Running your own small firm or solo law practice isn’t easy. You must constantly increase your client base, work to stay current with practices in your area and learn marketing skills — all in addition to running a business. It’s time-consuming and uncertain. But there are plenty of positives, too—like being your own boss. Fortunately, resources are available to help you meet these top seven challenges.
1. Modest Salaries
Especially in the beginning, small firms offer smaller salaries than larger firms. But the almighty dollar isn’t the driving force for many attorneys. Just like in other professions, some people put themselves through school, incur large student loans and work long hours because they love what they do and enjoy helping people. Keep this in mind when you’re working long hours to build your business. Read more...
HONG KONG—When you want to impress your guests, you bring out the silver. When you want to impress your clients, use a Silver Fortune Plaza office address.
The Silver Fortune Plaza lives up to its name. The 24-story building is smack dab in the middle of Hong Kong’s financial district. That means your virtual office address neighbors the likes of major financial institutions, including multinational bank headquarters, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, as well as consulates from various countries.
You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Silver Fortune Plaza. Located in Central Hong Kong at 1 Wellington Street, Davinci offers virtual offices there for prices starting at just $75 a month.
The Silver Fortune Plaza is a prized office address in Hong Kong. It’s just a three-minute walk from the tram and the ferry. This Hong Kong virtual office is also close to the airport railway and minibus. And there is plenty of retail, restaurants and hotels in the area. Read more...
LOS ANGELES—Do you use virtual office technologies as part of your daily work? If you work from a virtual office like me, chances are your answer is yes.
According to a TeamViewer survey, telecommuting Americans have expectations from virtual office solutions. Here are a few of those expectations:
45% want remote control of their computer desktops at work
43.48% want mobile access to files both at work and at home
40.32% want the ability to participate in office meetings as if they were in the same room
39.92% want the ability to print remotely
37.55% want the ability to work on a document through screen-sharing
37.15% want face-to-face video communication with colleagues and clients
What about you? What do you expect from your virtual office technology? What virtual office technologies do you currently use? Read more...
LOS ANGELES—It’s a conundrum that happens every four years. You need to get out and vote but you can’t afford to miss any work. Virtual office technologies are coming to the rescue this year.
Virtual office technologies like Citrix’s GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC can help mobile workers stay connected to the office—even if they are only mobile workers for a few hours at the polls. Citrix is making it easy by offering free downloads and use of its virtual office technologies in the run up to Election Day 2012.
The promotion is part of a campaign to drive businesses nationwide to encourage their employees to ‘workshift’ or work flexibly on Nov. 6. Consider the statistics: About 90 million eligible Americans are not expected to vote in November’s national election—and 26 percent say the primary reason is because they don’t have the time. Read more...
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. Read more...
PHILIPPINES—I was reading an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer this morning rightly called “The alternative workplace.”
In it, reporter Isabel Berenguer Asuncion discussed how the rising cost of prime property, an unpredictable world economy and the need to improve profit margins within a global market of constantly changing technology have driven businesses to rethink the way they configure their office spaces.
That, she wrote, ushered in alternative workplace strategies. She went on to define the term as a combination of nontraditional work practices, environments and schedules that supplement or replace the workings of a traditional office work environment. We’ve been chronicling the rise of alternative workplace strategies, including virtual office space, for years on this blog. And the trend just keeps getting bigger.
In her article, Asuncion pointed out several possible alternative workplace models, including flexible work, bring-your-own-gadget, hoteling, free address, desktop sharing and work from home. The virtual office crosses several of those lines. Read more...
NEW YORK—If you are virtual office users, then it’s likely that you also have a LinkedIn account. If so, beware. A hacker stole 6.5 million LinkedIn user passwords and is actively cracking them.
Troy Gill, a security analyst at AppRiver, shared with us some password tips for virtual office users, who are likely to use all sorts of web-based software applications—possibly with the same passwords. So if you are using any sort of virtual office technology and want to keep your personal information safe, check out these tips:
Even though it’s nearly impossible to make anything 100 percent secure, Gil says by utilizing multi-layered security practices, beginning with your password, you will make it much harder for anyone to get a hold of your private data and information. Read more...
ATLANTA—Real estate strategies are becoming part of business strategy—so where do virtual offices fit into the mix? CoreNet Global’s 2012 State of the Industry Report offers some insights into corporate real estate in a redefined world.
Emerging work strategies are changing the workplace. For example, space per person already averages 100 square feet or less in Europe. Data show the same will be case for 40 percent of companies in North America by the year 2017. What’s more, companies are using less office and work space, but they are making it more inviting, open, progressive and collaborative.
Another interesting insight is that 40 percent of employees believe the traditional office provides better tools and technology. That may be a perception issue, especially in the light of cloud computing. Virtual office technologies are making it seamless to work remotely, many times even from a mobile phone, without skipping a beat. Read more...
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Smartphone users of the world unite and start downloading! Davinci Virtual Office Solutions just rolled out an iPhone virtual office application.
The new mobile app lets you place VoIP calls from your mobile phone over Wi-Fi. You can also view, receive and send faxes from anywhere you happen to be, as well as search and listen to voicemail messages on the go, and even make conference calls from anywhere in the world right from your iPhone.
Want to get it now? Davinci Virtual’s new app works for Apple iPhones, iPads or iPod touch devices and is available in the iTunes store at no charge. That’s right, free!
“Our new iPhone app allows our clients to interact with the Davinci Virtual platform with ease from their mobile device—anywhere,” says Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “An Android version is already in development and slated to be released shortly. Davinci continues to develop applications that power the mobile work environment.” Read more...
Every once in a while, I find a tool that’s so useful for virtual office users like you (and me) that I just have to share it. Dropbox is one of those tools—especially with the company’s latest news.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring you documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily. More than 45 million people are using Dropbox (including me).
Now, Dropbox just got better for virtual office users with the introduction of Dropbox for Teams. Dropbox for Teams lets companies with a distributed workforce, small businesses with virtual teams, or entrepreneurs serving multiple clients tap into administrative controls, centralized billing, phone support, and plenty of storage space.
Here’s how it works: Dropbox for Teams delivers the same user experience as the free Dropbox service. Adding and updating files is as easy as saving any document, photo or video to the Dropbox folder. Changes sync immediately across all devices which have Dropbox installed. Dropbox is compatible with nearly every computer and smartphone operating system, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. Read more...