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With 30% of employees now working remotely around the world, the demand for virtual office services has reached unprecedented heights.

From answering phones and forwarding mail to virtual meeting rooms on demand, virtual office services can help create an office-like environment while allowing employees to work from home.

We’ll share everything you need to know about virtual office services, including the advantages and disadvantages and factors to consider when choosing one for your business.

Plus, we will list the top ten virtual office services providers and explain their offerings and help you choose the option that’s the right fit.

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What Are Virtual Office Services?

Virtual office services are services that allow businesses to work remotely by accessing various services via the internet.

This type of BPO provider delivers the benefits of a physical office without the need to pay rent and utility bills and handle things like office arrangements, maintenance or cleaning services.

Services provided typically include:

  • A business address
  • A virtual receptionist who organizes meetings in and outside of your virtual business office and communicates with customers and colleagues on your behalf
  • Phone answering and voicemail services that manage incoming calls through a landline number
  • Teleconferencing or video conferencing services
  • Mail opening and scanning services where physical mail is sent via email
  • Mail forwarding services
  • Access to cloud-based tools such as file-sharing tools, project management tools or communication tools
  • Customer support
  • Data entry services
  • Back-office outsourcing services including bookkeeping, finance, accounting, recruitment and hiring

Some virtual office services providers offer physical spaces as part of their virtual services packages or as an additional service. In this case, you can also benefit from:

  • Onsite receptionists
  • Physical meeting rooms on demand where you can hold meetings with clients, investors, vendors or team members
  • Onsite professional amenities such as fax, copy and printing services

Virtual Office Services Advantages And Disadvantages

Virtual office services offer numerous benefits, but there are a few drawbacks to consider as well.

The advantages of virtual office services include:

  • Established professional appearance
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Flexibility
  • Access to additional services
  • An added layer of privacy and security with no need to list your home address or phone number

The disadvantages of virtual office services include:

  • A limited range of services
  • Hidden fees
  • Restricted access to desks and meeting rooms
  • Reduced social interaction
  • Challenges associated with building a connected team

10 Best Virtual Office Companies

Here are our picks for the top 10 virtual office service providers with a proven track record and competitive offerings.

1. Regus

Regus Virtual Office Services
[Source: Regus]

As a part of the International Workplace Group (IWG) network, Regus has created a business community of 2.5 million people around the globe.

Regus offers both virtual and physical office spaces, from coworking environments and meeting rooms to business lounges that can be customized to your individual needs.

Regus virtual office services include:

  • Mail forwarding
  • Choice of business phone number
  • Call answering services
  • Unlimited or pay-as-you-use calls from your business phone line
  • Office or coworking spaces
  • Administrative support

Regus offers a variety of packages, starting with a physical address and allowing you to add on services as needed.

The prices are based on a 24-month contract and depend on the products and services you select.

2. NW Registered Agent

NW Registered Agent
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NW Registered Agent is a virtual address and virtual office service provider offered in a number of U.S. states including Washington, Florida, Wyoming, Texas, Delaware, Idaho, and Montana.

The virtual office services provided by NW Registered Agent include:

  • A physical business address
  • A unique suite number
  • A virtual phone line
  • A physical office lease
  • Same-day mail scanning
  • Weekly physical mail forwarding

The prices start at $49 per month for a U.S. virtual office address and $125 per year for registered agent service.

You can add another phone number for $9 per month or opt for mail forwarding services for an additional monthly fee of $40.

3. Intelligent Office

Intelligent Office Virtual Office Services
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With 25+ years of expertise in supporting businesses to be agile and asset-light, Intelligent Office offers a range of virtual services, including:

  • A virtual address
  • Phone answering
  • A virtual assistant
  • Physical office space
  • Meeting rooms on demand

Intelligent Office’s virtual assistant is an integral part of the service, handling a wide range of responsibilities, from answering the phone and coordinating meetings to typing and gathering survey results.

Choosing one of the services or opting for a Virtual Office package allows you to align your needs with your budget.

