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Latest Alliance Virtual Offices Mentions Around the Web


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Alliance is passionate about virtual office services that accelerate small business growth and furthering the conversation on how the industry is radically changing the way in which we all work and do business.

News and Articles

The following is a list of articles from around the web that highlight the benefits and uses of virtual offices, and shed light on where the industry is headed as new technologies emerge.

The True Costs of a Call Answering Service

Good communication is the cornerstone of any successful business. However, without the right infrastructure in place to facilitate it, communication can easily break down. This inevitably leads to frustrated clients who decide to take their business elsewhere.

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, it can be difficult to manage communication effectively. Sometimes, you simply don’t have the time to respond to an inquiry, or an important meeting might prevent you from being able to answer the phone. [Read the full article]


How to Build Business Credit for Your Home Business

One of the toughest parts of launching a startup or growing a small, home-based business is obtaining financial credit.

It’s tougher than you might think. A 2015 survey by business credit advisor, Nav found that 1 in 5 small business owners had been turned down for business credit between 2010-2015, and 43% had been rejected more than once.

You might wonder: why is it so difficult to get approved for business credit? [Read the full Article]


SO, WHAT IS COWORKING ANYWAY?

For people in the shared workspace world, coworking is something we talk about all day, every day.

To hear our in-depth conversations about community, workspace wellness, design, productivity, open spaces, phone booths, meeting room amenities and how we’re creating the future of work, you’d think coworking already was the way everyone worked.

But I regularly meet people (it happened just this week) who have never heard the word coworking and know nothing about the concept of shared workspaces. [Read the full article]


10 Money Saving Tactics For the Frugal-preneur

We’re all familiar with the statistic: ‘90% of businesses end in failure’. Every time we encounter it in an article online we’re reminded that following our dreams isn’t easy. Success requires bucketloads of gusto, effort and thriftiness – particularly in the early days.

Our 10 money saving tactics will help you on your way to becoming part of the 10% of entrepreneurs who go on to grow their business. So get ready to be savvy with your savings, frugal with your finances and economical with your expenses… [Read the full article]


What Your Address Tells Me About Your Small Business

Running your business from home or on the move as a digital nomad has numerous benefits, providing you with freedom, autonomy and flexibility.
However, using your residential address for business matters doesn’t leave the best impression on clients and could end up compromising your personal assets and privacy.

Like a picture, an address speaks a thousand words when it comes to your business.
But a business address in a prestigious location is expensive, right?
Wrong. [Read the full article]


The Rise in Popularity of Online Services

More and more of our lives are online – many of us work online, chat with loved ones online whether it’s Skype or on Facebook. New online services are popping up on a weekly basis with the aim disrupting traditional services more than they ever imagined. Can you remember the last time you looked in a physical phone book? Me either! There are so many online services that are gaining in popularity, offering competitive pricing, and allowing us to do more faster in our daily lives. Here are some of my favourite online services that you might not have considered using yet: [Read the full article]


Unique Marketing Ideas for Coworking Spaces

Over the last few years, Heroic Search has been privileged to work on marketing campaigns for some truly kick-ass coworking spaces (see our coworking case study from Common Desk). They are consistently some of the most innovative groups of people we work with, so the ideas for promoting their spaces are equally kick-ass. Whether it be a concept of ours that we executed for a client or one that came from someone else, we wanted to share some of the most creative ideas we’ve seen for these spaces with you guys. Below are some killer marketing ideas… [Read the full article]


How to run a business like a digital nomad

It’s hard to believe that only 3.6% of the world’s population had access to the internet 20 years ago – a figure that now stands at around 55.1%. There’s little doubt that widespread WiFi access and cloud technology has made the world a smaller place and given rise to a new type of worker: the ‘Digital Nomad’.

These enviable entrepreneurial types are defined by their ability to traverse the globe while running a business or working on a freelance basis. It’s a lifestyle many of us dream of, and having the option to sip a mojito on a beach in Bali while responding to a disgruntled client really does take the edge off.

Joking aside, running a business as a digital nomad can be incredibly rewarding… [Read the full article]


How to secure your home business with a virtual office address

More people than ever are taking the plunge and starting their own business. Digital technology has made marketing processes easier and with the gig economy in full swing, larger businesses are substituting permanent employees for freelancers. Starting a business is exciting endeavor, but with so much to consider, it can be daunting at times. There are so many things to figure out: an appropriate name, a brand identity that will work in the long term and whether to work from home or in an office space.

Working from home used to be associated with startups and freelancers who lacked the budget to rent a full-time office, but now it’s proving popular with established businesses too.The absence of a commute, flexible hours and productivity are just some of the advantages. [Read the full article]


Top 5 Benefits of Remote Working

Remember when working remotely was seen as an excuse to get away from work? Well, things have changed quite a lot since then.

The workplace has experienced a sharp culture shift over the last couple of decades. In that relatively short space of time, remote working has moved from a rare employee perk to a valuable productivity trend — and that trend is rising steadily.

Data released from the US Census found that 5.2% of workers, equivalent to 8 million people, worked at home in 2017. This number is up from 5% in 2016 and 3.3% in 2000.

