How To Select A Flexible Office Space?

For private offices, coworking, meeting rooms, and virtual offices

How to select a flexible office space | CloudVO

In short, CloudVO has sorted the wheat from the weeds and carefully vetted the close to 1,000 locations in our network. That’s a good start. But there are simple things you still need to do.  

There are approximately 35,000 flexible office and coworking spaces around the world and over 10,000 in the US and Canada alone. The operators come in different shapes, designs, concepts, and operational strengths, with some being mostly focused on small private offices, others with a large inventory of team rooms, and some with more of an open coworking bend. 

A majority of booking nowadays takes place online without even touring the space. How do you know what to expect? How do you differentiate between well-managed operators and those you may want to stay away from? How do you know the Quality of Service you can expect?

CloudVO has done some of the filtering for you:

  1. By only selecting partners in the network that satisfy the highest criteria of amenities and customer satisfaction – poor performers are not invited or are requested to leave.
  1. By requiring our partners to maintain amenities that guarantees a professional experience, including plenty of bandwidth, wifi, furnished rooms, on-site staff, fully equipped meeting rooms, and more. 
  1. By being transparent on who our local partners are. Beware of networks that hide the name or brand of their local partners! Can you imagine booking a room on or Expedia and not knowing if you are booking a Hyatt or a Motel 6?
  1. By inviting our partners to display their Health & Safety protocol on our website because we believe safety is important today and will remain important in the post-COVID-19 era. We display a safety shield for locations that have uploaded their safety protocol which you can review with ease.
  1. By being transparent on pricing and terms. The prices are the same if you booked directly with our partners, but in addition, we provide a layer of control of quality standards and monitoring of customer’s experience that benefits our clients and some centralized services, like phone answering, that are extremely efficient. We value full transparency. A prominent live phone answering competitor was recently brought to court for opaque pricing and abuses. Most virtual receptionist services charge by the minute spent by their phone attendant. How do you know? How can you monitor that? See our straightforward pricing approach for phone answering and how it compares to that one competitor who ran into these legal issues. 
  1. By making customer reviews visible and comparing them with our 2 largest competitors, as shown in the graphs below.

Now you may have noticed that the two largest companies in the flexible space industry, Regus and Wework, are not part of the CloudVO network. Well, by looking at their customer reviews and how their customer ratings compare with CloudVO partners, you’ll start to understand why! Our standards are high!

CloudVO Partners Customer Ratings Compared to Regus & WeWork

We started this process with 7 regions, but plan to publish regional reviews for our 15 biggest markets in early 2021.

CloudVO Yelp Customer Ratings
CloudVO Google Customer Ratings
The data was collected in Q3 2020 and will be updated and published with more regions in Q1 2021. The customer rating is an average of all CloudVO individual location ratings in each region, as published by Yelp & Google, and of the customer ratings at Regus and WeWork locations in the same region. A region was defined by a 50-mile radius to the center of each city per Google maps.
CloudVO Google and Yelp Comparisons of Regus and WeWork
CloudVO Regus WeWork Number of Locations Comparisons

CloudVO has done some of the vetting on your behalf already, but you still need to figure out what location works best for your needs. We recommend going one layer deeper by checking Google and Yelp customer ratings and reviews for the location selected. It’s easy to do and becomes meaningful when the location has at least 10 customer reviews. With fewer reviews, one outlier may give the wrong impression. Here is an example of Pacific Workplaces, a partner and sister company of CloudVO with 17 locations in Northern California, displaying those reviews for each of its locations in full transparency. In the future, we plan to encourage all our partners to do something similar.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

Why are Virtual Offices and CloudTouchdown Passes So Popular with Corporate Users?

Virtual Office Plans for Work From Home Professionals | CloudVO

COVID-19 has changed the way people work. An increasingly large number use virtual offices to supplement work-from-home, particularly when they are not able, or unwilling, to go back to the distant and densely populated corporate office.

When the kitchen table doesn’t do it anymore, or when the baby or the dog is in the way of concentrated work, they can check into a nearby flexible office space to isolate themselves in a private office that is as safe or safer than home. In that sense, the virtual office is an extension of work-from-home with a part-time use of the office infrastructure available close to home. CloudVO’s network has close to 1,000 locations widely distributed across geographies, suburban areas, and large cities across the US, Canada, and beyond.

