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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.

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.

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. 

Separating your Business and Personal Finances

by Admin - on Jun 25th 2016 - Comments Off on Separating your Business and Personal Finances

Business PeopleAmong the most important aspects of operating your business is managing accurate records of the expenditures and income since this is the best way to monitor how your business is performing. Because of this, you must make sure that your business and personal finances remain separate, otherwise, complications could occur.

Practical Reasons to Separate your Business and Personal Finances

There are a couple of reasons why you should be proactive about keeping your personal and business finances separate, and a critical one is the potential tax complications. The Internal Revenue Service or IRS enables businesses to claim tax breaks of deductions for expenses that could be counted as business expenses like supplies and travel expenses. However, you submit proper documentation to prove that they’re indeed business expenses.

Note that if your business is audited, the auditors will closely examine every expense to validate if they’re associated with your business’ regular operations. In the event that you don’t have proper documentation to support your claim, you will have an extremely difficult time verifying your deductions.

Another vital reason for separating your finances is for debts and liability. If you have a limited liability company or business corporation, maintaining separate finances will benefit you especially in case a creditor comes to demand unpaid debts. Otherwise, if your personal and business finances are combined, creditors will have an easier time claiming your assets, regardless if they’re business or personal, as payment for your debts.

Lastly, consider your business credit. While you could probably obtain a credit card for your business using your personal credit score, you’ll require a clearly separate credit profile for you business if you want to apply for bigger loans, vendor lines of credit, or a business bank account in Bloomington, says a financial adviser.

Combining your personal and business finances could create headaches along the way, especially when tax season comes around. However, if for some reason you really need to combine your finances, make sure that you keep accurate documentation that clearly delineates expenses into a personal or business

With Outdoor Signs, It’s All About the Colors

by Admin - on Mar 12th 2016 - Comments Off on With Outdoor Signs, It’s All About the Colors

Outdoor SignsOutdoor signs are meant to ‘scream’ at passers-by and grab their attention, even if it’s just for a few seconds. It’s their job to try and draw interest into an establishment in a conventional way. Effective business signage, however, requires the combination of multiple design concepts which work with each other perfectly. That said, a catchy line of text alone wouldn’t cut it, and leading sign companies will definitely agree.

Color Power

The purpose of color schemes in terms of business goes way beyond acting as some sort of I.D. People are psychologically affected by the colors that ads present to them, making the choice of color palette for designs and graphics incredibly vital. Colors alone can greatly affect shopping behavior, as it has been proven that impulse shoppers react to loud hues; while cautious shoppers tend to choose more subdued ones.

According to a research to determine how consumer behavior relates to colors being used on products, buyers heavily use visual stimulants over others like odors or texture; making a massive 93 percent of their purchases based on that alone. Color is the biggest factor in all of this. So, there’s little room to play favorites when it comes to designing outdoor signage—the science of colors should largely help dictate the final choice.

Which Colors Strike the Hardest?

Face it: some colors are just better than others at capturing attention. The single best one is red. Since it’s almost impossible to miss out on something that’s red in color, it’s used for warning signs like stop lights or fire alarms. In business, you rarely see “sale!” signs in a different color. Red has been known to stimulate appetite, making it perfect for restaurants and other culinary-based services.

Yellow is the second most attention-grabbing color, and is considered the most visible to the eye. Be wary of using yellow, however, since too much of it can overstimulate the eye and cause irritation. Used in moderation, yellow can exude cheeriness, optimism, and an overall feeling of happiness. This is why along with red, yellow hues are good for promoting restaurants and the like.

There’s a reason anything neon is considered popular right now, especially for younger people. A few examples of neon hues include hot pink, lime green, vivid yellow, or bright orange—colors that can be considered really loud. Young people are especially attracted to neon because at their age, their it’s still fairly easy to grab their attention.

