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The Rise of the BPO Industry in the Philippines

by Admin - on Feb 11th 2017 - Comments Off on The Rise of the BPO Industry in the Philippines

BPO in the PhilippinesSince the appearance of the first multinational business process outsourcing (BPO) in the Philippines, the sector has become increasingly popular among young and old workers. It has also become a driving force in the country’s economy, and the industry continues to expand. BPO companies provide services to various American industries, such as medical insurance, logistics, accounting, and paralegal.

Why the Industry Thrives

Every year, the sector demands new jobs, providing those capable with opportunities to work for multinational companies. A study conducted by World Bank reports that there’s a possibility that the sector may earn export revenues of $55 billion by 2020.

So why is the BPO industry thriving in the country? First of all, the Philippines has an abundance of skilled, young individuals with an excellent command of the English language and high literacy rates. Apart from that, operational and labor costs are lower here than in other countries. The nation has a highly westernized culture; pair that with the Filipinos’ innately friendly attitude and it helps strengthen the industry’s morale and success. The industry also has the government’s support, providing the sector’s technology and training needs.

Many multinational companies have been relocating from India – which was once the leading country in the industry – to the Philippines over the past few years, and one of the reasons is that Filipinos speak in a neutral English accent that’s much easier to understand on the phone and a “proportionally more qualified workforce.”

Expanding throughout the Nation

So far, more than five cities in the Philippines are part of top 100 outsourcing destinations in the world, including Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Sta. Rosa. Soon, the next wave of BPO companies will invest in places such as Baguio, Dumaguete, Lipa, Malolos, and Naga.

This continuous expansion of the industry opens many opportunities for those looking for jobs because no matter what they finished in college, if they are qualified to serve multinational clients, then they are on their way to earning a living.

Ace Graphic Design: Find the Balance between Simplification and Intensification

by Admin - on Jan 31st 2017 - Comments Off on Ace Graphic Design: Find the Balance between Simplification and Intensification

Graphic Design in MelbourneDesign is all about the details. Your overall outcome will be successful only if you are attentive to every little detail that makes up the big picture. As such, being meticulous is important — from conceptualisation to application.

If you are still undecided about how to make your graphic design ideas take Melbourne by storm, consider this: a combination of simple and intense. How will you pull it off? Well, you have to understand both sides of the coin first, of course.

Simplicity is Beauty

When the World Wide Web became public a few decades ago, everybody was thrilled because they literally had access to an almost-infinite amount of information. The transition from encyclopaedias and cookbooks to Wikipedia and online recipes was a massive help to those who wanted to free up some space at home and minimise paper use.

Currently, so much information is swimming around the internet — from groundbreaking studies to funny cat videos, it’s all there! This is why it can be rather overwhelming. If you want to catch their attention without contributing to information overload, focus on minimalist design instead.

As the epitome of simplicity and functionality, it continues to be as popular among brands and in design trends as it was early in the 20th century.

Bold is Beautiful

On the other hand, people might get bored with too much simplicity. You need to add a little quirkiness to spice things up. As such, be open to intensified and heightened colours — primary, neon and pastel alike — that will surely catch the eye of netizens.

You might be asking yourself, how are bright neon designs ever simple? Well, that’s because with a smart, well-thought out design, you get rid of distractions that complicate instead of deliver your message.

The digital lifestyle is shortening the attention span of netizens who want to access information fast and easy. Give them just that with bold yet simple designs.

Making a Girl Feel Special Can Be Done in 3 Ways

by Admin - on Jan 23rd 2017 - Comments Off on Making a Girl Feel Special Can Be Done in 3 Ways

Minnesota Style PizzaMany guys think that when they offer girls expensive gifts, they will be so happy about it, girls would then love them. This is a wrong notion because of more than gifts, girls appreciate the heart.

Women love many things. Yes, some guys think that if they get to buy a girl something expensive like a Prada, Louis Vuitton or Hermes bag, girls become undoubtedly happy. Well, this may be true for some but not exactly for everyone. There are girls, who, more than the most expensive bags in the world, just want to be with the person they love. By simply taking her for a long walk at night, she would already feel loved. If you too want to make your girl special, in ways that would be profoundly memorable for her, then you can try several of these ideas.

Make Her Dreams Come True

Every girl has a dream. If you have already found out what these dreams are, then you can try to make them come true. For instance, if she simply wants to be standing in two places at once, you can bring her to the border of two adjacent cities or towns and have her straddle the line that divides the two places. This doesn’t cost much right? Take note that girls’ dreams often have something to do with their childhood. Once you get to make their dreams a reality for them, you can be assured of a plus point that will be to your advantage.

