There are a lot reasons why you might be hesitant to start your own business, and many—if not all—of those fears are rooted in outdated myths. The business world is becoming increasingly more digital, and with that comes a lot of perks. If you are looking to start up a company, there are many virtual and remote services available to help you along the way.
With so many services at your disposal, it is easy to dispel the myths that are holding you back. Here are just five myths about starting your own business and how virtual office solutions disprove them: Read more...
In today’s competitive business world, perception is everything. You have to make the right first impression and maintain a favorable image in every aspect of your business, no matter how small you think that aspect might be. Even something as simple as having a recognizable area code can make a big difference when it comes to credibility. A familiar area code or toll-free number makes your company look more professional and reassures consumers that you’re running a legitimate business. And according to a Business Insider article, “800 numbers make your small business look bigger,” which can be crucial when you’re going up against big competitors. However, if you’re a small business owner, chances are you’re taking a lot of the calls right out of your home and are using your personal number or cell phone. There’s a better way. With Davinci’s virtual office services, you can get a phone number with the right area code as well as hire a live virtual receptionist to answer all your phone calls. Read more...
Today’s entrepreneur has a much wider reach thanks to mobile solutions that give them the ability to do more with less. The bottom line? These up-and-comers are competing with the big dogs like never before—and sometimes they even become big dogs, too.
But it all starts with using new and emerging technology to save money and increase market presence.
The Mobility Movement
Armed with the ability to accomplish nearly every single business-related task by using a smartphone or tablet, today’s entrepreneur is nothing if not mobile. Technology is fueling this movement, thanks to cloud-sharing software, apps that enable real-time collaboration and GPS systems that allow you to virtually travel more efficiently with coworkers by signing into Facebook. And when small-business owners and entrepreneurs need work spaces, they can rent them for small one-time fees through virtual office services like Davinci Virtual. Read more...
With over 23 million of them in the U.S. alone, small businesses have become big business. And technology is making them competitive with larger, more established companies.
Think about how different people work today as opposed to ten years ago. IT costs to set up a domain and server? Gone. Now you can use your smartphone to access your email, share documents, videoconference, access your calendar and much more. And with mobile and virtual solutions, small businesses can operate from anywhere in the world, professionally and efficiently.
Mobility Is A Game Changer
Next time you’re in public, look around you. Notice how many people are either using their handheld device or a tablet. Sure they could be texting a friend or playing Candy Crush, but many of them are working. Those handheld computers are allowing small business owners to not only work on the go, but do more and spend less—especially if they take advantage of the plethora of available business apps. Read more...
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...