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Save Gas with a Virtual Office Space

From Seattle to Los Angeles to Philadelphia and beyond, gas prices are down across the nation. And in some places gas prices are still dropping. So says the AAA.

The national average price for gas is $2.72 a gallon for regular fuel. That’s down about 16 cents a gallon from just a month ago, but not quite as low as the $2.51 from this time last year.

This is good news if you are planning to drive somewhere for your summer vacation. But if you work from a virtual office year-round, then gas prices—whether they go up or down—aren’t a major drama for you.

That’s because when you work from a virtual office you are saving potentially hundreds of dollars every year on gas—by not driving to a traditional office space. If you work from home and rely on virtual office technologies, you can save much more than the dollars you invest each month—and not just in gas but in productivity you lose when you drive to an office space.

With a virtual office space, you can get an 800 number, a professional business address that accepts mail and packages, and access to a meeting room on those days where you need to meet with a client face to face. You also can tap into services like virtual receptionists or web conferencing that help you further drive up your productivity.

Whether you are the type who waits for the news of a gas price drop to fill up, or you just welcome the news of more ways to cut business costs, Davinci Virtual has a host of low-cost virtual office solutions that can help you save money and increase productivity so you can better enjoy your summer vacation.

Want some tips on saving money on gas when you do drive? Watch this quick video for steps you can take to cut down on your fuel consumption.


Virtual Offices Could Mitigate Extremely Active 2010 Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is expecting an “active to extremely active” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin this year.

The six-month hurricane season begins June 1. NOAA is predicting a 70 percent possibility of between 14 to 23 named storms, between eight and 14 hurricanes, and between three and seven major hurricanes. NOAA classifies major hurricanes as those that fall into Category 3, 4 and 5 with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

“If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,” says Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall. In short, we urge everyone to be prepared.”

That’s bad news for cities on the Atlantic coast, like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and even further north. One way to mitigate the risk of business interruption during a storm is a virtual office space.

The virtual office can help you keep your business humming even during extended power outages. With a virtual office you get an 800 number that clients can call whether or not you are there to answer.

Better yet, you can get a virtual receptionist to answer the calls, take messages, answer questions about your products and services, give status updates to clients in the wake of the storm, or even continue to make outbound sales calls while you are in recovery mode.

A virtual office company like Davinci Virtual can even help you with temporary office space in another city. Davinci Virtual has a virtual office network that spans every state in the U.S. So whether you are in Houston fleeing north or Tampa fleeing south, you’ll find a Davinci virtual office standing by to accommodating your temporary office needs.

Check out this video report from Bloomberg on the 2010 hurricane season.


What Do Smoking Babies and Virtual Offices Have in Common?

Have you a seen the video of the two-year-old Ardi Rizai who spokes two packs of cigarettes a day? This really disturbed me. (Scroll down to see it below if you haven't already.)

Contrast that with the headline of Barbara Izzraelli, 49, who just won $8 million in a smoking suit against RJ Reynolds. She blamed the tobacco company for her larynx cancer. If that’s not enough, there’s the new gene study that reveals the heavy tool of smoking—it’s the biggest single biggest cause of lung cancer.

Whether you want to get away from second hand smoke in a traditional office or you want to be able to smoke while you work without getting dirty looks from your colleagues, a virtual office can solve the problem. A virtual office gives you the freedom to smoke when you want to smoke—or to avoid the smoke from your co-workers.

Of course, a virtual office offers much more than that. With a virtual office, you can save plenty of cash on traditional office space. Virtual offices start at $99 a month or less at many major metropolitan locations like Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle. If you smoke two packs of cigarettes a day like baby Ardi, then think of it this way: You can get a virtual office for about a third of the cost of smoking cigarettes each month.

Beyond cost savings, you also get privacy with a virtual office. When you sign up for a virtual office in Atlanta, for example, you’ll get a prestigious business address. That means clients won’t come knocking on your door because they don’t know where you live. The same holds true for the phone number. You can get an 800 or local phone number that is directed to your home or cell phone at will, or routed to an answering service. That means you don’t have to give out your private information.

As the world continues in its outrage about the two-year-old smoking baby, take this time to reflect on two things: your own smoking habits and your own officing habits. If you are a smoker, this might be a good time to stop. And if you are paying too much for your traditional office space, this might be a good time to rent a virtual office space instead.


Miami Herald Columnist Chronicles Rise of Telecommuting

Telecommuting is on the rise. So says an article in the Miami Herald this morning. Let’s read a excerpt from the article by Cindy Krischer Goodman:

“When you can read your e-mail at the beach, hold a videoconference in your dining room and chat with a co-worker from a doctor's waiting room, is there finally a new definition of “the office''? The numbers say yes.

“Teleworking -- working remotely at least one day a week -- is on the rise, driven by businesses desperate to cut costs, a new emphasis on the green movement and the increasing availability of a high-speed Internet connection. Today, more than 34 million U.S. adults telecommute at least occasionally and that number is expected to swell to 63 million -- or 43 percent of U.S. workers -- by 2016.”

If this is all true, and it is, then employees who telecommute needs virtual office technologies to help them remain productive and competitive. Companies looking to save money on office space without reducing the workforce they need to get the job done are turning to virtual office space.

Virtual office space gives companies many of the conveniences of a full-time office space without the high overhead. Whether your company is just trimming size of its bricks-and-mortar facility commitments to reduce office lease costs—which may necessitate that some of your valued employees telecommute—or expanding into new locations without the budget to rent traditional office space, virtual offices can help you drive efficiencies in any economy.

When you rent a virtual office space, you can access an 800 or local phone number with multiple extensions. When clients call into the main number, their calls can be routed automatically behind the scenes to your employees, whether they are working from a home office in Atlanta or in your corporate offices in Chicago. It’s seamless.

The virtual office is an ideal solution for companies that are exploring telework. The Miami Herald article did a fine job of explaining why more companies are telecommuting. The reporter left out one important aspect of making it run more smoothly, though: virtual office space. Sure, you can telecommute without a virtual office space, but considering all the many benefits of virtual office technologies, why would you want to?

Check out this video for telecommuting issues for moms.


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.