Virtual Offices in Washington D.C. | CloudVO

What are virtual offices? You can think of them as part-time office solutions. They provide corporate users access to a wide range of part-time remote workplace services, provided by or connected with a flexible office location, on a subscription basis. 

There is a fixed monthly cost associated with it, which makes it easy for budgeting purposes. The access to a part-time office (we call them ‘day offices’) is limited to a given number of hours (or credits) to keep the price of the service low. Our local and regional CloudTouchdown passes fall in the $200 to $350/month range, a lot less than the $1,000 to $1,400 total cost of occupancy typical in a corporate campus. Sponsoring companies are sensitive to the cost savings, and users like the convenience of the extra office near home, not to mention access to conference rooms (de-densified in these COVID-19 days!) to meet other local team members, zoom rooms, and other features you would expect in a mature office environment.

CloudTouchdown Passes for Work From Home Employees | CloudVO

Who else uses virtual offices? Companies that want to establish an inexpensive business identity at one of our flexible office spaces. They can use our business address and mail services to establish a low-cost yet functional branch office. These plans typically cost less than $100/month. Digital mail (scanning and forwarding of mail) makes coming to the office unnecessary. Users can add live phone answering services with a local phone line for a stronger local presence, and use meeting rooms when they do have business to perform in the location.

As many companies are deciding to eliminate corporate spaces in densely populated cities, they are searching for inexpensive and nimble solutions to keep a local presence in those cities. This is another reason for the steep increase in inquires for virtual offices in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, or Denver.

Looking to balance working from home with a Virtual Office Plan? Get started here.

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

HR Managers: How to Help Your Employees Work From Home Effectively

A tip from CloudVO’s HR Executive Tracy Wilson to her HR peeps across the country

How HR Executives Can Help Employees Work From Home Effectively | CloudVO

What is an HR executive to do to ensure that employees are both well-cared for and productive during their Work-From-Home (WFH) tenure?  No doubt, due to a multitude of generational employees who desire, if not demand, workplace flexibility the ‘how to’ conversation was already happening amongst HR teams worldwide.  No longer theoretical, but wide-spread and happening now…. thanks to the pandemic …. Human Resources professionals play a critical role in finding safe, flexible workplace solutions and developing the policies that support their work from home employees.

The obvious concerns that arise from this forced WFH for millions of workers are the challenges created by an unplanned dislocation of the workforce, namely:

  • Isolation, anxiety and emotional well-being
  •  Lack of productivity (not having the right technology tools or child-care and other home-based worker conflicts),
  • Physical work-space restrictions (needing to work from the couch, the garage, the kitchen table),
  • Inadequate internet capabilities,
  • Shortcomings of video meeting platforms as the only form of face/face business contact,
  • Concerns about lack of proper ergonomic seating and desking

A lot is riding on how companies adapt to these issues.  Women are already leaving the workforce in unprecedented numbers due to the work/family conflicts arising out of this crisis.  Now is the time that employers must maintain their most productive, nimble and creative teams.  Now is the time to find the most flexible of solutions and offer them to all employees.  

Coworking and Flex Office Space are an important tool in the toolbox.  Offering a safe, off-site workplace amenity is really a must for any responsible employer.  Offering a space where your employees can utilize a local office and engage in heads down quiet work, is both helpful and smart.  Offering a solution for your employees to get online for a video call and feel confident that they are not competing with the needs of the other members of their household is important.  (How many of us now stare at pictures of those that we are having a conversation with because the video connection needs to be disabled?)  Offering a space where your employees can work with consistent and robust internet connectivity is a requirement.  Offering a place where your employees can grab a cup of coffee or tea, and a snack, and just say, ‘hello’ to a friendly face – someone they don’t live with – and feel ‘normal’ for a few minutes, is just a nice thing to do. In other words, offering the antidote to the work-from-home syndrome is what we need.

Private Guest Office Novel Coworking Minneapolis | CloudVO

This solution is available for any sized organization’s employees and does not come with a high price tag.  For less than $200 per employee, per month, you can give your employees the resources they need to do their best work for you, through 2020, 2021 and, it appears, well into the future.

Good luck and let’s share notes!

Author: Tracy Wilson, HR EVP, CloudVO
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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

Health & Safety at the Flexible Office under the COVID-19 Threat: As Safe as Home or Safer?

CloudVO Partners and the Flexible Office Space industry as a whole are taking Health & Safety very seriously, just as large companies do.

