I’m a CPA, Can a Virtual Office Help Me?

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In today’s business environment, you no longer need to lay out thousands in unnecessary start-up capital to rent a traditional office. A staffed physical virtual office may be just the solution for you accounting firm!

Our virtual office service offers you a physical office address, in a trendy and accessible neighborhood, to display on your website, business cards – use it as you would use any address. You can receive orders, documents, mail, client correspondence, payments, and any documents requiring a signature at our office. We can then forward your mail onto wherever you are in the world!

Wondering how a virtual office can work for your accounting firm? Here’s an actual example of a virtual office case study we did on Ken, a CPA from New York. The services he utilized from VH International Business Solutions were a New York virtual office business address and 212 Manhattan phone number with email notification, and meeting room usage.

Ken was a CPA employed by a major accounting firm in New York. His story is similar to a lot of our clients – he worked 9-5 at the accounting firm while running his own small tax advisory business on the side.

He never intended on starting his own firm, it sort of just happened. He first started doing taxes for his family-gratis. His family started recommending Ken to their friends allowing Ken to start pulling-in extra money on the side… Ken eventually got super busy, especially around tax time. After several years he decided it was time to open his own firm.

He didn’t want unnecessary high overhead costs since he was only busy during tax time. Ken also didn’t want to rent just a PO Box or basic mailbox service, so he decided that a NYC virtual office was the way to go. After researching several companies, he selected VH International Business Solutions to manage his New York business presence because of the Company’s experience and professionalism.

For starters, Ken subscribed to our business address rental (virtual office) and 212 Manhattan voice mail service.

With his virtual office up and running, Ken worked steadfastly on growing his small firm. Tax time referrals were great, but he knew he needed more than just seasonal work if his firm was to survive. In order to do that he needed steady year round work. The ideas of bookkeeping and payroll services were on his agenda, he knew that that would provide steady year-round income.

He started advertising his small firm using his NYC virtual office address and phone number provided by VH International Business Solutions; inquiries started to pour in bit by bit. Ken would usually visit his prospective clients at their place of business as this was their preference, but he knew that he could always rent the available meeting space on an as needed basis at his Manhattan virtual office.

Ken uses the meeting room regularly and often during tax time. For the past several years, especially from January through April, Ken is at the office so often it’s almost like he’s one of the staff. He meets with his tax clients in the office for consultations and to review all of their filing information. He comes prepared with his cup of coffee, laptop, the client’s records, details and collects their paperwork; Ken works on the actual filings in his home office.

If a client stops into the office without an appointment to drop off any paperwork, our receptionist accepts their documents. Ken arranges to pick these up during his meeting room visits.

He receives all his business correspondence, including payments, at his New York City virtual office; and depending on Ken’s schedule, we either hold his mail for pickup or forward it on a daily basis during his busy season and on a monthly basis during his down time.

Messages left on Ken’s 212 phone number with voice mail provided by VH International Business Solutions are forwarded to his email; he also receives a text message alerting him to check messages. He just advised us that starting in January 2010, he will be upgrading his phone service to include call forwarding. Hence, he can answer his incoming calls directly, all calls would be forwarded straight to his cell phone.

We are proud to have Ken and his CPA firm as one of our valued clients and we’re enjoying watching his firm grow!

Ken’s story is just one example of how a virtual office can work for an accountant. How can VH International Business Solutions help you?

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How can VH International Business Solutions help you?

Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
Follow us on Twitter: @ManhattanOffice

Case Study: Ken the CPA and a NYC Virtual Office

Ken the Accountant and a NYC Virtual OfficePhoto by denniswong

How can a Virtual Office help you?

Case Study: Ken
Type of Business: CPA
Location: Upper East Side, NY
Services: New York Virtual Office, Meeting Room Usage, Voice Mail with Email Notification.

Ken was a CPA employed by a major accounting firm in New York. His story is similar to a lot of our clients – he worked 9-5 at the accounting firm while running his own small tax advisory business on the side.

