Thinking OUTSIDE the box... you're welcome to come IN

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A "Virtual Office" Just Point and Click!



It's Not just the next best thing to being there, It's BETTER!

I got this idea from Craig and his "new door" idea for the Active Rain Network.  I've often dreamed ofan office that was equipped with everything I would need to do business, yet not have to be there physically.  This is a photo of my office (and desk), that used to be located in Benicia.  When I moved to a new location in Vallejo, some clients were worried about not having access to me or my office.   Hmmmm.......
 

Well.....here was my solution.  You know what they say, "Take a picture, it lasts' a lot Longer!"
and today...
I'm still only a click away!

Brad Andersohn

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Brad Andersohn
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Troy - it's the concept that counts, glad you had fun, now get back to work, this certainly is not WORK RELATED!!!  (LOL) Enjoy!! Thanks for your comment, just messin with ya....havin more fun than I should be allowed. SEO SEO SEO!!
Apr 23, 2007 10:53 PM #40
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<i>Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.</i>
ZipRealty, Inc. - Huntington Beach, CA

Hey Brad,

Great virtual office.  How do you keep it so neat.  I too work from home and have my own office in a loft in my home.  I will not post a picture.  It is a mess with paper and files everywhere.

Apr 23, 2007 11:46 PM #41
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Thanks Mike. Definately old school stuff compared to what's out there now. They got multi-media that has you walk right out onto the screen (kinda virtual).  They can take a photo and video of a house or development, and have you walk right into the picture, or come out the front door. Very cool stuff.  This was just a temporary fix for moving to a new location. It's still active on my website just for fun.

As far as clean goes, you can use paint shop pro to erase everything on the photo of your desk. The photo will look great, and you can still keep your desk a mess. :-) Files everywhere is good Mike.  That means your business is doing well, hopefully!!  Thanks for the comment!

Apr 24, 2007 12:34 AM #42
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Brad - don't know how I missed this before but it was sooooooo cool - I want to know your secrets sometime since we are very virtual - just crazy about what you did - it is very impressive - you blew me away - great job Escrow Guy!!! look out Jeff Turner (LOL). gave you 5 stars
Apr 24, 2007 01:11 AM #43
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Thanks Cyndee - Well ask, and you shall receive. I did a post a few days later and gave instructions on how to do one of these. I don't normally put links in the comment section....oh that's right, this one's my post...ooops.  (Big Smile)

http://activerain.com/blogsview/71269/Hotspots-on-a-Graphic

Apr 24, 2007 01:23 AM #44
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Thanks Brad - I'm off to do some homework - this is so clever!
Apr 24, 2007 09:51 AM #45
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Enjoy, here to help if you need it!  :-)

Apr 24, 2007 03:40 PM #46
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Earl Sorrells-Palmdale
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"The Pearl", Rosamond, Lancaster

Brad,

First of all, I have the exact same desk, even with the messing stain on the bottom.

Secondly,  I use to live in Vallejo from age 6-12.  I left in '78.   

Apr 25, 2007 11:43 PM #47
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Earl - thanks for poppin by, it is a great desk, and vallejo is still vallejo. come back and see us sometime. :-)
Apr 26, 2007 12:59 AM #48
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Earl Sorrells-Palmdale
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I have had that desk for 9 years.  I t has lasted several moves and still looks good.  I haven't been up north in several years. I used to live on Calhoun and Evans Streets.  I grew up going to the park by Lemon st behind the telephone company.  I went to school until 6th grade there, but didn't want to go to Franklin for 7th grade.  There were stabbings going on back then.  Is Vallejo and better now?
Apr 26, 2007 01:05 AM #49
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Tell us the truth...That isn't really what is in the bottom draw! We have all had those days that we have had to get into the BOTTOM DRAW! - LOL

Apr 27, 2007 01:01 AM #50
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Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
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Brad~ That is really cool! I had fun going around and searching through your office....I'd probably do the same thing if I was there live..hehe
Apr 28, 2007 11:02 PM #51
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Earl - Vallejo is the place to be.  The area has changed alot since you lived here I guess.  I work in this city every day and absolutely love it. I think you will find crime everywhere in the world, Vallejo is no exception, but I personally feel it is a great and safe city to live.

Todd - the only thing that is in that bottom drawer, (that you can access) is what the link says it is. Now if I do a virtual refridgerator, I'd be in big trouble!!  (LOL)  :-0

Laura, I can't seem to find some things in my desk...did you put them back when you were done searching through my office? Glad you had fun going through my stuff, that's what it is there for....just for you!! (smile)  :-)

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you all, I was at DISNEYLAND with the family...just got back today!

Apr 30, 2007 11:39 AM #52
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Misty Thomas
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LOVE it! I always find myself pleased with every one of your post! You never fail to get my wheels to turning and "thinking outside of the box". Thanks!
Apr 21, 2008 11:54 AM #53
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Misty - thanks for that! I'm sure no pun was intended! LOL!~  The links in this photo have since been dismembered as I am no longer with the title company or in that industry anymore.  It's great to be in a place now, where I can follow my passion and be surrounded by people who encourage and support what I do now. ActiveRain is my home now, and the communities here are where I live.  Let me know if I can ever be of any assistance to you, your company or your team!  :-)
Apr 22, 2008 01:58 AM #54
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Steve Homer
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Brad:  Way cool man!  Gives me some awesome ideas that I need to get to work on!  Wheels are turning!  Thanks!  Steve

Apr 22, 2008 08:37 AM #55
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Steve - Imagine doing this with YOUR office, or with a clients home...  Hmmmm.  :-)  Having Hot Spots or links in a graphic or photo is really cool as long as you have a way of letting people know they are there.  I just did a video post that has hot spots where you can actually add comments, and video to an already existing video. There is some great Real Estate Technology out there, and it's just for the taking!  Hope you'll enjoy!!  :-)
Apr 22, 2008 03:19 PM #56
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Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
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Now you can add your brothers picture to your desk. Glad you had a great time.
Apr 22, 2008 03:27 PM #57
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Jay - thanks, since I don't work at this virtual desk anymore, I won't be adding any photos or updates to it, besides, my desk will never look this clean again.
Apr 23, 2008 04:51 PM #58
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