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Virtual Offices Make Doing Business in Austin Affordable!

DVO_week13_1I had an acquaintance who moved to Austin thinking he would spend less on living and business costs than he was in L.A. He'd crunched all the numbers and everything seemed cool. But after a few years, Austin started to become a boom town and guess what? The prices boomed too!

That was good for possibly turning over his home - except that the market kind of tanked. His lease ended and he couldn't find anywhere to cost effectively run his business.


But he still had clients there and really needed to make it work. Just about the time he was considering pulling out entirely - he found out about virtual offices. For around $75 a month, he got an even better address than the one he had.  His clients still have access to him whenever they need to. For those times, he rents a space for around $35 an hour.

He's also saving a ton on other expenses. Like utilities that used to cost a fortune. They still do, but he doesn't have to pay them! They're included in the rent for his virtual office.

The services are better than what he had before, too. He has access to a live receptionist who will take his messages and forward his calls. Before, he paid a secretary who worked a strict 9-5 and took an hour for lunch. Now, those times and more are always covered by a live person.

Since his clients get better service, it has only served to strengthen his relationships with all his customers. So he gets more business! And the referrals have gone through the roof, too. Turns out, the virtual office where he takes meetings has been a great place to meet other business people. So his networking connections have done a lot to boost his business.

The other surprising thing for him has been how his street address has helped with online marketing efforts. Local marketing is all the rage these days, so the fact that his virtual office comes up in search engine results makes it even better!

Affordable Beverly Hills Virtual Offices

DVO_week12_3Anyone who knows about real estate prices is fully aware that Beverly Hills contains some of the most outrageously priced housing and commercial properties in the world. For start-ups and small businesses, the costs are so prohibitive that few of them even think about renting office space there.

But - make no mistake there is money to be made in Beverly Hills. Its proximity to the west side of Los Angeles and Santa Monica also make it very easy to get to. I had an acquaintance who used to make a trek out there to scout new business - but it was rough for him. The hotels are ridiculously priced there so he never thought of having a meeting in any of them.

His fantasy was to one day be able to afford to rent out a hall to entice people to sign up for one of his seminars. He could have gotten a cheaper hotel space elsewhere, but he wanted to attract people who lived really near Beverly Hills. People in California are funny. The traffic is so bad they are not likely to go if they have to leave their own neighborhood, not even for a freebie!

Today, he could have afforded to have a virtual office in Beverly Hills - the only kind that is truly reasonable there. Prices for a virtual space start at around $75 a month and Davinci includes everything you could possibly want. You can even rent a room for just $30 an hour and have lunch ordered in, so you can avoid having to spend a fortune at a Beverly Hills restaurant and gas for that matter.

The best thing about a virtual office setup is the convenience. It's always on and ready. You don't have to hire and pay staff or worry about people calling in sick, something support staff are known to do.

Nothing really beats the prestige of a Beverly Hills office. Just think - a virtual office will give you that prominent address and they accept packages and walk-in clients. It's really about the only deal out there in that region!

Outsource with Virtual Offices

DVO_week12_2Depending on who you are, outsourcing has been a bitter pill to swallow. I know I wouldn't appreciate it if my job was outsourced to India or China. But outsourcing can actually be a good thing - especially for an entrepreneur.

Virtual offices are becoming more common every day, as new start-ups and entrepreneurs begin what I like to call venture adventures. Every new business is like going on a new ride at an amusement park. You think you know about it just from watching from the sidelines - but when you get on board -- wooooah! You go through hoops that can just literally make your head spin.

Some people really dig that sense of freedom you get from the unknown. For me, a little of that goes a long way. I like to have fun, don't get me wrong. But I want to know I'll still be alive at the end of it. As long as I know that, I'm cool.

It used to be that the one thing start-ups and entrepreneurs lacked more than the big companies was certainty. But we know what happened to that theory.

It never made sense to me when large corporations insisted the only way they could stay in business was to outsource all those jobs that people in the country trained for so many years to do. It's more like they need to do it so they could buy that yacht or summer home. Nothing wrong with that, but as Judge Judy has said - Don't pee on my leg and then tell me it's raining.

When businesses use virtual offices, it helps them grow - and that's a really great thing. Start-ups can have complete office services provided virtually like live call answering and order taking. Seamless virtual forwarding and reception services save on costs and that is what allows them to grow. As you can see, outsourcing doesn't have to be bad to be good.

With virtual offices, new businesses can be more of an exciting thrill ride that actually pays off, rather than makes your stomach turn!

Virtual Offices Find Their Way to San Jose!

DVO_week12_1Do you know the way to San Jose? My friend usually takes that brutal 101 freeway. It has a pretty route - but boy, the traffic! But San Jose is a great town for small businesses. The weather, the nice folks, what's not to like?

I guess the only thing I can think of is the cost of living and doing business there is expensive, too. The sun belt has always cost more, no matter if vacationing, living or working.

A friend of mine really wanted to have an office there so he didn't have to sit in all the gnarly traffic back to L.A. But the cost of doing it shut down that idea. His rent and expenses in L.A. alone were killing him.

Then he found out about virtual offices. At first he was a little sceptical thinking that automating everything would hurt his business. But once he found out what was included, he got really pumped.

His lease in L.A. was about to end, so he made the decision to go virtual. The money he saved on the lease alone made it easy for him to get a virtual office in San Jose, too.

His business operations actually ran more smoothly, because the state of the art phone system was better than the one he'd had. He also didn't need to pay office staff salaries any more. But he still had access to full business services and a live person answering his phone. They send him faxes and forward calls to where ever he happens to be. He travels a lot so this is a great thing for him and something he didn't really have before.

He just can't believe he has two offices for less than it cost for one. Having a presence in San Jose did a lot to expand his business. The new clients and connections boosted his company to heights he always wondered if he could reach.

Opening multiple offices has opened up doors for my friend that would never have been possible - without virtual offices!

Virtual Offices Can Use Tampa Events for Promotion

Going green is all the rage these days. Tampa is a place that has embraced becoming more eco-friendly - both for citizens and businesses. The city regularly hosts many events to teach people how to be more environmentally responsible.

For example, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club encourages folks to go native as they say - on its annual Earth Day. No, it's not about going naked. Really, it isn't. The theme is meant to promote using native plants in urban landscapes. Now, isn't that nicer than what you may have thought?!

The event typically features almost 100 different vendors in its celebration with green services and goods. One way a new business could really benefit from this kind of event is to have a virtual office. It would give it the cache it needs to make a difference and get a ton of attention for doing it!

Just think of all the exhibitors, community groups, and public to connect with! Most businesses demonstrate their products and services, so a business with a virtual office could use this as an opportunity to promote whatever it is they offer -- just by dovetailing it with their mode of business operations!

There is bound to be a ton of public, even non-profits, at these things that could use your products and services, too.

Another Earth Day event in Tampa is the one at the Performing Arts Center. Since they focus on the arts, any business affiliated with or interested in promoting the arts could do well to attend this event.

EarthFest has an annual theme and uses puppets, costumes, signs, music, songs, stories, poetry, and dancing to entertain and enlighten.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is also another place that really draws a big crowd for Earth Day. Its celebration includes living creature displays and features lots of eco-friendly vendors. There are also a variety of special environmental shows and tours to participate in.

Businesses with a virtual office could quite easily double or triple their business presence in Tampa, just by showing up to one of these fun events!