He never intended on starting his own firm, it sort of just happened. He first started doing taxes for his family-gratis. His family started recommending Ken to their friends allowing Ken to start pulling-in extra money on the side… Ken eventually got super busy, especially around tax time. After several years he decided it was time to open his own firm.

He didn’t want unnecessary high overhead costs since he was only busy during tax time. Ken also didn’t want to rent just a PO Box or basic mailbox service, so he decided that a NYC virtual office was the way to go. After researching several companies, he selected VH International Business Solutions to manage his New York business presence because of the Company’s experience and professionalism.

For starters, Ken subscribed to our business address rental (virtual office) and 212 Manhattan voice mail service.

With his virtual office up and running, Ken worked steadfastly on growing his small firm. Tax time referrals were great, but he knew he needed more than just seasonal work if his firm was to survive. In order to do that he needed steady year round work. The ideas of bookkeeping and payroll services were on his agenda, he knew that that would provide steady year-round income.

He started advertising his small firm using his NYC virtual office address and phone number provided by VH International Business Solutions; inquiries started to pour in bit by bit. Ken would usually visit his prospective clients at their place of business as this was their preference, but he knew that he could always rent the available meeting space on an as needed basis at his Manhattan virtual office.

Ken uses the meeting room regularly and often during tax time. For the past several years, especially from January through April, Ken is at the office so often it’s almost like he’s one of the staff. He meets with his tax clients in the office for consultations and to review all of their filing information. He comes prepared with his cup of coffee, laptop, the client’s records, details and collects their paperwork; Ken works on the actual filings in his home office.

If a client stops into the office without an appointment to drop off any paperwork, our receptionist accepts their documents. Ken arranges to pick these up during his meeting room visits.

He receives all his business correspondence, including payments, at his New York City virtual office; and depending on Ken’s schedule, we either hold his mail for pickup or forward it on a daily basis during his busy season and on a monthly basis during his down time.

Messages left on Ken’s 212 phone number with voice mail provided by VH International Business Solutions are forwarded to his email; he also receives a text message alerting him to check messages. He just advised us that starting in January 2010, he will be upgrading his phone service to include call forwarding. Hence, he can answer his incoming calls directly, all calls would be forwarded straight to his cell phone.

We are proud to have Ken and his CPA firm as one of our valued clients and we’re enjoying watching his firm grow!

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Case Study: Kris, Erica and a NY Virtual Office

New York Virtual Office

How can VH International Business Solutions help you?

Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
Follow us on Twitter: @ManhattanOffice

Case Study: Leonard, Kiara, Their Medical Placement Agency and a NYC Virtual Office

Case Study: Leonard Kiara Their Medical Placement Agency and a NYC Virtual Office
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How can a Virtual Office help you?

Case Study: Leonard and Kiara
Type of Business: Medical Placement Agency
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
Services: New York Virtual Office, Meeting Room Usage

Leonard was a headhunter for the office furniture industry in the Tristate area. He wasn’t doing very well in the current economy – he had tons of clients, but no jobs to place them in. He knew he wanted to start his own business, but wasn’t sure exactly which direction to go in.

Kiara was a Human Resource director with a medical company. Budget cuts and layoffs were a part of her daily routine. Not only was her spirit breaking because of the constant bad news she had to deliver on a daily basis, she knew her days at this job were also numbered.

Leonard and Kiara met through a mutual friend. They got to talking about their careers; a headhunter and an HR director! It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a successful business partnership.

Leonard and Kiara were from completely different sectors, but their combined connections and knowledge-base would eventually be the basis for a placement firm. They got to talking and the ideas just fell into place. With support from their respective spouses, family, friends and business associates, Leonard and Kiara got to work.

They knew they were starting a placement firm, but weren’t sure if it should be general or cater to a specific niche market. They wanted to specialize, but didn’t want to exclude any potential candidates. In the end, they decided to to start off the firm specializing in placement for medical professionals and make use of Kiara’s massive contact list and Leonard networking skills.

