What are the top 7 most business friendly cities in the U.S.?
According to a recent CNN Money article they are (in order):
- Oklahoma City
- Dallas Fort-Worth
- San Antonio
- Colorado Springs
According to CNN Money, Oklahoma City was found to be the best place to begin a new business venture, highlighted as a city that “… enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and the booming oil and natural gas industries have largely kept Oklahoma City’s 1.2 million people sheltered from the downturn. That means small businesses have been helped by consumers who have cash in their pockets.”
So … you don’t live in one of the cities mentioned, but like the prospect of expanding your business there?
Why not set up a virtual office in that city? A virtual office is basically a business presence in a city, without the physical office or storefront space.
For example, you could set up a virtual office in Oklahoma City from your home office in Seattle. To create a local presence in Oklahoma City, you should have a virtual phone number, and an online fax service both using a local area code. (watch this video to see how easy it is to establish a presence in another city via a virtual phone number).
So, what is a virtual phone number? A virtual phone number is basically a familiar 10-digit phone number that can be set to ring any phone, or phones, you designate when people call it. For example, you could visit GlobalCallForwarding.com and set up a 405 area code (local Oklahoma City) number that, when called, would ring your home office or cell phone in Seattle. Monthly charge for the number starts as low as $9.95 per month.
A virtual phone number enables you to establish a physical presence in another city (through the local area code), while remaining in your local area (Seattle).
Here’s what one business owner, located in the Dallas Fort Worth area (#2 on the business cities list) said about the benefits of a virtual phone number:
“When people search for a business, the phone is their first contact. People will judge a business by the person answering the phone. With eVoice, we have been able to maintain our level of professionalism and that makes all the difference in the world.”
Dr. Pamela O’Guinn, Executive Medical Director, New Life Christian Wellness Center, Arlington, TX