In an increasingly challenging business landscape, new-age entrepreneurs are constantly looking out for smarter ways to differentiate their businesses. While most companies try various permutations around product, price, place and promotions, the really innovative ones re-invent their USP time and again.
For small businesses, one such USP is cutting down on the real estate and infrastructure expenses which often form a significant percentage of the company’s total outflow. This can be done by operating a home-based business (home office) or working from home. This brings in a lot of flexibility and comfort, without the extra overhead expenses that a dedicated full-time office forces.
While working from home has several advantages, there are certain severe drawbacks which can prove detrimental for your business. The major ones are:
Your home is not located at a prime commercial location. Homes seldom are. They are built and maintained as peaceful living places, located away from the hustle and bustle of the fast life. However, this is what makes them an inconvenient location for meetings. Your clients will find it difficult to reach you.
No matter how hospitable, scheduling business meetings at home can lead your clients or prospects to harbour a prejudicial attitude towards your company. Moreover, space, infrastructure, technical back-up, etc. are always a hiccup.
When your clients call your ‘workplace’, you don’t want your ten-year-old to receive the phone. Working from home severely hampers your credibility because you are unable to present a professional front.
When your clients, prospects, employees or visitors come calling, you need to be able to put your best foot forward and do what you do best, i.e. promote your business. A home-based office forces one to wear several hats at once. These domestic distractions are not what your business needs!
So you have realised that you need the best of both worlds. You need the flexibility and comfort of a home-based office as well as the facilities and the infrastructure of a professional set up and all of this without the extra cost and hassles of a dedicated office.
Luckily, there is a solution, tailored just for this need. Welcome to the world of Business Centres.
Business Centres are establishments that offer fully-furnished and professionally managed business infrastructure for modern commercial organisations. Over the years, small businesses across the globe have benefited immensely by using the various on-demand services offered by business centres.
Some of the key offerings for most business centres in Delhi are Serviced Offices, Meeting Rooms and Virtual Office Services. Small business owners should be particularly interested in the meeting room and virtual office services. Here is why:
Meeting Rooms: These are fully-furnished rooms which can be booked by the hour. Equipped with the best-in-class infrastructure, these meeting rooms are ideal for scheduling professional engagements like conferences, presentations, interviews, training sessions, etc.
These facilities can be further customised to specific requirements of size, layout, technical back-up (like projectors, high-speed LAN, Wi-Fi and speaker phones). Most Business Centres also have in-house hospitality facilities for snacks and refreshments.
Virtual Offices: Wouldn’t it be great if you could continue to operate from your preferred remote location/s while your clients and prospects corresponded at a single central location? Virtual Office Solutions from Business Centres offer you virtual addresses for just this purpose!
Further, you can avail round-the-clock call handling and call forwarding facilities so that your clients are always greeted professionally.
Most Business Centres are located at prime commercial addresses. For example, Avanta operates two business centres at prestigious locations in the national capital and the NCR region; a state-of-the-art property at the Statesman House in Connaught Place and another recently inaugurated facility at Saket in South Delhi. Both these centres are geared-up with the latest facilities at surprisingly affordable rates and flexible packages.