OUR NEW HEADQUARTER
EVERYTHING WHAT ISN'T VIRTUAL IS LOCATED HERE.
Since end of 2013 our new building is finished. Mid summer 2014 our new training center, our multi-lingual service team and our IT department will be located in Osprey, Florida. The rise of mobile workers and portability of technology continues to push the boundaries of what defines an office. At our new office open floor plans will replace cubicles, and one-to-one workstations have quietly given way under the weight of real estate compression. We believe that walls, desks and workspace design influence more than merely aesthetics.
Our new location in Osprey, Florida.
From the drawing board:
WORKING AT YOUR DREAM COMPANY
The age of the virtual company is upon us. Future historians may look back and declare that the concept of offices began their slow but inevitable extinction some time around 2011 A.D. Our grandchildren will watch movies like Office Space with a touch of bewilderment—did people really have to sit in front of a desktop computer for eight hours every day? Yes, this is all an exaggeration. After all, some offices will need to provide a space for face-to-face meetings. But it’s hard to argue that the growing popularity of the home-based business model isn't becoming a characteristic of the entrepreneurial mindset. Now, more than half of all small businesses in the United States are based out of the entrepreneur’s home, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That's around 15 million home-based businesses, and represents about $500 billion in revenue every year. Obviously, the costs of running a business from home is advantageous because it's cheap.
Danny Wong, co-founder of Blank Label, a start-up that offers custom men’s shirts. Wong and his co-founders have a completely bootstrapped approach to their business model—and opening an office just didn't make sense for them. "We just didn't want to pay, " Wong says. Blank Label is also a paradigm for the 2011 version of a virtual company. They use video chat and Google Wave when the team isn't together, and they've never even met one of their developers, who lives in Orange County.“ We video chat with him, but he\'s always kind of in the dark," Wong says. Cutting costs early on can be attractive to investors, too. "Bootstrapping in this fashion creates a lean, efficient business model that will appeal to investors and buyers later on," says Sam McRoberts, founder of VUDU Inc. Vudu Marketing, which is based out of McRoberts home in Provo, Utah. But for many, running a business from home has very little to do with the money it saves them. It's all about, as one entrepreneur put it, the \"10-step commute. Hakan Nizam, who runs a web development company out of his home in Brooklyn (New York City), enjoys a more fluid approach to his business model. When Nizam needs to meet with clients, he rents a conference room at a co-working facility in a location that\'s convenient for them. If one of his temporary employees wants to work at a desk, he rents them one. Nizam doesn't have any permanent employees—he mostly just hires freelancers and independent contractors, when needed. "It's like a team," he says. "I am happy, they're happy. It's all virtual.