A call centre in a shipping container is it viable?
This is an idea I have been looking at lately for expansion for the near future. Its also why I haven’t been so active on the shipping container home front for the blog.
Quite simply I have been extremely busy with other projects one of which is a BPO call centre in the Philippines. The original idea for the call centre work came from my work in Oman where I discovered we were short of certain resources and personnel that could have made life a lot easier. Nothing wrong with the way it was setup and to be fair it was a brand new contract for the division I was working with inside a large company. This was a step away from their usual construction and into the FM industry in Oman. The company is a very large one and is world known for its facilities management but this was a new step in Oman itself.
So how do you get round this and if other countries appear on the radar for similar types of work? They are short-term but could literally be hopping contract to contract for years. The answer was outsourcing to the Philippines.
So when I returned home I built a new office and have been developing the call centre. First issues were not communications or getting the right software but noise pollution. Barking dogs, loud music, motorbikes etc. etc.
Which is why a shipping container call centre sprung to mind. Everytime I have been in a container be it visiting someone’s home or assessing for sale etc. the one thing you notice is the silence. The tropical climate we have here in the Philippines means its hot all day but in the evenings its cold. In fact won’t be needing air conditioning if ventilated correctly.
So would a shipping container call centre work? I believe it not only possible but very likely in the near future here. Because things like the computers could be stored in a secure area at the back of the unit with the large opening doors. While staff have their desks and monitors inside the container unit at the other end. Thus reducing heat build up and also makes it easier for maintenance in a working environment.
If you come across a shipping container call centre please let me know as I would be very interested to hear from others on the idea.
A Gainesville, Fla., man explains the benefits of owning a home made of old shipping containers. WTLV’s Heather Crawford reports.
Viability of shipping container homes is contested on a regular basis yet we are finding more and more examples of people who have already made the leap into container living. The fact is the negativities people come up with for not living in a container are always sorted out before people who actually “live” in a container home even move in.
Even the look of a home that is seen as ugly by some will find others see it as an industrial look that breaks up the look of the area. In reality a shipping container home because they are primarily built by the people who live in them they aren’t like normal homes. I think there is more thought going into them as profit isn’t the key to the home but environmentally friendly, cost affective and functional. As you can see in the video the guy is more than happy with his shipping container home to the point he has nothing negative to say about living in one.
With house prices still struggling in the recession moving away from borrowing and into cash buying a lot then buying in sections seems more viable for many.
Minimalist living or container living can often be shunned due to people not understanding the concept but what is there to understand?
Fact is most households have at least 2/3rds more stuff in them than they did over a decade ago.
Fact is that costs are going up on not only space but on resources needed to use them such as heating and cooling.
Fact is house prices have been spiraling out of control for some time and even right now when people are complaining their houses have “lost value” they are often still way overpriced!
Fact is socially people are spending too much time in the home and not enough time amongst real people.
Fact is we are in a social decline but it doesn’t have to be that way!
Odd thing is not everything has to be negative. I live out in the Philippines and a friend of mine lived in a very small house after meeting his girlfriend and deciding to partner up. Its 2 rooms for him,her and the children from her previous marriage. The first room is the sitting room,dining room, kitchen and the other room is the bedroom. He lays in bed and can touch 3 of the 4 walls while lay in bed. Showering and general chores are done in a centralised pump area. Is this minimalist living that is impossible?
In reality this is the life for the majority of Filipinos and has been like it as far as people can remember. But its not all doom and gloom as they probably spend a lot more time outdoors than you do. The tropical climate in previous times and in remote areas will find people sleeping under trees relaxing. No issues of getting cold, maybe getting hot. The land was plentiful where people just took from the land what they needed.
In reality I would say judging by what I hear from people that those times were happy times. Going round to the neighbours because its the only house in the village with a TV or even today on some of the remote islands the town hall.
Electricity is something people can and do often live without. The irony here compared to the Western world is that “minimalist” living isn’t a fad but the way of life and has been for centuries. I have never heard anyone complain about space and generally you will find people live together as a family until married. Its not uncommon to find adult children still living with their parents in fact its the norm. Minimalist living is probably done by the majority of people on the planet without the “vocal” minority even realising.
Could you live in a bamboo hut on a tropical island? Because many in the West dream of it yet its a reality in the tropics that people often leave for western ways. Things have begun to change in the Philippines to become more like the West and places like Hong Kong. Not all good news with an over population issue in the cities but at the same time people are still living minimal.
Bedspacers are common which involve renting a room with a bunk bed often with 4 people to a room. Workers, transients and students often live in this type of accommodation.
Odd reading this I wonder how many people are saying “I couldn’t live like that”. But my question is how big does a shipping container feel now?
I came across these really cool shipping containers made in card on Twitter and had to advertise them (for free of course!) due to knowing others out there would want one or a few as well!
Not only for those interested in things like model railways and haulage, but also its a pretty cool thing to have custom made sitting on your desk. Not sure if the company make custom made ones but sure worth asking!
At only £1.99 each I think they are well worth the money as a cheap alternative to plastic or other model types. The owner and maker of the containers says they look more real than the other types which I could see as being possible due to higher quality printing rather than trying to replicate in things like plastic.