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Labor Day and the Virtual Office Space

It's Labor Day in the United States. Have you ever thought about the significance of this day, other than an extra day off from work? I hadn't. So I decided to look it up.

Labor Day started in New York City in 1882, but became a federal holiday in 1894 after many workers were killed by the U.S. Military during the Pullman Strike. Then-president Grover Cleveland immediately began working to mend fences with the labor movement to avoid additional problems.

What a different world that was. Today, we don't even consider its significance. We just think of Labor Day as the official end of summer. But so much has changed in the U.S. labor market in the last 100 years. There's maternity leave, sick pay and virtual offices.

Wikipedia defines a virtual office as a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism.

MIT offers different definition of virtual office. This educational institution defines virtual office as when, "The company has a physical location, but employees have no assigned offices. Employees may have lockers and 'check out' a desk for the day, they may set up an 'office' in their hotel, etc. This term is distinct from 'Virtual Company' which refers to companies that have no one physical location at all, no collection of inventory that's held by the company, etc."

At Davinci Virtual, we lean more toward the Wikipedia definition of a virtual office space. Core features of our products include affordable administrative support solutions such as professional live receptionists, call answering and screening, scheduling, live web chat, video conferencing and over 750 global virtual office locations with access to conference rooms and business support services. Ultimately, Davinci Virtual allows companies to create a big business image on a small business budget.

So as you enjoy this Labor Day, consider how you can make the fall season more productive for yourself and your employees by tapping into virtual office technologies.

Check out this quick video on the origins of Labor Day:


Telecommuters Consider Benefits of Virtual Office Space

I was reading about a company called FlexJobs this morning. The company is an online job service for telecommuting job listings. Brilliant!

FlexJobs works to save telecommuter job seekers time and aggravation by researching and aggregating job listings that are dispersed across thousands of Web sites in one ad-free website. Flexjobs gives job-seekers a way to find legitimate, hand-screened jobs quickly, easily, and safely. FlexJobs screens out online scams and anonymous employers in order to deliver users the best of the best flexible schedule and telecommuting job opportunities.

Now, the next natural step for these telecommuters who are competing for these flexible jobs is to get a virtual office space. A virtual office space can kick up your professional image a notch, or two or three. When you rent a virtual office space, you get a prestigious business address, a local or 800 phone number that follows you wherever you happen to be, and access to a physical location where you can meet with clients if you need to.

A virtual office space can give telecommuters hunting for jobs the edge in the marketplace. Let’s face it, telecommuting is on the rise—and there are more people looking for any kind of job they can get in a down economy. All things being equal, a virtual office can make or break your next employment deal.

Think about it for a minute. Would you rather clients send mail to your home address or to a known office building in your region? Would you rather clients call in to your home, or be fielded by a virtual receptionist? The most successful telecommuters are exploring the benefits of virtual offices and other virtual services.

Flexjobs can get you plenty of telecommuting job leads in more than 50 different job categories. There’s probably something there waiting just for you. But with so many others vying for the same position, you can stand out from the pack with a virtual office. If you build a long-term relationship with a client, you can even set up a virtual office address and phone number in their city and have your mail and calls forwarded to you at your home office.

So what are you waiting for telecommuter? For as little as $50 a month you can upgrade your professional business image and boost your productivity with a virtual office space.

Check out this video on how telecommuting can be beneficial to business:


Executive Suite Success Features Martin Senn

Executive Suite Success magazine is featuring a bylined article from Davinci Virtual COO Martin Senn. Executive Suite Success is a resource guide for office business center owners and operators. The magazine published its third-ever issue this month.

Senn’s article is entitled, “
The New Virtual Office Market: Trends, Stats, and Needs.” In it, he discusses how virtual offices are ideal for many 21st century companies because they offer cost-savings, as well as flexibility and increased productivity. Senn didn’t just offer his opinion, though. He pointed to the 2008 OBCAI financial study, which showed virtual office revenues are about 7 percent of total revenues for highly profitable business centers. That number will probably rise in when the 2010 study is published.

