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Green Cars? How About a Virtual Office Instead.

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is underway, and green autos are en vogue. Ford has announced its first plug-in hybrid electric car. The Chevy Volt won car of the year. And Porsche introduced a hybrid race car.

Indeed, the focus on green autos has never been more evident than in Detroit this year. But there is yet another way to go green: a virtual office. Instead of using gas or even electricity to power your vehicle, why not cut out the commute altogether with a virtual office space?

A virtual office means you can save on commuting time—and reduce your carbon footprint. It also means more productivity for you and less of a negative impact on the environment. Getting a virtual office doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a hybrid car—it just means you won’t have to drive it as much.

So if you are the green office type, take a moment to consider the benefits of a virtual office. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has plenty of virtual offices in Michigan for you to choose from. Davinci Virtual Office has locations in Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Novi, Portage, Southfield, Sterling Heights and Troy.

Check out some of the highlights from the Detroit Auto Show:


Set Up a Virtual Office Space in Maine

Looking for a virtual office for your services business Portland, Maine?

Portland is a strategic place to set up a services business. In fact, about one third of Portland businesses are service oriented, according to the city government. Less than 10 percent are manufacturing, 20 percent  are retail and 10 percent are government.

Forbes magazine has named Portland as America’s most livable city. Portland was selected for its income growth, culture, low levels of crime, cost of living and unemployment rate. (By the way, Denver, Colorado, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Little Rock, Arkansas are among the cities that join Portland in the top 15 ranked livable communities in the U.S.)

Here are some additional rankings of note for small businesses and entrepreneurs:

  • Portland noted as one of two of the "Best Cities for Mid-Level Professionals" in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

  • Portland ranked #20 in Inc. magazine's 2006 Boom Town List of Hottest Cities for Entrepreneurs.

  • Portland was named as one of the top 100 "Best Performing Cities" in the nation by the Milken Institute.

  • Portland was named #15 in medium-sized Top U.S. Cities for Doing Business by Inc. magazine.

  • Portland Named #1 Top Market in Small Business Vitality by the American City Business Journals.

If you are already living and working in Portland, these rankings probably don’t surprise you. But if you are considering moving there—or even just setting up a virtual office there to leverage the services business opportunities—then this should be good news.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers a virtual office space in Portland at the Maine Business Center. Located at 415 Congress Street, virtual offices at this location are available for as little as $150 a month.

You’ll get the prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, mail forwarding and shipping services and more. You can even rent a conference room on demand at this Maine virtual office for as little as $25 an hour. So what are you waiting for?

Check out this video on Portland, Maine and see for yourself the beauty of the area.

Retain Best Employees with a Virtual Office Space

More employers are resolving to show employees how valuable they are in a stepped-up effort to retain top talent amid an improving job market. So says OI Partners/FS&F, a global talent management firm.

That's because employers are more often hearing "I quit" from workers, even with a high unemployment rate. Could a virtual office space help attract workers especially in cities with major traffic like Atlanta, New York, Boston and Los Angeles? We think so.

But let’s look at some of the O/I Partners findings before we continue on that theme.

"Many companies are leaner than before the recession, so when valued employees leave, it's tougher to replace them. It takes a higher toll on the workplace, where average workloads have increased," says Steve Ford, managing partner of OI Partners/FS&F. "Departing employees take with them not just their skills, but their knowledge, experience, and relationships with customers, compounding the damage.”

  • The number of workers voluntarily leaving their jobs has surpassed those being laid off for seven out of the last nine months for which figures are available (February-October 2010), including the past three months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  The number of job openings rose 19 percent over the same 9-month period a year ago.

  • Among the industries being affected most by voluntary employee departures are financial services, professional and business services, and health care. (By the way, financial services, professional and business services are prime candidates for telecommuting with a virtual office space.)

  • It's becoming more expensive to replace departing employees. It costs an average of 2.5 times an executive's salary, and two times a manager's pay, to replace them, including costs for recruitment and training, and lost business.

"More employers are making it a priority to demonstrate to workers how valued they are.  It's no longer enough to say 'be happy you have a job.' Companies need to be intentional about engaging and retaining top talent,” Ford says. “People who have been treated the same as lesser-performing employees will be looking to go where they feel they are a better fit.”

You can make your employees feel more valuable by trusting them to work in a virtual office space. Virtual offices can help your company cut down on traditional office expenses, and even drive greater productivity. What if your employees were working from home three days a week  instead of fighting Atlanta traffic? They could devote that time to work instead, or take a much-needed rest. A virtual office space should be part and parcel of your alternative workplace strategy—and your employee retention strategy.

Cut Travel Costs with a Virtual Office Space


Need a Job to Go Along with Your Virtual Office Space?

If you are looking for a new job—a flexible job that will let you work from your virtual office—Davinci Virtual Office Solutions wants to help.

No, we aren’t offering you employment. But we are offering you a tip: FlexJobs is running a New Year’s special promotion. It’s a limited offer that aims to help job seekers looking for telecommuting, part-time, freelance and flexible jobs—the kind of stuff you can do from a virtual office—the tools you need to kick off your 2011 job search right.

So listen up, virtual office lovers. Here are the details: You can purchase a monthly FlexJobs subscription for only $5. That’s 67 percent off the regular price. Or you can purchase an annual subscription for only $30. That’s 40 percent off. When you go to FlexJobs, just enter the promo code "NEWYEAR" when registering.

"We decided to offer this New Year's offer for two reasons,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “First, January is often a month when people have to get back to reality after the holidays, and in today's employment market, that means getting back to the job search for millions of people. Second, often people are looking for a way to make supplementary income to help pay the credit card bills that are about to come rolling in from holiday spending.”

FlexJobs has a good name in the industry. It’s one of the best places to go if you are looking for work that you can do from a home-based virtual office. Of course, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has the other half of the equation. We offer virtual office space and virtual office technologies in big cities like Manhattan and Miami and smaller cities like Aurora and Broomfield.

So if you visit FlexJobs, tell them Davinci Virtual Office Solutions sent you. And if you need a virtual office space in just about any metro area in the world, just give us a call. We can have you up and running with a premier business address that looks stellar on your resume in a matter of hours.