Keep in mind that these services are offered in only 20 states in the U.S. and three provinces in Canada.

4. Pacific Workplaces

Pacific Workplaces Virtual Office Services
[Source: Pacific Workplaces]

Pacific Workplaces acts as of the leader of virtual office services in Northern California. The company has supported over 15,000 virtual office clients.

Some of the services they offer include:

  • A local phone number and unified messaging
  • A receptionist during business hours
  • Mail service
  • Digital mail
  • Call screening
  • Package notification
  • Meeting room discounts

Pacific Workplaces’ packages offer various features with monthly prices ranging from $49 per user for the Main Plan to $239 for the V-Office Plus Plan per user. The price may vary per location.

A one-time set-up fee of $99 is added to each plan.

The company allows you adapt the virtual office services to your particular needs by offering:

  • Flexible month-to-month agreements
  • Discounts on day offices and meeting rooms

5. Davinci Virtual

Davinci Virtual
[Source: Davinci Virtual]

With over 20,000 meeting spaces worldwide and 5,000+ preferred partner center locations, Davinci Virtual serves over 40,000 virtual clients in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The company’s virtual office services start at $50 and include:

  • A professional business address
  • Mail receiving and forwarding
  • Lobby directory listing
  • Access to physical meeting and work spaces
  • Internet and presentation tools
  • A registered agent
  • Business support center
  • Catering options

Live receptionist packages start at $129 for the Business 50 Plan featuring services such as a local or toll-free number, live call answering, call forwarding and screening, voicemail and an auto receptionist.

The premium plans range between $249 and $319 per month for the Premium 100 Plan and include appointment scheduling, bilingual receptionists, order processing, administrative tasks and more.

6. Office Evolution

Office Evolution Virtual Office Services
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With 70+ locations, Office Evolution is one of the largest providers of locally owned and operated flexible workspaces in the United States.

From meeting rooms and shared workspaces to private offices and entire headquarters, the company offers productive and flexible solutions for startups and growing organizations.

In addition to the physical working locations, there are two virtual office products:

  • Business address services
  • Live phone answering services following your individual company’s guidelines

The basic package for the price of $99 includes:

  • A physical workspace available 24/7
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet access
  • Access to physical meeting and conference spaces
  • A receptionist to meet your guests
  • Complimentary beverages

The Professional Plan is $179 and also provides a business mailing address. Prices are subject to availability and may vary depending on the location.

7. SERVCORP

ServCorp Virtual Office Services
[Source: SERVCORP]

Represented in 20 countries, 41 cities and 122 locations, SERVCORP offers coworking spaces, meeting rooms and offices to 50,000+ business clients.

The virtual office package they offer includes:

  • A business address
  • Telephone answering services
  • Mail forwarding
  • A secretary and receptionist
  • Use of a physical private office for three days each month
  • 3-hour access to a physical coworking space daily
  • Access to the SERVCORP business community

The virtual office package prices start from $134.40 per month and vary depending on the location.

Contracts are month-by-month, the first month is free and no security deposit is required when paying with a credit card.

8. Opus Virtual Offices

Opus Virtual Offices
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With over 650 locations across the U.S., Opus Virtual Offices offer services for a monthly fee of $99. The price includes:

  • A corporate mailing address
  • A company phone number
  • A company fax number
  • Voice-to-email conversion
  • Fax-to-email conversion
  • A live receptionist answering calls
  • Call forwarding
  • Business credit building

If you sign up for 12 months, you get one month free.

In addition to the virtual office package, you can get a texting feature or a call feature showing your company’s number, a toll-free number, audiocon bridge or international call transfer, each for an additional $10 per month. Keep in mind Opus Virtual Offices does not offer physical workspaces.

9. eOffice

eOffice Virtual Office Services
[Source: eOffice]

With over 250 coworking communities in 60 countries and 120 cities, eOffice offers tailored solutions for each business.

In addition to the physical working environments, the company offers various virtual service packages to meet different business needs and budgets.

