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How to Choose a Virtual Office Provider

Is your virtual office provider accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)? Does it even matter? Davinci Virtual thinks so. That’s why the company sought out BBB accreditation and has been proud to hold the distinction since 2008.

But what does that mean to you?

Here’s how it works: If a virtual office provider—or any other company—is accredited by the BBB, that means the bureau has determined that the virtual office provider meets certain standards. Those standards include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Davinci Virtual actually pays a fee for accreditation review and monitoring and support for BBB services to the public. That’s just how committed this virtual office provider is to offering sterling service.

The Better Business Bureau has a Code of Business Practices that accredited virtual office providers must meet. The code is built on the BBB Standards for Trust, essentially eight principles for creating and maintaining trust in business. Those principles include:

  • Build Trust

  • Advertise Honestly

  • Tell the Truth

  • Be Transparent

  • Honor Promises

  • Be Responsive

  • Safeguard Privacy

  • Embody Integrity


So when you set out to choose a virtual office provider, check to see if they are accredited by the BBB. Although BBB accreditation doesn’t mean the BBB has endorsed a virtual office product or service, it does mean that the virtual office provider has been deemed trustworthy in its dealings with customers.  With so many virtual office providers springing up, it’s important to choose a brand with a trustworthy track record.

Check out this video on BBB and ethics:

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Enter Davinci Virtual’s iPad September Sweepstakes

And the winner of the iPad is… Darlene Elder. Elder won a new Apple iPad in Davinci Virtual’s iPad sweepstakes. It’s the perfect compliment to her virtual office space.

You’ve probably heard about the malicious hacker that cracked AT&T’s web site and stole 144,000 e-mail addresses, including those of White House officials, military personnel and others. But that’s not slowing down the iPad sales. It’s one of the coolest tablet devices of the summer.

If you didn’t win in the first round, don’t fret. Davinci Virtual is giving another lucky person the opportunity to win one of the tablet devices for free in its second iPad sweepstakes. The company is giving away another iPad and the drawing is September 1, 21010.

As I’ve said before, virtual offices and the iPad may have more in common than you think. Both are revolutionary approaches to their sectors. The virtual office is clearly revolutionizing the way many entrepreneurs consume office space. And the iPad is revolutionizing tablet computing.

In case you haven’t had a proper introduction to the iPad, here you go: iPad’s Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the Web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can read and send e-mail on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard or import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

Normally, the iPad costs $499 for the entry-level model. Davinci Virtual is giving you a chance to get your hands on one for free. There’s no catch. You don’t have to be a virtual office customer to win the iPad, but current virtual office customers are eligible to enter. So click here to enter to win an iPad from Davinci Virtual. Click here to enter the sweepstakes.

Check out this Apple iPad review:

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Have You Built Your Virtual A-Team?

The A-Team debuts this weekend. You probably remember the old television show with "Mr. T." The movie follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they didn’t commit. So they go rogue and use their talents to try to clear their names and find the real criminal. The movie stars Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith.

OK, so your workdays may not be as exciting as the adventures of the A-Team—and you probably wouldn’t want them to be—but that doesn’t mean you can’t you can’t build your own A-Team, so to speak. Instead of excitement and adventure, you can build an A-Team that will help you save money and be more productive in your business. Here’s how:

1. Set up a virtual office. A virtual office space offers you cost savings. It’s less expensive to set up a virtual office, which gives you a local or 800 number and a prestigious business address, than it is to rent physical office space. With a virtual office, you can get an address in Dallas even if you are in Atlanta.

2. Get a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants can do the heavy lifting on tasks that aren’t your core focus, including administrative support, personal scheduling, and even some creative services. The virtual assistant works remotely (perhaps even from a different city than you) so you don’t have to rent office space for them. You can save money with a virtual assistant because there is no full-time commitment. It also boosts productivity because you can tend to business-critical tasks.

3. Hire a virtual receptionist. You can make a great impression with a virtual receptionist who answers your phone and greets callers, forwards calls and even takes orders. This, too, saves you money because you don’t have to hire a full-time receptionist to sit in your office. And you can be more productive because you don’t have to be distracted by phone calls.

Davinci Virtual can set you up with all of the above—and more—in a matter of minutes. You can have an A-Team of remote receptionists along with professional and other services. If you work on the road or from home, Davinci Virtual is available during business hours to answer, screen and/or forward your calls in a professional, personalized manner. Your client or customer will never know the difference. So what are you waiting for? Start building your A-Team today.

Want to see the trailer to the new A-Team movie? Check it out below...

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Leading Virtual Office Provider Hiring Receptionists

Every thought about working at Davinci Virtual? There are job openings at the leading virtual office provider for the taking—and you can apply online—if you live in Salt Lake City.

Indeed, Davinci Virtual is hiring live receptionists and customer service agents at its Salt Lake City headquarters as the company continues its growth streak.

Virtual Receptionist Responsibilities
If you would like to work as a virtual receptionist who answers calls from Davinci’s live virtual receptionist clients, schedules appointments and forwards calls accurately and efficiently, you can click here.

Davinci Virtual receptionists also supervise the call through to clients, process orders, make outbound customer service calls for clients, do administrative work, and work to understand products, prices and best practices of client companies.

Customer Service Agent Responsibilities
Davinci Virtual customer service agents are responsible for client set ups, client surveys, client welcomes, proactive client communication and internal communication. Customer service agents also handle partner center relations, conference room booking, and billing questions, among other issues.

Applying for a Davinci Virtual position is simple. There’s an online form where you can put in your name, address and contact number, entry any comments you have and upload a resume. When you do, your online application will be ushered off to a hiring manager in Salt Lake City who will review your qualifications to determine if you are a strong match for the job.

Davinci Virtual offers a great work environment where employees treat each other with respect and dignity. It’s a diverse workplace with an attitude of excellence. The company makes positive contributions to the communities it serves and the environment. Davinci has over 600 virtual office locations, and the opportunity is growing.
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Can a Virtual Office Help You Get More Sleep?

Feeling a little groggy in the morning? If you are an American, you are not alone. Almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic “excessive sleepiness.”

So says a study from Stanford University. Another 17 percent in the study said they had trouble staying awake and alert on the job. Could a virtual office help?

"The prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness is very high in the American population, much higher than what we observed in the European population," says Dr. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and lead investigator of the new study. "Insufficient sleep is plaguing the American population and is one of the leading factors for excessive daytime sleepiness."

OK, so how could a virtual office help this problem of excessive sleepiness? I see a couple of ways.

A virtual office slashes your commute time. Instead of rising an hour earlier to get to work, then, you have two options: use that extra hour to rest or rise at your normal time and render more productivity in your day.

Another way a virtual office can help the sleepiness factor is by making it more convenient to take an afternoon nap. When you work from home and use virtual office technologies, you can set your phone service to hold calls or ask your virtual receptionist to take a message. No one needs to know you are taking a cat nap and you’ll wake up refreshed—and more productive.

A virtual office won’t help so much if you are a night owl who has to rise early to meet work commitments. But it can help in some practical ways. Whether you are doing business in New York, the city that never sleeps, or Miami, where many take an afternoon siesta, a virtual office can give you more flexibility with your work schedule.

Check out this quick video on sleep myths and get your sleep facts straight.

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