As State and County regulations have allowed us to go back to the office, the office is not always ready to receive us back. For example, Facebook indicated that they did not expect to have the capacity for more than 25% of the workforce in their corporate space until the end of the year. Google’s estimate was 30%. The main driver for this is heath & safety, including de-densification of the office. See our webinar on May 28, 2020 which is part of a series on ‘Preparing your Flexible Office Space for a New Normal‘ for more information on this topic.

While very large segments of the workforce are asked to stay home, not everyone can work from home. Many do not have the infrastructure to do so efficiently, including staying away from other members in their households, when concentrated work is required and the home falls short. 

That is where Flexible Office Spaces can help, as long as they can demonstrate strong Health & Safety practices that make it a safer environment than home.

Health and Safety Policy for Flexible Workspace Operators | CloudVO

We strongly recommend that CloudVO Partners:

  1. Have a strong comprehensive Health & Safety Policy
  2. Publish their Health & Safety Policy for users to review prior to entering the space
  3. Follow though and enforce their own policy

Important aspects of the policy must include:

  1. That all employees be required to wear face masks in the open or shared areas
  2. That the office space and meeting rooms are de-densified to respect distancing guidelines of 6 feet on each side
  3. That plexiglass panels be used in areas where people may tend to get closer than 6 feet, such as the reception desk.
  4. That the high touch areas be frequently and thoroughly sanitized, including all meeting rooms, after each use.
  5. That the traffic flow inside the center be clearly indicated in a way that prevents members and guests from coming within 6 feet of each other.
Directional Floor Plan for Pacific Workplaces San Mateo | CloudVO Partner
Sample directional floor plan for Pacific Workplaces San Mateo.

These guidelines will continue to evolve over time. They may be relaxed as stronger therapeutics become available, or they may become even more stringent if we are hit by a second wave of the virus. CloudVO Venue Partners are requested to follow the regulations in their States and Counties as they evolve, and they are encouraged to exceed these guidelines when possible. In May 2020, we offered our sister company Pacific Workplaces’ Health & Safety Policy as a template for their own. 

If you are a user of a CloudVO Partner location, please let us know what your experience with Health & Safety has been.  Our goal is to make them as safe or safer than home!

Get access to a ton of resources for flexible workspace operators when you partner with CloudVO. List your space for free!

How We Support Work From Home: A Solution for Distributed Workforces

CloudTouchdown Passes for Remote Workers | CloudVO

In shaking our world, COVID-19 has shown that work from home could be very productive in certain circumstances. CloudVO has come up with a solution that maximizes the benefits of remote work while negating many of its drawbacks. We call that solution the “CloudTouchdown Pass.”

Work From Home (WFH) was a necessity during the COVID-19 confinement period, but all indications suggest that it is here to stay for a large component of the workforce. Prior to COVID-19, most large Enterprises were not keen on pursuing aggressive WFH programs because the perceived negatives (e.g. potential disconnect from strong corporate cultures, a home environment not always conducive or appropriate for work, management control) seemed to outweigh the benefits:

  • Employee control over their work-life hours; 
  • Time saved and carbon footprint reduced with the elimination of long, tedious, and stressful commutes;
  • Reduced occupancy costs;
  • Enhanced employee satisfaction.

A recent internal employee survey at Facebook reported by the New York Times and many other media on May 21, 2020, suggests that 40% of the workforce would like to either work from home permanently or a significant portion of the time. Mark Zuckerberg said in a video to employees that he would expect half of his employees to work remotely within the next five years and that Facebook “will be the most forward-leaning company on remote work.” Forty-five percent of the employees indicated that they would relocate if they had the option to work remotely.

Facebook Employee Remote Work Survey (May 2020)

Facebook Employee Remote Survey May 2020

James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, was quoted in the press in late April 2020, “With 90% of our employees working at home, we have had almost no issues.” He later added that he expects many will continue to work remotely after the crisis is over because “we learned it can be done.” Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in an email on May 21, 2020 that they would be allowed to work from home indefinitely, even after the COVID-19 shutdown. He’s leaving the decision to either work from home or at the office in the hands of his employees.

Facebook, Twitter, Morgan Stanley, and many more large Enterprises are elaborating new work and recruiting strategies away from their cores which are typically located in expensive areas, as far as office space costs but also in terms of housing costs. These strategies respond to the desire of a majority of their current and prospective workforce, but also will reduce cost, improve retention, and diversify their recruiting opportunities.

