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Get the China Virtual Office Advantage

Economists just announced that China is about to overtake Japan as the world’s second largest economy after the United States. Are you ready for the opportunity? A virtual office space in China can lower the barrier to entry to this Asian nation.

Japan’s Cabinet Office announced Monday that the nation’s gross domestic product, or GDP, totaled $1.29 trillion in the second quarter. China’s government announced its GDP for the second quarter was $1.34 trillion.

The International Monetary Fund predicts China’s GDP will reach $5.4 trillion by the end of 2010 compared to Japan’s $5.3 trillion. What’s more, China’s expected growth rate is about 8 percent over the next 10 years compared to Japan’s 1 percent growth rate. Some even predict China will eventually overtake the U.S., which currently posts a GDP of $14.26 trillion.

Again, are you ready for the opportunity? Many companies have been making aggressive moves into China for the past decade. But it’s not too late—and you don’t have to start out by investing millions in traditional buildings. You can establish a virtual office space in China for pennies on the dollar while you navigate the challenges and opportunities there.

Davinci Virtual has three virtual offices in Beijing, one virtual office in Guangzhaou, one virtual office in Macau, five virtual offices in Shanghai, one virtual office in Shenzhen, and one virtual office in Tinajin. Davinci virtual offices position you to establish a presence in more than one city in China without breaking your facilities budget.

For example, you could open a virtual office in the Chong Hing Finance Centre in Shanghai from as little as $105 a month. And you could open a second virtual office space in Beijing at the Hyundai Motor Tower for as little as $70 a month. Both China virtual offices offer you a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point and much more.

There is one catch with virtual offices in Beijing, Tinajin, Shanghai or any other city in China. You need a business license in order to rent virtual office space there. But once you get government approval, you can get up and running with a virtual office from Davinci Virtual literally overnight and start taking advantage of the growth opportunities there.

Need some tips on holding business meetings in China? Check out this YouTube video:


A Virtual Newspaper for the Virtual Office

What could make your virtual office even better? How about a national digital newspaper designed exclusively for tablet computers and smartphones. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is setting out to create just that.

According to the L.A. Times, the Murdoch effort will target general readership with “short, snappy stories” that consumers can read quickly. The digital newspaper would publish under the New York Post banner.  The L.A. Times expects the new platform to debut at the end of the year.

"We'll have young people reading newspapers," Murdoch said during the company's Aug. 4 earnings call. "It's a real game changer in the presentation of news."

For the virtual office using road warrior, a newspaper designed specifically for the smartphone or tablet is a major advantage. Although the presentation of news and information on an iPad is attractive, a platform that’s optimized for these devices would be even more attractive.

Virtual office users are not necessarily mobile by nature. Many home-based entrepreneurs use virtual offices to keep their home address and telephone number private. But many road warriors who use virtual receptionists and virtual office technologies will welcome News Corp.’s new publishing platform.

When I see developments like this, it encourages me because virtual office technologies are not only maturing, they are getting more diverse. And complimentary industries, like newspapers, are keeping pace. So much of the competitive edge today is knowledge. With mobile devices—and with content served up to fit the parameters of various mobile devices—virtual workers and road warriors can keep up to date with information in a format that makes sense.

Check out this video report on Murdoch's virtual newspaper plans.


Does Jet Blue’s Steven Slater Need a Virtual Office?

I read an interesting article in the Miami Herald today about how higher fees and packed planes are frustrating passengers as they “travel less-than-friendly skies.”

The story was spurred by Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who walked off the job after giving a public speech, then took a beer with him as he slid down the emergency chute. Apparently, his story resonated with the American public. He has nearly 200,000 fans on Facebook now. He's also facing criminal charges.

The moral of the story is that fewer and fewer enjoy flying. The Miami Herald cited a Department of Transportation (DOT) study that points to just how unhappy air travelers are. The DOT registered 5,757 complaints from consumers in the first half of 2010. That’s up from the 4,355 complaints filed during the year-ago period. That’s an increase of 32 percent even though traffic increased less than 1 percent. Telling.