Taste Uncommon Foods Together

One thing that girls remember is an event that you did together. She may easily forget who brought her this and that but what you can do is to do something that you or the girl has never done before. For instance, if you haven’t tried a Minnesota style pizza, then now would be the best time for you both to do so. What makes this significant is that you did something together, which you have not yet tried before.

Give Her a Special Name

Girls love to be called by their loved ones using a special name or moniker. This means that aside from the name that you agreed to call each other, you should give her a moniker that you exclusively use for her. This will make her feel special. Just make sure that you don’t use that special “alias” with any other. Also, if you would be calling her, be affectionate because according to World of Female, many women are generally affectionate beings.

You see, girls aren’t hard to please. You just have to ensure that what you are doing for them is from your heart. Once you do, they will see and feel your sincerity and it will always result in something great.

Web Design Ideas You Would Want to Consider Implementing in 2017

by Admin - on Dec 29th 2016 - Comments Off on Web Design Ideas You Would Want to Consider Implementing in 2017

Website DesignAs 2016 draws to a close, all eyes turn to web design ideas that experts believe would create a huge impact for websites on 2017. The coming year promises to be the year of significant changes.

The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to see which web design ideas will make the most impact on 2017 onwards. Every year, web designers and developers gather inputs from experts on what they want to see in a website, then brainstorms about what design ideas could offer the best benefits. These are a couple of those web design ideas.

Big Types

The past year has seen big image slides featured on modern websites, which gave emphasis to its visual appeal. Web designers have predicted that the big slides will stay and will be complemented by big typography. Big typography can quickly grab the attention of the reader, particularly when the types really stand out.

Why Large Typography

Content will be the driving force behind the website in 2017. By having large types that resonates the statement that the website is trying to put forward, it redirects the focus of the user on the content of the site itself. It is like the types themselves are screaming at the user to focus on the words and the message. You need not place big types in all of your content. You can instead dedicate just a section of the slide to feature such large typography.

Using SVG over PNG, GIF, and JPG

For sure, you already know what scalable vector graphics are. As to why it will be to your greatest benefit that you use more of them, it has something to do with how your graphics will present itself. You see, common image formats like PNG, JPG or GIF are pixel-based, which combine small squares of various shades on a grid to shape the graphics. Since they are mostly constant, meaning they have a fixed attribute or number of pixels, they tend to be blurry or pixelated when enlarged. Because responsive websites do enlarge or minimize image based on the device and orientation, using pixel-based or raster images will often times not work.

The Rise of SVGs

The name scalable vector graphics in itself is a clear giveaway that the vector graphics presented is scalable. According to KeyCDN.com, since SVGs consist of vectors or the mathematical description of the shape of the object, they are resolution-independent. As such, they will look great on any orientation or type of device. Furthermore, HTTP requests, which have been known to slow down a website, are not required by SVGs so your sites run smoother and faster. This is perhaps why NYC experts in web design are starting to dump traditional graphic formats in favor of SVGs in the main pages of the websites they develop.

There are many more website design ideas that you might want to consider implementing in your own sites during the first quarter of next year. While some of these new design ideas might mean you would have to overhaul your website, you will find out that it will be well worth it.

Do You Have an App for Your Consumers’ Needs?

by Admin - on Nov 17th 2016 - Comments Off on Do You Have an App for Your Consumers’ Needs?

Mobile Online PaymentApplications, or apps, are everywhere. They’re on planes, trains, ferries, and buses. They’re in homes, offices and places where people congregate. If you doubt the pervasiveness of apps, just consider the phrase, ‘There’s an app for that’. And you’ll recognise just how much apps have invaded people’s lives.

Mobile Apps and a New Way to Pay

In fact, apps are posing a challenge to traditional business, ‘disrupting’ processes, and endangering profits for companies that fail to adapt. One industry at potential risk is banking and finance. The Macquarie Group predicts the four big banks in Australia could lose $27 billion per year because of mobile app payment systems.

To avoid the potential loss of billions, most banks are offering mobile solutions to simplify payments and integrate services. Commonwealth Bank, for example, is enabling customers to withdraw from the ATM using their smartphones. This sort of convenience strengthens loyalty and brand image.

