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Using Day Offices to Optimize Summer Travel

Always On, Even During the Summer

Summer always brings much travel—both professional and personal. And for solopreneurs and small businesses, work never stops, regardless of whether you’re traveling for work or leisure. Indeed, 40 percent of small business owners indicate they’re “always on.” Yet, almost the same percentage indicate they take 16 days of vacation each year. All of this adds up to a lot of time outside the office or your typical workspace.

You likely already have plenty of challenges on your plate. Introduce the complexities and distractions that come with travel, and time becomes a precious commodity when you’re traveling, and optimizing the time you spend working is crucial. You also need all of the business tools and services that you have in your “home” office at your fingertips, not to mention a distraction-free environment that allows you to focus on what is important.

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The Serviced Workspace Industry Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary in Grand Style at BC@50

Industry royalty from both sides of the Atlantic turned out in droves to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Serviced Workspace Industry at the recent BC@50 milestone event. This event coincided with, and was held as the theme of the 11th Annual WANY – Workspace Association of New York — Educational Conference in New York, magnificently hosted by Silver Suites at the World Trade Center.

Among the many deserved industry luminaries that were honored for their lifetime achievements in the industry at BC@50 were Pinnacle Award winners Martin Senn, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions; Jennifer Brooke, Executive Director of the UK’s BCA (Business Center Association); and Frank, Gail and Troy Fabish as the First Family of the U.S. Serviced Workspace Industry for its first half-century.

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Mobile Apps for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Who Are On the Go

Challenges of Summer Travel

Professional and personal travel always increases during the summer months. Yet while you’re on the road or taking some much needed rest and relaxation, your business doesn’t take a break. You still need to manage your communications—from call routing to voicemail, you still need to schedule meetings,book conference rooms, and you still need to find and book a day office so that you can get some focused work done.

Getting your laptop out or logging onto the Internet from a hotel workstation takes away valuable time. Plus, for most on-the-go professionals, you don’t have time to stop and do so.

Mobile Is the Answer

But then there is your smartphone. It makes a lot of sense. We spend an average of 174 minutes on them every day, doing everything from basic communications (email, instant messaging, etc.), to informational searches, to shopping, to various business tasks. Indeed, more time is now spent online on smartphones than desktops and laptops, and the discrepancy will only continue to grow with annual mobile utilization expanding at more than 75% each year.

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Davinci Preferred Network Partner: Rockefeller Group

Davinci Preferred Network Partner Rockefeller Group Business Centers Realizes Increased Revenues and Higher Margins

Rockefeller Group Business Centers touts three workspace locations in prime New York City real-estate: Rockefeller Plaza, Fifth Avenue, and Wall Street. Founded in 1994, the business center’s innovation and experience mirror that of its parent company—The Rockefeller Group International, Inc. In its three New York City locations, Rockefeller Group Business Centers provides fully serviced office space, executive suites, virtual office plans, and meeting rooms.

 Joining the Davinci Preferred Partner Network

Seeking ideas on how to increase capacity and grow its revenues and profitability, Rockefeller Group Business Centers elected to join the Davinci Preferred Partner Network a little more than seven years ago. “Initially, when I signed up with Davinci, I was skeptical about what results could be achieved,” says David Jakubowski, the director of sales and marketing for Rockefeller Group Business Centers. “But with no upfront costs and Davinci assuming ownership of advertising and marketing, I figured there wasn’t anything to lose.”

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Mobile That Connects with Customers

Mobile usage continues to skyrocket. Last year, 33 percent of web traffic was generated from mobile devices, a number that is projected to hit 39 percent this year.

The impact of mobile is far-reaching when it comes to how work is performed. A recent study reveals that 44 percent of workers check their mobile devices at least 40 times each day for email and to pick up incoming phone calls. And while the majority of workers indicate mobile improves their productivity and saves them one to two hours a week in time, they also note that they work outside of the office one to two hours every day. And while about one-third believe their mobile devices improve their work-life balances, about the same percentage believe they actually have negative repercussions.

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Business Travelers: When Day Offices and Meeting Rooms Are Needed

U.S. workers logged 455 million trips for business in 2015, a number expected to increase by nearly four percent in 2016. Remote work is certainly becoming the norm and not the exception. For road warriors, they may spend only 10 to 15 hours per week in their office, with the rest of their time spent traveling and meeting with prospects and customers.

So for employees who are on the road, when does the majority of office work take place? For the most part, it takes place between flights and meetings. And where does this work occur? It occurs at busy airports, noisy coffee shops, and cramped and uncomfortable hotel rooms. However, these less-than-ideal settings are often the last place you want when crafting a winning business proposal, writing and designing compelling content, or assessing and compiling recommendations for strategic clients and business proposals.

Needing a Day Office

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The Supreme Benefits Of On-Demand Meeting Access For Entrepreneurs and Business Pros

OK … so many of us are now into an agile & mobile, work anytime/anywhere, work-life balancing way of living. Got it. And, since we’re no longer Headquarter or CCR (Centrally Commuted Office) centric, we also have found all kinds of cost-effective, clever ways to satisfy our spontaneous workspace needs … thanks in great part to the  growth and popularity of Virtual Office Plans. But what about when you need a Meeting Room — from a reliable, basic space to sit with a few people face-to-face, to maybe a locale that can accommodate hundreds of people with all the accoutrements and IT & AV gadgetry, plus catering, copying and other services that you need?

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7 Ways to Stay Ultra-Productive on the Road

I’m writing this blog post on an airplane. I travel a lot and I’ve had to learn tips and tricks to stay productive while I’m in the air, on the road, or otherwise out of the office. After nearly two years of living a hard core road warrior lifestyle, I’ve come up with these seven tips to keep you productive just about anywhere you happen to be.

  1. Always Fly Wi-Fi-Enabled Planes: Virtual office and mobile technologies help—but not if you don’t have Wi-Fi. Delta has the largest fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled planes but other airlines have this feature also. Be sure to ask about Wi-Fi when you book, especially if you are taking a flight over two hours. You can get a mass amount of work done from the comfort of your economy seat.
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Using Meetings to Motivate Employees

Question: When should a meeting also be used as an opportunity to motivate employees? The answer is simple … Always! Put another way, all meetings should have a primary or secondary objective and outcome of motivation and inspiration — be it to have attendees walk away with a new sense of clarity, purpose, or dedication to the success of the assignments, goals, results and/or the standing of the organization and its management.

In other words, if a physical meeting doesn’t make every attendee’s task easier and more tangible, or raise the level of performance in pursuit of greater results, then maybe there shouldn’t have been a physical meeting in the first place? If it’s just to keep everyone in-check and on course, with no added element that makes an attendee walk away with a feeling that the physical meeting was worthwhile and added to the individual and overall effort, then maybe a phone call, or better yet, a trackable memo or on-line exchange among the congregants would have been sufficient — and a more efficient usage of everyone’s time?

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Staying Motivated to Hit Your Revenue Goals

So you’ve set revenue goals for your business. Congratulations! You are well on your way to hitting your target just by taking the time to write down your goals.

Of course, now you have to execute a plan that carries you to the finish line—and staying motivated on down weeks can be a struggle.

“You never know what is going to happen. Just the other day I had a one call close. It can happen,” says Alison Powell, a sales rep at the inbound marketing firm HubSpot. “Don’t slow down because you never know if you are going to get that prospect on the phone who can buy right then and there because the timing is perfect.”

Dean Robinson, CEO of Redmans, a family business advisory firm based in Sydney, Australia, says setting goals for revenue and growth in any small to medium business is much like trying to lose weight. He suggests three rules: