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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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How the iPhone 4 Compliments Your Virtual Office Space

Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 4 will be available later this month—and it’s the perfect compliment to the virtual office.

The iPhone 4 features an incredible new feature called FaceTime that brings video calling to market. It also dons Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. That means super crisp text, images, and, yes, video. With the iPhone 4, you also get a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording and more—all for just $199 when you sign a two-year contract with AT&T.

“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”

If you are a road warrior who relies on a virtual office as a home base, the iPhone 4 will help you meet your communications objectives just as well, if not better, than any smartphone device out there. With the ability to do video calling, it sets the stage for on-the-go web conferencing-type capabilities that give you a professional edge.

While you are away from your virtual office you can get up to seven hours of talk time on the new iPhone 4. And when you get back to home base you can download all the photos you took and send them to clients. You also get up to 40 hours of audio playback if you need to record parts of business meetings.

Virtual offices offer you the convenience of having a premium business address and a follow-me phone number so you don’t miss any calls while you are at lunch or in another country. And the iPhone 4 is a great choice for taking those calls, receiving your e-mail, taking photos, shooting videos and just about anything else you need to do on the thinnest ever mobile device.

If you hope to get your hands on a new iPhone 4, you may want to run by your Apple Store and pre-order it. Typically, iPhone launches leave long lines in cities like Manhattan and San Francisco. If, on the other hand, you want to reserve a virtual office space in metros like New York, the Bay Area, Miami and beyond, click here and Davinci Virtual will help you through a quick process.

Check out Jobs as he presents the flashy new iPhone 4.

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Virtual Offices Help Companies Expand into Atlanta

Thinking about expanding into Atlanta? Or maybe opening an office in an Atlanta suburb to compliment your strategic Peachtree location? If office costs are what’s holding you back, consider how the virtual office could help you expand into this bustling southern city.

First, let’s review the opportunity. Metro Atlanta is home to 13 Fortune 500 firms and 24 Fortune 1000 headquarters. That’s pretty impressive and could be a draw for your company, especially if you are targeting Fortune 500s as clients.

Atlanta is business-friendly. The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the mayor are actively involved in recruiting new companies and offer plenty of incentives. Atlanta also offers a vibrant workforce and an attractive quality of life.

You can lower your risk of expanding into Atlanta—or even opening an office for the first time in Atlanta—with virtual office space. It might surprise you to discover that you can rent virtual office space many locations in and around Atlanta for less than $100 a month. That’s a fraction of the cost of renting traditional office space.

Whether you need a virtual receptionist to give the personal touch to customers who call in or you need a premier business address in the Atlanta area, Davinci Virtual offers a suite of virtual office technologies that serve your business. Think of them as tools in your virtual toolbox that build your business.

With a virtual office, you don’t have to move key employees out to Atlanta—or even look for people to hire in Atlanta—to get off the ground there. Davinci Virtual offers you a local phone number, local address, and even a local conference room if you need to fly in and meet with a client face-to-face.

Pound for pound, companies looking to expand into Atlanta find greater value with a virtual office—even if it’s just as a virtual home base, of sorts, while they are looking for a permanent bricks-and-mortar office space.

Want a fun tour of downtown Atlanta? Check out this video:

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Davinci Offers Birmingham Virtual Office Promotion

Looking for a virtual office space in Birmingham, Alabama? Davinci Virtual has a deal for you! You can get your second month free when you sign a six month agreement at the Eagle Point Business Center.

The Eagle Point Business Center is located at 4000 Eagle Point Corporate Drive in Birmingham. The cost for this virtual office space is only $95 a month. For this price, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter, and a client drop off and pick up point. Your lobby listing is included as part of the monthly fee.

For an additional fee, you can also get mail forwarding and shipping services at this Birmingham virtual office. If you need to rent a conference room for a client presentation, you can do that for about $30 an hour. Same goes for a day office space. If you aren’t quite a full-time office user but you need more than the occasional day office, you can also opt for a 16-hour Day Office Package.

Birmingham is a great place to do business. Alabama offers considerable advantages for companies seeking a business location that will contribute to long-term success, starting with a labor pool of more than 2 million dedicated, reliable and skilled workers.

Alabama also offers a work force training system that has been ranked best in the nation, a transportation infrastructure that can meet the demands of companies in any sector, a competitive overall cost structure that is one of the country’s lowest and a prime location in the heart of the fast-growing U.S. South.

If your company is looking to expand into Birmingham, there’s never been a better time. You can test the waters with a virtual office space for six months, get one month free, and decide if you need to open up traditional office space—or if Davinci Virtual office space is suitable to meet the needs of your growing company.

Want to learn more about doing business in Birmingham? Watch this quick YouTube video:

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Why Growing Services Firms Are Choosing Virtual Office Space

It’s not must manufacturing that’s rebounding. The U.S. service sector is climbing, too. That means companies in industries like public relations, accounting, law and other “services” are picking up momentum after the recession.

According to the Institute for Supply, the non-manufacturing grew for the fifth consecutive month in May. In fact, the service sector actually added workers for the first time since December 2007, albeit just slightly. That’s a good sign for services firms from Los Angeles to New York and beyond.

Now, the question becomes how to handle that growth. Rather than rushing out to rent additional office space, growing service firms can opt for a virtual office.

Whether you need to add new employees but don’t have the additional desks in your traditional office space or your company’s status quo is to let employees work from home and meet once a week at a restaurant for a staff powwow, a virtual office can come to the rescue of busy, growing services firms.

With a virtual office, you can have a single local or 800 number for clients to call. When they do, they will be routed to the employee or department they are looking for automatically—no matter where that employee happens to be. Likewise, a virtual office gives your company a single, prestigious business address where you can receive all your mail and packages. You can even have mail forwarded to individual employees or they can stop by the physical location and pick it up at their convenience.

In fact, the key word with virtual office use among services firms is convenience. If you need to rent a conference room for a big client presentation, a virtual office provider makes that possible. If you need to do web conferencing with clients over seas, a virtual office provider makes that doable. Virtual office providers like Davinci Virtual offer an end-to-end virtual office system that can meet the needs of even the most demanding services firms.
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