To support this COVID-induced tectonic change, CloudVO has developed a CloudTouchdown Pass that gives remote workers access to part-time offices and meeting rooms in a professional workplace, in close proximity to their home. When the kitchen table does not do it anymore, they can check in a private office nearby for concentrated work. When they need to meet locally with other members of their team, they can use the pass to access fully equipped meeting rooms, in any of our 800+ carefully selected locations in our network.

We require our locations to have Health & Safety protocols that enforce social distancing, provide extreme sanitation, and follow or exceed CDC guidelines, for suitability with Enterprise clients. They have enterprise-grade internet connection and are fully furnished, with on-premise staff. When COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror, they will also provide an opportunity to commingle with other professionals at business events organized on the premises, and thus provide social and serendipitous opportunities that workers can’t find being home full-time or through their Zoom activities. That’s after a vaccine or strong therapeutics against COVID-19 are available of course. Meanwhile our locations are required to enforce strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines inside of their space, with a goal to make them “as safe or safer than home.”

The CloudTouchdown Passes are for part-time use of the CloudVO network. They provide access to day offices or conference rooms on a subscription basis, which means that their Enterprise sponsor knows exactly how much it will impact their budget.

CloudTouchdown Passes for Work From Home Employees | CloudVO

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

5 Free iPhone Apps for Managing Virtual Team Members

5 iPhone Apps that Allow You to Communicate Effortlessly | CloudVO

Doing business with a group of people who work remotely has an enormous number of advantages. However, keeping the workers in communication can be a challenge. There are several free iPhone apps that can help workers to communicate, meet remotely and stay organized. Here are five free apps that can help manage a virtual office team.


Making phone calls is a big part of keeping a group of virtual workers in communication. Having high-quality sound on your calls and being able to make the calls for free are important to any business. Viber boasts high-quality sound that is better than traditional phone calls. It also allows your team members to call each other completely free from anywhere in the world. Even when workers are working remotely overseas, you don’t have to worry about the cost of staying in communication. There are no ads when using this app.


Messaging is another important component in staying in communication. This app allows users to create pods, or groups, that can communicate together. It works with iPhones as well as virtually any other type of phone. Beluga keeps track of your chat histories, allowing you to go back over past chat logs easily. You can send fast messages to group members and send photos as well as your location info. When using Beluga, there are no texting fees. Your entire group can message, create group chats and keep them all stored for free.

Free Conference Call

Every business that has virtual employees relies on conference calls. With Free Conference Call, these conferences can be conducted on an iPhone screen, and it’s all free. And it doesn’t matter how large your virtual workforce is- as many as 1,000 people can be included in the calls. To help manage each call, individual callers can be muted or put on hold. Conferences can be recorded and stored with the app. After each call, a report that details each call is automatically emailed to the participants. The conference calls are recorded and can be played back at any time. Even if other callers don’t have an iPhone, they can still participate in the calls.


Creating documents is a necessary part of keeping a virtual office team informed. Collaborative efforts are often needed when several team members are working on a project. Users can create proposals, briefs and other documents, and send them out to other team members. Sharing ideas becomes quick and easy with this free app. It keeps the created documents organized and allows for easy editing and collaborating with other team members. Users can manage their contacts to allow groups to collaborate on the documents. Templates are provided, or users can design their own documents.


Getting everyone together for a meeting in a virtual office can be a challenge when the team works remotely. iNvite is a free app that allows users to send out invitations to meetings. The invitations are easy to send and can be sent out to large groups so that meetings are always scheduled.

With these solutions, you’ll be able to easily manage and adapt to a virtual office environment without losing out on productivity or professionalism.

About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

Is Coworking For Enterprise Workers?

Teleworking Remote Work and Virtual Offices

Part of a series designed to sort through coworking, teleworking, virtual offices and other touchdown workspace options available to mobile workers.

Coworking places came out of nowhere about 5 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. They host local communities of freelancers with a workplace environment that is affordable and designed to maximize social and networking opportunities.

Today there are close to 1,000 coworking locations worldwide. Coworking providers constitute the most informal segment of a workspace-as-a-service industry which also includes, on the most professional end of the spectrum, office business centers, with an estimated 9,000 providers around the globe according to John Jordan, President of the Global Workspace Association.

Coworking is a response to a social need by independent workers who find that “working alone sucks”. In an ideal way, coworking is about bringing the workspace and a loosely coupled business community into the “third place”, i.e. that place that is not home, is not the dedicated workplace, but that can be a multifaceted place in-between, preferably located at the center of a re-enacted village in an urban environment, a short walk away from home.

