The world’s shrinking, in a manner of speaking.

If we look at the trend of end-products of technological advancement, we could almost say that the size  that matters is small.

And it’s not only our gadgets that are getting smaller. The way we live, the way we work, the way we can  do business is being refined to a point where we can do more with less effort. Doing small things can lead  to big results.

Much in the same way how small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as private individuals are doing what the big firms and multinational companies can do, to draw on the talents and skills of the human resources from any corner of the planet through the Internet.

Welcome to the age of Myself, Co. and Yourself, Inc.,—-the one-man (and one-woman) multinationals.

Doing Big business in a teeny-weeny office space.

Global outsourcing is no longer just a big business strategy.

Through enhanced software, improved Internet and communications services, SMEs can hire personnel, from lower-cost regions in the US as well as countries like India, Brazil, the Philippines,  to do professional work and reap in profits from reduced costs since most of these small businesses operate out of homes and private residences.

Websites such as Elance, Guru and can allow you access to a global workforce of freelance professionals– programmers, developers, graphic designers, accountants, writers— who can do support services, development and design work for fees that are subjected to bidding, but often the bidding would result in 80 percent savings for the client.

My and Your World Friday.

Taking a page from Robinson Crusoe, Life and work can be idyllic and carefree like a tropical island as long as you’ve got a devoted, handy companion to help you.

One cannot only outsource work assignments and tasks but also one’s daily routine chores and errands to off-shore virtual assistants who can screen your calls, check your e-mails, schedule  important calendar events and make hotel reservations.

You can pay auction-service sites like and to provide these personal needs for price packages between USD29 a month for 15 errands  to USD120 a month for 10 hours worth of chore work.

Paying through trusted sites like PayPal and Payoneer and using credit cards instead of debit cards can minimize any possible damage to one’s personal finances through identity theft.

The delegation of work to someone else who can do it better at competition-driven fees cannot only mean profit for your pockets but can also free your valuable time to focus on more pressing matters and tasks–allowing you to improve on quality of your business’ product or service for your clients, adding more value to the way you do business and the way you live and enjoy Life.

An Afterthought.

Serebra Learning Corporation, an e-learning company in Vancouver, British Columbia which provides IT training and professional development online courses, can give individuals and enterprises access to Serebra students through an auction site for services like Elance or DoMyWork. The difference is Serebra students learn to apply their skills as well as earn from completing the tasks posted on the site.

It’s just possible to apply this business/education model in one’s own country/state to directly reach and teach the potential of the student pools of inter-city and rural colleges. It’s on-the-job training but online. It’s profitable and more importantly, socially responsible.


  1. Engardio, Pete. “Mom-and-Pop Multinationals.” 3 July 2008. Business Week. Accessed 25 July 2008. Link here
  2. Conroy, Erin. “Virtual Personal Assistants: Not just for the filthy rich.”5  July 2008. E-commerce Times. Accessed 25 July 2008. Link here
  3. Miller, Claire. “Outsource your Chores—And feel Good while you’re at it.” 30 July 2008. The New York Times – BITS. Accessed 2 August 2008. Link here


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