The Allure of Apps

Deloitte’s recent data reveal that 79% of Australians own a mobile phone, with six in 10 owning multiple devices. Many have made online purchases through their mobile phones. Of course, mobile apps are not just for shopping and paying. Businesses, such as Uber, Clipp and Beat Q have developed apps for music streaming, real-time promotions, and loyalty points.

Mobile apps, Viper Online Marketing further explain, can enhance online marketing efforts through synergy. Application development that combines the business’s social media and website can improve the organisation’s online presence. And with it, its bottom line.

An app adds value to your business in three ways:

1. It gives you a competitive edge because you’re offering a unique experience for customers.

2. It helps your business operate better, making processes more efficient.

3. It secures your organisation’s future in an ever-changing market.

So, does your business have an app that meets your customers’ needs?

Why Not an Indoor Skate Park?

by Admin - on Nov 3rd 2016 - Comments Off on Why Not an Indoor Skate Park?

Indoor SkateboardingIn a report published by the National Sporting Goods Association, skateboarding was one of human culture’s fastest growing sports. Between 1998 and 2008, it grew from 5.8 million to 10.1 million. Its growth carries over to the modern day culture and has inspired the rise of several subcultures.

Skateboarding enthusiasts are extremely dedicated to their sport. It discriminates no one and can literally take up any space available. In fact, indoor skate parks are now increasing in popularity around the world. Do you know any place? If not, why not open one yourself?

Scout

As all products and commodities go, it should answer a need. The purpose of an indoor skateboard is generally to provide skateboarders a space for play if the area has few places for skateboarding. Locate the nearest skate parks. Find a way to provide what they’re missing, or offer better service.

According to Chron, an indoor skatepark design has several specifications. It should be in a large building. Disused or abandoned warehouses are typically considered ideal. It requires at least 500 square feet and smooth concrete, to minimize floor overhauling.

Plan

Now that you have the location of your indoor skate park, you need to build a plan. Think about how much you will charge, how you will market your skate park, and how you will enforce safety. Insurance is extremely important in businesses such as this.

Purchase

It takes more than a location and a plan to run a skate park. You will need to purchase other equipment such as skateboarding ramps, stairs, rails, and fun boxes. Do you have experience with carpentry? You may consider doing these on your own. You will need a half-pipe or pool, too.

Finally, you need to promote your indoor skate park. What does it have that other skate parks don’t? Build on your unique value proposition and make sure this is communicated well to your target audience.

Personal Loan Mistakes: Hard to Undo Yet Easy to Avoid

by Admin - on Sep 21st 2016 - Comments Off on Personal Loan Mistakes: Hard to Undo Yet Easy to Avoid

Personal LoanWhen it comes to taking out a personal loan, Tara Alderete believes that the question should be less about how much, and more about why.

Alderete, director of education for ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, believes that people should stop treating loans as ‘free money’ and put more effort into investigating their available options as well as the need for the loan itself.

The following are some of the most common loan mistakes you should avoid, lest you find yourself in a financial hole much deeper than you are capable of climbing out of.

  1. Needless Borrowing

"When you're seeking a personal loan, think about why. What's your goal? What do you want to do?" she says. Alderete stresses the danger of taking out loans in haste, as it usually leads to wasted money at best and falling into a debt trap at worst.

  1. Missing Non-Loan Opportunities

‘Generally speaking, the people who can qualify for these 0% offers and really competitively priced personal loans, they've got good credit,’ says John Ulzheimer, a credit expert who formerly worked at credit companies FICO and Equifax, referring to the possibility of skipping loans through debt consolidation by means of opening a new credit card and transferring the balance of other cards to it, particularly at a 0% introductory offer. ‘These things aren't just being given out to people who have mediocre credit scores.’ Ulzheimer adds.

  1. Ignoring One’s Credit Score

Professionals from Rapid Loans stress that people should really start paying attention to their credit scores, as it heavily determines whether they would receive loans at reasonable rates, if at all. Looking good in the eyes of lenders (as a low-risk debtor) can go a long way in securing lower interest rates and an easier time making repayments.

Loans are serious business, as any person in an unescapable debt cycle can attest to. Learning the severity of unpayable loans the hard way is something no one would want to do, which makes learning the specifics of every financial option beforehand all the more appealing.

So You Want to Open a Small Bar in Florida?

by Admin - on Sep 19th 2016 - Comments Off on So You Want to Open a Small Bar in Florida?

