MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Despite a stagnant employment market in 2011, online hiring has grown at a record pace. Indeed, online hiring is up more than 100 percent from 2010, according to Elance’s 2011 Online Employment Review.

As more companies seek instant access to talent and greater flexibility to run their businesses, individuals are taking control of their future by building careers as independent professionals. Virtual office space is the workplace of choice for many of these freelancers.

"Fueled by technology, work is no longer confined to the 9 to 5 and the office. Knowledge workers are building independent careers by working online with multiple clients, from their home, from public spaces or from co-located offices,” says Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. “The ability to gain instant access to qualified talent with in-demand skills regardless of location is a global trend that is starting to change the way businesses and people work."

As we’ve been reporting all year, businesses are developing innovative workforce models that blend full-time and part-time, local and remote, employed and contracted workers. The practice of hiring and managing talent online is spreading and 83 percent of small businesses surveyed by Elance plan to hire up to 50 percent of their workers as online contractors online in the next 12 months.

Again, virtual offices play right into this trend since most online workers are working from home using virtual office technologies to serve clients. Virtual offices make it easy for freelancers to set up shop with a prestigious business address that gives clients a good first impression. Virtual offices can also offer you an 800 number of a local area code number for clients to dial into.

As the rise of online workers continues, so will the rise of virtual office space. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions can offer you virtual offices in Mountainview, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and many other cities in California and around the world.