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Why Overachievers Use Virtual Assistants

LOS ANGELES—I was reading an article in Forbes today called “5 Things Overacheivers Do Not Do.” TJ McCue penned the article that looks at what you should NOT do if you want to be a high achiever. He talked about not thinking small, not asking permission, not using e-mail before 9 a.m., not ending weakly, and not trying to do it all yourself.

That last point is where a virtual assistant comes in. Let’s listen in to McCue’s reasoning and notice how he specifically points out the value of virtual assistants in his fourth point, which is: Go-Getters Do Not Try To Do It All Themselves.

“Did you read that post years ago about a Wall Street Journal reporter who tried to hire out ALL of his work to a virtual assistant (VA)? He even tried to send his VA to his therapy appointment. His therapist drew the line and said no, that he had to attend his therapy sessions on his own. Trying to do everything yourself is a recipe for face plants. Not good.”

I agree. I used to try to do it all myself. I was a horrible delegator. But there came a time when there were no more hours in the day to work and too many opportunities to pass up. So I did what every overachiever should do: I hired a virtual assistant. Indeed, I have virtual assistants for transcribing, virtual assistants for social media, virtual assistants for all sorts of tasks.

What about you? Are you a high achiever? Do you want to be? You can achieve a lot more with a  virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can handle the repetitious, time-consuming tasks that bog you down. A virtual assistant can free you to pursue the more complex work and revenue-generating opportunities.

So what are you waiting for? Be an overachiever. Hire a virtual assistant today. It may seem like more work at first because you have to train your virtual assistant to flow with you. But in the long-term you’ll maximize your time and your opportunities.

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How Virtual Offices Fit Into the Workshifting Trend

LOS ANGELES-Kleiner Perkins Caufiled Byers predicts there may be more smartphones and tablets in use than PCs by mid-2013. That impending reality begs the question: Where will people work? Virtual offices and workshifting are part of the answer.

You know what a virtual office is by now, but what is workshifting? Workshifting is getting your work done when it works for you. Maybe you have to take little Johnny to the doctor’s office, so you miss two hours of work in the middle of the day and make it up at night. Using the web, you can also “shift” part of your work to the doctor’s office with mobile technology and keep the fires burning.

“Workshifting has now become the expectation of nearly all enterprise employees,” Evan Kaplan, CEO of iPass, says in its blog. “In our latest iPass Mobile Workforce Report we found that although 95 percent stated their employers encouraged or tolerated workshifting—40 percent would like to have an even more flexible work environment.”

John Froda, director of Brand Strategy at Citrix, says workshifting is definitely taking off. He told Forbes it saves commute times and helps the environment. What does Froda think of the statement: When you are working face-to-face with a person you get more done?

“I think there’s a truth to it. When you’re building your team it’s good [to work face to face]. But once you know your team, it is less important,” Froda told Forbes. “A lot of this has to do with making new work possible that was not possible before. If I had to fly to London and work there and could not travel, then I’d have to write e-mail.”

So how do virtual offices fit into the workshifting concept? Virtual office users tend to workshift by nature. Part of the beauty of working from a virtual office is that you can create your own hours, to a certain extent. You can get up early to get a jump on the day and then handle the doctor’s visits, oil changes, and bank runs in for three hours in an afternoon if you need to. Virtual offices and workshifting go hand in hand.
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Virtual Offices Changing the Face of the Workplace

ATLANTA—USA Today ran an interesting article this morning called, “Flexible jobs changing the face of the workplace.” Indeed, virtual offices, telecommuting and mobile technologies are changing the way we work.

The USA Today article, penned by Laura Wanderkam, highlighted Nika Stewart and her virtual office team. She says most of her workforce is telecommuting from a virtual office with flexible hours. She reports getting good talent at a good price with this model.

“It’s an intriguing idea, and one that more people concerned about America’s economic future should keep in mind. While most people focus on the unemployment rate—which remained at 7.8 percent in December—the more interesting trend is in labor force participation,” Wanderkame writes.

“The percentage of people older than 16 working or looking for work has been declining for the past 12 years. Many economists blame demographics. Baby Boomers are retiring. Women’s participation has plateaued. There are reasons for both trends, but also implications: When fewer people work, this hurts long-term growth, nudging us closer to 2 percent annual increases vs. the 3 percent we’ve long enjoyed.”

Virtual offices make it easier to attract the segment of the workforce that needs flexibility. Concepts like workshifting, remote working and the mobile workforce are making their way into the mainstream culture of corporations in a move to attract the best and brightest talent. Flexible work is indeed changing the face of the workplace, and virtual offices are facilitating that model.
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Virtual Offices Help Retain Workers As Job Growth Continues

LOS ANGELES—The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than three and a half years. Employee confidence appears to be stabilizing. That means it’s time to work harder to retain your best and brightest employees. One way to do that is to allow them to telecommute from a virtual office.

According to the Glassdoor Q4 Employment Confidence Survey, 48 percent of employees—including those self-employed—expect their company’s outlook to stay the same in the next six months. That’s up eight points from the prior quarter.

What’s more, of those who reported a positive change at their company in the past six months, 65 percent were awarded new perks—such as the option to work remotely, casual dress, flexible work hours. Virtual office opportunities are indeed becoming more normative in the modern workplace.

Here’s the rub. Thirty-three percent of those employed say they will consider looking for a new job in less than a year if the economy stays the same or improves. And nearly one in five (18 percent) plan to look for a new job in the next three months.

“Now that it appears that the extreme highs and lows are behind us, the slow and conservative pace employees are seeing within their own employment situation is causing employees to evaluate if now is the time to see if the grass may be greener with another employer,” says Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, who ran global HR departments at Electronic Arts and PepsiCo before co-authoring Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business.

“While the past few years have tilted to an employer market, we’re leveling out and employees are finding their position to stand upon. It is now more important than ever for companies to engage with employees to find out what will keep them satisfied and strategize new ways to attract and retain their workforce, or face an impending growth in their turnover rate.”

Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office is one way to retain your best and brightest employees. Employees are looking for work-life balance and ways to do more with less. By allowing employees the freedom of flexible work schedules and virtual office opportunities, they are that much more likely to stay with your company than leave for one that does allow virtual office work.
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One Island East Offers Affordable Hong Kong Virtual Office Space

HONG KONG—Want the prestige of officing in a prime Hong Kong office tower without paying prime Hong Kong office tower prices? You can do that with a Hong Kong virtual office.

You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at One Island East. Located 18 Westlands Road in Hong Kong, Davinci offers virtual offices there for prices starting at just $60 a month. That’s a steal for virtual office space in Hong Kong.

One Island East is a mega skyscraper in Taikoo Place on Island East in Hong Kong. This commercial office building is 69 stories tall and has two basement levels. There’s also a sky lobby on the 37th and 38th floors. The building comes equipped with 28 high speed elevators.

Island East offers about 9.76 million square feet of prime commercial space and high-end hotel accommodation.  Matching world-class infrastructure with sophisticated specifications, Island East's provisions promise a high quality solution for today’s business, staff and client.

This Hong Kong virtual office package includes a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, and a lobby greeter to welcome any guests who come to pick up or drop off packages and more.

This virtual office space in Hong Kong also makes available conference room rental for $25 to $45 an hour and day time office space for $10 to $35 an hour. You can use your Hong Kong virtual office address for business cards, licensing, websites and other public materials. With Davinci Virtual, you also get access to a network of more than 3,000 meeting rooms worldwide.
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