Leonard and Kiara had their business plan and website in place. Since they were still working at their respective day jobs, they didn’t have the time, money or resources to rent an actual office. A physical presence was a necessity: They needed a professional environment to portray their corporate identity and to interview prospective candidates. That’s when they contacted VH International Business Solutions, Inc and subscribed to our Manhattan business presence including rental of an office address and meeting room usage.

The company was ready to go! Leonard worked on placing ads to find candidates and Kiara sent out announcements to her contacts in the medical field promoting their new venture. The buzz they created churned out fantastic results: responses were flowing in from both directions! It was time to start interviewing placement candidates.

Leonard and Kiara contacted VH International Business Solutions to find out if the office was suitable for conducting a condensed flow of interviews scheduled at 15 minute increments during the entire workday. They asked if we had places for people to wait for their interview and a private room where they could interview candidates… Of course we do – they started renting the available office space for an entire day at a time.

On the day of their first rental, they arrived early to speak with the receptionist. The receptionist was given a list of the candidates and their appointments. The receptionist was to note that the interviewee had show up, and at what time, for their appointment. She was then given a packet of documents, including applications and disclosure forms that the interviewees were to complete prior to their interview. A resume was to be requested from the applicant, as well as a photo ID and any licensing documents. The receptionist was then to make copies of this information and attach to their paperwork package. The package would be given to Leonard, who would greet the applicant in the reception area, and escort into the meeting room for Kiara to conduct the interview.

Their first day was a success! So much of a success they currently religiously book the meeting room at least twice a month to conduct their mass interviews.

Leonard and Kiara are thrilled with their success: The idea worked! They have since branched out into other non-medical sectors. For just a nominal amount of start-up capital they were able to create a business that currently supports both of their salaries and covers all business expenses. Always expressing appreciation for our service, they are amazed at the quality of services they’ve received from VH International Business Solutions – their New York office.

We are proud to still call Leonard, Kiara and their placement firm one of our valued clients.

Previous Case Studies:
Case Study: Siobhanne, Her Talent Agency and a NYC Virtual Office
Case Study: James, His Law Firm and a NYC Virtual Office
Case Study: Donald, His Publishing Company and a NY Virtual Office
Case Study: Kris, Erica and a NY Virtual Office

New York Virtual Office

How can VH International Business Solutions help you?
Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
Follow us on Twitter: @ManhattanOffice

Case Study: Siobhanne, Her Talent Agency and a NYC Virtual Office

Siobhanne
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How can a Virtual Office help you?

Case Study: Siobhanne
Type of Business: Talent Agency
Location: Greenwich, London, UK
Services: New York Virtual Office Business Address Rental, Meeting Room Usage, Mail Handling

Siobhanne lives just across the pond from New York in Greenwich, a suburb of London. A former model and retired actress herself, she parlayed her expertise and experience into running a small talent agency out of her home office. Her work brought her to the United States every few weeks – client opportunities in the States were starting to show a profit.

Siobhanne needed a New York business address to receive correspondence. Initially, she unwittingly rented what turned out to be simply a mailbox service from a “virtual office” company right here in Manhattan. She ran into huge problems when potential talent clients would attempt to visit her office to drop-off head-shots and found a room of mailboxes, how embarrassing! She knew it didn’t portray a professional image; she needed to rent an actual business address, with facilities to receive both her mail and guests in a professional office environment. That’s when she contacted VH International Business Solutions, Inc.

After several emails containing detailed questions, phone calls, and viewing facility photos, Siobhanne was confident with the environment and professionalism of the employees who would be running “her” office. She signed up for our business address rental services online.

