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Ways to Unblock Creativity Blocks

DVO_Week52_2No matter how creative you are, there are times when you will face mental blocks that disrupt your flow of ideas. During these times, it is important to find new ways to unleash your creativity. With a few shakes and rattles, you’ll be right back on track for your big ideas.

Happy Workspace

Is your workspace conducive to the creative process? Consider doing a little spring cleaning. Remove clutter and other distractions hindering your free flow of ideas. Have necessary materials on hand, such as paper, pens, markers, and reference books. Try re-decorating your space with objects that help cultivate creativity, like fun colors, plants, or inspiring images. A fun work environment helps those stuck ideas fly free.

Midnight, Dawn, 2pm

Know your peak periods of creativity. Our brains do not operate at 100 percent efficiency at all times. Some people work better in the morning, others in the afternoon. Note the time when you concentrate the best and typically produce the most ideas. Set aside this time for creative thinking. You will have a better chance of stimulating creative thinking, generating ideas, and overcoming mental blocks during this time of optimum brain performance.

What Dreams are Made of

If your creative mind is really blocked, try stepping outside of the box. Literally. Go for a long walk outside or read an article or two of things not related to work. Try out mind mapping exercises, where you turn random words into creative ideas. Surrounding yourself with creative people and bouncing ideas off of them also helps.

It happens to all of us. Some days, creative ideas just get stuck. By using a few of these steps, help unblock your mind to finally enjoy those big ideas waiting to be set free.
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The Long View in Bellevue

DVO_Week52_1You've got the right stuff and you're ready to be a trailblazer, setting the world off kilter with big ideas. Move over Microsoft and Nintendo, because you have what it takes and you're ready to take Bellevue by storm.

Sitting on the edge of Lake Washington, poised across from the bustling city of Seattle, Bellevue is a buzzing hive of activity, and is the place to be for an entrepreneur with savvy. You know that making it is all about timing and location. You're ready to get your piece of the pie in the city that CNNMoney once rated as the best place in the country to launch a business. There's only one problem. As a start-up business with a fresh, new concept, you're on a tight budget. You need to host meetings, create presentations that will win investors over, and hobnob with the best of them, but you can't do this in your basement or a cubby hole of an office space. Davinci meeting rooms is the solution for you.

Figure out the time, the supplies you need, and what kind of technology is best suited for your presentations. Host in style, enjoying Bellevue's reputation and it’s a great draw to others in the techie world. Whether you’re flying in for an afternoon, settling in for a week to get your point across, or plan on setting up shop for a few weeks or months, Davinci meeting rooms are all about convenience and fully-equipped accommodations. The only thing you need to do is show up. Everything else will be ready and waiting. Savor the sweet taste of success because it will be coming your way when you tap into all of Bellevue's assets. There's no need to strap yourself for cash by investing in a long-term lease when you have Davinci.
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Making Your Mark with Billionaires in Omaha

DVO_Week51_3Say you’re a young business owner with dreams of succeeding in the business world of Omaha. It’s brutal out there, and start-ups have a tough time surviving in the first few years. You’ve read about all the business models, but realize there’s a key ingredient to make your business thrive: reputation.

Like the Oracle of Omaha himself – yes, we mean Warren Buffet - you know that it takes hard work and savvy business strategies to go from a start-up to an empire. Davinci virtual offices give you a leg up on the competition. Through Davinci, you can rent an address attached to prime executive suites in Omaha. Since you are renting the address and not the building, you receive the prestige and esteem of the location, without the heavy costs to match. Use this address on all of your official documents and website, and still receive mail when it’s forwarded from downtown Omaha to your desired location.

Small businesses make up a large part of corporate America, and operating remotely with a virtual office can give you, the up-and-coming entrepreneur, clout to compete with the big guys. Omaha is a great place to launch your business, as it is home to other bigwigs like Buffett, Union Pacific, Omaha Steaks, and Bozell.

With a reputation like that, you’re bound to make your mark. As Buffet advises, follow your passion while being smart with your money. Operating remotely through Davinci virtual office solutions allow you to do just that.
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How to Start a Non-Profit Organization

Starting a non-profit organization is a great way to give back to your community. Whether it’s something big or small, you can contribute to a great cause you think needs a helping hand. Starting a non-profit organization does take a little research, however. Consider these few items on your check-list, before you’re out there pounding the pavement.

First Steps

Before you finalize your plans, it's a good idea to do plenty of research. Is there a real need in the community you plan to serve? What kind of population will you focus on? For example, if you plan on giving scholarships, will you focus on new immigrants, older returning students, or a different group? If several other non-profits and foundations already serve that population, who is being underserved? Make sure your idea fills a need.

Legal Questions

Determine whether the goals of your organization fit the requirements of a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Consulting a lawyer to help you with the paperwork is never a bad idea. A lawyer may also advise you on the regulations and limitations of the foundation and help you draft procedures. You don’t want to run the risk of incorrect taxes each April.

Your Business Plan

Even though your organization will not make a profit, it's a real business. Questions of marketing, employee salaries, and budgeting are all relevant. When you're writing your business plan, be sure to keep your organization's ultimate goals in mind. This plan should include a budget, a plan for marketing, and a realistic analysis of your non-profit's strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities.

Your Office Space

Will you need a physical office space or will you be working from home? In the beginning, a home base usually makes more financial sense. You can still organize volunteers and seek out grants right from your living room. You may also want to look into tools like Davinci virtual office solutions, to gain some instant credibility. Davinci virtual office solutions allow you to rent an office address in nearly all major cities in the US. When it comes down to asking for donations and volunteer service, you may gain more trust with an office location, rather than your apartment address in the suburbs.

Starting a non-profit organization is a great way to give back to your town and community. By keeping these steps and questions in mind, you’ll be on your way from fostering an idea to getting out there and helping the people.

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Beverly Hills Style on a Shoestring Budget

DVO_Week51_1You’re a fashion designer who has just created your first collection. While the clothes are great, it's been hard getting anyone to even look at it. You’re competing against dozens of other designers to get their work noticed, and your address isn’t helping.

You might have your large workshop in Nebraska due to cheap rent, but not many in the elite fashion world will take a designer from Nebraska seriously. A fashion house based in Beverly Hills, however, is a different story. Beverly Hills is the epicenter of style and all things trendy. However, you don’t have to look at the rental prices to know lease prices in this flashy town are through the stratosphere. Your small fashion house could be wiped out in a couple of months, if you had to pay rent that high for studio space.

While most Beverly Hills start-ups have to choose between paying ridiculously high rent or being located outside of the city, you don't have to make this choice. Davinci virtual office solutions are a great way for your business to be able to have a real address in Beverly Hills without running through all of its profits. To do this, Davinci lets you rent the Beverly Hills address for your business.

This allows you to work from wherever you want, whether it’s in California, Nebraska, or elsewhere. Davinci virtual office solutions give your company an address you can use on all of your mail, business cards, and advertising. Davinci will forward all of the mail from your new clients to your actual work space. With this arrangement, you’ll get all the prestige from having a Beverly Hills address, without the overpriced rent to match. Now that’s stylish.
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