Virtual Office Vs. Executive Workplace: Choose the Best Option for Your Startup

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when starting a new business in the Ottawa area is what type of office you will rent. There are a number of options available that can meet your needs, but an increasing number of startups, as well as small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are opting for virtual offices over traditional, brick-and-mortar executive locations.

For instance, you want a professional space where you can meet your clients, but Mad Men-style “power lunches” simply won’t do and can eat into your resources. In this case, going with a meeting space rental in Ottawa gives you a professioExecutive Office Spacenal environment you can meet your clients in as you require them.

Both virtual and physical offices have definite advantages, but there are a few things you should take into account first:

The Differences

A virtual office may be the best option, giving you a mailing address, phone line, answering services, and the ability to access a furnished office or meeting facility when needed. In contrast, an executive office also provides the phone line and answering services and furnished office; however, meeting space rental is extra, which Ottawa clients should factor into their decision.


As a startup, you likely have a limited budget, meaning renting an office space, even a small one, can leave you with limited resources at the beginning of the month. Renting a virtual office space is a cost-effective alternative. An “e-boardroom” rental in Ottawa still provides you with a place to meet your clients without having to spend your limited resources on office space you may not need all the time. However, if you are meeting with clients regularly, paying extra for an executive office space may be worth your while.

What Kind of Work Environment Do You Want?

This is possibly the biggest deciding factor in choosing between a virtual office and an executive suite. If you have a home-based business, you may not be prepared to give up the comfort and convenience, making virtual offices an ideal choice. Or if you prefer working in a traditional office environment, you may want to consider an executive suite.

As the leading provider of virtual offices, Innovative Professional Offices offers our clients a number of options for a conference room or boardroom rental in Ottawa at an affordable cost. We will provide you with a professional mailing address as well as an answering and message service. We also offer virtual offices for startups and SMBs. Visit our web site for more information.

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Pat Fernandes

Using all the skills, experience and knowledge gained in my work life, it gives me great joy to help professional business owners to find a comfortable office space to carry out their day to day work. At Innovative Professional Offices we provide executive office space for solo-preneurs and small companies. We provide virtual office services for those who work from home, but need a business address and telephone. We provide board rooms for meetings and small seminars.
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