Key Business Points to Remember When Paving the Road to Success

by Admin - on Feb 17th 2016 - Comments Off on Key Business Points to Remember When Paving the Road to Success

 PresentationStarting a business is never easy. There’s more to product development and world class services to keep you in the game. Business success is all about learning new things and being consistent with your strategies. Learn some of the ways to run a successful business.

Play the hype

Don’t focus on the goods or services you want or think may sell. Dig deeper to what people really want. Yes, there are risks and you can’t always play safe in the business world, but being careless is not an excuse when making such investments. One mistake people usually overlook is the importance of knowing your market. This is crucial when starting a business. Make an extensive research, and use different tools like surveys to get people’s feedback about your goods and services.

Broaden your knowledge

To survive the business world, you need to keep learning. Devoted-business.com says that business coaching seminars in Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota are available for all industries. Attending to such can help you uncover the “hidden gems” in running a business, such as securing your assets, improving your products, and implementing your marketing strategy. This is also a great opportunity to meet prospect clients and business partners.

Find the right people

And finally, you need to find the right people to work with you. Empower your workforce and keep them motivated. Remember, your team will be the part of your success.

Keep the cash flow

Keeping the cash flow is one of the most challenging tasks for any start-up company. Establish a strategic plan on how to work out the cash flow. One way to do this is to require cash deposits or “collateral” on work up-front before you start the actual project. This is applicable for retail businesses, as well. Ask for initial payment to secure their order.

Keep these things in mind and you can have a strong start for your new venture regardless of the industry.

Dressing for Success: How to Dress for an Interview

by Admin - on Jan 22nd 2016 - Comments Off on Dressing for Success: How to Dress for an Interview

InterviewIf you were a graduate of a private school who had to wear uniforms made by designers like permapleat.com.au — collared shirts, school blazers, skirts, and trousers — chances are you won’t have a hard time figuring out how to dress for your first ever job interview.

Dressing for an interview calls for a smart and business look. Unless you’re applying for a very specific job that would require you to be in anything but formal clothes, chances are you have to wear business casual or business attire.

Invest in a good pair of pants and blazer or tailored jacket.

A good pair of pants with a matching blazer or tailored jacket will get you a long way. Even if you don’t have the budget yet for good-quality shirts and blouses, adding a tailored jacket over your outfit will lift it up to smart business casual levels. Add a good pair of leather heels or shoes and you will have the basics of any type of business attire.

Dress for the task.

Even if you will just be going for the interview, you should think about the function and tasks that the position you’re applying for will entail. For example, if you are applying as a marketing associate, dark coloured slacks or trousers with a collared shirt or coordinated blouse will be your best bet. If you are applying as a researcher or as a chemist, for example, amp up the look with a tie. It will instantly make you look and feel the part.

Choose your accessories wisely.

Match your smart-looking outfit with the right accessories. For ladies, avoid wearing accessories that are too big and are in too bright colors. Keep it simple and understated. The same applies for men: if you will be wearing a tie, avoid wearing those with loud prints. Wearing bold accessories might detract the attention of your potential employer; you want them to focus on you and your abilities and not with the clothes you are wearing.

Tips Every Mining Business Owner Must Follow

by Admin - on Nov 4th 2015 - Comments Off on Tips Every Mining Business Owner Must Follow

Mining BusinessBeing in the mining industry is challenging because of the many risks you face every working day. It’s no secret that there have already been casualties because of accidents. However, these hazards can be avoided if you know how to take care of your employees and set effective safety procedures. Here are some important safety measures to keep in mind to make your business free from accidents.

Notice and Assess the Dangers

Accidents that cause major injuries and even death can happen in just a moment of negligence. That’s why the first step is to consciously acknowledge that the industry you’re in is a hazardous one. This way, you can take the necessary steps and take actions to prevent the hazards from causing danger to your employees.

Conduct Adequate Planning

You shouldn’t carry out dangerous tasks unless adequate planning is done. Your employees should know every single step on how to do the job right and safely. You should never rush and compromise people’s safety just to increase productivity or meet deadlines.

