Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Office Has Heads in Cloud

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Office Has Heads in Cloud

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Byline: Tony Melvin

IF YOU ever needed proof that the workplace of the very near future will be a paperless, virtual office run in the cloud from anywhere on earth, try Tony Melvin's story for size.

He is chairman of Resicert, a company that does pre-purchase property inspections. It has 14 inspectors in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, but that number will grow to 80 this calendar year, driven in part by the 250 franchise applications Resicert received in January alone. Presently, he is fielding between six and eight inquiries every day.

Clearly, the worker of the future not only wants the remote-office cake, they want to gobble up every last lifestyle morsel that comes with it.

Mr Melvin calls himself a business builder. A Buderim resident since last June, he had taken a Sydney accounting firm from earning $2m per year to $10m in the space of 24 months before finally realising a dream to live on the Sunshine Coast with his wife and two children.

C[pounds sterling]I set my sights on building a business that could be run from anywhere. We spent six months in Florida last year, but I was still able to help run the business.

C[pounds sterling]After building that (accounting) firm, I realised there had to be a better way to do it. I knew I could do it faster and better if I had faster and better systems.

C[pounds sterling]I had also spent a fortune on it...I remember writing a $160,000 cheque just to get the system we wanted. Now we have the equivalent with Resicert for 100 bucks a month.

C[pounds sterling]We use 26 different online applications, let alone Excel and other programs Co all connected via the cloud.C[yen]

And the key to making virtual offices work?

C[pounds sterling]The ability to train a team in a virtual method,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Systems allow us to create videos easily and upload them quickly and cheaply, so all the team can be sent a video and they know how to do that task.

C[pounds sterling]I landed in Melbourne recently and got a message that the team was stuck on something. …

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