Small Bar in FloridaOpening a small bar in Florida is not an easy feat. While many have succeeded in this industry, not everyone has the guts and the skills to run a bar. If you’re thinking of opening your own bar in this state, below are a few things you have to consider before making any decision.

  1. Long Hours

Unlike most jobs, owning a bar involves long hours – especially in the first few months of the business. After all, you have to learn the ropes of the business first before you can hand it to the hands of your staff.  If you’re not up for the long hours, perhaps this is not the right venture for you.

  1. Education

While you don’t need a formal background in hospitality to open and run a small bar, it definitely won’t hurt if you study the industry a bit. There are a lot of certificate hospitality training courses that you can take before you open your own bar. This way, you’ll be more prepared for the challenges in the industry.

  1. Licenses

You can’t just open a bar and sell liquors without a liquor license. In addition, you must know that each state has different requirements for a liquor license. So, it is essential that you know which specific documents you need to secure in able to get a liquor license in Florida.

  1. Location

In any kind of business, the location is one of the crucial factors. Look around for a prospective venue where foot traffic is high. Don’t be afraid to open a bar beside other bars, especially if the location is a trending area for hangouts and parties.

Once you’ve considered these four elements, you’ll be better prepared for a small bar venture. After all, you should never rush into decisions when it comes to business – even if it’s just a small bar. 

Web Design Trends that will Rule in 2017

by Admin - on Aug 27th 2016 - Comments Off on Web Design Trends that will Rule in 2017

Web Design Trends The internet is an arena of intense competition where the prize is web traffic. With millions of websites competing for an audience, getting on top is a challenge. It’s important, therefore, to step ahead of the competition by keeping your web design updated with the latest trends and by studying future trends.

Here are the web design predictions for 2017:

Age-Responsive Design

Today’s trend is the responsive web design, which adjusts the content of the website depending on the screen of the device. In the future, web surfers will see a design that adapts the content of the website to the age of the user. Experts are seeing that the contraction and expansion of navigation menus will be based on the user’s competency level. For instance, beginners will have stripped-down interfaces, while the elderly group will enjoy bigger and clearer fonts.

Haptic Feedback

In Haptic feedback, the sense of touch is given importance in a user interface. The users will be able to handle apps through haptic such as a pattern of subtle pulses leading users to a certain button or giving them a comforting texture on the page being viewed to prevent them from leaving the site.

Emphasis on Originality

Viper Online Marketing, a digital agency in Perth, predicts that there will be a focus on originality, as consumers will continue to seek authenticity from the brands. There will be a decline in the use of stock imagery. Bespoke visuals will rise in popularity as they can help brands strike a connection with the consumers.

To stay competitive in the web design arena, you must be versatile and welcome the changes. You should not just focus on what’s popular today. Look ahead and get ready to dominate the web. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone, there are web design experts who can help you succeed.

The Earlier the Better: Financial Lessons for Young Adults

by Admin - on Aug 15th 2016 - Comments Off on The Earlier the Better: Financial Lessons for Young Adults

Financial Management for Young AdultsPersonal finance is not a prerequisite course in college – yet. So right now, you might be clueless on how to manage your own money, especially when you are about to enter the corporate world for the first time. To understand personal finance, you must learn the important things about money.

Discipline and Self-Control

Your parents may have taught you self-discipline in all aspects of life; handling of money is one of them. As you grow older, the money you get is no longer just for buying anything you like. You must also learn to determine what to buy and not to buy even if you have good credit.

In New Zealand, you can easily find lenders such as Rapid Loans which offer personal loans. Although you can effortlessly purchase an item on your credit, do you really want to pay interest on that pair of jeans? You better think twice. Self-control is the key.

Set Emergency Fund

It is wise to keep a fixed budget every month and save some amount from your salary no matter how low it is. You should learn that having money in your savings account can really keep you out of financial trouble. Also, if this will become your monthly habit, pretty soon you would have more than just emergency money. You can have holiday money or even retirement money in the future, which is bigger than you'd expect.

Know Where Your Money Goes

You have to realize the importance of making sure that your expenses are not exceeding your monthly income. You need to learn that making small and manageable changes in your daily expenses can have a big impact on your financial status. Keeping your recurring expenses low will also give you big bucks over time.

The sooner you start saving, the less time you have to gain the amount you need for your retirement. The best thing is it will also be sooner for you to call a job as an option and not a necessity anymore.

You don’t actually need a fancy degree to become an expert at financial management. If you will simply work on these financial rules, you can retire earlier and wealthier.