Serviced Office, Virtual Office Address, or Meeting Rooms: Which Is The Best Option for Your Business & Budget?

Leasing or buying an office space for your company is very expensive. Luckily, it’s no longer the only option anymore. There are a variety of alternatives these days that make it a lot cheaper to find a place to do business. Where once freelancers couldn’t afford to work anywhere except at home or at coffee shops, and small/medium businesses had to sell the farm to pay for space, companies of almost any size can now find office space for a fraction of the cost. It’s all achieved by instant offices: renting fully furnished offices from another business.

Three options for temporary office space—serviced office space, virtual offices, and rentable meeting rooms—are gaining in popularity. With more and more businesses choosing to use these services, the traditional office is rapidly becoming obsolete. The question is, which of these services is right for your business? To help answer that question, we’ll take a look at these three, and which situations they are most applicable for.

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Cloud Video Conferencing Transforms the Workplace and Workstyles

The workplace is changing rapidly. No longer are workers measured based on the amount of time spent sitting at their desks or in their offices. The concept of a defined 9 AM to 5 PM workday also is becoming a relic of the past. Instead, workers are measured based on their performance, and whether their work contributes to bottom-line results.

Workplace and Workstyles Changing Rapidly

One factor is demographic changes in the workforce. Millennials comprise over half of the workforce, and more than one-quarter hold managerial roles. Much has been written about millennials and their desire to use technologies from the consumer world at work; they look for solutions that are easy to use and enable them and their colleagues to be more productive and to engage with customers in new and better ways.

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The Benefits and Wisdom of Renting a Meeting Space at a Virtual Office or Serviced Workspace Provider

Work lean and smart, be agile- and don’t waste money. That’s the mantra of today’s millennial workforce and entrepreneurial whizzes — and why signing on at cost-effective Virtual Offices, Touchdown Spaces and coworking Spaces is so popular, mainstream and gaining momentum.

More and more people are realizing that you don’t necessarily need the expense and headache of renting and maintaining a fancy, status-legitimizing, full-time office anymore … and that in many (not all) instances, having a flexible, mobile workspace arrangement is the wiser road to success. An impressive, dedicated office is a luxury that is no longer the ‘must’ that it once was in previous work generations, since what you’re largely paying for is space and real estate that you may only use 25-50% of the time — hardly a winning work-way to spark optimal profitability.

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The Many Upsides of Using Coworking Spaces Today

In today’s ever-exploding Serviced Workspace sandbox, coworking is the Cat’s Meow. There are so many advantages to considering this workspace and work-way alternative that is ideally suited for many, but not all, in today’s emerging workforce. Is it right for you?

We live in a highly mobile, work-anytime/anywhere universe, where advancing technologies place power and portability in our hands via handheld and laptop devices. This, coupled with accessible, satisfactory bandwidth sources are meeting the demands of today’s burgeoning nomadic work tribes on-the-run that value reliability, austerity and instant plug-and-go ability.

No longer is a permanent, enclosed (sometime status-indicating or hierarchal perk) private office per employee, or even a designated desk-space, a ‘must’ for employees of companies, or for solopreneurs seeking the legitimacy of a dedicated workspace. The business universe understands that today, companies and people need agility more than they need a full-time, top-dollar, static office that may only be used on a part-time basis, hence they are more accepting, than in previous generations, to view ‘in-and-out’ coworking and Virtual Office users as savvy, lean-working practitioners in a world that now generally values workers and freelancers being fleet-of-foot more than being hunkered down in a stable and static 9-to-5 office and existence.

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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 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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How a Virtual Office Can Result In Substantial Savings?

In business, saving money is as good, and sometimes more critical, than making money. That’s always been a prime business axiom, but perhaps never more so than today, when more than ever before, solopreneurs and dreamers are launching their start-ups, thanks to the proliferation of affordable workplace and work-way alternatives out there – with the delicate yet critical mandate of trying to stay the course, while not allowing mounting expenses to outpace income and get the best of them.

Most businesses require a run-up to mature to the point where they are profitable. Most savvy business owners realize that opening up a business is a risk — one that drains financial resources through (sometimes substantial and personal) necessary investment and start-up costs. Very, very few businesses hit the ground running and start fattening up bank accounts from the get-go.

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What Open Plan COworking Can Do For Your Business

The world is turning to Open Plan COworking … both at the business strategy level, and at the employee-preferred work-way level. COworking is super-popularizing and mainstreaming more and more each day as a work-way because of the many benefits it offers to a business, namely: employers and their staffs relish the elevated spirit and energy — plus the increased teamwork, innovation, motivation and loyalty that a well-planned and implemented COworking work-way yields, through its design and strategy that enables planned, as well as instant and serendipitous, collaboration.

Employers at corporations, plus solo-preneurs, free-lancers and start-ups at CWS, all enjoy the lesser requirement of space, and thus the substantial bottom-line savings, that Open Plan COworking represents. The demand for COworking workplaces and work-ways is skyrocketing, primarily driven by the changing corporate mandate to work even more economically than ever. The digitally-native and nomadically-agile Gen Y workforce, whose world-view and values subtly differ from that of previous generations, thanks to IT-mobility and a greater sense of corporate, social, and environmental responsibility coupled with greater health & wellness-centric lifestyles, have especially taken an interest in the agile, plug-and-go qualities of Open Plan COworking.

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4 Ideas for Small Business Marketing

Unlike large corporations, small businesses mostly cannot afford their own in-house marketing department. In many cases, the business owners are not only handling day to day operations, but also responsible for promoting new products and services.

If you are strapped for money and you do not have a big team, what are your best options to promote your business? Let’s take a look at a few useful ways that can help you enhance your small business marketing.

Content Marketing and Social Media

Many like to think of social media as just another extension of their products or services catalogue. They are, however, overseeing the key word in social media, which is “social.” Users of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram don’t visit their “walls” and “feeds” day in and day out just to be exposed to another advertisement. Instead, they want to be entertained or informed in a social, interactive environment.

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8 Things That Can Go Wrong When Hosting a Customer Meeting

Whether customer meetings are hosted onsite or offsite, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Nearly every business professional has been witness to at least several of the following scenarios. Some may have simply been minor distractions; others may have been show-stoppers where deals were lost or service issues were left unresolved.

1. Obscure Address. Not every company is able to afford a location that is easy to find. While your office location may fully satisfy day-to-day business functions, it may not be the best location for a customer meeting. Indeed, beyond a late start to the meeting, having customers “frantically” searching for a hard-to-find address creates a bad customer disposition before the customer even arrives at your location.
Tip – Davinci Meeting Rooms are Google optimized so they are easy to find and direct your clients to. Your client will always find the address as we already took the necessary steps to make Google aware of the location.

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