Inc.com recently published a pretty thorough set of articles on taking your company virtual. The articles speak from experience: Inc.com has done it.
Let's be clear… Going virtual does not mean your company now has a web site. It means you no longer have a physical location – that you're only existence is online and your employees relate to each other through the web. If they "see" each other, it's probably through Skype.
The most obvious reason to go virtual is cost savings. If you were a virtual, paperless office you could pour every penny you spend on facilities back into your operating budget. Of course, some of that money will then get spent on the technology you need to make going virtual work. But you probably still come out ahead.
Inc.com's collection of articles on the topic is a rich look at what's involved, including some tips and trick. Topics include:
- Planning for a Virtual Company and Why to Go Virtual.
- Managing Virtual Employees, Tech Tools for Virtual CEOs and Tips for Virtual CEOs.
- Collaboration Tools, Telecommuting, and How Virtual Employees Communicate.
Finally, there's a piece on When to Go Unvirtual.