The success of coworking is a reflection of increasingly loose boundaries between business and personal lives. People want to work where they play, play where they work, and above all, do this within the context of a community they chose to be part of. Substitute “study” for “work” and we are talking about college sororities and fraternities. Not a terribly new concept after all!

But the question is whether this model, which works well for freelancers, has any application to enterprise users in their company workplace management mix.

Let’s explore the relevance of some of the benefits of coworking in an enterprise context:

Social Needs

Human beings are social beings and like to feel part of a community of folks with shared interests. This is true in our business as well as our personal lives. At the same time, enterprise users are by definition part of the community formed by their company. Who they work for helps define them. When that company culture no longer works, they leave. Thus, the community aspect of the coworking value proposition carries a relatively lower utility for enterprise workers who are a good fit for their company culture.

To their credit, many companies do make valuable efforts to bring the center of the village into the corporate campus, by deploying noisy lounges, on-site restaurants, and by encouraging on-site non-work related activities. Monday morning Fantasy Football conversations by the water cooler have similar social utility.


Whereas Enterprise workers are increasingly mobile, the corporate campus is not. Yet mobile workers still need to access an office infrastructure with collaborative space and meeting rooms. Coworking places are an option, but when road warriors need to focus their energy on a stressful customer presentation, the last thing they need is a spontaneous beer bust breaking out in their space. This is a time when the functional aspect of a touchdown space, in a highly professional and controlled environment, becomes more important than its social aspect. In that respect,  virtual office solutions  offered by on-demand workplace providers such as CloudVO are more adapted to the needs of enterprise mobile workers.


At a recent Corenet Global summit in Atlanta, Joe Ouye with New Ways of Working, pointed out the enormous value of the serendipity which takes place in the corporate campus where people bump into each other every day. New ideas or unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems can emerge through unplanned and unstructured conversations. While this is true, another kind of serendipity can be found in coworking places, stemming from exposure to different business and life experiences. The sparks of creativity can be more abundant, and the learning richer, when people meet folks that come from vastly different backgrounds in a high energy coworking environment like at NextSpace. This might be especially beneficial for folks in outward-facing functions such as sales, marketing, or customer service, but also helpful to internal functions that benefits from external learning and out-of-the box thinking such as R&D and some engineering functions.

Cost Effectiveness

Virtual Office plans that include access to hours of day offices and conference rooms with providers of on-demand workplaces such as CloudVO can be purchased for $200 to $300 per month in many locations. This is clearly an inexpensive way to supplement a work-from-home program, possibly eliminate un-necessary dedicated offices altogether, and give remote workers access to a professional space where they can bump into other professionals at the coffee bar. Day pass access to a hot desk in an office business center or a coworking place can be as low as $20, or less, and a significant step up from working at Starbucks. An increasing number of companies are eliminating expensive satellite offices, while supplementing telework with virtual office subscriptions as part of a plan to reduce portfolio-wide occupancy costs. When a dedicated office is needed for a small group of remote workers, a no-term lease solution like those offered by the Preferred Office Network helps eliminate the long term and costly nature of traditional occupancy decisions.

Corporate Real Estate managers would be well served to keep a keen eye on what is going on in the world of coworking. The coworking popularity is a sign of changing priorities and changing values in the workforce, where social considerations, flexibility, and work/life balance becomes increasingly more important. At the same time, enterprise road warriors may be better served accessing  virtual offices  or touchdown space in a more controlled and professional environment, where the level of amenities and privacy carry a higher level of utility than the highly social and informal nature of coworking places.

How to identify these workspace choices and book them real-time while on the road will be the topic of a forthcoming article which will feature the Liquidspace app and services available to corporate real estate organizations to optimize their options with workspace-as-a-service providers.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

How to Collaborate with Mobile Workers

Teleworking Remote Work and Virtual Offices

According to industry statistics, nearly 90% of companies have a mobile workforce of some kind. Mobile workers are using smart phones, pads and tablets to perform business functions in and outside of normal office spaces, or even in tandem with them. No matter the situation, all mobile workers have the same focus- using technology to stay connected with their work.

Salespeople are traveling with virtual offices to meet clients, give presentations and share digital documentation. They are offering capabilities such as digital payments and paperless signature pads on mobile devices like tablets or smart phones for unparalleled ease in meeting clients needs and closing sales in any location. Web-based payroll and HR platforms offer streamlined mission critical tools that employers can offer their mobile workforce. And email and social media remain the most used methods of connecting mobile workers. Staying connected anywhere, anytime is the key.

