As our business is a virtual business we are sometimes asked ‘What is a virtual office and what is a virtual mailing address? Does it mean that the building doesn’t exist?’
The use of the word virtual is really to indicate that you don’t actually have to be based in the office yourself, but a virtual mailing address, is very much a real physical address, staffed by real people! Virtual office services and providers of virtual mailing address services will be based in real office buildings, somewhere that your business could conceivably be located. To the outside world it will seem as though your business is based within there.
You and your business can be located in a completely different area, you could be based anywhere in the UK or even overseas. Mail will be forwarded on, scanned and sent, or if you are local it will be held for you securely until you choose to collect.
Many people wishing to use this service will use a telephone answering service as well in order to have a full virtual office service but it’s equally possible to just have a virtual mailing address if that’s all that is required.
If you’re looking at taking up a virtual mailing address service, it’s worth taking a look around to see if you can find images of the building and the vicinity if you don’t already know it. You may not be physically sitting in this office every day, but is this an office that you’d like to give the impression of being based in. Is it going to convey the right impression for your business?
You can usually use a virtual mailing address to receive anything that you would normally expect to receive by post and can normally use as the registered office address for your business as well.