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How to Find New Business Ideas

As jobless claims continue to rise, newly-unemployed, entrepreneurial-minded people may be looking for new business ideas. Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur, is offering some free advice on how to find new business opportunities.

“Number one, begin with yourself. Begin with your own talents, your abilities, your experience, knowledge, interest, background, education, and so on,” Tracy says. “Look carefully at your current work, your current business, your current position, or your current product or service. Seek for what is called your own acres of diamonds. Look under your own feet.”

Tracy recommends asking yourself the following questions:

  • What qualities account for your greatest successes in life so far?

  • What personal qualities and abilities have gotten you to where you are?

  • How could you apply those qualities and abilities to starting and building a new business?

  • What product or service can you become enthusiastic about?


Tracy also recommends looking for something that is an improvement on an existing product or service, not something brand new. “Remember improving an existing successful product or service is the fastest and surest way to build a successful business,” he says. “An idea only needs to be 10 percent new and better to capture substantial market share. Brand new products or services are very risky.”

While you are putting Tracy’s advice in practice, consider how a virtual office space can help you establish a professional business image even while you work from a bootstrap budget. Virtual offices give you a prestigious business address in just about any major city in which you want to set up your business, from New York to Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Miami and beyond. You can also tap into the professionalism of an 800 number or local number in the city of your choice.

With a virtual office space, you can rent a conference room for an hour or a day to give presentations to potential investors. You can even rent day office space if you need a quieter place to work while family is visiting your home during the summer. If you want to up the ante on your professional image, you can also opt for a virtual receptionist who will answer your phone with a personalized greeting and forward the call to you, or take a message. And if your newly-minted business grows faster than you anticipated, you can hire a virtual assistant to help you keep up with the opportunities.

Check out this Brian Tracy video on 21 Great Ways to Build a High Profit Business.

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Cisco Cius Compliments Virtual Office Space

Apple isn’t the only company to launch an intriguing tablet device…Cisco is aiming at mobile workers with its Cisco Cius.

Cisco is billing Cius as a first-of-its-kind mobile collaboration business tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration, and communication applications, including HD video.

Weighing in at just 1.15 pounds, the Android-based Cius aims to battle the Apple iPad in the quest to win the hearts and minds of business users. Cius offers full telepresence interoperability, HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, e-mail, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or centrally in the cloud.

The Cius won’t be available until the beginning of 2011, but it promises to turn the heads of road warriors that demand a business-minded tablet.

The Cius is a strong compliment to the virtual office. A virtual office lets road warriors travel from a business meeting in New York to a business meeting in Los Angeles, for example, without missing any important calls through call forwarding services. A virtual receptionist can enhance the virtual office experience with live answering for a more professional edge.

Davinci Virtual’s virtual office solutions include add-on services such as Cisco’s WebEx Meeting Center at a special price. That means a Davinci virtual office space user could use the Cius to tap into the WebEx from anywhere. Together, a virtual office space and Cisco’s new virtual office technology help road warriors and mobile workers accomplish more no matter where they are.

At the end of the day, it’s about productivity—and communications are an essential ingredient in boosting productivity. A virtual office space helps you keep your communications professional when you can’t answer calls—and the Cius helps you keep your communications professional when you are traveling. It’s a great combination.

Check out this video on the Cisco Cius:

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Virtual Offices Boost Business Productivity in Connecticut

Thinking about setting up shop in Connecticut? Cities like Cheshire, Danbury and Darien would love to have you as their newest business resident.

Connecticut bills itself as a business-friendly state that’s dedicated to helping businesses grow. Connecticut has developed industry clusters that aim to attract companies in specific industries. Connecticut’s industry clusters include aerospace, agriculture, bioscience, insurance and finance, plastics, software IT, and tourism.

Connecticut has one of the best-educated, most productive workforces in the nation. Employee productivity is at an all time high, with worker output at more than 33 percent of the national average. Of course, Connecticut also has a strategic location in the heart of New England’s business corridor. Companies like Aetna, ESPN, GE and Pitney Bowes are located in Connecticut.

Whether you are starting a new business in Cheshire, looking to expand into Danbury, or just looking for ways to be more productive in Darien, a virtual office offers strategic solutions that save money and set the stage for greater productivity.

You can get a virtual office in the Cheshire Business Center at 615 West Johnson Avenue for as little as $95 a month. In Danbury, you can tap into a professional image at the Danbury Business Center at 100 Mill Plain Road for $135 a month. And in Darien, you can rent a virtual office at the Darien Corporate Center for as little as $40 a month.

