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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.

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.


Getting Your Virtual Assistant to Help with Facebook, Part 3

Getting Your Virtual Assistant to Help with Facebook, Part 2

Did you know Facebook just overtook Google as the most visited site on the Web? According to the latest Hitwise analysis, Facebook now boasts just a little bit more traffic than the leading search engine.

What does that mean to you? If you aren’t already on Facebook, it’s time to get busy building your social networking profile. The good news is your virtual assistant can help you get up and running on Facebook – then help you make the most of this social media platform for professional purposes.

In yesterday’s column, we looked at looked at some basic tips for professionals who use Facebook and how your virtual assistant can help you get up and running. Today, we’ll dive a little deeper with more strategies that can help you make the most of the most-trafficked property on the Internet.

Get Connected
Now that you are on Facebook, be sure that your virtual assistant cross-pollinate your social media efforts. You can tie your Facebook account to your Twitter account and your Twitter account can feed your LinkedIn account. Make sure your virtual assistant takes advantage of the widgets available to connect your social media world.

Post Business Updates

Give your virtual assistant updates that relate to your business. If you just landed a new client, you can share the news on Facebook. If you just completed a major assignment and received a client testimonial, you can post that as well.

Keep it Useful
You should also post information that might be helpful to your Facebook “friends,” such as industry articles. Your virtual assistant can scout out articles on Google News that might relate to the interests of your friends, then post them as links on your wall.

Marketing Ops
Although you don’t want to spam your Facebook friends, your virtual assistant can post promotions on your wall. Why not give your friends first dibs on the discounts your company offers as a perk for being your social networking buddy?

Need more Facebook tips for professionals? Come back tomorrow for the final part in our social media strategy series. Got some tips of your own to share? Leave a comment below.