It may be something of a cliché but the saying “Life is never the same once you have children” has more than a grain of truth in it. Suddenly the allure of working fulltime in the city loses its shine and you wonder how you are ever going to manage the juggle of working, childcare and quality time with your family.
An increasingly popular solution is working from home. However, while the prospect of ditching the daily commute and working in your pjs while your child naps may initially sounds ideal, the reality is often rather less utopian fantasy and more hot mess.
Loss of access to office facilities and support as well as the mental stimulation that comes from being in a work focused environment can be hard to adjust to. Combine this with the possibility that just when your most important client calls the baby is bound to start crying or the cranky toddler will start screaming (I know and write from experience here) and suddenly working entirely from home can seem a whole lot less attractive.
In addition, for those who work in professional services, such as lawyers and accountants, even if you are able to work partially from home, it is likely that at some point you will need to meet with your clients and preferably not over your kitchen table.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to only working from home. Enter the virtual office option.
The benefits of a virtual office
A virtual office allows you to have the best of both worlds by combining the flexibility of working from home when you want or need to, with the sanctuary of a calm professional office environment complete with meeting rooms, internet and secretarial support and even personalised telephone answering to ensure that your business remains professional and easily accessible to clients without you needing to be on 24/7 standby.
With a virtual office package you can have the flexibility of working from home but still enjoy the opportunity to network with other professionals including other like-minded parents who are juggling busy professional lives with family commitments.
A virtual office also allows you to have access to hot desks and meeting rooms for both you and any staff you may have as and when you need it and is a cost effective alternative to leasing office space fulltime especially in the early days of your parenting journey when money may be especially tight.
Additional benefits of a virtual office include the option of having a dedicated work telephone number and CBD address, facsimile number (if needed) and customized voicemail and mail forwarding services. All of these benefits mean you can focus on your work and family without wasting precious time on routine office administration.
Clarence has a range of very affordable virtual office options that are ideal for parents returning to work or starting their own business. If you would like to explore this further please contact us on
1300 826 551 or send us an email enquiry and we will contact you at a convenient time to discuss your needs.