Why You Need a Toll Free Number for Your Virtual Office
August 23, 2013
By Susan J. Campbell
, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The traditional office is going the way of the VCR in a number of different industries as newer technologies enable us to stay connected regardless of location. The virtual office is no longer the exception and the stigma associated with the lack of a brick and mortar location is fading away. The process is being helped along with the application of the toll free number.
Toll free numbers really help to sell the virtue of the virtual office. It enables the creation of the ideal environment, removing limits and obstacles that have been standard in the past. It also extends opportunities to the employee base that may have had no place in the physical office. For instance, the busy mom that is also the expert in her field can work a flexible shift and still have time for family.
The point is to build out the desired culture. As a company leader, you have the opportunity to dictate what will set the pace for optimal performance, team building and collaboration. It’s also an opportunity to inspire others to share your inspiration and allow it to bleed into everything you do. In the virtual office, this can be more of a challenge to the traditional thinker, as not everyone is in the same place at the same time. Fortunately, today’s technologies provide an alternative solution.
In the virtual office environment, you can put rituals in place that support your goals, priorities and values. If one of your goals is to create an environment of learning and improving, a key ritual should be to train on a regular basis and establish a line item in the budget for trade shows and conferences. Then, practice what you preach. Support those who want to learn and advance within the parameters of your corporate culture.
To that end, it’s important to pay attention to those who will join the team. Bringing a certain skill set is important, but it’s not the only thing that will make or break your opportunities. At the same time, it’s easy to scare away a brand new employee when they discover they don’t fit in with the rest of the company or lack the skills to be success in a virtual environment. You need a self-starter, one who is motivated by a flexible schedule and can be passionate about your priorities and goals.
Regardless of your industry or your end goals, the point is to be the best in the market. When running the virtual office and competing against other giants, the toll free number is still an important asset. It helps to support your brand and represent the value you bring to the market.
Edited by Blaise McNamee