She gave precise instructions, to be left on file with the receptionist, on how to deal with any talent that would show up unannounced to drop-off head shots. After the talent left their packages with reception, the resumé and head-shots would be scanned and emailed to Siobhanne. All mail and packages received would then be forwarded, at the end of each month, via courier (flat rate envelope) to her home in Greenwich. She would pickup her mail herself while in New York.

Two weeks after opening her account, Siobhanne made an appointment to rent the private office facilities for a few hours during one of her trips to New York. She was thrilled with the accommodations, size, brightness, and privacy of the room… over 200 sq feet of private space all to herself for only $15 an hour! VH International Business Solutions, Inc provided exactly the service she needed! She was confident her business was in good hands.

We are proud to call Siobhanne and her talent agency one of our valued clients.

Previous Case Studies:
Case Study: James, His Law Firm and a NYC Virtual Office
Case Study: Donald, His Publishing Company and a NY Virtual Office
Case Study: Kris, Erica and a NY Virtual Office

New York Virtual Office

How can VH International Business Solutions help you?
Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
Follow us on Twitter: @ManhattanOffice

Case Study: James, His Law Firm and a NYC Virtual Office

Case Study - James and a Virtual Office
How can a Virtual Office help you?

Case Study: James
Type of Business: Attorney
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Services: New York Virtual Office, Meeting Room Usage

James worked for a prestigious law firm in Midtown Manhattan – all day, early mornings, late nights, all nighters… He had enough!; enough of the schlep, enough of the commute and most of all, enough of the suit and tie! James HATED the suit and tie. He was ready to break away and start his own law firm and hit the ground running. He gave his 2-week notice and left his position at this dreadful law firm.

He immediately started preparations to go out on his own. Purposefully having no Plan B, he was going to make this work, he had to. He quickly realized that he would need, first and foremost, an office. Being on a limited budget, he knew that he would not be able to afford renting his own brick and mortar office, not to mention all the associated costs that go along with renting an office: electric, furniture, insurance, staff, supplies, etc…

James recalled that one of his former colleagues, Bruce, left the same midtown law firm a few months before he did. James contacted Bruce to touch base and see how independent life was treating him… and to possibly get some guidance. Bruce told James about the services he was utilizing along with services offered by VH International Business Solutions. James was intrigued about the quality and affordability of the services recommended by Bruce, this is just what he needed.

James contacted VH International Business Solutions to open his own New York office. James initially subscribed to our physical office address rental (virtual office) service. He needed to receive paperwork, correspondence, legal documents, and service of process at our offices. Any items received in his new law firm’s name would need to be overnighted to his Brooklyn home address. James was quickly tying all those loose ends, it was coming together for him.

James was ready and excited to finally be able to work from home. His office was all set up with VH International Business Solutions in Manhattan. He got his website domain name, business cards, and placed a few ads.

Today, James wakes up bright and early, showers, and puts on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and works in his home office all day. He takes a quick break in the morning and afternoon to walk his dog. By late afternoon he receives any paperwork that has been overnighted from the office. He works with clients via phone and email during the week. James rents the available office meeting room for 4 hours every two weeks or so from 12-4pm. He schedules all his client consultations during this time period, one every 30 minutes.

When client consultation day arrives, James gets to the office in the dreaded suit and tie, with his Fiji water in hand, sets up his laptop and is ready within seconds for his first guest. He leaves a list of his appointments with the receptionist and she greets and announces each client. If James needs copies of legal documents or ID’s, he gives them to the receptionist to make. After his last appointment, he leaves the office at 4pm and is back home in Brooklyn before the 5pm rush.

James is a pleasure to have as a client. He loves his virtual work life and more so since our services enable him to have the freedom he wants by providing the physical presence he requires. And most of all he loves only having to put on his “Monkey Suit” (and tie) every couple of weeks!

Previous Case Studies:
Case Study: Donald, His Publishing Company and a NY Virtual Office
Case Study: Kris, Erica and a NY Virtual Office

New York Virtual Office

How can VH International Business Solutions help you?
Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
Follow us on Twitter: @ManhattanOffice