For those of us who work from home, it can be a blessing and a distraction. The bonuses are financial savings, zero commute, and the flexibility to work around your kids’ and spouse’s schedules. On the flip side, it can be boring, lonely and you can get easily distracted by pets, kids, housework, and well-intentioned relatives.

A close colleague of mine who is a writer and communications consultant, and who also works from home, is routinely asked by her relatives if she’s really working. They drop by unannounced or call throughout the day, much to the frustration of my friend.

Then there’s the barking dog, kids calling or door bell ringing while you’re on a business call. Or each time you grab a cup of coffee or head to the washroom, you walk by the household to-do’s and get that sinking feeling. Another pitfall is missing out on social interaction…talking about work projects and challenges, or just being in a different environment for a much-needed change of scenery.

Aside from the benefits of working from home, the potential pitfalls make it all the more important to find ways to get out of the house to work, although sitting in your local Starbucks everyday or signing a yearly office lease might not be the answer.

The perfect solution is renting a professional virtual office or boardroom by the hour. Virtual offices have been popping up all over major urban areas but now they’re starting to pop up in suburban areas, too, and they usually offer a host of additional services to help keep your business running smoothly, like answering calls, typing and doing online research.

Top 5 Reasons to Rent a Virtual Office

1) Meeting Clients

Even with the most gorgeous home office, clients may still have to walk by your neighbours driveways or your teenager’s bedroom or get sniffed by your dog, all of which aren’t the most professional impression. A polished office space with a trained receptionist and coffee service is far more civilized and you won’t have to worry about cleaning the house or the front walkway! Plus, most hourly rental offices also offer boardrooms fully set up with the latest media technology for presentations and web conferencing.

2) Fresh Environment

If you’re sick of looking at the same four walls and the housework that needs to be done, having bright, modern office space to go to can lift your spirits and give you more time to focus on working. Intelligent Office in South Surrey has bright, airy offices and amazing virtual assistant packages so you can even have a trained receptionist take all your calls, if you need to.

3) Social Interaction

Meet new people, connect with other solopreneurs who might be a good fit to work with on future projects, and increase your confidence. While working from home might be easy and comfortable, you can also get stuck in a rut of always wearing your yoga pants or talking to yourself (you know you do!). Getting out forces you to dress a little nicer and make more of an effort. Plus, you might just gain a new client chatting over coffee in the hallway.

4) Renewed Creativity

Simply getting out of your usual environment and breaking up your regular routine can inspire creativity and stimulate new ideas. Having a trained virtual assistant to answer your calls and do small tasks for you also frees up precious time and energy for you to focus on other things. At Intelligent Office in South Surrey, their super friendly staff can do a range of tasks including scheduling appointments, online research and data entry.

5) Peace and Quiet!

I don’t know about you but when I’m away from the distractions of my home, in a quiet work setting, I get a TON accomplished. It feels so great to be in a productive zone and I’m in a much lighter mood when I head back home to my family.

For more information on the benefits of renting an hourly office or meeting space, visit Intelligent Office South Surrey at or call their Office Manager, Kathy Porpaczy at 778-371-3500. Their staff is amazing — warm, friendly,  professional and always willing to help!

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