Philippines ranked the Best Country to Invest in for 2018

The Philippines ranked the best country to invest in for 2018 as it topped the list of 80 countries noted in the U.S. News and World Report. Indonesia, Poland, Malaysia, and Singapore followed to make up the top 5 in countries to invest in for 2018. The Philippines foreign direct investments (FDI)

Oradian’s Cloud Technology for Rural Banks

Oradian held the first of many events designed to raise awareness and education regarding Oradian's Cloud Technology for Rural Banks.  I had the distinct privilege to host a forum at the New World Hotel, Makati, where nearly 30 of the country's top Rural Banks were present for the event. These

So Much Can Happen in a Year

Change can happen in blink of an eye. A decision, made in a single moment, can significantly alter your life. Are you aware, that each and ever day, we are given 86,400 opportunities to make small and seemingly insignificant choices?  Knowing that each moment hold within it an opportunity for us

3 Factors Companies Should Hire for Cultural Fit

Hiring for Cultural Fit. The idea that recruitment and organizational culture may be seen as unrelated when considering the implementation of the recruitment process is not absolute; when in fact, both concepts are intimately connected.  Culture is the secret sauce that inspires employees to stay

Greater Opportunities are Cleverly Disguised as Challenges

Greater opportunities are sometimes cleverly disguised as challenges. This isn't just a catchy phrase from a motivational poster - it's the reality I live in. Nearly one year ago, I faced a tough decision to step down as COO of 9DotStrategies - a web development company which my partner and I

Should You Outsource Your Business?

There are specific scenarios in business when certain functions are required but employing in-house professionals may not be feasible –whether monetary or otherwise - and this is where business outsourcing can prove instrumental. As a core component of business strategy, outsourcing to an

Why you need a Business Strategy

To be a leader of a company is thrilling beyond belief, but to be a business strategist is a whole different story. It’s a painstaking task that requires more than just managing and delegating responsibilities. It requires business owners to face tough decisions, identify the course that the

6 Advantages of Outsourcing Your Business

If you ever felt that your business needed general or specialized skills but expending money, time and effort on recruitment seems impractical, then it might be time for business outsourcing. Put simply, outsourcing is the delegation of company processes to local agencies – be it simple,

Business Consultancy Basics

For start-ups and first-time business owners, there comes a time when external assistance - or business consultancy- in some areas of business, especially that outside of one’s expertise or comfort zone, may seem to be wiser thing to do. But also, you may find yourself having second thoughts on

E-Commerce in the Philippines

Having witnessed and participated in the online-commerce craze currently happening here in the Philippines, it’s no secret that there is niche market whose attention has been captivated by this relatively new approach of buying consumer goods and services. Realizing that this practice of buying

Choosing the Right Outsourcing Partner

Finding the best fit for you company when it comes to choosing an outsourcing partner can be a challenging task.  Not knowing their corporate culture or their business philosophy may not be an initial factor when seeking fulfillment of a particular requirement or need, but can soon raise concerns

20% Off Your Next Project with 9DotStrategies

Welcoming in the New Year! We want  you to stay ahead of your competition so we'd like to offer you a little incentive - receive 20% off your next project with us! 9DotStrategies' commitment to consistently find new and innovative ways for our clients to WIN in BUSINESS keeps us on the cutting

Next Battleground for SEO: Google+ and Google Places

Google Glass is already here, and the growing popularity of it is beginning to shape the future of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You might have been busy promoting your brand on Facebook, and writing bulk content for your website, that's great but you need to get ready for the future. SEO of

Make $1000 a Month Outsourcing Web Development to the Philippines

If you are interested in websites, particularly WordPress, this might be a great opportunity for you to earn an extra $1,000 per month by setting up a web development company. All you need to do is offer basic blog-based websites for small businesses, churches, nonprofits, etc., and then train

Focus on Regional Trade Hubs: The New Trend in Business Strategy for 2014

Directing your goals towards regional trade is the new challenge for business strategy planning this 2014.  You will see a growing number of regional trade hubs in cities as well as online communities. The move towards regionalization is an inescapable choice by executives as well as

So You Want To Be A Business Consultant?

Do you have a passion for sharing knowledge? Is there any particular subject or field that you excel in and which you can use to advise or counsel companies or individuals? If you answered yes to both, then you might want to be a consultant. In a nutshell, a consultant is an expert who acts as an

From Employee to Entrepreneurship: Making the Shift

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a huge shift in people working 9 to 5 jobs to taking the entrepreneurial route. There was a time when people fought their way to white-collared jobs and dreamed of making it big in Wall Street and similar venues elsewhere in the world, but now, a growing

The Growth of Web Development Company’s in the Philippines

It’s no news that India has long been the undeniable leader in the space of IT, Software, and Web Development Outsourcing.  The Philippines, for the 7th year in a row, continues its growth of Full Time Employees (FTEs) since 2006 at a rate of 46% annually.  In The Tholon’s 2013 Top 100

Jump Start your Business

Over the years I developed my own system to generate business.  I often take bits and pieces of this plan and share it with my team. The plan I list below is a jump start plan that helps get you into action right away.  If you are in need of a boost in your business or you feel a bit stagnant,

The Avengers

Believing in heroes seems like such an old fashioned idea. This movie reminded me of the days where I spent hours just playing with action figures. My imagination was my reality. I could be anyone, possess any powers and in the end the good guys always win! Kudos to Marvel for bringing the

Volcanic Weekend Adventure – Part 2

Part 2 of our Volcanic Weekend takes us to Tagaytay, where we decide to climb 2,500 ft above sea level only to trek right back down the back side of the mountain to Batangas. We were headed to Taal Island to see the Taal Volcano Crater. We left the house around 10 AM and made our first stop

Volcanic Weekend Adventure – Part 1

With our precious little ones back in California for a few weeks for Summer break, pleasantly, Angelica and I found ourselves with a little extra time. So this weekend we decided to do a little exploring on our own.  We weren't really too sure where we would end up going but we definitely

Our First Year in the Philippines

As I look back over our first year in the Philippines it's amazing to me to see how much things have changed and how rewarding it truly is when you get a once in a lifetime chance to experience life in another part of the world. One thing is for sure-- Life is very different. The Pizzas are

No Time to Blow the Candle Out… But Don’t Forget to Make a Wish

Well... I can't hardly believe it!  It's been over a year since we launched 9Dot Strategies.  14 months to be exact! I read my post last January 2011 and relived the excitement of opening our office in Global City, Taguig.  We opened with 8 employees in a 130 sqm office space.  We were


I am Basketball... a player, a teammate, a coach, an official, a cheerleader, a benchwarmer... I see life as a game... sometimes I lose and make mistakes --- I turn-over the ball, I make a bad shot, I fail to play both sides of the court.  That's basketball... That's LIFE! Make no mistake, I

Buyer Confidence in Philippines E-commerce

Despite the continuous growth of the e-commerce industry in the Philippines, many buyers still consider online shopping riskier than shopping offline and thus, have more confidence purchasing items from a store or a mall. Buying from an e-commerce website is fundamentally different in feel and

A Billion and One Challenges

I can’t even tell you many obstacles and challenges we encountered in the last 2 months. This weekend is the last weekend before the official launch of my new business venture 9DotStrategies, Inc. (Formally Golden Pacific Web…) What a feeling it is to know that one of my lifetime dreams is

9DotStrategies… The Beginning

Here I am on the 15th floor of One Global… I figured I’d get some work in before the new furniture arrives! Thanks for taking the picture babe! Go

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