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When Personal Means A Fraud That Comes From An Impoverished Country Halfway Around The World

Adjunct Professor Dorie Clark tweets eagerly to her followers to advise that, “Your marketing assistant can set up autoresponders, or even send personal replies on your behalf.” Clark then links to Bolton Remote, a company that “helps businesses grow with dedicated remote teams.”

dorieclarkPatrick Linton, co-founder and CEO of Bolton Remote, writes that, “These days, work doesn’t only get done in an office — it gets done on a phone call, with an email, over Skype and even face-to-face. I predict that the future of work is somewhere in this grey area. Offices won’t be the only place where people work.”

Impoverished countries will be one of the places where people work, apparently. Bolton Remote “helps businesses attract and retain remote talent in emerging markets”, writes the Young Entrepreneur Council.

VirtualAssistantAssistant.com explains that Bolton Remote has filled an office in the Philippines with workers who can be bought at the rate of $9 per hour. Of course, much of that money goes to Bolton Remote, not to the people in the Philippines who will actually be doing the “personal” work for you.

These workers are capable of doing “marketing, sales, SEO, social media, writing, customer support, graphic and web design, software development, and more,” all for less money than a person earns in a fast food restaurant here in the United States.

And you, lucky you, have the power to outsource work through an American company that profits from the economic and social vulnerability of people living in the Philippines. After all, you wouldn’t want to pay more than $9 per hour to have someone write “personal” replies to someone that you don’t care enough about to write to yourself, right?

Dorie Clark claims to be able to help business people “brand” themselves. Apparently, this process involves outsourcing all your humanity.

Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll write my own personal replies, in person.

4 thoughts on “When Personal Means A Fraud That Comes From An Impoverished Country Halfway Around The World”

  1. Dave says:

    Rowan, check my math, but $9.00 per hour (if we are talking about U.S. dollars and a 40 hr week) in the Philippines is about $18,720.00 per year. Any dollars to pesos converter gives this to be about PHP 864,218 pesos. The average yearly wage in the Philippines is about PHP 45,000 pesos. This would give Bolton remote employees about a 1900% increase in local wages, considerable buying power.

    1. Leroy says:

      Dave,

      Check my reading, but that $9.00 per honour per employee does NOT all go to the employee. Much of it (most of it???) goes to the Corporation.

      You can check it out, but MY bet is that the local Filipino worker gets about about 60 pesos an hour (around $1.30 U. S. Dollars) while Corporation hauls in the other $7.70 an hour.

      This business is NOT a charity, it is as typical corporation designed to make obscene levels of profit while minimizing income at the worker level.

      (I also noted no mention of ANY offered benefits to their foreign workers… Yes, these Filipinos have been offered a veritable Paradise. And sadly they’ll be swarming for these jobs as it is SOMETHING – and your PERSONAL responses will sound “strange” to say the least).

      1. Dave says:

        Thanks for prompting a closer reading of this post. Bolton does get paid nine dollars and no telling what they pay the workers.

  2. Leroy says:

    “VirtualAssistantAssistant.com explains that Bolton Remote has filled an office in the Philippines with workers who can be bought at the rate of $9 per hour.

    Of course, MUCH of that money goes to Bolton Remote, not to the people in the Philippines who will actually be doing the ‘personal’ work for you.”

    I imagine that aside from the amount of that $9 per hour fee that is bled off for Bolton Remote’s PROFIT MARGIN, that amounts will be bled off for Bolton Remote’s corporate administrative costs (to include bonuses, etcetera, for Executives) and also to pay for the administrative costs for the Philippine operation! Maybe 60 pesos per hour is way too liberal a figure?

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