Virtual office

The way we go to office is not the same as it was in the past. Remember those days when having a hat was a staple in a man’s office attire and so was a 3-pc suit or when ladies went to office in 2 inch black shoes with a nothing shorter knee length skirt.


Now, we have some companies that encourage comfort and creativity by allowing their employees to wear slippers or casual clothes to work. Most offices have also adopted a casual Friday where employees are allowed to go to office wearing casual, be it appropriate for the office, clothing. And of course, who hasn’t heard of Steve Jobs and his own type of uniform; sneakers, jeans and a long sleeve turtle neck.


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Aside from fashion and our attire, a lot of others things have changed including the very idea of going to office. When you say going to office, people generally think of you having a 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every weekday. Now, people are able to have what is being called “virtual offices” also offered by RingCentral where they can work out of the office or any space they deem conducive to productivity.


There are a number of reasons why virtual offices have gained popularity, including lifestyle of people. They could be differently-abled and working from home is the best option for them. Other could be caregivers to dependent family members like children and elderly parents whom they can’t leave alone. They could even just be the type of person that is quiet and works well alone. Oftentimes they are regular people who seek an alternative office experience or are managing multiple jobs and having the flexibility is best for their schedule.


In order to set up your own virtual office, here is some of the basic equipment that you will need:


  1. 4-in-1 machine- if you’ll be working from home, you would need something that is a space saver. Getting a 3-in-one of 4-in-one device can save on clutter and table space that you might need for other materials. Your machine can include a combination of a printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. Try and invest in a medium to high class brand because this is a very central piece of equipment.
  2. Digital camera – digital cameras can be useful if you need to snap a shot of a place or anything you need to convey or share with your colleagues. This is especially useful if you’re someone involved in arts and design like architecture, engineering, construction or interior design. You can quickly snap a photo and send it online via email to your colleagues or business partner.
  3. Laptop – having a laptop is not only a space saver but it lets you be portable. If you constantly have meetings, having your laptop would ensure that you have your files with you and enable to quickly connect to the internet regardless of where you are.
  4. Hard drive – related to having a laptop, it would also be useful for you to have a high capacity portable hard drive not only to have a back up but so you can have all your materials and documents handy where ever you may be.