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What Are the Top 10 Virtual Office Jobs Abroad?

LOS ANGLES--I was reading an article in Fox Business about telecommuting jobs—virtual office jobs that let you live abroad. The article laid out the top 10 virtual office jobs for people who are overseas. Let’s review them each.

IT Professionals: It’s no surprise that IT professionals made it on the list. You can do technology work from just about anywhere. IT pros can set a virtual office in India and do work in London.

Translation and Interpretation: Translation and interpretation are also no brainers for people who live overseas. If you are strong in two languages, you can set up a virtual office and get to work for multinational corporations.

Sales Personnel and Consultants: The Fox article points to research from the Telework Research Network that says sales jobs dominate the virtual office workforce. In fact, 70 percent of people who work from a virtual office at home are in management, sales, professional and other office jobs.

Public Relations Managers, Marketing Specialists: PR and marketing professionals can work from a virtual office and join their colleagues in meeting rooms when they need to brain storm in person.

Software Developers: Like IT professionals, software developers are working from virtual offices all over the world—and serving companies all over the rest of the world.

Call Center, Customer Service Representatives: Have you ever called customer service at a company late at night and had a person with a strange accent answer the phone? That’s often because you are calling another country where it’s actually day time. A call center representative is working from a home front virtual office.

Rounding out the Fox Business list are health care, graphic design, education, and administrative managers/support personnel. Indeed, you can work from a virtual office in many countries of the world and serve clients just about anywhere.
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Huntington Beach Virtual Office Users Tap into Tourism, Tech Opportunities

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA—Huntington Beach has more than 1,000 miles of pristine beaches, ideal weather, a welcoming attitude and a variety of entertainment options. Huntington Beach also has plenty of business opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses using virtual offices.

Did you know that Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, attracts more than 11 million visitors a year? That means there’s a healthy tourism market there. Huntington Beach has consistently received recognition for being one of the best vacation spots in the U.S.

Huntington Beach has a population of more than 200,000 and more than 1,000 businesses call Surf City home. Beyond tourism, technology is a leading industry in Huntington Beach. There are more than 650 industrial businesses in Huntington Beach, including Boeing, Quicksilver, Cambro Manufacturing, and C & D Aerospace.

Huntington Beach contains a major installment of one of the state’s largest employers, Boeing, formerly McDonnell-Douglas. The city cites its second-largest employer as clothing manufacturer Quicksilver. That's apt for Surf City!

You can rent Huntington Beach virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Huntington Beach Business Center. Located at 17011 Beach Blvd., Davinci offers virtual offices through the Huntington Beach Business Center for prices starting at $95 a month.

This Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach virtual office address for business cards, licensing, websites and other public materials. You can also get a lobby directory listing for a one-time $40 fee at this Huntington Beach virtual office. And with Davinci Virtual, you also get access to a network of more than 3,000 meeting rooms worldwide.
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What Do Virtual Office Workers Do at Home?

LOS ANGELES—With virtual office technologies, employees can work at home—and more are choosing to do so.

According to new infographic from OnlineDegrees.com’s entitled “Clocking In From The Couch,” telecommuting is a growing trend. If you've been reading this virtual office blog for any length of time, of course, you already know that. But the engaging infographic also offers insights into what employees are really doing when they work from a virtual office on the homefront.

The infographic is based on a study from Wakefield Research, which reveals that workers would consider giving up lunch breaks, alcohol and coffee in exchange for the flexibility of working from the comfort of a virtual office in their home.

To meet employee needs, 33 percent of companies now allow personnel to work from home on a regular basis. Altogether, the research reveals that 10 percent of Americans have the freedom to telecommute at least once a week.

“Employers are becoming more flexible with their workforce,” says Kevin Phang, spokesperson for OnlineDegrees.com. “This is perhaps because, with the huge growth of wireless and mobile technology, the office can be anywhere.”

The infographic also indicates how people are spending their time while “working” from a virtual office at home. Workers who participated in the survey reported that in addition to productive virtual office work, they watch TV or a movie, cook dinner, drink alcohol and complete household chores. Nevertheless, study after study shows that virtual office workers are happier and more productive workers.

“A comparison may be drawn between working from home and learning and earning your degree online,” explains Phang. “Success is down to the individual. Simply put, some are just more productive than others when completing assignments in their own space.”
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Avoid Road Rage With Virtual Office Work

CHICAGO—Employees may have more than heavy traffic to contend with on their way to work. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 58 percent of workers who drive to the job site admit they sometimes experience road rage while traveling to and from the office. Another 9 percent have gotten into a fight with another commuter while on the road.

A virtual office could help workers avoid road rage by slashing the stressful commutes. Taking into account that 83 percent of participants in the CareerBuilder survey say they typically drive to work—and 12 percent reported taking a job with a longer commute during or post-recession—it’s easy to see how allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office at least one day a week could reduce the stress.

According to the survey, incidents of road rage are more prevalent among those with lengthy commutes. But that doesn’t mean workers with short trips to their jobs are immune to road rage. In fact, 37 percent of workers with commutes of less than five minutes said they experience road rage from time to time. The same goes for 54 percent of workers with commutes of less than 10 minutes. Telecommuting from a virtual office at least part time can give employees a break from the maddening traffic.

How do men and women compare on the road rage front? The survey reveals women were more apt to feel road age—61 percent compared to 56 percent of men. In terms of age groups, workers ages 25 to 34 were the most likely to experience road at 68 percent while workers 55 and older were the least likely to experience it at 47 percent.

“Road rage is most often associated with running late and far commutes,” says Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Planning ahead and taking advantage of flexible work arrangements can help alleviate stress levels and set a more positive vibe for the workday.”

Haefner hit the nail on the head when she mentioned flexible work arrangements, which may include virtual offices. Here are some of her recommendations for a calmer commute.

1. Give yourself extra time. Set out clothes and prepare lunches the night before. Set your alarm 15 minutes early to allow for any minor setbacks that can happen in a busy household.

2. Request flexible work arrangements. See if you can start work at an off-peak time to avoid rush hour or explore whether telecommuting may be an option. You can also ask about working in a virtual office one day a week.

3. Try easy listening. Whether it means soothing music, books on tape or your favorite morning news program, listen to something that can help you forget the hour-long delay you just encountered.

4. Consider public transportation. Taking a bus or train can free you to finish up work, read or just relax.
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Virtual Offices Help You Avoid Temptation to Text and Drive

CHICAGO—Here’s one more reason to work from a virtual office: Avoid the potentially deadly combination of texting and driving. Whether you work in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta or some other high-traffic city, there is a clear temptation to text while driving. And it has cost many lives and caused many devastating injuries.

Nearly one-in-four workers (24 percent) who drive to work reported they have been involved in an accident, according to a recent study from CareerBuilder.

While a variety of factors contribute to accidents, cell phone use can be a culprit. Three-in-ten workers (30 percent) admitted they have texted while driving to and from work.

When you work from a virtual office, you can text all you want without worrying about getting into an accident that could change your life forever. Virtual offices cut the commuting, which cuts a lot of the cost and danger associated with driving to and from work.

I’m particularly focused on this issue of texting and driving in my virtual office column today in light of an AT&T campaign. AT&T, its employees and other supporters are calling on all drivers to go to www.itcanwait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook.

More than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die while a driver was texting and driving, says AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson, citing a statistic from the National Safety Council1.

There are always dangers on the road, but texting and driving doesn’t have to be one of them. You can avoid the temptation to text a colleague on your way to the office when you work from a virtual office. But no matter when you drive, please, don’t text and drive. It can wait.
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