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Why Entrepreneurs Need Virtual Offices

DVO_week4_2Given the way technology has impacted the work place, it is no surprise that recent studies have concluded that in the US, around 26.2 million office jobs are performed outside of traditional offices. And that's probably a conservative estimate. Yay! That smells like freedom to me!

Studies have also suggested that almost twice that - a whopping fifty million workers, at least 40 percent of the entire working population - would be able to work from locations other than their office. All they need is a reliable Internet connection. And a progressive company to work with.

No one understands those statistics more than an entrepreneur. One of the factors that has spurred new business growth during an economic downturn is that so many alternatives exist - thanks to technology.

For instance, new business owners no longer must be burdened with financial costs that were typically necessary in the past. Costs for rent, furniture, decorators, lighting, equipment, staff, utilities and materials are all eliminated, because they are included in the virtual office environment.

If you're thinking virtual always means online, you'd be mistaken. For example, you get a respectable business address for mail and packages. You can also have a live receptionist greet clients and answer the phone. State of the art facilities include phone systems that forward calls to wherever you are.

 

But one of the best parts of some of these virtual office packages is that you can actually rent an office or conference room for as little as an hour at a time - at unbelievably low costs - like $10 to $25 for starters, right here at Davinci.
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Virtual Offices Ensure That Houston Businesses Have No Problems!

DVO_week4_1Houston, we have a problem. While it's an awesome town, it's not awesome to do business there. We know you owe a lot to your oil, but it just isn't socially responsible to waste around 2.9 billion gallons of fuel every year.

In all fairness, Houston isn't the only town where this is happening. On average, commuters have been sitting in traffic at an increasing rate for some time. Even cities that have great mass transit systems deal with that.

But getting back to Houston - it is estimated that gridlock costs over $78 billion each year, which amounts to around 4.2 billion lost hours.

In regions where environmental pollutants are a serious problem, telecommuting is more important than ever. This is where virtual offices come in. They create a space in the cloud where everyone can meet to have meetings. Less time on the road translates to more productivity - and happier workers!

A virtual office in Houston starts at just around $55 a month and includes everything a business needs to operate effectively. A great physical address will help draw in business and provide a place for mail and packages to be picked up - or forwarded for a little more. A live receptionist can take calls, messages, and forward them to you.

When you want to take a meeting - just book a room for around $20 an hour right in downtown Houston! You can really impress the good 'ole boys with all kinds of new-fangled equipment, too. Show presentations on white boards and projection screens and even have the catering staff serve lunch! You can choose from a variety of locations so you can change it up according to where your clients are, which means less traffic and less aggravation for the client. And we all know nothing is better than a happy client!

Not only do virtual offices benefit the environment when there are less people polluting up the air, but businesses will spend less on operating costs - which means better profits and a chance for even more businesses to grow to help lower unemployment rates! Yahoo!
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Affordable Virtual Office Luxury in San Francisco

Virtual_week 3_3As the song goes, I once left my heart in San Francisco. I also left a whole lotta cash! Wow!! It's a gorgeous town, with the seductive bay just beckoning all who go there. But like a lot of cool places, it's really costly to visit there.

Given the cost of what it takes to visit, I cannot imagine the coin it takes to live there! A friend begged me to move down there years ago, but I wanted to start a business and I just couldn't see how on earth I could do that in that town.

My friend has since moved on - but had Davinci been around, I could have gotten a virtual office and rented meeting rooms when I needed them. But back then, laptops weren't even on the market as I recall.

Okay, so now I'm dating myself, but as I was saying. I could have had a great virtual space where they would answer my phone, take messages, forward my calls, and get my mail, all for $80 right on Market Street. For those who don't know, that's the heart of the business district - and everything else for that matter. You can go on boat tours, eat at the best restaurants, and at Ferry Building Marketplace, they have some great seafood and awesome happy hours!

And if it were back then, the costs would have been lower. But even by yesteryear's standards, that's a bargain rate to have a business presence in the city by the bay. In fact, anywhere. But in San Francisco, it is almost unheard of.

When you do decide to visit San Fran, take a sweater, because even in summer it can get a little nippy. Last time I was there, the heatwave waited until August to rear its head, so you gotta be ready for anything.

One visit, and you'll probably be hooked, so if you want to do a start-up or expand there, get yourself a virtual office and take your clients to the Ferry Building for happy hour so you'll really be ready to do business!
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Is the Office An Endangered Species?

Virtual_week 3_2Computers have made people more mobile than ever. They use them for work and play and everything in between. Once hosted office solutions came along, you could really hear those freedom bells!

Then came hosted solutions and the whole business game changed. You mean I can access all my business programs online? I don't have to update my software and pay a high priced techie to manage all of it? Or worry about someone making a mistake and wiping it all out? Wow! Sign me up!

There's one expense that many businesses have trouble paying all the time - especially new ones. And that is rent. You know, that glorified storage space where you sit all day and sometimes into the night to crank out your work?

Even with so many business solutions online, there still needs to be a space to do it from. While startups can work at their kitchen tables and garages (if they're lucky) - they still have to think about having a decent business space if they plan on expanding or having staff.

But it's tough starting out. Instead of paying a high rent that will keep you up at night and having to shell out cash to pay a receptionist and office staff - why not have a virtual office? What's that, you say.

It's a lot of things. Like a live person to deal with clients. Both on the phone and in person. That's right. A virtual office is not just in the cloud. A lot of its functions are, but you still get the benefit of having a nice office space and a business address. That's still very important in today's business environment.

Even the most antiquated office environments have had to get on the technology bandwagon, just to keep up. In fact, they risk being lost into obscurity if they don't at least get online in some fashion. Any startup serious about doing business or a company looking at expansion should sincerely consider having virtual offices. They are not only the wave of the future, but the wings of it, too!
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Viva Virtual Offices Las Vegas!

Virtual_week 3_1Make no mistake - there is even more business going on in Las Vegas than people visiting may believe. All of those hotels, shows, and casinos depend upon it. In fact, starting a new business in Vegas still requires an infrastructure that says you are serious and established to prospective clients. No matter what business you happen to be in.

But entrepreneurs, as well as businesses desiring to expand will find that like anywhere else worth being in the country, it costs a pretty penny to get set up. The cost of renting space is one of the biggest bugaboos to get past. Add to that the cost of an assistant, office supplies, and equipment, and that nice office address becomes so far from affordable it can make you want to pack up your toys and go home. And many people do - as in work from home.

But now, there is hope! Hard to believe, but you can get a virtual office right on the strip for around $40 a month! They give you a nice mailing address where you can get mail and packages, and you can meet there for as little as $15 an hour. A live person will answer and forward calls or take messages.

Some of the other benefits include the ability to get faxes that will convert to text and e-mail and message notification. You can always be available to your clients, without well, being too available!

Most would expect to pay a King's ransom to have even just a few of these benefits at their disposal. But with a company like Davinci, all a business person needs is offered and provided consistently and without interruption.

Taking your business virtual will reduce office overhead so you can spend more time doing what you want to do - like things people who go on vacation to Vegas do! In fact, with a virtual office on your team, your only issue in Vegas will probably be avoiding all of the temptations of sin city! Not that you have to, but just sayin'.
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