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St. Louis Virtual Office Space Offers Industry Value

I traveled to St. Louis once to do an economic development report. At that time, St. Louis was diversifying its economy—and it looks like the city succeeded.

St. Louis today reports a highly diversified industry structure, including plant and medical sciences, advanced manufacturing, Information Technology, transportation and distribution and financial services.

Consider some of these quick facts: More than 2.8 million people live in Greater St. Louis, making it the nation’s 18th largest metropolitan area. The city was ranked one of Forbes’ “200 Best Metropolitan Areas” in 2007. St. Louis ranks as the 6th most cost-competitive location to do business among 22 U.S. metros with populations exceeding two million, according to a study released by KPMG LLP. The list of accolades goes on and on.

You can set up shop cost-effectively in St. Louis with a virtual office space. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers St. Louis virtual office space at the Corporate Square Executive Suites.

Located at 1033 Corporate Square Drive, Corporate Square Executive Suites offers virtual office space to the Davinci network for as little as $50 a month. That’s some of the least expensive virtual office space available in any city.

For this rate, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, and access to a business support center. You also get a lobby greeter to greet your clients when they come to meet with you in the conference room that you can rent on demand or to drop off packages. You can even have your company’s name listed in the lobby directory at no additional charge.

If you need day office space in St. Louis, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has you covered. You can rent day office space on demand for $10 to $35 an hour. You can also tap into mail forwarding services for a nominal fee. Whether you are a corporation looking for ways to execute an alternative workplace strategy or an entrepreneur that wants a more professional image, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has the virtual office space you need in St. Louis.

Davinci Virtual CEO Interviewed About Virtual Office Industry Growth

Are you ready to get your business growing? Davinci Virtual President and CEO Bill Grodnik can help.

Grodnik was recently interviewed on Get America Growing. Get America Growing has a mandate that reads, “Creating 100,000 Jobs. Helping 100,000 Businesses.” The magazine has interviewed many of the CEOs of the Inc. 5000 list and has found that while each one is different, there seems to be a common DNA in the make-up of both the entrepreneurs behind them and the company itself.

In the series, “Success Secrets of the Inc. 5000 CEOs,” Steve Straub, president of Get America Growing, interviewed Grodnik. He starts out by noting that Davinci Virtual has grown its revenue from $274,000 to $5.5 million between 2006 and 2009—and incredible 1,900 percent in the middle of the worst recession since the 1930s.

“Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is the largest virtual office solutions provider in the U.S. and maybe even in the world,” Grodnik says. “We provide two basic products and services. The first one being Live Answering. We answer phones for over 8,000 companies live in a centralized location in Salt Lake City. We offer a very high-end receptionist service.”

Grodnik says 90 percent of Davinci Virtual’s customers are small businesses. Davinci Virtual, of course, also offers virtual offices. Small businesses get a prime business address, mail package and receipt services, and access to a conference room on demand. So how did Davinci Virtual Office Solutions post such astounding growth in the midst of a recession?

“People are figuring out that, next to human resources, their office expense is the single biggest expense they have for running their business—and not everybody needs physical walls anymore,” Grodnik says. “With iPads and smartphones and PCs, do you really need to have that physical space?”

Click here to listen to the rest of the interview with Davinci Virtual’s CEO.

Are Employees Less Productive During Holidays? A Virtual Office Can Help.

Whether it’s decking the halls or planning for parties, the holiday season brings with it a host of distractions for workers. It’s only natural, then, that one-third (34 percent) of senior managers said their employees are less productive the week before a major holiday. A virtual office space can help employees be more productive year-round.

So said Accountemps. Specifically, managers were asked, “In your opinion, are employees more or less productive the week before a major holiday?” Six percent said employees were “much more productive.” Twelve percent said employees were “somewhat more productive.” About half (48 percent) said there was no difference. And 6 percent said employees were “much less productive.”

“Offices are often less productive during the holiday season than at other times of the year because of company parties, family festivities and other diversions,” says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies. “It can be challenging for employees to strike a balance between personal and work obligations.”

Accountemps offers five tips to help employees juggle multiple priorities during the busy holiday season:

  1. Make a list, and check it twice. Examine deadlines for upcoming major projects and adjust them as needed due to holiday schedules. Check in with coworkers on their vacation plans to avoid unexpected delays or setbacks due to employee absences.

  2. Tie up loose ends with a bow. Don’t leave people hanging while you’re away. Before leaving the office early to attend a seasonal function or departing for holiday vacation, update your voice-mail and e-mail auto responses, and show coworkers how to find critical information.

  3. Exchange the gift of time. Delegate time-sensitive tasks and responsibilities to colleagues to take them off your plate and offer to return the favor when they’re out.

  4. Make merry selectively. Prioritize the events that are most important to you, and don’t feel pressured to attend every holiday function. Likewise, even if you aren’t traveling for the holidays, you can still take time off to shop, plan meals or attend to other year-end tasks.

  5. Remember, Santa’s not the only one with helpers. If your department is spread thin, consider interim staff to help with year-end projects. A staffing firm can help you identify skilled candidates.

These tips apply to all sorts of workplaces, from traditional office space to alternative workplaces like virtual offices. But a virtual office can help employees be more productive all year long. By eliminating the distractions of a traditional office, virtual office space sets the stage to work smarter, faster and more efficiently from January 1 to December 31.

Lessons Learned from Alternative Workplace Studies, Part 2

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