Archive for January, 2011

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Value of PA’s

Friday, 28 January 2011

More time, is something most of us constantly wish for. The easiest way to generate time is to get someone else to do the repetitive things.

It’s always been valuable for me to have a Personal Assistant. I have no time (or desire) to book my appointments, monitor respond to simple email, handle my travel and simple purchases. I’ve always needed someone to organise my to-do, to watch what I request people to do, and ensure I follow up. Having all this taken care of for me has given me the time to get on and grow my businesses.

Nowadays of course it’s all so much easier to have a Virtual Assistant who lives in the Philippines via something like oDesk.

Try it – you will be amazed how much better you can spend your time.

MikeO

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Visiting Call Centres and BPO’s in Manila, Philippines

Thursday, 20 January 2011

I’ve just returned from Manila where I set up permanent office staff for my business. Philippines and India have been used for decades by big business for lower cost workers. The Governments of both countries actively encourage and incentivise this industry. In both countries most providers to the West are tax exempt.

The services that best suit most of us come in two distinctive areas.

1. Call Centres handle “voice”. Incoming and outgoing sales.

2. Service businesses called “BPO’s” who provide “back office workers”.

To give you an idea of the savings; a Filipino office worker, with a University Degree, Microsoft Office skilled, written English up to my standard and spoken in an understandable way – is well paid at around 18,000 pesos a MONTH – that’s $95 a week. Add to that about 20% in outgoings (they have strict employment laws/benefits) plus office space costs (normally simular to the wages cost) then you have an alternative that will make your business a lot more competitive.

MikeO

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Live On Air: 4BC (1116)

Thursday, 13 January 2011

This Sunday 16th and on most Sundays from now on, you can hear me on a NEW Small Business Radio show between 8am and 9am on Brisbane Radio 4BC (1116).

I had a great “tip” to relaunch sending these with this new opportunity – HOWEVER fate dealt me an interesting hand (it’s NEVER boring)…

My biggest, busiest MiniMovers market – Brisbane flooded – big time. With a tear in my eye I must say the Birth place of MiniMovers; my beloved “Rocklea” depot went completely under. For a full 24 hours I spent my time in a stunned state.

Then I realised there are always opportunities in all these things.

Today I rallied my people, hit the advertising – we will again be busy and it all goes on.

Please share my Radio spot. Let’s do BETTER BUSINESS.

MikeO