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Will Virtual Offices Make their Debut at CTIA?

The CTIA show is underway in Las Vegas this week. But for all the new Android-powered mobile phones, netbooks and other electronics devices, there is yet a set of innovative technologies that won’t be featured at the show: virtual offices.

Virtual offices are based on cost-saving technologies that aim to help entrepreneurs, small and large businesses alike do business more efficiently. Whether you are starting up a new firm or expanding into new markets, virtual office technologies can help you do more with less.

Virtual offices are more than just a prestigious business address and an 800 number. Virtual office systems include live answering and call forwarding services, access to high-tech conference rooms and even the availability of video conferencing and Live Web Chat services.

Virtual offices are changing the face of the office scene as companies look for ways to cut costs, drive operational efficiencies, and even recruit talent in remote locations by allowing them to work from a home office in their current city rather transfer to your corporate headquarters. Virtual offices are also a professional option in today’s mobile world, where road warriors may not spend much time at headquarters, but still need mail pick up and call forwarding services.

So while the CTIA continues to showcase the latest technological bells and whistles, keep in mind that virtual offices may not seem sexy, but they are faithful to serve the communications needs of your growing company.
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What Father Didn’t Know About Virtual Offices

What are your favorite sitcoms? They don’t make them like they used to. I mean, you don’t see George Lopez heading out the door with his briefcase in suit and tie ala Father Knows Best. If Jim Anderson were living in the 21st Century, he’d be might even be working from a virtual office.

Virtual offices let companies of all sizes—even one-man shows—do business more efficiently so they can spend more time with their family. A virtual office offers a prestigious business address, live receptionist services, mail sorting, call routing and even access to equipment that you probably would never invest in for a home office, like a copy machine and teleconferencing software.

What’s more, if you need to meet a client face to face the virtual office concept lets you schedule a presentation in a conference room. If you need extra help with your business, you can even hire a virtual assistant without having to worry about their professionalism because virtual office providers strictly screen their employees.

Imagine if the fictional characters Jim Anderson—or even George Lopez—could save all the time they took commuting to and from work. By using a virtual office, they could spend more time with their families, enjoy better work-life balance, and while they are at it, not waste money on gas driving through traffic every day.

Call me a traditionalist. I like the old family sit-coms like Father Knows Best, and I like traditional values that include family time. A virtual office can make it possible to pursue those traditional values in a hectic 21st Century.
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Taking a Page out of Barnes and Noble’s Digital Book

Barnes & Noble just announced a new CEO that industry analysts say is well-suited to help the bricks-and-mortar behemoth drive deeper into the digital age.

William Lynch will work to help Barnes & Noble compete with Apple and Amazon.com to drive the continuing expansion of the company’s e-commerce platform, e-books and other digital content and products.

What about your company? Would driving deeper into the digital age with a virtual office help your firm compete more effectively? Would services like Live Receptionists give your business a more professional image? Could virtual assistants help you deal with mundane tasks so you can get more important work done? The answer for many companies is a resounding yes.

When you use a virtual office, your business is not confined to one location – and neither are your recruiting capabilities. You can work with employees all over the city, state, country or even world with digital technologies, relying on a single virtual office address, phone number, answering service and more to present a unified corporate image.

All of your mail is sent to one address, but your employees could be working in different time zones. All of your phone calls come to one number, but can be routed to individual home offices of your virtual workers. You get the idea.

So take a page out of Barnes & Noble’s digital book (pun intended) and get up to speed on digital technologies -- like virtual offices -- that can help you streamline your processes, drive business growth and outpace your competition.

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