According to some workplace studies, around seventy percent of workers in America are unfulfilled in their jobs. That’s even higher than I thought it would be. I was thinking career dissatisfaction would be more around 50 percent – much like marriage dissolution levels.
When you think about it, careers are a lot like marriage. Some jobs even come with contracts. The main difference is that it is usually easier to get out of an employment contract than a marriage. Divorce is also more expensive and traumatic. Unless you’re a celebrity and you signed an agreement to perform and then renege!
Going solo is often the best way for a lot of people in life and in work. There’s really nothing like being your own boss – and nothing more challenging. However, if you take the time to find satisfying work above all else, chances are it won’t be that hard to survive as long as you keep expenses under control. Read more... top ▲
Most everyone today in the work day world faces stress on one level or another, whether it is organizing, marketing, or servicing clients. While deadlines, logistics, and all the things running a business entails is an expected part of the process, keeping a business going really doesn’t have to be as stressful as it often is. Here’s an idea. Rather than focus upon getting more done, how about having less to do? Sounds good to me! I’ve spent a lot of time in my life trying to prioritize and cram as much into my day as possible. Frankly, that just doesn’t work. All that seems to happen when I work like a maniac is that there is more stuff to do! Each time I think I am achieving more and “getting more done,” all I am really doing is clearing the way for more tasks to magically appear out of seemingly nowhere. Read more... top ▲
Many people are under the assumption that only rich people run the world. What many people forget or aren’t aware of is that most businesses started with very little. Unless they were a trust fund baby, most people must work hard for what they achieve. For many, expansion is the key, but just making the day to day can be overwhelming.
These days, it seems like in order to maintain a strong income, you either have to have some of that left over investment banking money or be a drug dealer. The sticker shock from the cost of commercial rent alone in a place like Manhattan can cause a stroke. Never mind the business services they also need to run the operation. How can honest business people get a break? Read more... top ▲
Now more than ever, businesses of all sizes have been adopting virtual offices. There are many reasons for this, from convenience to general cost consciousness and higher productivity, as well as the ability to expand inexpensively. This is why the idea of working remotely has become much more common.
What used to be an unusual business philosophy is being implemented by savvy companies in surprising industries. For instance, many firms have found that outsourcing tech, accounting, and customer service jobs has helped to increase their bottom line so they can actually stay afloat and often even thrive.
In the past, naysayers insisted that working from home was going to be a flash in the pan and that it would be impossible to accomplish as much outside of a traditional office environment. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that because there is less office distraction, employees are actually able to be more productive. Read more... top ▲
The cities that seem to have the U.S. business axis covered are New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Across the pond, we have London, located in none other than “jolly old England.” We all know that the origin of ‘jolly’ means cheerful. Yet the cost of doing business in London is far from joyful. But it can still be fun when you really get to participate in the game.
Today’s smaller firms have a hard enough time trying to manage just one small office – let alone expanding globally. However, worldwide growth is really what can put any sized company on the map in a big way. But if you mention that to an entrepreneur or small business owner today, they usually look dreamily to the sky or shake their head and chuckle. Read more... top ▲
After I left Los Angeles, I never thought I’d miss it much. But I do today – since I’m in the Midwest and it is around 100 degrees! But you really can’t enjoy it that much since you spend so much time sitting in traffic. Anyone who has been to L.A. and had the misfortune of driving around the area knows what I am talking about. In fact, even comics have talked about the notorious 405 freeway in their acts at times.
For my money, I prefer having a virtual office in L.A. Some may find that odd, but the cost of living there is through the roof and the air quality is so awful it’s scary.
While I like to have a business presence in L.A., I don’t like having to go there. With a virtual office, I really don’t need to. At Davinci’s Sepulveda Business Center it’s hard to believe, but I get a great professional address for as low as $60 a month. Read more... top ▲
Coming together in a virtual meeting room is the wave of the future. Locally traveling to the company’s conference room or designated meeting room facility, is a lot easier on employees who would otherwise have to leave families behind for days of travel to attend to business that can’t be done over phone lines.
Whatever can be done virtually can save companies a ton of money in travel and lodging expenses. Employees appreciate the gesture because besides leaving loved ones behind, they don’t have to worry about waking up in a strange city or being jet lagged. They also don’t have to worry about coming back to a backlog of work that mysteriously piled up during their absence.
Setting up a virtual meeting should be done with the same care of in-person meetings. An appointed chairman will set the tone. By identifying the key personnel who are to attend and giving advance notice to them regarding the agenda, he has time to gather everyone’s written contributions. A team then verifies the information and packages it. Read more... top ▲
Local marketing is all the rage these days. Whether you have a website that caters to the world or not, you’re missing the boat, if you don’t focus on local marketing in some capacity. The reality is that no business can really afford to open an office in every state. But what most firms can afford easily is a virtual office.
A friend of mine who lives in L.A. really wanted to tap into the local market in NYC. He spent some time there to ratchet up some business and contacts. Many of the people he does business with in L.A. also have NY connections. So he went back to L.A. and thought about relocating. But he wasn’t all that hot on the idea because he wasn’t looking forward to those hot and humid summers and cold winters back east. Read more... top ▲
Despite the struggling economy, clients still require world class business service. In fact, the demands seem to have increased since there is so much more competition. So how does a company that wants to take advantage of a lucrative market like Toronto manage to impress new clients?
While it may seem unrealistic to even try to compete with larger firms, there is a solution. Virtual office services from Davinci allow businesses in any industry to handle operations efficiently – without the typical effort or expense needed to run physical offices.
For as little as $59 each month, even the smaller businesses can operate like larger corporations do – with an impressive address in the heart of Toronto, receptionists to answer calls and advanced communication systems. Staff members are trained to respond professionally to all calls using individualized company messages that are essential in establishing distinctive business identities. Read more... top ▲
Sometimes it can seem like there’s no time for both business and pleasure. This couldn’t be further from the truth. More and more entrepreneurs are realizing the kind of freedom they can have, if only they utilized a virtual office. With a virtual office, a business can have a prestigious mailing address, its very own toll free number and fax line, and a live receptionist to receive and forward calls during business hours. The features of a virtual office make telecommunication the new standard in conducting business. Meetings no longer need a stuffy board room when they can be done on-the-go through teleconferencing.
In today’s technology driven workforce, traveling across the country or around the world to conduct business meetings is inefficient, uneconomical, and even ecologically destructive. Virtual meeting participation has been on the rise now and is almost certainly set to define the way people do business. With a virtual meeting, employees and clients alike can dial in from wherever they happen to be in order to participate, share ideas, learn, and benefit from connecting regardless of their location. Read more... top ▲