The term virtual is popular among computer scientists and is used in a wide variety of situations. In general, it distinguishes something that is merely conceptual from something that has physical reality.So how does this apply to your business? The reality is that anything can have a virtual component these days – from Nanny Cams to E-commerce, the possibilities are ‘virtually’ endless! If you are in the process VR huren of building your own enterprise and want to design an infrastructure on your terms, there are a number of things I suggest you consider:
In online virtual communities, like chat rooms and gaming groups, a virtual identity is created by the human user that acts as an interface between the physical person and virtual person other users see on their computer screens. With platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and About.me, you now have a number of different ways to promote your virtual identity. Profiles and bios are a critical cog to your identity, setting the tone and informing others of who you are, what makes you tick and what floats your boat.
Thinking about taking a class at your local community college to brush up on your technical skills? Save yourself the $100 course fee and take advantage of the virtual workshops available online.From small business tax workshops to social media marketing webinars, there is something for everyone. Organizations like SCORE and American Management, regularly advertise business-related online workshops and webinars, often times free of charge.
Essentially, The Cloud is a place where you store all of your data, off your hard drive, and are able to access it seamlessly via a number of difference devices. You’re probably already in the cloud and don’t realize it. Let’s put it this way – every time you ‘sync’ your phone or computer to something, you’re using some sort of cloud computing.
With this concept in mind, now there are platforms (free platforms), available for us to save and share business documents, much like we would on a corporate network. DropBox is a great tool for saving documents and presentations as well as collaborating on projects with others. If your virtual business has employees, having a central location for company forms, images and documents is a smart way to start organizing your files.
The virtual office is a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism.Often times the term is confused with “office business centers” or “executive suites” which require a lease. A true virtual office does not require such an expense. Companies like Opus Virtual Offices, provide the foundation for virtual businesses to operate like corporate entities.
Wish you had a receptionist but can’t afford the hourly wage? No problem! Not only does Opus Virtual Offices provide a live answering service to triage your incoming calls, they also provide you with a professional mailing address (so you don’t have to use your apartment number), voicemail to email forwarding (so you don’t have to spend time dialing in to your voicemail box) and fax to email services (because seriously, people still use fax machines.)
And as if all that wasn’t enough, virtual office companies usually charge one flat, monthly fee. Opus Virtual Offices sets the bar for the best deal at $99.00/month. If you are struggling with a foundation for your virtual business, a virtual office is a good place to start.