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RV-Based Virtual Offices Rolling Into Productivity

LOS ANGELES—Here’s a new twist on virtual office work—telecommuting from an RV. Indeed, RVs are becoming virtual offices for some adventurous entrepreneurs, according to an article I read on NBC News. The article points to Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano as two examples.

“In 2007, Nelson and Agredano sold their graphics business, their Eureka, Calif., home and most of their belongings and hit the road full-time in a 24-foot, fifth-wheel trailer. Equipped with gadgets including a satellite dish for Internet access, solar panels and a pair of laptops, they have a virtual office that travels with them. Nelson, 45, works remotely as a graphic designer, while his wife of 15 years, 43-year-old Agredano, works as a freelance writer and jewelry maker,” the article explains.

Considering that there are about 8.9 RV-owning households in the U.S., according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, that’s a lot of potential virtual office users literally on the road. Sure, most RV owners probably use their RV for vacationing rather than working. But the point is with virtual office technologies, the RV can become a truly mobile workplace.

“Full-time RVing with kids while working on the road isn’t a new phenomena. For example, Joe and Kay Peterson, the founders of Escapees RV Club were just 42 years old when they hit the road in 1972 with two school-age children and an entrepreneurial spirit,” Rene wrote on her blog. “Adventurous families like the Petersons paved the way for today’s free-spirited moms and dads, like Jason and Shianne Condi of HippyMotorsUSA.”

So you see this is not a fluke. Working from an RV-based virtual office may not be the norm, but it’s a lifestyle that offers the ultimate freedom to those who like a different view from their office window potentially every day.
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Avoid Stressful Situations in a Virtual Office

LOS ANGELES—What stresses you out about the workplace? Is it the paltry paychecks or the annoying coworkers or something else?

C’mon. I know it’s something. More than three quarters of Americans are stressing out about something job-related. I am betting a virtual office can help, at least with some of the more common stressors.

"We've seen numerous surveys that confirm workplace stress has increased during the last several years, and this time we wanted to rank from top to bottom some of the root causes," says Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. "Most employers are becoming well aware of the need to address rising employee stress, and those who don't address it are likely to suffer lower morale and productivity."

According to the 2011 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, 77 percent of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work. Let’s see what they are stressed about and where a virtual office might be able to help.

14% ranked low pay as most stressful
OK, well if you work from a virtual office you don’t have to spend money on a new wardrobe to wear to work and you can cut down on travel expenses. You can also eat lunch at home. So a lower salary won’t pinch as much.

11% ranked an unreasonable workload as most stressful
With a virtual office, you have less distractions and more opportunity to get your work done efficiently. Virtual offices are shown in studies to drive up productivity.

9% ranked fear of being fired or laid off as most stressful
A virtual office can’t directly help you there, but indirectly it can help you be more productive. And companies like to hold on to productive employees.

8% ranked annoying coworkers as most stressful
You can avoid plenty of the most annoying coworkers, at least much of the time, with a virtual office set up. You can also avoid the boss, which 5 percent cited as the most stressful, at least some of the time.

“It's quite normal to be stressed about certain aspects of your job," says Davis K. Brimberg, a Los Angeles psychologist who specializes in workplace issues. "Job stress is inevitable, and the key to handling this anxiety is to manage it, not obsess over it. Learning time management skills, defining your job responsibilities and setting boundaries with co-workers or bosses can go a long way to creating a healthier work environment."
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Davinci Virtual Tops 900 Virtual Office Locations

VIDEO: How Live Web Chat Can Help Your Virtual Business

MIAMI—If you run a small business—a small virtual business—you can use all the help you can get out on the World Wide Web. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is sharing one of its best kept virtual office secrets with you in the video below. But here’s the rub:

One of Davinci’s true keys to success online is the extensive use of live web chat. Live chat has worked so well for us, we decided to make it available for our virtual office clients. What exactly is live web chat? Here’s how it works:

Our smart live representatives engage your web visitors into a live chat session as they are viewing your business web site. Your team of thoroughly trained Davinci Virtual live web chat agents invite visitors to chat, offer in-depth customer service, answer frequently asked questions, and convert your web traffic into leads or sales for you. It's a must have for your virtual business.

Our agents even process your orders online, transforming your web site from a simple brochure into an interactive extension of your business. Relevant chat info is communicated immediately to via your cell phone and/or is e-mailed to you instantly for follow up. You can also view the entire chat history, and a variety of other detailed reports online from your virtual office.

Take your web site to the next level, increase conversions and start maximizing your online potential. Live web chat packages start at just $49. Check out our video below:

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Can Virtual Office Work Help You Stop Cussing?

CHICAGO—Do you swear at work? If so, it could harm your career. Working from a virtual office could help you hide your potty mouth—unless you put it in e-mail.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, workers who swear a lot at work may lose out on opportunities for promotions. Indeed, 64 percent of employers said that they’d think less of an employee who repeatedly uses curse words, and 57 percent said they’d be less likely to promote someone who swears in the office.

I don’t blame them. I find it vulgar. Yet 51 percent of workers in the survey apparently disagree with me. That’s the percentage that report they swear in the office. Ninety-five percent said they swear in front of their co-workers and 51 percent are bold enough to cuss in front of the boss. It seems they tone it down in front of senior leaders and clients, with only 13 percent and 7 percent breaking out the bad language in front of those audiences, respectively.

If you work from a virtual office, you can swear all you want in the privacy of your own home. That is, unless you are using Skype. Indeed, working from a virtual office can help you hide many of the daily frustrations that may drive you to cuss. But there’s also the temptation to swear in e-mail, which may be worse because it’s all out there for the world—and the boss—to see. And therein lies the problem.

Eighty-one percent of employers believe that the use of curse words brings the employee’s professionalism into question. Another 71 percent are concerned with the lack of control and 68 percent are concerned about a lack of maturity demonstrated by swearing at work. Fifty-four percent said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent.

Wonder which cities have the most likely cussing employees?

Washington D.C. – 62 percent
Denver – 60 percent
Chicago – 58 percent
Los Angeles – 56 percent
Boston – 56 percent
Atlanta – 54 percent
Minneapolis – 50 percent
Phoenix – 47 percent
New York – 46 percent
Philadelphia – 44 percent

Of course, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual offices in all of those cities. So if you just can’t control your potty mouth, maybe it’s time to telecommute from a virtual office so your boss doesn’t thin you are unprofessional, out of control, immature and downright dumb.
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