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Construction Slows, Virtual Offices Grow

Several interesting economic indicators were released this week that have ramifications for U.S. employers: jobless claims decline, manufacturing surges and construction starts slow. What does all this mean for the virtual office? Good news.

The number of U.S. workers filing new unemployment claims declined by 6,000 last week. That means the economy is bleeding fewer jobs and may signal the beginnings of a recovery. But that’s not the only positive sign.

The Institute for Supply Management’s index of national factory activity rose to 59.6. That’s the highest since July 2004. Any number over 50 indicates manufacturing expansion. It’s too soon to tell how this is impacting cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Houston, but it bodes well for the big picture.

While all of this news could drive greater use of virtual offices, it’s the next economic indicator released this week that could have the greatest impact. U.S. construction spending declined for the fourth consecutive month in February, according to the Commerce Department. Construction is at its slowest rate in nearly eight years.

What does this mean? Fewer homes are being built in Miami, fewer retail outlets are underway in Chicago—and fewer office buildings are being constructed in Los Angeles. With virtual offices, it doesn’t make any difference if construction slows. Virtual offices don’t rely on bricks-and-mortar to the same extent that traditional office space does.

Virtual offices do offer conference rooms, meeting rooms, day offices and other on-site business amenities, but since most people who use virtual offices work from home or from the road most of the time, the virtual office industry can continue expanding even when the rest of the economy isn’t.

Virtual offices are an affordable alternative to physical office space. Laid off executives can rely on virtual offices to boot-strap a new business venture. Manufacturing companies looking to expand a sales force into a new territory can tap into virtual offices to present a professional business image. Virtual offices offer everything entrepreneurs and companies need to continue growing as the economy begins its recovery.

What Your Mother Never Told You About Time Management

Time management. It’s an issue that directly impacts productivity. So before you fly to your next meeting in Chicago, consider how virtual office space can help you save the trip—and get home in time for dinner.

Sure, you can make good use of travel time to catch up on reports, plan new projects or write business letters. But no matter how efficient you make your flight to Chicago (or Tampa or Raleigh, or wherever your business meeting happens to be), you are still wasting time passing through airport security, waiting for luggage and riding in cabs.

Virtual office space can make you more productive, more efficient—and save you money by making it easy for you to tap into technologies like computer mirroring, interactive presentations, and teleconferencing. Instead of standing in front of a projector in Chicago, you can sit in front of your computer screen—and share it with others—using technologies like Cisco’s WebEx.

In fact, these virtual office technologies aren’t just appropriate for meetings across the country. They are just as helpful for meetings with people in the same city, the same building or even the same general office space.

With everyone in front of their computers, handling tasks and making notes during the meeting, the whole team can be productive, whether they are on-site or working from a virtual office on the home front. The bottom line: virtual offices can help you with time management and can have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line.

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What Do Bank of America and Davinci Virtual Have in Common?

What do Bank of America and Davinci Virtual have in common? One common denominator is Cisco conferencing solutions.

Indeed, the big news on the Fortune 500 front today is video conferencing. Bank of America and Cisco on Monday announced an agreement to launch the largest network of Cisco TelePresence systems. The first 200 units will be installed across the bank’s global operations by year end.

But you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 to tap into the power of Cisco’s video conferencing solutions. When you work with Davinci Virtual, you can get preferred pricing on Cisco’s WebEx online meetings and web conferencing.

Right from your virtual office in Atlanta, you can log into WebEx and initiate conferences with clients in Manhattan, partners in Seattle, employees in Miami—and prospects all over the world.

Bank of America is using Cisco’s video conferencing solutions to help its associates at its headquarters in Charlotte, as well as employees in other locations, collaborate and integrate even more effectively. Bank of America said the technology will also help associates better manage work-life balance by providing flexible meeting options, and in some cases reducing the need to travel.

Of course, you don’t need a full-blown TelePresence system to drive more collaboration, work-life balance and reduced travel. Davinci’s virtual office packages offer communications extras like Cisco’s WebEx with no set up fee for just $69.95 a month.

So whether your virtual office is headquartered in Cleveland, San Jose, Chicago or somewhere else, Davinci Virtual makes signing up with a reputable video conferencing solution as easy as clicking a few buttons.

Enter Davinci Virtuals iPad Sweepstakes

What do you get when you cross a virtual office with an iPad? Plenty of coolness.

The much-anticipated Apple iPad is making its way to market on April 3—and Davinci Virtual is giving one lucky person the opportunity to win one of the tablet devices for free in its iPad sweepstakes.

Have you seen the commercials for the iPad? Apple is positioning it as a "magical and revolutionary" device, something completely new that lets you connect with your apps in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way.

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 set to revolutionize 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. The drawing is June 1, 2010.