“At some centers, virtual revenues even exceeded 10% of overall revenues without creating much additional overhead for the operation,” Senn wrote. “The study also showed a 7% increase in virtual revenues in 2008 compared to 2007 and identified virtual office revenues as one of the main factors that differentiate a high profit OBC (average 34% profit margin) from a middle profit OBC (average 11% profit margin). So statistically speaking, every OBC operator should embrace the virtual office business—yesterday!”

In his article, Senn also outlined a number of work trends and corresponded them to client needs. For example, one virtual work trend is to offer more flexible work schedules. The business center client need, in this case, is extended hours accessibility to facilities and communications. Another virtual work trend is heavy use of Internet, e-mail and chat. The business center client need in this instance is secure, wireless Internet access.

“Based on the rapid adoption rate of this new work trend, almost every business center operator should be able to attract a solid base of virtual office clients within their local market,” Senn wrote. “However, there are some approaches that may position a center location to grab market share quicker and at a lower cost.”

Senn shared plenty more wisdom in his Executive Suite Success magazine column. And his article was in good company. In the September 2010 issue, you’ll also find articles from Buddy Shaw, president and CEO of Shaw & Associates and Karen Condi, executive director of Alliance Office Strategies.

What Does Hurricane Earl Mean for Virtual Office Users?

A Category 3 hurricane, Earl is moving up the East coast of the U.S. North Carolina’s vacation islands are evacuating in the face of potentially damaging winds and waves expected over the holiday weekend. The storm could hit as far north as New England before the end of the week.

But what does this mean for virtual office users along the East Coast? People who telecommute from virtual offices may need to move to higher ground. But that’s the beauty of a virtual office. It’s allows you to remain productive even in the midst of a hurricane.

Sure, power outages may force you out of your home office, but the virtual office technologies go with you. For example, if you use a virtual receptionist, you can still have your calls routed to anywhere you are on dry ground as you head west to escape Hurricane Earl. You can also conduct web conferencing from anywhere at any time.

Large companies that employ telecommuters can keep in touch with their employees even in the midst of the storm through follow-me numbers that find workers wherever they go to stay safe during Hurricane Earl.

I was reading a Reuters report. In it, the pointed to a testimony before Congress from John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Speaking of the blizzards that forced federal offices to shut down for several days, he said, “many federal employees rose to the challenge and continued to work, making good use of telework and other work flexibilities.”

So if you are in the danger zone as Hurricane Earl approaches, consider how virtual office technologies can help you keep in touch with your clients and others. Hurricane season is not going to be over for several months. If you don’t have a disaster management plan in place, and you are in a region that sees hurricanes, it’s time to consider a virtual office space that can keep you up and running in the wake of a storm.

Click here for an update on Hurricane Earl:


Davinci Virtual Named to Inc. 500 List

Davinci Virtual makes it our business to help entrepreneurs grow their business. There’s a benefit to that: we’re growing ours. What’s good for our clients is also proving to be good for us—we’re growing by leaps and bounds.

In fact, Inc. magazine just announced its 29th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. And guess who’s name is on the list? That’s right. Davinci Virtual has made its way onto the Inc. 500 list in 2010 with its virtual office solutions.

Who would have thought a virtual office company would find its way on this list? Bill Grodnik and Martin Senn, to name a couple. The leaders of Davinci Virtual have expressed confidence in the company’s virtual office network model from day one.

"We're thrilled to have been named by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's top 500 entrepreneurial companies. It represents tremendous validation of the consistent hard work, innovation and relentless commitment to customer service," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "We've experienced continued significant growth over the past five years and we are on track to double revenues again this year."

Wow! Did he say double revenues again? That’s pretty amazing, considering Davinci’s three-year revenue growth is already a whopping 1,899.5 percent. Davinci Virtual ranks number 141 on the list. If you want to see how Davinci Virtual stacks up against other fast-growth companies in related industries, check out the complete Inc. 500 list in the September 2010 issue of Inc. magazine.

"It is great to see Inc. magazine recognizing our company,” says Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “We continue to launch new services, exceed our milestones and expand our presence. This award is a great tribute to our hardworking staff.”