Hire Safety Experts for Training

Every single employee should undergo safety training before they start and continuous training as time goes by. Even employees who have been working for you for years should attend refresher sessions. Trainings must include practical and theoretical components of being safe in the workplace. You can use the proven effective Take 5 Risk Assessment booklet for this.

Provide Complete Safety Equipment

Nobody should be allowed to work without wearing complete and fully functional safety equipment, from gloves to safety glasses to helmets. This should be strictly followed at all times, no excuses. In fact, there are already countless instances that workers got saved from harm because of wearing helmets and gears.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Follow these four tips to make sure your workers are always safe even if the mining industry is a naturally dangerous one.

Addressing Customer Dissatisfaction

by Admin - on Oct 25th 2015 - Comments Off on Addressing Customer Dissatisfaction

Thumb DownYou will be surprised that the root of customer dissatisfaction is less about the product and more about the service. Current market studies show that customers are likely to switch brands if they are unsatisfied with the services provided. If customer support handled their problems poorly, they are likelier to jump ship. This stands despite their preference for the product.

On the flip side, customers are found to stay loyal to brands with inferior products that topnotch customer support. Here are the common causes of customer dissatisfaction and what you can do to resolve these.

Providing the wrong answers to their queries

Equip your company with the right people. Nothing frustrates customers more than wrong solutions to their problems. Hire experts and train professionals for your support services. Make sure that they are personnel who are adept in communication and are patient in resolving issues. Remember that your support staff will serve as the face of your company. It will pay to show well-trained experts to maintain your company’s good image.

Long waiting time

Customers get easily disgruntled when you put them on hold for a very long time. Your customers want instant solutions to their problems. Otherwise, they would have searched for answers themselves. Solve this through effective voice and data solutions. Upgrade your voice and data networks together with your hard ware. Your computers may no longer be compatible with your current network and this is what’s causing the problem. This incompatibility may be costing you time, effort and money.

Interrupted or breaking lines

How many transfers does it take before a customer is able to talk to someone who knows the solutions? If the answer is more than two, you are doing it wrong. Customers get easily frustrated when they are made to hold the line and transferred to several people and several operators.

Link them directly to the person with answers. Upgrade your voice and data networks so that everything is accessible and interconnected. This will help increase productivity, minimize the resolution time and keep your customers happy.

Invest in the right tools and upgrades. Train the right people for the job and listen to your customers’ concerns. The heart of any business is customer satisfaction. Treat them well and you will surely have a loyal following.

Making it Big: Small Tips to Expand Your Restaurant Business

by Admin - on Oct 6th 2015 - Comments Off on Making it Big: Small Tips to Expand Your Restaurant Business

restaurantExpansion is the goal of each and every business. For restaurants, we look forward to outlets and franchises decorating the streets of our localities. Expanding your business can be really intimidating but it does not need to be such an agonising endeavour. Here are small tips that will surely help in expanding your business.

Check Your Capital and Your People

In expanding  your business, you have to take a look at two things. Do you have the capital and do you have the right people with you? The capital is a very simple idea. You need more money to fund new and improved restaurant uniforms to attract people, to market your new outlet and of course, all the operating expenses that come with it.

But, another thing you need to check is the preparedness of your people. Make sure that they are well trained for the job so that they can train the new hires for your new restaurant.

Improve Small, Gain Big

Offer something different but not too different. Drastic changes and a huge departure from your old model or business strategy can hurt your small business as you expand. While risks are good, try to stick to the tried and true formula. Take the time to work out changes and improve small things little by little.

One of the most basic but one of the most effective changes that you can make is the improvement of your restaurant uniforms. The more ‘official’ looking they are, the more people will feel your attention to details and will most likely be attracted to your business.

Keep Your Standards

It is very important that as you try your hand in expansion that you do not lose your ‘character’ as a business. Maintain your standards and business ethic. Do not change your money, let it evolve and add some things for the mainstream public, but do not change your business.

Take these small tips seriously and you will be surprised at how it can help your business. Map out your expansion goals and objectives.