The Intelligent Office team is thrilled to be unveiling our new website, and we hope you’ll take the time to look around and find out more about what Intelligent Office is offering for businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors and professionals of all types.
The new site highlights our ongoing commitment to providing value added services and resources that allow our customers to be successful. We want to make sure we are going beyond office and meeting space and answering the call for flexibility, mobility, and success in new ways. Essentially, we allow you to work smarter by providing comprehensive staffing and office solutions that are yours when you want them and the new site reflects that.
One of the components of the new website that we are particularly excited to unveil is the Intelligent Office blog.
As many of you know, the Intelligent Office team has been conducting research and surveys over the past 2 years, which has given us a unique vantage point on modern business. What we have discovered is that the way we work today is vastly different from how business was conducted even 10 years ago, and these changes are continuing to come at a rapid pace. We will be using this blog to offer regular commentary, insight and tips for modern working. We’ll also keep you up to date on the latest news and developments from the Intelligent Office teams across North America, and to highlight the findings and results of our ongoing research.
Make sure to keep checking back for the latest!
How a Virtual Office Can Benefit Your Small BusinessRead More >
How a Virtual Receptionist Can Help Your Business
The role of business owners is to grow their businesses. This often involves attending current and potential client meetings, working on plans or actually performing the business work for the day. This doesn’t leave much time for doing paperwork and answering phone calls.
Receptionists can easily handle these tasks, but many small businesses don’t have the time to find, hire and train one. Plus, they may not have the capital to pay for a salary and benefits.
You’re busy. You have your business to run, meetings to attend and deals to close. You don’t have time to constantly answer the phones and perform administrative tasks. This is why a receptionist or personal assistants are so important to your business.
As previously mentioned, one of the challenges a solo attorney or micro-boutique (SAMB) law firm faces is having the resources to acquire and service clients effectively. In this post we highlight how a virtual receptionist or assistant can help, without incurring the big budgets of large law firms.Read More >
A May 2012 billable hours survey by LexisNexis reported that 39% of the time worked by a solo or two-attorney firm is not billed, compared to 8% for larger law firms. Among the various reasons hypothesized for the gap are not using staff for non-billable hours and spending time on networking and business development. While client acquisition can be time-consuming, sole practitioners and small law firms still need a robust client acquisition strategy to generate a good flow of new client business. Virtual office solutions are one answer to some of these challenges. See earlier posts for background on the growing number of solo attorneys and micro-boutiques (SAMBs) and the various strategies an SAMB can deploy to enhance its professional image.Read More >
In the previous post we noted the increasing trend of solo practitioners and micro-boutique law firms. While there are very attractive benefits for attorneys in these practices, a unique set of challenges are present as well. Virtual law firms, in particular, have to address credibility concerns. Partnering with a virtual office service provider (VOSP) can help, and the more common strategies to enhance a firm's professional image are:Read More >
According to Harvard Law School, 35% of US lawyers are sole practitioners. Another study using data from the American Bar Association and American Bar Foundation estimates that 68% of all attorneys in private practice in the US are sole practitioners or in firms with ten or fewer attorneys. A solo practice or micro-boutique provides attorneys with autonomy, flexibility, and independence.Read More >