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The Value of Virtual Offices in a Recession

The economy is definitely improving in many areas, but the arbiters who declare the beginning and end of economic woes aren’t quite ready to declare an end to the Great Recession just yet.

On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the group of economists who make the declarations, declined to signal an end to the recession it said officially began in December 2007.

“Although most indicators have turned up, the committee decided that the determination of the trough date on the basis of current data would be premature,” the National Bureau of Economic Research said in a statement. “Many indicators are quite preliminary at this time and will be revised in coming months.”

Virtual offices in a recession
Many companies have discovered the value of virtual offices in a recession. The virtual office is a low-cost alternative to traditional office space, yet still gives entrepreneurs, small businesses and expanding enterprises access to all the office bells and whistles on demand.

With a virtual office, cautious companies can launch with a prestigious business address, a local or 800 phone number, and still work from a home office. Entrepreneurs who need to have a client meeting don’t have to invite the client to their home, or even a restaurant. Virtual office providers like Davinci Virtual offer meeting rooms and day offices for rent by the hour.

The virtual office has gained momentum from New York City to Seattle and most cities in between during the recession because it’s the most flexible, value-oriented officing solution on the market today. When you compare the cost of a virtual office at about $75 a month to renting an office space, even one for as little as $350 a month, it the value of virtual offices become clear.

Of course, there are other alternatives, such as co-working or jelly groups rising up in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. Although co-working is a less expensive way to tap into shared office space, virtual offices still let you work from the privacy of your own home without the distractions of other entrepreneurs.

Should Tiger Woods Use a Virtual Office?

Tiger Woods is tearing up the greens at the Masters. On the first day of the tournament he made his best impression ever, shooting a 68. That’s his lowest opening round at the Masters. What does this prove? First impressions count.

Davinci Virtual also subscribes to this philosophy. In fact, Davinci Virtual has trademarked the phrase “First impressions count.” The company works to help you “establish instant credibility and project the image your company deserves” with its virtual offices, live receptionists, web chat and other services.

Whether your business is located in Houston, Raleigh or Augusta—the home of the Masters—a virtual office can allow you the liberty to work from a home office or a café somewhere on the road without missing any important calls.

Virtual offices offer you a prestigious business address where you can have clients deliver mail and other packages. You also get a phone number, either with a local or toll-free area code. And if you need a meeting room or day office space, a virtual office gives you low-cost access to the space and the equipment you need to get the job done.

So if you can turn your attention away from Tiger Woods as he starts Round 2 at the Masters today, check into the possibilities of a virtual office. Just as Woods played a nearly flawless round on Thursday, you can present a nearly flawless business image when you leverage the power of virtual offices.


What Airline Mergers Mean for Road Warriors

The rumor mill is churning with news reports that US Airways Group and UAL Group, the parent company of United Airlines, are once again discussing a merger. According to media reports, the talks are still in early stages and could disintegrate at any point.

What does this have to do with virtual offices? We'll get to that in a minute.

The merger talks come in the face of ongoing struggles in the airline industry. A merger would allow US Airways and United to cut operating expenses by eliminating duplicate functions within the company and eliminating duplicate routes where demand doesn’t sustain the flights.

As the airline industry continues to feel the pain, however, virtual offices and associated virtual technologies are getting momentum in the marketplace. Virtual offices let companies and their employees be more productive with less travel.

For example, a virtual office allows employees to telecommute at least part time while still tapping into the company’s phone systems. When companies subscribe to virtual office solutions, traveling employees can use day office space, meeting rooms and conference rooms at any Davinci Virtual location as a road warrior rest stop.

But more directly related to the merger talks between US Airways and United Airlines, virtual offices come with add on services like web conferencing that can significantly reduce and even eliminate the need for air travel. Davinci Virtual offers low-cost monthly access to Cisco’s WebEx to its virtual office customers, making it easy and affordable to tap into the service, and allowing companies to save thousand of dollars on airline travel and hotel expenses.


Indonesia Earthquake Signals Need for Virtual Office Backups

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Indonesia. The earthquake hit the island of Sumatra. The earthquake triggered a tsunami watch. As earthquakes continue to malign various parts of the world, it's time for businesses to consider disaster recovery plans, which include virtual offices.

A business continuity or disaster management plan is vital for companies that can't afford business interruptions. You may not be able to stop a hurricane from hitting Miami, an earthquake from hitting San Francisco or a Tornado from hitting Kansas, but you can put plans in place to allow employees to work remotely in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Virtual offices offer that security. Live receptionists, web chat and other virtual office technologies can also ensure business continues as planned when you aren't available to deal with incoming calls. With a virtual office space, your employees could be scattered across various states but could still have calls forwarded to cell phones or other places from which they may be doing business.

What's more, when you rent virtual office space from Davinci Virtual, you can tap into part-time office space at a low cost while you are away from your home base. Rather than working from a coffee shop, Davinci Virtual offers access to meeting rooms and day offices with all the office equipment and Internet connections you need to keep doing business until you can return to the office.

CNBC Investigates Virtual Offices

CNBC is featuring virtual offices in a segment called I thought the segment did a good job of explaining many of the benefits of virtual offices.

It starts out, "When you hear the words virtual office, what do you think of? A laptop or a Blackberry maybe? I bet a desk and break room never crossed your mind. But virtual offices are quickly becoming a solution for small businesses that want to enter new markets, but without the high cost." The Wall Street Journal's business editor then went on to discuss the virtue of virtual offices. Check out the video below.

When CNBC starts featuring virtual offices, you know it's a bona fide trend. Davinci is the leader in the virtual office world. Davinci's virtual offices and virtual office services offer small businesses a myriad of services, including a local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, online command center, unified messaging, voicemail to email, fax to e-mail.

If that's not enough, you can also tap into the power of professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, live call answering, screening and forwarding, find me, follow me, surveys, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more. Whatever your communcations needs, Davinci Virtual has it covered.