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Virtual Offices in Sacramento Make Having a Business Affordable

DVO_week15_3California has been struggling with its business environment for some time. I hate to break it to you, but the state got the golden raspberry award from Chief Executive magazine's Best and Worst States Survey for several years in a row. In case you don't know what a golden raspberry award is, it's the exact opposite of the Oscars. They even have their own awards show and everything.

Cali won this distinction when over 650 CEOs across the nation rated the state poorly for the hostile business environment due to heavy regulations, taxes, lack of work force, education, infrastructure and quality of life. Yup, all that sunshine doesn't amount to bupkiss, really. Or it ain't worth the money!

Contrary to what many folks may believe, many celebs and entertainment folks do NOT live in Hollywood. In fact, most of the celebs with a decent head on their shoulders choose to live elsewhere and breeze into town when they need to. Of course, if you're in TV, you're kind of stuck. But if you're a big time movie star like Demi Moore - you raise your kids in Montana. Then you come back to party like it's 1999 after they're grown.

Of course, Sacramento is a far cry from Hollywood, but it's still a part of California, so it suffers from stigma. And it doesn't help much that it's the state capitol. Or maybe it does sometimes, depending on how you look at it.

When it comes to having an office in Sacramento - that can be a very pricey prospect. The high commercial rents just seem to keep getting higher. So for a business startup -- it is often too challenging to even consider.

But there is a way around that. Virtual offices can give you everything you need for prices so low it's just unreal. For $60 a month, a business can have a respectable address for mail and clients. And a conference room can cost as little as $15 an hour, right in the Capitol Business Center! With the price of California real estate, that is a real steal!
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Get More Play Time With Virtual Technology

DVO_week15_2The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook - Cheryl Sandberg has been making waves lately with her statement that there is really no such thing as work life balance. It's actually the truth when you think about it. I don't know a single person who has it all together, let alone one with a partner.

The reason is that it's yet another fantasy few people are ever able to see materialize. That's one of the many reasons that people are motivated to start their own businesses. They tire of being told what to do and when to do it. They want the freedom to decide when they will work and who they will work with. They also want to follow their dreams and their calling. Still others dream of a more flexible schedule and free time.

Having your own business has a lot of perks, but starting out, it usually means that you will burn a lot more midnight oil than at any day job. But the big secret that many savvy small business owners find is that when they learn how to delegate properly - they can work less!

Having a virtual office is like having a competent team at your beck and call to make your business shine. You get a great address where clients can send mail. A live receptionist can take your calls and route them to wherever you happen to be. There are also business services available and conference rooms to rent when you need them, starting at as little as $15 an hour!

I used to think that things got harder at the top - but they actually get easier. That's because those at the top have assistants and all kinds of help. Theoretically, a small business owner could do the same. But how can they afford it? Most of them don't even take a salary during that first year or more!

Having a virtual office today is better than having a job with a 2 week vacation, because you have the flexibility to take more time off each day than you ever could before!
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Boca Raton Virtual Offices - A Slice of Paradise!

DVO_week15_1Boca Raton has always been popular as both a tourist and retirement destination. But make no mistake, it is a great place for businesses, too. The climate attracts people for many reasons, but also because there is so much to do.

In truth, the Chamber of Commerce works with city leaders in Boca to really make things happen for businesses. They understand how important it is to be as involved as possible with proactive community officials who constantly work to make things happen. They work very hard to make sure that Boca remains a community where businesses can grow, turn a profit and create more jobs.

Maybe that's why it costs so little for a virtual office in Boca. Starting at around $50 a month - an entrepreneur or business of any size can have an office in one of the most popular living, working and tourist destinations in the world!

If you're expanding or contemplating coming to the region and want to test it out - imagine being able to set up shop in Boca to see what the business can do. And then imagine doing so well that you can enjoy the sunshine every single day of your life!

Business people are attracted to Boca for its can-do communal attitude. People want to live there for its undeniable comfort. So it's really a win win situation for everyone! You get to live in a great place with a virtual office that is fully loaded and ready to go.

With a great business address, you can attract the type of clients you want. They'll accept your mail, field your calls and forward your stuff to wherever you go. Not that you'll want to go anywhere, really. Once people get to a place like Boca - it's hard for them to leave!

Just like the sun, in many ways, the business community of Boca Raton is golden. Despite the unsettling times in the past few years, now is a great time to start a business in the region - and with a virtual office, anyone can afford to do it!
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Virtual Offices Let Clients Meet You in St. Louis!

DVO_week14_3St. Louis is one of those cities that seems to get panned unfairly. Having lived a rather nomadic existence, I've found myself traveling to the area quite a bit on business. I must admit that I was not looking forward to going to St. Louis the first time.

But then I found the city to be a very engaging place. Because St. Louis is such a small town big city - it has all of the amenities, excitement, and opportunities of a big city, but the welcoming of a small town. And the cost of living ain't bad, either. The people were friendly, it has nice parks and lively entertainment. And some really great beer!

These are just some of the many reasons that St. Louis has consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in America. For businesses, the diversity makes it easy to appeal to a number of different types of people. Contrary to what some may believe, regardless of what kind of business you're in, St. Louis is bound to accommodate it in some way.

Even with lower costs, however, entrepreneurs can be faced with high commercial rents that can make it rough starting out. One of the ways around this is to have a virtual office. With that, you get all the benefits of big city offices: great address, live reception desk that takes mail, greets clients, and forwards calls and faxes. The average cost for all of that is around $50 a month -- which is really unbelievable in these high flying rent days.

When you need to take a meeting, you can rent an office with all the comforts of home, so to speak: nice digs, high tech support, full business services, you name it - and it is all there, ready and waiting for you! You really can't beat that.

A virtual office makes it possible to have a real, viable business presence in St. Louis so that it is possible to take advantage of all the city has to offer while living in a thriving and interesting town.
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Becoming a Homepreneur

DVO_week14_2With the technology boom - it should come as no surprise that over half of all businesses in the U.S. are home based. I think it's really cool that the heretofore companies that were so often dismissed as quaint little hobby ventures are now actual viable businesses!

Around 6.6 million home based companies provide half or more of each household income. That makes them just as competitive as their significant others! I chuckle when I think of one of the original homepreneurs - Mrs. Fields. She famously started a cookie company in her kitchen, which her finance guy husband thought was a nice little hobby. Probably because he got to come home to fresh baked cookies every night. Little did he know that she would eventually become a millionaire - surpassing his income by leaps and bounds. I bet he didn't call it a hobby then!

Her products were developed in a kitchen - but when it came time for serious investors to get involved - I bet those meetings weren't taken in that kitchen. My money's on perhaps using one of her finance guy's conference rooms in a fancy office building.

Back then, I don't think they had any conference rooms for rent. So what would she have done otherwise? Today, she could just rent a meeting room. And she'd get all the cool stuff to go with it - receptionist, whiteboards - and she could arrange for the catering staff to serve the cookies! Now that would be cool. I always love cookies at a meeting.

As more businesses move operations online and jobs are created based on these moves, the number of people working from home offices will continue to rise. Virtual suites are great for home based ventures since you get professional addresses, phone and business services and a nice place to hold meetings - just like the big boys.

The fact is, it is easier than ever to start a business of any kind at home. All you have to really do is want to. So let's get crackin' - it's the 21st century y'all!
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