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Virtual Offices Combat Deadly Sedentary Office Life

People who remain seated more than six hours a day are candidates to die earlier—even if you hit the gym after work and even if you aren’t overweight.

So says a study from the American Cancer Society. Specifically, women who sit more than six hours a day are 37 percent more likely to die earlier than those who sit less than three hours a day. Men fared slightly better, with only 17 percent more likely to die earlier. Exercisers did post lower risks, but still were more likely to die than their active counterparts.

“Several factors could explain the positive association between time spent sitting and higher all-cause death rates,” said Dr. Alpa Patel, lead study author. “Prolonged time spent sitting, independent of physical activity, has been shown to have important metabolic consequences, and may influence things like triglycerides, high density lipoprotein, cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, resting blood pressure, and leptin, which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.”

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The authors conclude that public health messages and guidelines should be refined to include reducing time spent sitting in addition to promoting physical activity. Because so many people spends much of their time sitting, people should be encouraged to stand up and walk.

A virtual office may not be the silver bullet to countering the effects of long-sitting, but it can help. Working at home using virtual office technologies gives you more freedom to get up and walk around than you have in a traditional office space. Here are some examples of how a virtual office can help battle the sedentary office life:

1. With virtual office technologies, you can save many hours of sitting in a plane by holding a web conference rather than a traditional meeting.  During  your web conference you can pace the floor rather than sit.

2. With virtual office technologies in your home office, you can ride a stationary bike for 30 minutes while reviewing paperwork or making incidental phone calls rather than sitting in front of your computer.

3. With virtual office technologies, you are more productive than your traditional office worker counterpart, giving you more time to take a walk after lunch.

As you can see, virtual office space offers freedom that traditional office environments can’t match. Rather than being stuck behind a computer screen all day, virtual office technologies can cut the tether that’s holding you to the desk and allow stay more active—and maybe add years to your life.

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Virtual Offices Help Entrepreneurs Expand in Green Bay

When I think of Green Bay, I think of the Packers. But there’s much more to Green Bay than football.

Green Bay is the third largest city in Wisconsin, and has a healthy manufacturing industry, from paper products to food processing to maritime vessels. Green Bay even has a film sound stage. Health services, tourism, durable wholesale trade, and business services are also part of the diverse local economy in Green Bay.

Green Bay has received the nod from some major business magazines over the past few years. Inc. magazine rated Green Bay the “#1 Medium Metro Area” for doing business in 2004 and “4th “Best City Overall” in the United States to start a business in 2005. Entrepreneur magazine rated Green Bay #2 in its “Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs” survey in 2006. Finally, Oprah Winfrey has rated Green Bay the sixth Best Small City in America to raise a family.

Green Bay offers loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of business assistance to companies expanding there. But you may not need tap the economic development arm for much help if you opt for a virtual office space. That’s because virtual offices don’t demand constructing a new facility—or even renting one. Virtual office space lets you expand risk free by taking up virtual residence in a physical location in Green Bay. You can use physical office space if you need it, but you aren’t paying for it if you don’t.

Davinci Virtual has two virtual office facilities in Green Bay. The West Mason Executive Suites is located at 1039 West Mason Street. Virtual office fees start at only $75 a month. Compare that to traditional office costs and the savings are clear. You can also rent virtual office space at the Riverside Executive Center, located at 2050 Riverside Dr., from $75 a month.

When you rent virtual office space, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter and more. You can use the virtual office as a client drop off or pick up point. And you can have your mail forwarded from there to anywhere you are in the world for a nominal charge. You can also rent day offices and conference rooms on demand. So if you are eyeing Green Bay as a great place to do business, check out how virtual office space can help you establish a quick business presence without breaking the bank.

Can Princeton Attorneys Use Virtual Office Space?

Earlier this summer I wrote about how law offices in New Jersey won’t let attorneys use virtual offices. But the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) is now suggesting to the state’s Supreme Court Committee that virtual offices might not be such a bad idea for lawyers after all.

The NJSBA wrote a letter to the New Jersey Supreme Court suggesting that it rethink its stance on virtual offices. Here’s an excerpt from the letter, which sheds a positive light on attorney use of virtual offices.

"We do not at all mean to suggest that the 'traditional' law office is a relic of a bygone era ... But for many attorneys and their clients, mobile telephones, personal digital assistants, e-mail and video conferencing offer opportunities for communication and information-gathering far more suited to their client's needs than a physical office location," states the Bar report.

That’s good news for attorneys, especially those just graduating from college who can’t afford the burden of a traditional office space. Virtual offices are a small fraction of the cost of a traditional office space, and also offer professional reception service. So if a client needs to drop off or pick up paperwork, a virtual office provider can accommodate that request.

Virtual office providers do have physical locations, and can therefore host client meetings in conference rooms or day offices on demand. And virtual offices in Princeton are typically located in prestigious business areas, which make clients feel right at home. Virtual offices offer all the amenities of a traditional office space, including fax machines, break rooms and copiers. The client may never know the difference—and doesn’t really need to because this is a professional option.

Attorneys in other states are actively using virtual offices. It is the NJSBA’s hope that New Jersey will relax its stance on the use of virtual offices. Says  State Bar President Richard H. Steen in a letter to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, “Our proposal for a rule amendment seeks to add flexibility to the bona fide office rule, without sacrificing the important requirements that serve as the rule's foundation, such as accessibility to clients and courts, and the safeguarding of records and files.”

Virtual Offices Pave the Way for UK Holidays

We focus a lot on virtual offices in the United States on my blog. But I thought it was time to show some love to our operations in the United Kingdom.

Yes, Davinci Virtual is alive and well in the UK—and for good reason. The school holidays have almost arrived in the UK and entrepreneurs are looking for ways to juggle family and business. Missing a phone call or being slow to respond to an e-mail is bad for business in any country. But no worries—Davinci Virtual has virtual office solutions that help you avoid these scenarios with its international locations.

"In this challenging decade you need more than a mobile phone to enable you to stay in touch with your business when you are out of the office," says Steve Golding, Davinci's UK General Manager. "Our range of packages provide you with a 'virtual' professional presence at prestigious business locations of your choice and our virtual assistants provide live call answering services to ensure that all callers' enquiries are dealt with professionally and swiftly.”

Davinci's virtual offices, virtual assistants and virtual office services include local telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, online command center, unified messaging, voicemail to email, fax to email, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, live call answering, screening and forwarding, find me, follow me, surveys, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more.

"Calls, faxes, e-mail and regular mail can be screened or forwarded, as per your instructions, so you don't have to be bombarded with sales calls, but you also won't miss that important message from a customer or supplier,” Golding says. “We can even manage your busy diary, process orders through your website and deliver a full customer service support function remotely.”

Davinci virtual offices prices start at just GBP 39 per month, so setting up a new virtual office anywhere from London to Edinburgh is not going to break the bank. And if you are traveling internationally, you can access virtual office space and conference rooms in more than 750 strategic locations around the world. So go ahead—enjoy your holiday and don’t miss a business beat.

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