Each of these Davinci Virtual office spaces gives you a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick-up point, a lobby directory listing, and other services that will help you work more efficiently. If you need to rent a conference room or a day office by the hour or by the day, Davinci Virtual also gives you that option.

Virtual offices offer a means for companies to test the waters in Connecticut before renting physical office space. Virtual offices also open the door to telecommuting for employees without sacrificing a professional business image by having various phone number for each employee. And for road warriors that call Connecticut home, a virtual office can help keep business moving while you are on a plane, train or automobile.

Did you know many products were invented in Connecticut? Check out some famous business start-ups from Connecticut i this YouTube video:

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Hiring Companies Examine Virtual Office Space

Employer optimism in the global labor market is improving. Employers in most major countries plan to hire more than they did a year ago, and a majority are reporting stronger quarter-over-quarter hiring plans. So says the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Will hiring companies turn to virtual office space before they expand their physical office space? It’s a strong possibility, and a wise move—for two reasons. We’ll get to those reasons in a minute. First, let’s hear more from Manpower.

Despite uncertainty in the European market, fewer employers are reporting negative forecasts for the quarter ahead. Meanwhile, employers in China and Taiwan indicate their most robust hiring plans since the Manpower survey began in these markets in 2005, and the forecast from U.S. employers is similar to three months ago but notably improved from last year at this time.

"Across the world, there is improved optimism towards hiring, which is typical for this phase of the recovery," says Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc. "The majority of countries are emerging from the downturn, but still have a way to go as companies are feeling demand for their products and services, but it has not accelerated enough to excite hiring prospects. The U.S. is in the beginnings of a hiring recovery; however there is still economic uncertainty, which is going to bridle stronger hiring."

This, along with a new report that consumer spending is on the rise, is good news for companies around the world. But cautious companies should consider virtual office space even as they return to hiring mode. A virtual office space can give employees the ability to tap into the company’s phone system without being in the physical office space. This can save the company money in traditional office rentals while they wait for a full recovery and the budget to add more space.

A virtual office space is also strategic from a recruiting perspective. As the economic recovery continues, companies can recruit talent from well beyond their local region, plug them into virtual office technologies, and even see increased productivity. By employing virtual office space, companies can attract talent that is not willing to relocate, but finds the idea of working from home attractive from a work-life balance perspective.

Just as virtual office space gained momentum as companies looked to trim overhead in a down economy, virtual office space is poised to continue that momentum as the economy recovers. The benefits of virtual offices are no longer a secret. Companies large and small are acquainted with the cost-savings, productivity increases and other advantages virtual offices offer.

Need confirmation of Manpower's survey? Check out this video from competitor Randstad:

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Houston Virtual Offices Help Young Professionals Shine

Houston claims to have an unbeatable entrepreneurial spirit. With so many young professionals there, it is not hard to believe the claim. The Texas city also bills itself as the new global gateway with the most cost-effective opportunities for your success. It becomes even more cost effective when you set up shop in Houston with a virtual office.

Houston ranks sixth among US. metropolitan statistical areas, with a population of nearly 6 million. The Southwestern city is strategically located, geographically centered between the East and West coasts. Houston has an international airport, a deep sea port and intracoastal waterway, multiple major railroads and intermodal facilities, and a strong highway system.

Houston also has some impressing ratings. Forbes.com rated Houston number one on its “Best Cities for Young Professionals” list. Manufacturer’s News rated Houston number one on its “Top U.S. Manufacturing Cities” list. The Daily Beast gave George Bush Intercontinental airport the top rating in its “America’s Best Airports” list. The list goes on and on.

Whether you are already doing business in Houston or you are considering establishing a presence there, a virtual office is a smart way to keep overhead low.

As a young professional, you can work from a home office in Houston and still maintain your privacy while boosting your professional business image by renting virtual office space. That’s because you get a prestigious business address. Davinci Virtual has six strategic Houston virtual office locations, including the Houston Uptown Business Center, Park Ten Business Center and Houston Westheimer Business Center. You can meet clients at these and other virtual office locations when you need to make a presentation, and the client will find your name on the lobby directory.

If you are a young professional expanding into Houston, or just need a business address there, a virtual office is a better solution than a P.O. Box or a suite number at a pack and ship center. A virtual office gives you more than a business address. You also get a phone number with a local area code that clients can call, which offers a stronger first impression to potential business partners, vendors and customers in Houston as you prepare to enter the market.

Want to get to know Houston a little better? Check out this YouTube video:

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