your resources. A virtual office in London can allow you to work either without an office at all  or to work from a much smaller space. Either way, you’ll save money. This is even more relevant if you’re an international business. Why pay more for a property you aren’t even going to use?

You’ll pay less in bills
Any and all office spaces end up costing more than just the rent. If you rent a permanent office, you’ll also have to pay for electricity, internet, cleaning, business tax and so on. A virtual office will allow you to bypass all of these costs, while still maintaining a presence in whichever area of the country you choose.

No maintenance required
It’ll also save you any form of general maintenance, which can be a real burden if you’re overseas. Leasing a physical office means you’ll have a duty – as part of the lease – to keep it in great condition. This won’t be easy if you’re routinely away from the office itself! You’ll have to deal with the hassle of hiring a property manager, and then managing them to ensure they’re doing a good job, and so on. A virtual office will save you the bother.

The work-from-home option
In today’s modern, fast-paced world, many businesses have employees that work full-time from their home. This is a flexible option that also means happy employees, so it’s not hard to see what makes it popular (it’ll also save you money on little things like tea and coffee, as well as office equipment). A virtual office will allow you to do this, but will still allow you to have a proper address.

Get in touch
If you’re looking to set up or expand a business in the UK, give Goodwille a call. We’ve helped nearly 2,000 companies thrive.