"Hold on, please. My Daddy's in the bathroom. I'll get him."
Are there any worse words spoken to make a home business entrepreneur cringe?
But, let's face it, if you work out of your home, everyday life can intervene in the most embarrassing ways.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 20 million home-based businesses in the U.S. and that estimate is conservative. Depending on who is counting, the numbers range as high as 38 million.
You know why you decided to operate a home business: personal freedom, stress reduction, greater potential, increased productivity, and more time for the family.
The disadvantages, however, include having your home address on your business cards, falling behind on tasks, embarrassing moments like above, and, most importantly, your clients perceiving you as less professional than a competitor with a rented office space.
Having a virtual office solves all these problems and others effortlessly and affordably.
A virtual office provides an impressive corporate address in an established area, a company phone and fax number, voicemail which can be converted to email , shipping and mailing services, and, especially, highly-trained, live receptionists presenting a professional image to your clients.
No more apologies or embarrassing moments! You may be working in your jeans or even a bathrobe, but with a virtual office, your clients will be confidant they're dealing with the polished professional you know you are.