When you use virtual office technologies, you avoid the flight delays and cancellations. When you work from a virtual office space, you don’t have to worry about lost bags, long ticket lines or security check hassles. When you tap into virtual offices, you can do away with getting stuck on the tarmac, dealing with rude co-travelers and all the rest of the non-sense that goes along with air travel.

So why not use virtual office technologies more and deal with less hassle? Sure, sometimes your business dealings demand face to face interaction. But you can accomplish plenty with a Cisco WebEx web conference. You can also do a lot in your virtual office with video chat, GoToMeeting and other virtual office technologies. You’ll save time. You’ll save money. And you’ll be more productive.

Virtual office technologies won’t try your patience the way rude flight attendants do. Virtual offices won’t charge you an arm and a leg to use them—many of them, like Skype, are absolutely free. And, perhaps the best part, when you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to settle for a bag of peanuts and a small plastic cup of diet coke for lunch.

So far as Slater, I bet if he was working from a virtual office, he wouldn’t have been so overstressed in the first place; stressed enough to abandon ship. Don’t let your stress levels pile up to a Slater-like fury. Start tapping into the power of virtual offices today.

In case you missed it, watch this video on Steven Slater's story:


Shelburne Virtual Offices Light Up Vermont

Shelburne may be an old town—it dates back to 1763—but it offers the latest in virtual office technologies from Davinci Virtual. If you are looking for virtual office space in southwestern Chitterdon County, Shelburne is an attractive location.

Shelburne is a town in Vermont along the shores of Lake Champlain. A well-off town, the median household income is about $70,000 for a Shelburne household. There are three tourist attractions there: the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

This New Hampshire town is also a strategic place from which to do business with access to creative workers, a diverse population, and plenty of technology companies. Vermont has a technology loan program that makes funds available for companies that offer technology-based goods and services to consumers both inside and outside Vermont.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space at the Executive Suites of Shelburne. This virtual office space is strategically located at 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd. Talk about economical! This virtual office space starts at just $40 a month.

What do you get for that price? Much more than you would expect. Of course, you can use this prime business address on all your letterhead and other mailings. You also get mail and package receipt. You can swing by and pick up your mail when it’s convenient for you, or have it forwarded.

Our Shelburne virtual office space also comes equipped with a business support center if you need access to copiers, fax machines and the like. And there’s even a lobby greeter who can make visitors feel welcome on their way to the conference room for your big presentation. You can rent a conference room at the Shelburne virtual office space for about $30 an hour.

Virtual Offices Boost Worker Productivity

Worker productivity in the U.S. fell unexpectedly in the second quarter, according to the Labor Department. At the same time, labor costs increased.

Specifically, worker productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the second quarter after seeing large improvements in 2009. Labor costs rose 0.2 percent in the quarter, marking the first increase since spring 2009.

This is a contrast to the height of the recession, when companies slashed their payroll and employee productivity rose fairly dramatically. When worker output rises, so do living standards because companies can pay larger salaries without raising the cost of goods.

How can companies combat the worker productivity slide? Companies that work from office buildings can turn to telecommuting and virtual office space.

According to a study from CompTIA, working from home boosts productivity and lowers operational costs. With virtual office technologies maturing, companies don’t have to sacrifice collaboration or a professional business image to set employees free from traditional office space. Virtual offices allow employees to work at least part time at home without skipping a beat.

Virtual offices can also help companies boost productivity by attracting the most qualified staff, no matter where they live. An employee in Los Angeles can work for a company in Manhattan using virtual office technologies that generate greater productivity by effectively extending the company’s operating hours.

What’s more, telecommuting from a virtual office can lead to higher employee retention rates, removing the cost and productivity losses associated with hiring and training new workers. Telecommuting also decreases stress, according to the CompTIA study, and potentially reduces auto emissions.

Telecommuting and virtual office space work hand in hand to improve productivity. Although this strategy doesn’t help companies in retail or restaurant industries because employees have to work on site, the headquarters of these service-oriented companies can still leverage virtual office technologies to achieve productivity gains among administrative and executive staff.

Check out this Brian Tracy video on doubling your productivity: