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Should Pregnant Women Use Virtual Office Space?

Pregnant women that get the swine flu are at high risk of serious complications—both for themselves and their unborn baby. So says a study that appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.

"Little data are available regarding fetal outcomes and mortality rates among H1N1-infected mothers," the researchers wrote. "Of the 18 patients in this series, one had a spontaneous abortion and one died postnatally from complications of extreme prematurity and sepsis. H1N1 poses a serious health threat to pregnant patients."

Of course, it stands to reason that the H1N1 flu would be a danger to pregnant women. It’s a danger to many people. But what if a pregnant woman doesn’t want to get a H1N1 vaccination? With all the news about how vaccinations can harm children, some natural-minded pregnant women may not want to take the perceived risk of getting vaccinated.

Well, pregnant women can reduce their risks by working in a virtual office. Companies who employ pregnant women might consider allowing them to telecommute using virtual office technologies to stay in touch with clients and colleagues. With a virtual office, people are less exposed to flues that travel quickly throughout a traditional office.

A virtual office space can also offer an added bonus for the company: greater productivity. Greater productivity has been tied to telecommuting in study after study. In the case of a pregnant woman, the virtual office would give her the flexibility to work hours that are most convenient without sacrificing productivity or quality of work.

With a virtual office system, the pregnant worker could take naps at certain times of the day and arrange her work schedule around doctor visits. Indeed, a virtual office could do more than help pregnant women avoid the risks of H1N1. It could help companies empower them to live a more balanced life during the pregnancy.

Want to learn more about the risks of H1N1 to pregnant women? Watch this video on how pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies.

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British Airways Strike Highlights Virtual Office Conveniences

Another crisis has hit the airline industry—and it’s impacting international travelers. Could it be time to rethink the virtual office?

British Airways Flight Attendants launched a five-day strike on Monday to protest the failure of the union and the airline to come to terms on a cost-cutting plan.

About 40 percent of British Airways’ scheduled departures and 30 percent of its arrivals at London Heathrow were canceled as of Monday morning, the airline’s Web site reveals. British Airways plans to cancel nearly 50 percent of its flights departing from Heathrow during the strike.

Here again is an example of how virtual office technologies can come through in a pinch. Road warriors looking to fly from New York City to Düsseldorf, Germany will see flight delays and reroutes this week. But they can avoid the hassle of long waits in airports and missed business appointments with virtual office technologies like web conferencing.

Web conferencing is part and parcel of virtual office packages from Davinci Virtual. Davinci taps into the power of Cisco WebEx to enhance its virtual office offerings. As Cisco describes it, WebEx is an easy way to exchange ideas and information with anyone, anywhere. It combines real-time desktop sharing with phone conferencing, so everyone sees the same thing as you talk.

Some people call this web conferencing because of the web + phone sharing. Others call it online meeting because they take care of business online like they do in in-person meetings. Either way, Davinci Virtual offers this service as an affordable add on to a virtual office package through its partnership with Cisco.

So whether you are weary of issues with the airlines or just want to reduce travel as a general endeavor to cut business costs, consider how Davinci’s virtual office technologies can help you reach your goals. Click here to learn more about adding web conferencing to your virtual office package.

Want more information on the British Airways strike? Check out this video:

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Davinci Virtual Gives Away Free iPad

As announced weeks ago, Davinci Virtual is giving away a free iPad in our iPad Sweepstakes. The drawing is going to be held on June 1—that's just days away.

The iPad giveaway could be a boon to your virtual office. And even more so these days because the iPad is hard to come by. Indeed, spot shortages of iPads are spreading.

Analysts at Piper Jaffray reportedly called 50 Apple stores this past week. What they discovered was a "very limited" supply of iPads. Specifically, 74 percent of the stores were completely sold out all models. One hundred percent of the Apple stores were sold out of the 3G model and only 26 percent had Wi-Fi models left to sell.

So if you've been thinking about adding an iPad to your virtual office arsenal, well, you'd better start calling Apple stores in your area in a hurry. And if you discover that your virtual office mobile productivity dreams are shattered by the short supply, hurry up and enter Davinci Virtual's iPad sweepstakes.

You don't have to be a Davinci Virtual office customer to enter the sweepstakes. Just click here and fill out the form you find on the page. Full disclosure: a Davinci Virtual office representative will contact you to find out more about how a virtual office can meet your business needs. You'll find a no-pressure, educational approach.

If you've been hankering for an iPad and can't find one, taking a moment to learn about Davinci's virtual offices could pave the way for you to receive a shiny new iPad. And, what's even better, it could pave the way for a virtual office system that helps you drive the productivity you need to remain competitive.

Can the iPad really be used for business purposes? Check out this video and decide for yourself:

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Unemployed Entrepreneurs Turn to Virtual Offices

Are you unemployed? After watching jobless claims decline for weeks, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits were up 25,000 from the previous week. That’s the biggest jump since the 40,000 gain in February.

What does this unexpected rise mean? It means that the economy may be improving, but it hasn’t completely trickled down to the labor market yet. The Labor Department said there were no unusual factors to account for the increase.

If you are among those who have filed for unemployment benefits and are pursuing entrepreneurial interests even as you hunt for a new job, consider how a virtual office could give your bootstrapped start-up an advantage.

Think about it. You have a good idea. You have time on your hands to execute the idea. But you don’t have the cash to rent a traditional office space. And you can’t afford to have your kids accidentally pick up the phone when a potential customer calls. A virtual office space can help you avoid that scenario.

A virtual office space gives unemployed entrepreneurs an image boost by offering a prestigious business address, an 800 or local phone number with an auto attendant, and access to meeting and conference rooms that you can rent on an hourly basis to meet with clients. The virtual office location, whether it’s in Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Orlando or Boston, can forward any mail you receive to your home office, and accept packages from UPS or FedEx on your behalf.

The virtual office gives you the opportunity to launch a business with a professional image without breaking the bank. With budgets tighter for families that have members collecting unemployment, every penny counts. Virtual offices help you make those pennies, and dollars, stretch further as you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams.

For less than $100 a month, you can set up offices not only locally, but you can also open a few locations in different cities around the country if your business model demands that reach. Davinci Virtual ahs over 600 locations in the U.S., so as your small business grows your virtual office presence can grow with you.

Check out this video on how to cut office expenses...

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Virtual Offices Relieve Stressed—Even Before Age 50

Are you stressed? Well, you have two options for relieving some of that stress: wait until you are over 50 or rent a virtual office.

A new study called “A snapshot of the age distribution of psychological well-being in the U.S., shows that after age 50, life perceptions are more positive and feelings of worry or stress decline. This perception is consistent after age 50, regardless of certain life circumstances.

In fact, two negative emotions, stress and anger, showed declines throughout life. The pattern for another negative emotion, worry, showed a different pattern. It tended to hold steady until about age 50, when it took a sharp decline. Sadness showed a slightly inverted U-pattern over age.

If you are a long way from 50, don’t get worried, angry or sad. Just look for other ways to relieve your stress. A virtual office from Davinci Virtual—and maybe a virtual assistant and a virtual receptionist to go along with it—are one way to raise your productivity and lower your stress.

A virtual office can lower your stress in many ways. First of all, working from home where there are no distractions can be much less stressful than working in a traditional office where people are interrupting you constantly. When you are trying to meet deadlines, interruptions are especially stressful. A virtual office lets you maintain a professional image from the privacy of your own home, giving you a 800 or local phone number and prestigious address that’s not associated with your residence.

In addition to virtual offices, a virtual assistant can also help take the load of stress from your shoulders by taking on tasks that need to be done—but aren’t part of your core business. Virtual assistants can help you work more productively by allowing you to spend your time doing what you are best at. Likewise, virtual receptionists can field calls, take messages, take orders and even make outbound sales calls while you keep your head down in other tasks.

It’s good news that our stress levels naturally go down after the age of 50, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take measured steps to reduce stress in the workplace. A virtual office is not a panacea, per se, but a virtual office is one way to help you avoid stressful distractions that hinder your productivity.

Want more tips for reducing workplace stress? Watch this video for three ways to reduce stress in the workplace:

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