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What Does Hurricane Sandy Mean for Virtual Office Users?

NEW YORK-They are calling it a "superstorm." Hurricane Sandy is threatening 50 million people in a high-population corridor. The winds are upwards of 90mph, making Hurricane Sandy officially a category one hurricane.

But what does this mean for New York virtual office users along the East Coast? Of course, if the power goes out you can only work so long as your laptop battery lasts. But people who telecommute from virtual offices can move to higher ground and stay productive even in the midst of Hurricane Sandy.

Of course, power outages may force you out of your home office, but if you are tapping into virtual office technologies you can take much of your work with you. For example, if you use a virtual receptionist, you can still have your calls routed to anywhere you are on dry ground as you head west to escape Hurricane Sandy. You can also conduct web conferencing from anywhere at any time thanks to virtual office technologies. Virtual assistants can keep working even when you can't.

Large companies that employ telecommuters can keep in touch with their employees even in the midst of the storm through follow-me numbers that find workers wherever they go to stay safe during Hurricane Sandy.

Listen, if you are in the storm's path, like many of my friends and coworkers in New York, get out of harm's way. And take your virtual office with you. Hurricane season is almost over, but virtual office technologies will help you work through any natural or man-made disaster.

 
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Reduce Workplace Fear With a Virtual Office

TORONTO—Some are scared by ghosts. Others are scared by goblins. But most modern workers are more afraid of making a mistake on their job.

Whether they work in virtual offices in Toronto or traditional offices in Los Angeles—or some arrangement in between—29 percent of respondents in an Accountemps survey say their biggest workplace fear is making a mistake.

Beyond making errors on the job, workers  also cite other fears, such as dealing with difficult customers or clients (17%); speaking in front of a group of people (16%); conflicts with coworkers (14%); conflicts with your manager (12%). When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid some of those fears. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

"A fear of failure is natural and can be a good motivator in healthy doses, but workers can't let their concerns lessen their confidence," says Gena Griffin, Canadian district president of Accountemps. "In order to grow in their careers, professionals must be willing to tackle challenges head on and move beyond their comfort zones. Even smart risks that don't pan out can help individuals discover new ideas and better ways of doing things."

Like successful trick-or-treating, navigating frightening workplace situations requires forethought and the right approach. Accountemps offers five tips:

1. Plan your route. A 20-page to-do list would scare anyone and is a recipe for mistakes on the job. To ease workload-related worries—and be more efficient -- prioritize your responsibilities, and delegate when possible. Virtual offices can help you work more efficiently and productively.

2. Ask for directions. When facing a challenging project or new responsibilities, make sure you know what is expected of you. If you have concerns, let your manager know, and work with him or her to develop a strategy for overcoming them.

3. Bring a friend. Don't be afraid to tap a mentor for advice on a particularly devilish challenge. When preparing a critical project or communication, ask a confidant for his or her feedback.

4. Say "thanks." Whether it's for candy or help with a difficult task, a sincere thank-you can go a long way toward building strong business relationships.

5. Give out treats. Volunteer to assist overburdened colleagues, and be quick with praise for those who deliver outstanding work. You'll make people—including yourself—feel good and foster an environment where colleagues help each other on a regular basis.

When you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to speak in front of other people. Or if you do, it’s only via Skype, so they can’t see your knees knocking. When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid conflicts with coworkers and managers over silly things, like who gets the corner office or who ate your lunch out of the community refrigerator. Virtual offices can’t do away with all your fears, but virtual offices can certainly help you avoid a good number of mistakes.
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Could Working From Virtual Offices Save the World?

NEW YORK—I saw a spiffy infographic on the benefits of virtual offices. The infographic is titled, “The Perks of Working From Home.” CarInsurance.org put together the infographic, which draws on data from various sources. I’ll try to break it down for you in a few nutshells:

One in 10 U.S. workers work from a home-based virtual office at least once a week. This trend has gained popularity. From 2005 to 2012, the U.S. workforce grew just 3 percent. But the number of regular telecommuters grew 66 percent.

What would change if they all worked from home just 50 percent of the time? Cutting the commute would help the environment. Eighty-six percent of Americans report they drive to work. The oil saved equals one-third of America’s yearly Persian Gulf imports. And the greenhouse gas reduction is the equivalent of the entire New York State workforce never commuting again.

And with an average commute time of 25.1 minutes, a typical worker would save nearly 109 hours per year of commute time by working from a virtual office.

That extra time out of the car is a good thing. An average commuter spends $1,500 a year on gasoline. A half-time virtual office user could save $750. Working from a virtual office could save money on car insurance, too. In California, commuters pay 8.4 percent more in car insurance than non-commuters.

And healthwise, people who commute more typically have greater BMIs, waist circumferences, blood pressure, and levels of stress. Employees working from a virtual office at home are happier. Eight in 10 employees who telecommute part-time feel they have a good work-life balance.

When switching from working in an office to working at home, the average employee says their stress level decreased by 25 percent. Three in four say they eat healthier when working from home. A happy employee is a productive employee. Working from a virtual office at home increases productivity an average of 10 percent to 20 percent.

A little telecommuting could keep everyone  happier, healthier and more efficient.
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Toronto Star Building Offering Virtual Offices for $50 a Month

TORONTO—Have you always wished you could have a prestigious business address in Toronto? How about the Toronto Star Building? You can, when you rent virtual office space in Toronto.

Built in 1929, the Old Toronto Star Building was abandoned in 1970 when the newspaper moved to One Yonge Street, a 25-story building that’s 100 meters tall. The building marks the foot of what was Highway 11, known as “the longest street in the world.”

The Toronto Star is still a tenant at One Yonge Street. The editorial department is located on the fifth floor. Other tenants include the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and Torstar.

You can rent Toronto virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Toronto Star Building. Located at One Yonge Street in Toronto, Davinci offers virtual offices through Toronto Star Building for prices starting at $50 a month. That makes it one of the most affordable virtual offices just about anywhere.

This Toronto 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 Toronto 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 Toronto 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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Get My Mom a Job Offers Virtual Offices Jobs for the Masses

PHOENIX—Looking for virtual office jobs? Want to telecommute? Why not try Get My Mom a Job? (Hint: it's not just for Moms.)

Get My Mom a Job is looking to carve out a niche for virtual office workers, whether they want to work at large companies like Apple or smaller businesses. Get My Mom a Job lists hundreds of virtual office job openings, from customer service to financial to technical to medical to education to sales and beyond.

Of course, virtual office job sites are becoming quite popular. FlexJobs is one of the most popular telecommuting job sites online. What’s so different about Get My Mom a Job besides the catchy name?

With Get My Mom a Job, all jobs can be done via a home-based virtual office in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or wherever you happen to live—and they all have a base pay. In other words, these are salaried positions, not commission-only opportunities. Both full-time and part-time jobs are available, and there are no pay-to-work schemes, MLMs or network marketing ads allowed on the virtual office job boards.

Get My Mom a Job aims to help virtual office workers find jobs with flexibility, advancement, opportunity, hourly pay, salary pay, and stability. These virtual office jobs are tailored for individuals, their families, their skills and their financial need. Not to be confused with Hire My Mom, Get My Mom a Job helps virtual office job seekers avoid the practice of chasing a ghost on Craigslist.
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