Why are so many people working remotely? [Read the full article]


Virtual Virtues – The Benefits of Virtual Offices for Businesses

Building a professional image is a significant feature of a successful business. New Zealand is one of the most popular places to start a business and many business owners look to expand and grow their businesses here.

As times are changing and the idea of flexible working becomes more popular, one of the easiest and most affordable ways of growing your business, as well as creating a professional presence in New Zealand is through the virtual office. What are virtual offices? [Read the full article]


Getting Started on Social Media: 6 Tips for Small Business Owners

Social media can be a boon for small business owners. It helps you to expand your reach by connecting with new audiences and prospective customers, and provides a platform on which you can advertise your products or services.

One study shows that consumers are 71% more likely to buy a product or service after a positive social media experience, while the number of social media users in 2018 reached a massive 3.196 billion. This was 13% higher than the year previously.

In fact, so powerful is social media that some businesses use it exclusively to advertise and generate sales.

However, like any marketing channel, it’s crucial to target your customer segment and communicate with them in the right way. Failure to do this will result in your efforts landing on deaf ears, which is a huge waste of time and money. [Read the full article]


Not Living the Work/Life Balance Dream? A Virtual Office Can Help

Are you a sole proprietor or busy entrepreneur? Consider using a virtual office to help swing the work/life pendulum back in your favor.

Think back to the time just before you started your home-based business. Fresh faced and full of ideas, you pictured yourself whipping out proposals and hitting deadlines with ease. In your fantasy, you were fueled only by filtered water and enthusiasm. Fast forward to the current reality. [Read the full article]


Five Powerful Benefits of Virtual Offices

As the work-anywhere trend has grown, it has prompted a rise in demand for flexible on-demand workspace, remote receptionist services and virtual office space — a service that provides a number of office amenities and business support for distance workers, minus the actual office. [Read the full article]


How to Choose the Right Virtual Office For Your Business

Virtual offices provide a number of office amenities and business support services for distance workers, small businesses and remote teams – minus the actual office.

But like most flexible initiatives, you won’t find cookie cutter virtual office space. There’s plenty of variation between virtual office plans depending on what you need, not to mention huge differences between virtual office providers themselves. [Read the full article]


The Benefits of a Virtual Office for your Ecommerce Business

Thanks to the Internet, eCommerce has flourished into a multi-trillion-dollar industry spanning every business sector imaginable. From niche product lines and rare parts to branded goods and seasonal gifts, the virtual storefront is now everywhere and nowhere, bringing the world closer together without so much as a front door. [Read the full article]


Seriously, What is a Virtual Office?!

As a term, the ‘Virtual Office’ first emerged in the 1980s. Even so, there is still some confusion over what it actually means.

Here, we offer a brief explanation of the Virtual Office to help you get to grips with the business model, how it works, and how it is used in business. [Read the full article]


How to Select the Best Work Solutions

As technology advances, modern software solutions have been able to offer increasingly impressive functionality. The complexity of many of these offerings makes it incumbent upon companies to take care to select the tools that are right for their business. Matching a solution’s features to your firm’s needs is essential to getting the most out of your IT budget.

[Read the full article]


Alliance Virtual Offices User Reviews & Pricing

Users who gave Alliance Virtual Offices a positive review said that they are impressed with the support team’s responsiveness and professionalism. Several others like its reasonable pricing plans.

One user who left a positive review of Alliance Virtual Offices on Trustpilot mentioned that signing up for their virtual office service is very simple and easy. He added that the customer service representative who handles his account is always very helpful. [Read the full article]


Factors that May Be Holding Your Business Back

As any experienced small business owner will tell you, the world of small business is a roller-coaster at times, but worth it in the end. Many new small business owners have to learn the ropes as they go, which can create some problems along the way.

The only thing that you want to do as a small business owner is staying with something that does not work. Whether you use an actual office or virtual office services, you will inevitably run into problems, but you will need to find a way to bounce back and come back better each time.

The following are a few factors that may be holding your business back from the growth it needs. [Read the full article]


How To Attract (And Keep) The Best Millennial Talent

Millennials are already the world’s most populous generation. Now, they’re also changing the workforce for the better.

This generation is bringing a whole new set of ideals and expectations about the roles they hope to take on.

Currently, Millennials make up around 35% of the workforce in the UK and the US, and they’re expected to comprise three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025. [Read the full article]


Experience Virtual Reality: 8 of the Best VR Headsets 2018

What could VR in business look like? In truth, the possibilities are endless. Virtual reality creates a completely digital world in which the viewer is fully immersed, which makes it particularly promising as a training tool — particularly for hands-on roles in engineering, architecture, construction, design, and medicine.

In the corporate world, VR has the ability to enhance virtual office and remote working practices by immersing employees in a virtual workplace.

[Read the full article]


5 Ways to Use a Virtual Office When You Work from Home

Working from home is one of the joys of today’s advanced technologies. Not so long ago, the majority of employees and entrepreneurs were chained to a desk regardless of the type of work they do.

Now, it’s a different story.

A study released in May 2018 from workspace provider IWG found that 70% of professionals work remotely at least one day in a week, while 53% work remotely for at least half of the week. [Read the full article]



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