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On Demand Virtual Offices Make Business in San Francisco a Reality

DVO_week21_1The cutting edge of today’s business game is “on demand.” Much like cable services, businesses like the idea of having what they need available whenever they need it. When it comes to business - virtual services offer the type of on demand assistance that are particularly useful in swanky places like San Francisco.

Most every entrepreneur and small business owner understands they can really grow and flourish when they have a primo business location. That’s a no brainer - but what isn’t a no brainer is how they can ever afford one. This is where virtual offices are critical. Because if your target market is San Fran - whether it is for B2B or general clientele - you better have an address there. Otherwise, companies may not be so interested in doing business with you. That’s just the harsh reality of it. There are so many companies competing for the same business these days that when people can buy local, they do.

Virtual office services offer every advantage traditional offices do - but without the sticker shock. Instead, you get a service that handles and forwards phone calls, mail and all that good stuff new and existing companies need to run a business poised for success.

The best part of having a virtual office is that it doesn’t need to be apparent that you don’t have a physical location all to yourself. The truth is that you can get your calls at a San Fran number, your mail at a kick ass address, and when you need it, use a conference room in the area when you want to take a meeting.

Personally, I really like the idea of being able to run a business professionally without spending money on a full time physical office. Besides, that gives me plenty of chances to be away - not that I really need an excuse!
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Walnut Creek Virtual Conference Rooms Make Business Easier

DVO_week20_3Just outside of San Francisco - around a 40 minute hop off the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) is Walnut Creek. For start-ups and small business owners, virtual services offer a great alternative to paying those stiflingly high commercial rents. Known as a tech mecca - a lot of entrepreneurs do well with a business address that reflects well with those they are pursuing as business prospects. For San Francisco, Walnut Creek is one of those places which resonate with the locals.

A friend of mine decided to sign up for a virtual office plan at www.davincivirtual.com. The plan not only provides a Live Receptionist who answers and forwards his calls, but includes forwarding his mail, too. Whether he's away or working at home, he gets his vital business communication without delay, it is a very handy perk. The best part is that no one is the wiser.

When he organized a virtual conference, he used the Walnut Creek address and was able to make a good impression on people from the Bay area and other places. Many people are not able to attend a physical conference these days due to the expense. By the time they pay for travel, time off from work, and other expenses, it is often not cost effective. That's why it's easier to entice people into attending a virtual conference. Organizing the whole thing is also a lot less overwhelming.

Because his address is that of a prominent Walnut Creek office building, people pay attention to him in ways he was not able to finesse before. Now his business is growing by leaps and bounds -- and the cost for the virtual services is well under what he has spent in the past for other business services. One of the biggest perks is he can use that address on his marketing materials - in local marketing all around town and on the web, too.
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Virtual Team Meetings

DVO_week20_2Many people dream of building an online business and being able to work from virtually anywhere. It is important to stay focused on goals because working virtually is not always the easiest way to earn a paycheck. The concept is easy enough, but when you are constantly being bombarded by distractions take the necessary steps to stay in tune with your work.
Working virtually still means adhering to schedules and deadlines. It also doesn’t necessarily mean working alone. It is often mandatory to have a team in place to help with your work. Sometimes we feel working with others keeps us back because we have to wait on them to finish their portion of the project. However, in the long run, team formation should work to your advantage.
To ensure everyone is working to the deadline, connect with one another regularly. If the project will take a month, then meeting virtually could occur once a week. Meeting regularly builds confidence and keeps loyalty for the project intact. There are several ways to connect virtually.
Virtual teams could type their messages through a number of online portals or a telephone messaging system. Messaging is often done on the fly when a real conversation would take too much time from the work at hand. Video conferencing is very popular and can also be done through many online sources. It is often the preferred mode of communication for virtual teams. This way they get to meet face to face although they may be cities or even countries apart.
The best thing about these virtual meeting places is they are often free or available at low cost. Another bonus is that you don’t have to wait for your 14 year old to assist you because all the interfaces are user friendly.

When you meet virtually, follow the same rules you would go by if you were meeting in person. Plan an agenda to follow and fax or email it to your counterparts. This will help you all stay on track.
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Fort Worth Virtual Offices Make Business Start Up Affordable

DVO_week20_1Despite the fact that small business lending in Fort Worth has increased as much as 52 percent over the last few years, entrepreneurs still face a lot of financial challenges. Just like the cost of living has gone up, business expenses have, too. It always amazes me how costs go up but your salary seems to stay the same.
Even though billions in working capital, lines of credit, commercial mortgages, and business credit cards have gone to small businesses. These companies must still manage their expenses like a tightrope.

However, entrepreneurs in the Fort Worth area can take matters into their own hands to get ahead. Rather than be stuck paying high rents to have a professional office presence, virtual offices are available for around $75 a month. This includes a prestigious physical address where phone, mail, and clients can be received and even forwarded to wherever desired.

Office rentals start at just around $30 an hour - a bargain in a city like Fort Worth. They offer day offices, full service business centers and virtual meeting facilities that all include just what companies need to make a great impression. The virtual assistants and web chat makes the customer experience go smoothly so entrepreneurs can focus on actually building their businesses rather than sweating it out trying to keep up with admin demands!

Besides, in order to get some of that estimated $17 billion of moola in the form of business loans, smaller companies need to demonstrate they are serious. A great way to flesh out that business plan for some investor interest is to host a few presentation events in meeting rooms. The more you wow 'em with what you have to offer, the better the chance you could eventually qualify for business credit!
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Irvine Virtual Offices Make Dreams Come True

DVO_week18_3Few business owners may know they can have virtual office services for as little as $79 monthly in Irvine. You can hardly get dinner for 2 for that anymore. So to have a great address and all the business services you need for that amount of money is hard to believe. But it’s true.

The cost of commercial space is routinely listed as one of the major challenges for every business. This is why virtual office services are so popular,  small business start-ups usually have less than a snowball’s chance in hell of affording an office rental, let alone in a really great location.

There’s no doubt it can cost a small fortune (actually, a large one in many areas) to live just about anywhere in either Southern or Northern California. It's the same for business, so for entrepreneurs and small business owners - the struggles can be enormous. The best thing about Irvine is that it is one of those cities which seems to have gone out of its way to build business friendly initiatives. That at least can cut some of the expense down to some semblance of affordable size. Note, I said "semblance."

Virtual office packages come with things like professional receptionist services to greet clients, as well as mail receipt and optional forwarding. This lets companies starting out or trying to expand in Irvine actually do it without going broke. In fact, all of these services rival what most companies have.

Unlike L.A., Irvine enjoys a consistently high satisfaction level when it comes to business street cred. Image is everything in California -- and unless you’re in entertainment (well, some forms of entertainment) - you have to look like you’re serious about business. Virtual offices provide entrepreneurs with everything they need and more to compete with successful companies of all kinds.

It’s clear that having a virtual office versus leasing physical spaces is kind of like having a dream come true for companies in need to get their feet on the ground when just starting out.
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