Apr 20, 2012
Jack Blumner, executive director of the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, says his low-cost concept has attracted more than 100 virtual office tenants since it opened in Oct. 2011.
“I am a personal believer in the virtual office business model for businesses. It is such a practical and cost-effective alternative to traditional office space, it is just a matter of time before it changes the office rental marketplace forever,” says Blumner.
“Queens is a latecomer to the virtual office concept. It’s somewhat surprising, considering the fact that the idea has been around for a while, and that it’s such an important component of the marketplace for office space in Manhattan. I believe that the economy of Queens, which consists primarily of small businesses, makes the virtual office model particularly relevant.”
Blumner says nearly 40 percent of the firms that have signed up for its Queens virtual offices are attorneys—and he says this is an ideal candidate for virtual office space because many don’t need full-time office space. Blumner also points to social workers and accountants as strong tenants, as well as real estate brokers.
“The beauty about affiliating with the Executive Office Center is the bang you get for your buck,” said Blumner says. “When I started out in business 35 years ago, I wish I could’ve opened an office in Queens for $39 a month, and look like the consummate professional.”
At $39 a month, Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows offers perhaps the lowest priced virtual office solution on the market—at least the lowest I’ve seen. Of course, there are many different definitions of what a virtual office is. So make sure you are comparing apples to apples while you shop around for virtual offices in Queens and beyond.