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Administrative Field Sees Virtual Office Job Opportunities

If you are want to work from a virtual office, well, ‘tis the season—especially if you are in the administrative career field.

Flexible job listings in administration rose 32 percent in November, outpacing even the medical jobs category that has long been number one. So says the latest Flexible Job Index for November 2011. But even if you aren’t in administration, there are plenty of virtual office jobs in other fields. Beyond administration, writing jobs also saw a large jump, increasing 29 percent.

Consider the results of the survey, which offers the top five industries in terms of volume:

1. Administrative: 6.7%
2. Medical & Health: 6.3%
3. Customer Service: 5.6%
4. Education & Training: 5.1%
5. Computer & IT: 5.0%

“It’s definitely interesting that medical jobs are down during the winter months,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “And, frankly, we were surprised to see an increase in writing jobs during a notoriously slow time of year.”

On the downside, medical and health jobs were down about 2 percent. The five career fields that experienced the largest drop in the volume of flexible jobs include:

1. Account Management: 27.2%
2. Insurance: 25.0%
3. Medical & Health: 21.8%
4. Consulting: 16.0%
5. Art & Creative: 14.7%

I continue to find these monthly reports fascinating because it measures the growth in job fields that allow virtual office use, telecommuting, flex-time and other alternative workplace arrangements.

Corporate Social Responsibility Includes Virtual Offices

Cisco just released its seventh annual corporate social responsibility report—and telecommuting is part of the discussion. And where there’s telecommuting you’ll often find virtual office space.

Indeed, Cisco is committed to protecting the health and well-being of its employees. The firm uses its collaborative technology to offer people the freedom to chose how, when and where they work.

Specifically, telecommuting and flextime opportunities are used by 95 percent of Cisco’s employees and remote working (which Cisco defines as employees primarily working from home) expanded in 2011 to reach 90 percent of the regions in which Cisco operates. That means virtual offices are part and parcel of Cisco’s strategy.

But Cisco also pointed to the corporate social responsibility aspects of telecommuting from another angle: the environment. Nearly 20,000 Cisco employees use Cisco Virtual Office to extend the company’s own network into their homes, permitting high-speed access to voice, video and data applications and reducing green house gas emissions by telecommuting one or more days each week.

What about your company? Do you have a corporate social responsibility plan? Does it include telecommuting and virtual offices? With the move toward alternative workplace strategies and all things green, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions can help your company put together the pieces of the next-generation puzzle. You don’t have to be a company the size of Cisco to tap into the workforce and environmental benefit of virtual office space.

Calabasas Virtual Offices Put You Close to Los Angeles

CALABASAS, CA-Calabasas. I’ve never been there, but it’s close enough to Los Angeles to be an interesting area to explore. You have many of the regional benefits of Los Angeles without the congestion and high prices.

Calabasas is within the technology corridor extending along the Ventura Freeway, also known as the 101. According to the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, the city attracts innovative industries that are supported by strong housing, retail and service markets. Calabasas is also known to attract the entertainment industry.

Perhaps more importantly, Calabasas is outpacing the rest of the nation in terms of economic recovery. In fact, both Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley offer a stabile business environment for companies large and small, as well as business growth opportunities.

Calabasas has an especially interesting tie to China: Anqing, China is its sister city. That means if you set up your virtual office in Calabasas you get access to global portals into trade, economic and networking opportunities.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a virtual office location in Calabasas. Located at 5023 North Parkway Calabasas, the Calabasas Business Center offers virtual office space for just $100 a month. It takes just a few days to get completely set up with your Calabasas virtual office.

With a virtual office from Davinci, you get a prime business address in Calabasas, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, and the ability to rent a conference room. In fact, at our Calabasas virtual office location you can add on 16 hours of conference room use for just $50 a month, an ideal solution for the entrepreneur who holds frequent meetings with clients and prospects.

Virtual Receptionists Help You Process Holiday Orders

Need some help processing holiday orders? Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has your back. Our live virtual receptionists can schedule service appointments or take orders for you so you don’t miss a single sale during this prime season.

How does scheduling work, you ask? Simple answer: Davinci’s virtual receptionists use a web-based calendar to coordinate the ins and outs of service appointments. You’ll be able to view that calendar in real time just like our virtual receptionists.

You can synch your web-based virtual office calendar and can communicate directly with your current Outlookl, Act or other syncable calendaring system. Of course, you can always choose to continue working with whatever calendar system you use in your virtual office. We’re all about giving you flexibility and freedom.

OK, so what about order processing? Davinci’s virtual receptionists can process your orders quickly and accurately. Our team will have links to your Web site at their fingertips each time a client calls in. They can process your clients orders online, directly through your Web site. Or they can simply log caller information and e-mail it to you directly if you prefer.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions makes virtual receptionists affordable in much the same way we make virtual offices affordable. You can get started with the Live Receptionist 50 package, which offers you live receptionist answering Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. EST, live call screening, transferring and forwarding, calendar and appointment scheduling, order processing and customer service and more.

What do I mean by more? How about live outbound and sales calling? Or a toll-free or local phone number, voicemail and voicemail-to-e-mail services. This package also offers you electronic fax and fax-to-e-mail, a Web-based command center with online calendar, contacts, tasks and e-mail, and long distance minutes.

Heck, you might even find that once the busy holiday shopping season is over you want to continue using our live receptionists to maintain your momentum.

When Should You Let Employees Work From a Virtual Office?

DENVER—I love reading Entrepreneur magazine because it deals with issues that are relevant to folks like me—and you—like virtual offices. I read an article today penned by Christopher Hann.

Hann offered the answer to a pointed question: When should a company allow its employees to work from home? I the piece, he relied on experts like Jim Ball, co-founder of Alpine Access, a Denver-based virtual call center company and telecommuting pioneer.

"You have to have it in your DNA the fact that you don't have workers coming into an office space," Ball told Entrepreneur. Ball has 4,500 employees across the U.S. who all work from home, so he knows from which he speaks.

Hann’s article also pointed to stats from the Telework Research Network pointing to the reality of 3 million Americans working from a virtual office. This is nothing readers of Davinci Virtual’s blog don’t know, but it’s great to see more momentum for all things virtual.

"In coming years' work forces, this is going to become more of an expectation with [younger workers]," Ball told Entrepreneur. "Preparing for that is really going to give your company access to what's really going to make you successful, and that's high-quality talent."

Whether you are in Denver or one of the other cities from which Ball’s employees work, you can rely on Davinci Virtual Office Solutions to help you execute your alternative workplace strategies.