Advantages of Mobility

Employing a mobile workforce lends itself to remaining competitive in the marketplace. Many companies are using the latest devices and tools to empower their workers to increase productivity. Employees are even electing to bring their own devices (BYOD) of choice to work, and integrate them into their business systems. Companies are finding this advantageous in recruiting and retaining younger workers.

Business owners may also find additional ways to save capital by employing and empowering mobile employees . Mobility allows employees to work from anywhere and at anytime. This built in flexibility can be a benefit to both employers because it offers advantages such as saving money on leasing/purchasing office space, equipment, utilities, etc. Using on demand office spaces for meetings and allowing employees to use their own mobile devices to connect to their work can impact the bottom line significantly.

Trending Mobility

With ever increasing sales of mobile devices, consumers and employees alike are saying they want to stay connected. Business owners must respond by staying connected to industry trends as well. Understanding your mobile worker’s technological needs keeps you in sync with your growing business needs as well. Staying connecting and meeting the needs of the mobile workforce increases productivity, collaboration and effectiveness. This also increases your ability to compete in the digital marketplace, and to change to meet its ever evolving technological needs.

Creative Collaboration

Understanding your employees has always been important, particularly to small business or emerging business owners. Having the right team in place to jump start your business, build its infrastructure and grow its potential is part of successfully establishing any endeavor. Knowing how to help those employees do their best work and giving them the best tools they need to get the job done is key. Younger employees are using social media as a large part of their mobile business work model. Yet other employees need incentives to embrace new mobile technologies in the workplace. Meeting your employees where they are in the mobile workspace offers a better opportunity for creative collaboration and success in adapting your business to meet the demands of the market.

About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Virtual Offices Can Bridge the Gap for Home Based Businesses

Virtual Office Plans for Work From Home Professionals | CloudVOWorking from home was a rare situation before computers allowed some of the first telecommuting in the 80’s. Now, the number of home-based businesses has exploded, thanks to the Internet. According to Businessweek, more than half of all businesses in the U.S. are run from home. There are now more than six million of these businesses providing at least half the income for the business owner’s household.

Cost Benefits

As the benefits of running a business from home become better known, the number of these businesses continues to climb. Workers who once spent part of their day commuting now only travel as far as their home computer when there is work to be done. And instead of paying for travel expenses and business suits, they largely pay for little more than their own computer and an Internet connection.

While studies show that home businesses take in less money on average than their brick-and-mortar counterparts, they keep a higher percentage. Because of the lower overhead cost of running a business away from the high costs of an office full of employees, they keep an average of 36 percent of the net receipts as their own income. Traditional businesses set in physical offices average only 21 percent. That difference has made it possible for businesses owners to live better without running an enormous enterprise.

Home Business Problems

Just as there are many benefits to remote work or working from home, there is also a downside. Being in the comfort of your own home means that there are also a lot of the distractions that working at home can bring. Personal calls, visitors and household diversions are just a few of the problems of running a business from home.

Then, there are the professional challenges. When a company is completely run from a house, there may be no place to meet with clients. The situation can also cause an image problem. Clients expecting to visit a brick-and-mortar business may find a home setting unprofessional. It may even cause some to question whether the business owner is entirely serious about the business.

Using a Virtual Office

With so many small businesses being built, and so many problems running them from home, the virtual office has sprung up to bridge the gap between the home office and physical office. With this option, business owners can take advantage of the benefits of having a fully staffed office without having to pay multiple employees or rent a complete office.

When the business owner has clients to meet, these offices provide a convenient place. When there are phone calls that need to be routed, a receptionist can take the calls and forward them to the owner as needed. Mail services give the business a professional address, such as New York City, adding to the professional reputation of the business. And because these spaces are shared with other small businesses, the cost is far less than renting an office to use full time. These hybrids between the workplace and home office give small business owners the best of both worlds.

About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Six Keys to a Successful Virtual Office Transition

Transitioning to a Virtual Office | CloudVO

You’ve read the statistics. You’ve seen the success stories. You’ve decided it’s time to make the change to a virtual office. Whether you’re a home based business who wants to embrace a more professional edge, or a start up company that needs a low-cost solution with a high-end look, a virtual office provider can help. When you’re ready to make the leap, here are six steps to ensure that you make the most of going virtual.
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