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6 Ways in Handling the Challenges of a Shrinking Office Space

Office space is not cheap especially in major cities. While the Philippines continues to have some of the cheapest office spaces in the Asia-Pacific region, cheap is not really that cheap in the perspective of local businessmen. That’s why companies could not easily expand their offices to match their growing number of employees.

The prevailing setup involves the use of cubicles for most employees with the rooms only limited to the use of officers or those who hold sensitive functions. Most employees will have to deal with the disadvantages and inconveniences of being in the same area ineffectively separated by cubicle walls. There’s just no privacy in this setup. A human resource officer who occasionally talks to a superior regarding the suspension or sacking of an employee will have to bear the awkwardness. There’s also the danger for everyone to unwittingly share too much information. Additionally, not everyone may be able to tolerate the distractions caused by other employees near them.

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6 Reasons Why Real Estate Is An Excellent Investment

There are many reasons why real estate investments are better compared to other forms of investments. Shelling out money for real estate could be better than investing in stocks and is definitely better than simply keeping money in the bank. Of course, it’s not a perfect investment but in general it comes with more advantages than disadvantages.

The following are the top 6 reasons why you should consider a real estate investment.

  1. Value Appreciation and Cash Inflow

This is one of the best reasons why you should consider a real estate investment. Land, in particular, very rarely loses its value. Instead, it keeps appreciating over time. You may not do anything about the land you bought and wait for the area to progress and you can expect the land’s value to considerably increase as the years pass. Even better, you can use the property to make money. You can erect a building and have it leased. If you don’t have the capital, you can engage in an agreement with a contractor for a profit sharing scheme.

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10 Basic Rules to Help You Become a Successful Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is not for everyone. Not everyone has the ability to handle the challenges and drawbacks of freelance work. However, if you are really determined to succeed in doing freelance writing, you can impose the following rules on yourself to boost your chances for success.

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APEC’s Impact on the SMEs in the Philippines

Meta: What are the specific benefits of APEC 2015? Is it really worth spending P10 billion, massive inconveniences, and public anger on?
Has APEC really made impact? Did it really leave something beneficial for the country? These are important questions to ask and discuss considering the billions of pesos spent for the event and the massive inconvenience it has caused the public.

In his speech at the APEC SME Summit, President Aquino said that he couldn’t help but be “impressed by what APEC has been able to achieve.” You may ask, what specific achievements? In the eyes of ordinary Filipinos, the APEC Summit is nothing but a major inconvenience. Not many can see beyond the encumbering closing of roads, no-pay holiday declaration, and the temporary solutions to the unsightly parts of Manila.

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A Competitive Company Culture is a Boon to Everyone

Is it advantageous propagating competition in the workplace or is it counterproductive? For many the answer to this question is simple – yes. Many like getting challenged. It’s boring when work turns into a monotonous routine. A competitive atmosphere is mostly beneficial.

The following are arguably the most compelling reasons why workplace competition should not be treated as a problem but something that should be harnessed.

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4 Little Known Ways to Create Buzz around Your Brand

If you are running a business or selling products, you certainly want people to be aware of your brand or product range. However, in many cases it’s not enough that people know about your products. You have to catch their attention or make them talk about what you are offering to convince them to buy or at least remember your brand.

This is what you call “creating brand buzz.” It is about giving people a reason to talk about your brand or products. Conventionally, it is being done by advertising on TV, radio, billboards, and online. It can also be done by hosting events centered around the brand or products being promoted, all of which entail high costs. If you want to take the less expensive and easier route, consider the following little known options:

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