Many of our website customers do not have a physical office where they see clients. Instead, they give consulting for their services by phone, email, or in online chats. This is referred to as a “virtual office” because it takes place online in the virtual world. Your physical location as well as the location of your customer could be anywhere, as long as both parties have access to a computer with an Internet connection. The professional and client could be in separate countries or even continents. Some situations where a virtual office is a logical choice: – You have moved away from the location where you have built up a client base, but would like to continue serving those clients. – Your location is remote, away from population and therefore far from potential customers. – For reasons of privacy, safety, or personal preference, you prefer that your location or the location of the client is not publicized online or even revealed to anyone. – You would like to serve a wider client base than just those who are near you geographically. Creating a virtual office is probably much easier than you might think. It can be set up by anyone, using low-cost, easy-to-obtain tools. Here is what is needed at a minimum: Promotion: there must be a means of soliciting clients. A business website can do this very effectively. There are also online directories for virtual professional services, which can be used in conjunction with a business website. Payment: somehow the clients must have a way to pay for the virtual service. A payment button on a website works very well for this. Most payment solution providers (Paypal, LinkPoint, etc.) will provide their own embeddable buttons. Connection: there must be a phone, email, or online chat/conference connection between the professional and client. Low-budget Options The lowest-cost method is to just feature a payment button on a website representing your service, and prompt the client to contact you to arrange for consulting once they have paid for a certain amount of service. Pros: low cost, easy to set up. Cons: the […]