Map Out Your Plan
The first step to setting up a successful virtual office is having a business plan, as you would have with any other traditional business.
While creating a plan, consider your business’ specific needs.
Some of the things you should include in your business plan are:
- Executive summary.
- Company description.
- Industry and competitor analysis.
- Breakdown of your organizational and management structure.
- Services/products you’ll offer.
- Marketing and sales strategy.
- Budgets and financial projections.
Once you’ve developed this plan upfront, you’ll be able to determine your staffing, resources, and other needs. These are all vital to ensuring the success of your virtual business.
Recruit The Right People
When you work from a virtual office, you have access to a broader pool of talent.
You can recruit the best people from anywhere in the world — so focus on recruiting the right people for your business.
Although most people are attracted to a virtual office’s flexibility, not everyone is suited to work in a virtual office environment.
Decide whether you’ll be hiring staff for HR, payroll, sales, marketing, etc. or whether you’ll outsource these tasks to a virtual assistant.
When hiring a virtual worker, there are specific characteristics you need to look for, including:
- The ability to prioritize and focus.
- High level of intrinsic motivation as virtual work involves minimal supervision or none at all.
- Excellent written communication skills as communication will occur primarily online.