The telephone answering services cost $64.99 monthly and include a local telephone number, live or automated call answering, call forwarding, access to coworking spaces and discounted rates for 250+ global coworking centers.

The business address package starting at $129.99 per month includes a post-code address, discounts for eOffice’s global coworking spaces and access to the company’s regular networking events.

The Virtual Office Pro package starts at $169.99 and includes a London or global coworking center business address and telephone answering service.

10. Telelink Answering Service

Telelink Virtual Office Services
[Source: Telelink]

With a history of 55+ years and over 70 industry awards, Telelink Answering Service provides 24/7 live call answering services to thousands of companies across industries, from government and HVAC to healthcare and utilities.

The virtual office services include customer support, call center services and call data and reports.

The company offers three service plans: Entry, Enhanced and Enterprise, based on number of minutes, from 30 to 5,000 minutes.

Depending on the package, features include:

  • Call scripts
  • Call recording and storage
  • Daily message reports
  • Appointment booking
  • Online customer portal

In addition to the selected plan, you can add an advertising package for $20 per month, custom auto answering for $8 per month, advertising on hold for $8 per month and more.

How To Choose The Best Virtual Office Solution

With all of the different options out there, how do you know which one to choose? Here are the key factors to consider:

1. Specific Offering

Start with the basics: What exactly do you need? Look at each service’s offerings and ensure they align with both your current needs and potential needs as you grow.

2. Customization/Price

Some companies allow you to choose between various levels, options and packages to customize your services. This bonus feature can help you cut costs by employing only the services you need, and allow you to scale in the future by adding services as needed.

3. Location

Consider the provider’s location, if you plan to use their physical office space on top of their virtual services.

Opt for an address in an established business building and upscale district to boost your company’s credibility and offer your customers or clients a professional experience.

How To Set Up The Best Virtual Office

While it can be highly beneficial for your business, a virtual office can take some getting used to. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you get set up:

1. Create A Strategy

A strategy will help you identify the resources you need in terms of workspace, equipment and staffing and more.

To do this, consider factors such as:

  • The products and services you offer
  • Your industry and competitors
  • Your marketing and sales strategy
  • Your organizational structure
  • Your budget

2. Select A Virtual Business Address

Using a business address rather than a PO box or a home address can help you boost credibility and stay organized.

From your preferred city to a high-profile business district, select a location that matches your company needs as well as the image you want to portray.

Your virtual business address is where you will:

  • Receive your mail so it can be scanned and uploaded to your digital mailbox, viewed, stored or shredded
  • Hold meetings with clients and partners, if the provider offers physical meeting and conference rooms

3. Choose The Tools And Resources You Need

Research different virtual office service providers to explore each of their offerings.

Different providers may offer various services. Some can support your business through virtual phone systems for video calls, call center services, invoicing solutions or cloud collaboration.

Others center their services around a virtual assistant who can add another layer of personalization and professionalism to your brand.

Last but not least, some offer the possibility to combine the virtual office services you need with a physical space that would bring your office model closer to a hybrid model and increase flexibility.

4. Opt For A Virtual Assistant

Though not available in all packages, a virtual assistant can handle mail, phone calls, payroll and other tasks for you, so you can focus on more pressing areas of business.

Based on the service you choose, a virtual assistant may handle:

  • Recruiting
  • HR management
  • Customer service
  • Marketing
  • Meeting scheduling
  • Data entry
  • Payroll
  • Supply orders
  • Business trip planning

To help your virtual assistant settle into the role, be sure to set expectations and define responsibilities up front. Keep training materials and other helpful documents easily accessible on shared platforms such as Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive or iCloud.

Wrapping Up On Virtual Office Services

Virtual office services allow you to conduct your daily operation remotely, with the support you need.

From answering phones to forwarding mail, setting up meetings and planning business trips, a virtual assistant can help you stay organized and allow you to focus on more pressing areas of business.

To find the virtual service provider that’s the right fit for your brand:

  • Outline your company’s needs
  • Research various virtual office service providers in your area
  • Review the packages and pricing
  • Match your demands and budget with the right provider
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