Build An Anytime, Anywhere Work Environment With A Virtual Workforce

Work culture is not what it used to be. The trend of having one centralized office with employees coming in from nine to five is slowly fading away. The nature of work environment has changed significantly with work being distributed across geographies and time zones.

How can you start with developing a virtual workforce model?

Keep in mind that almost all business activities can be virtualized today. For instance, your sales team can be at three different locations, the executive team can be at two different locations, the team managing accounting and payroll could be in a different country altogether, and still your company can operate efficiently and effectively. You will have a single central office, but your workforce would be distributed – working from home and collaborating virtually through various online tools.

In a survey of US businesses with between 20 and 99 employees, the Yankee Group found that 79% had virtual workers, with an average of 11 virtual workers per company and 54% had telecommuters, with an average of eight telecommuters per company. It is estimated that over 100 million US workers will work virtually by 2010.

Some small businesses even run in a 100% virtual work environment. Although there are several challenges in a virtual environment, but there are none that cannot be solved through effective management, online collaboration, and use of web-based virtual office tools. Business activities like back-office administration, accounting and bookkeeping, 24×7 customer service, and online marketing deliver beautifully in a virtual environment.

I am sure your small business might be having at least a few portions of your business activities done by virtual employees. If not, then it is time to consider virtual workforce model. It makes tremendous economic and business sense as it offers you the reach to a global workforce, best talents, most suitable rates, greater efficiency, and above all the freedom and flexibility to get work done from anywhere, anytime. A virtual workforce also reduces your business overheads significantly in terms of physical workspace and infrastructure maintenance. Working virtually is also helpful for your employees as they can save time and money in commuting.

About the Author

Dave Otfinoski, CEO of My Business Assistant or “MBA”, has more than twenty-five years of executive, hands-on experience with small and mid-sized businesses. As CEO of MBA, Dave manages a team of experienced virtual assistants who have extensive expertise in the realms of small business operations, bookkeeping services, website design, SEO, content creation and call center operations. Outstanding client service and quality performance are the hallmarks of both My Business Assistant and the MBA team. We look forward to providing you with the Virtual Assistance that you may require to enhance your own business strategies. Please feel free to contact us at or call us at 800.993.9622 with any questions or inquiries that you may have.