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United Way Turns to Virtual Office to Cut Costs

In yet another example of organizations executing alternative workplace strategies, Porcupine United Way in Timmins, Ontario has shuttered its physical office space and moved in, so to speak, to a virtual office. The non-profit says the move will save it thousands of dollars.

Angelo Lia, Porcupine United Way Board President, says the board and staff made the decision after evaluating ways to reduce operating costs to allow more dollars to flow into supporting community services.

“We feel this is the right time to move to an electronic environment,” Lia says. “We have seen limited ‘walk in’ business at our previous location, have invested dollars in technology, and have a strong board-staff relationship. Given the nature of our work, we believe it is more productive to have our staff available to the community in a more flexible manner.”

Like Porcupine United Way, more organizations—large and small—are evaluating alternative workplace strategies. Virtual offices are a key part of any alternative workplace strategy. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has eight virtual office facilities in Ontario, spanning from Markham to Toronto to Mississauga.

With a virtual office space from Davinci Virtual, organizations can slash office expenses to a tiny fraction of traditional office space costs without compromising a professional image or productivity. Davinci Virtual offices offer a prime business address for mail and package receipt, and a long list of add-on services, like virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and web conferencing.
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AOL Ranks Austin Best City for Telecommuters

AOL is calling out the “11 Best Cities for Telecommuters.” I thought it would be interesting to look at these cities over the next few weeks and discover what makes them such great choices for telecommuters.

Let’s see why AOL ranked Austin number one on its list:

“Austin's fame is as eclectic as the city itself. The real star of Richard Linklater's breakout film Slacker, it has a rich intellectual and cultural scene, due in no small part to the University of Texas -- Austin, the flagship of the UT system and the undisputed leader among the more than 10 colleges and universities that make their home in the city. Austin is especially famous for its impressive music scene, which has made it the self-declared ‘live music capital of the world.’ As far as fitness is concerned, the American College of Sports Medicine ranks it as America's tenth-healthiest city (and the top one on this list).”

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions agrees with AOL that Austin is a hot city for telecommuters. And we have the virtual office space and virtual office technologies to help telecommuters present a professional image and even boost creativity while they are at it.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers three strategic virtual office locations in Austin. You can choose from Congress Plaza Executive Suites, Flintrock Executive Suites and Austin Centre Office Building.

Congress Plaza Executive Suites is located at 111 Congress Avenue. You can rent a virtual office at this location from $95 a month. That’s a bargain in this southwestern city.

Flintrock Executive Suites is near Travis Southwest. You can rent virtual office space there from just $75 a month.

Austin Centre Office Building calls 701 Brazos Street home. You can rent virtual office space at this location from $70 a month.

So you can see that Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a virtual office in Austin to fit just about any budget. With that monthly fee, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter, client drop off and pick up point and more. You can even rent a conference room or day office space on demand for a small additional fee.

Stay tuned for an up close look at other cities that made AOL’s list.

In the meantime, check out this video tour of Downtown Austin:

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DavinciMeetingRooms.com Gets with the Affiliate Program

Looking to make a few bucks this holiday season and beyond? Do you have your own Web site? Davinci Virtual Office Solutions just rolled out a new affiliate program for its DavinciMeetingRooms.com product that can help you earn some extra cash in 2011.

"We look at the DavinciMeetingRooms.com affiliate program as a way for our loyal partners and referral channels to participate in the revenues generated," says Bill Grodnik, president and CEO of Davinci Virtual. "Now they can search and book professional meeting space instantly online while being rewarded for their referrals.”

This is big news in the virtual office solutions business! Essentially, the affiliate program lets DavinciMeetingRoom.com partners to cash in on referral fees by recommending customers to Davinci’s global network of more than 750 virtual office locations, including meeting rooms in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco. DavinciMeetingRooms.com offers more than 2,200 conference rooms and meeting spaces around the world. That spells plenty of opportunity for you to earn referral fees.

Here’s how it works: Sign up for the DavinciMeetingRooms.com affiliate program. Once one of your referrals makes a purchase, you can earn a lucrative reward payment for that customer’s account. Think about it this way…the DavinciMeetingRooms.com affiliate program also lets you expand your service offerings and create a competitive edge in  your industry. And sign up is free!

Davinci’s online reservation platform makes reserving professionally equipped day offices, conference rooms and meeting spaces any time and  from anywhere as simple as a few mouse clicks. DavinciMeetingRooms.com offers advanced applications such as instantly available, live conference room inventory, critical add-on services such as LCD projectors, video conferencing, catering and business support services as well as an array of easy to use interactive tools and search filters.

Oh, and don’t forget…Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has its own affiliate marketing program, too. You can also sign up for that here and offer your clients the total package.
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Telecommuters More Satisfied than Office Workers

Virtual Offices Make National Work From Home Day A Reality

Wouldn’t you like to work from home? More than 50,000 Canadians would.

Workers in Canada have pledged their support for a “National Work From Home Day.”
These Canadians actually pitched their idea to the House of Commons.

According to a recent poll for Workopolis, 39 percent of Canadians said the most important benefit associated with working from home would be a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution

"As a nation we need to rethink the world of work and the option to work from home should be part of that national discussion," says Mike Savage, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbor. "It's good for the environment and work-life balance, and will improve our nation's productivity, which adds to greater business success.”

Numbers Don’t Lie
The Harris / Decima poll commissioned by Workopolis reveals that 51 percent of Canadians said they would be willing to use their own resources, such as their own personal computer, to work from home. Twenty-eight percent indicated they would work longer hours, and 19 percent even said they would take a pay cut to be able to work from home. Another 16 percent of workers would give up vacation days to take advantage of the added flexibility a work from home day would provide.

Telecommuting is a win-win for employees and employers. Greater work-life balance and lower stress are strong selling points for working from home. The home worker can transition from down time to work time in seconds and accommodate typical family responsibilities with little or no impact on the working day. Employers stand to gain from a lower employee turnover rate and greater productivity. And offering a work from home option is also seen as a perk by many employees and can help an organization attract and retain top talent.

Virtual Office Technologies Help
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is glad to see initiatives like National Work From Home Day. This could give employers and employees a like an opportunity to test out alternative workplace strategies. Davinci offers the virtual office solutions and virtual office technologies that make alternative workplace strategies possible.

For example, Live Receptionist services mean your employees can work from anywhere and still have calls answered by a professional receptionist in the name of the company. The Live Receptionist can route the calls directly to the employee’s home office, cell phone, or wherever else they happen to be. Virtual office technologies like web conferencing make it possible to have productive team meetings even when several employees are working from their home offices.

We’ll have to wait and see if Canada approves a National Work From Home Day. But we believe it’s a groundbreaking idea that could open the eyes of many to the benefits of alternative workplace strategies enabled by virtual office solutions.

Check out this video on the proposed National Work From Home Day.

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