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Default 25-10-2017, 06:37 PM

There were some significant revelations made today in a comms session. Big changes lie ahead for the entire Belfast office over the next few months.

They call it Project 17 (cos it has been in production all of 2017, of course).

There will be massive restructuring going on, starting in 4 weeks time. Our Home Moves department will be moving back to Dublin, and we'll be getting the Sales and Options department from Waterford. There is going to be a new commission structure and sales will be easier to get because it will be inbound sales and retentions - meaning motherfuckers come to you.

Nobody is physically moving, just the departments, meaning everyone will simply be taking on new jobs and responsibilities, but staying where they're based.

There's also going to be a new team doing business sales, which I imagine have a larger commission packet.

There's a whole bunch of other roles coming too. This includes 12 brand new positions (brand new for the Belfast office) ranging from management, team leaders, to training amongst others.

I fully intend to bag myself one of these 12 next level positions.


So basically I'm no longer interested in switching to a new company, because there's a very positive outlook for our workplace, and it's honestly exciting.




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Default 12-12-2017, 09:25 AM

Amid all the changes in my company recently, I was taken aside last week for questioning, at the request of HR. I was allegedly witness to an incident that was now subject to an internal investigation.

I'll cut the bullshit, my team leader fraudulently presented yearly review papers to our manager back in June. Those papers had signatures from some if not all of us, his team, which he asked us to sign to cover his ass for him not doing our reviews in February, when they should have been done.

However, the back story is, there was a series of events that backed me into a corner. One day in June our manager was having a casual chat with us at our desks and she became aware that none of us had received our respective yearly review. This pissed her off and off she went, doing whatever she was gunna do.

Five minutes later my TL called me aside and asked me to sign a review paper, dated in March. He told me quietly "do me this favour and I'll see you right" or something to that effect.

Another five minutes later my manager calls me aside with that exact review paper and says "when did you sign this?" ... She is not an asshole or anything, myself and her get on great, and she told me "this goes no further than me and you right now" tell me, did you sign this today?

I said to her "I'm on the fucking spot now aren't I" and she said yes, but "just be honest, this will go no further than me and you right now". She already knew the truth, and I said yes ok I signed it 5 minutes ago.

(I should point out that our current manager is not in our Belfast office very much, mostly being in our Dublin office, just in case you're thinking she's a spastic and didn't see this shit happening in front of her)

I know my TL was called aside straight away, but nothing has been said since, until last week.

A neutral senior staff member from another department was the one who questioned me about it last week. In light of what was already known I felt no choice but to tell the truth. All the team were questioned about it.

I wish I'd had a way out of saying anything, but the timing of events that day rules it out - our manager already knew, then my TL got us to sign shit, then the manager found out. Our TL effectively made me an accomplice in this in an attempt to cover up his own inconsistencies.

I don't know what's gunna happen next. I'm off all this week, and my TL has been in NYC for the past 2 weeks. So when I go back next Monday it'll be 3 weeks since I've seen him.

The bottom line is, I've done fuck all wrong, it's just that some people (my TL and his close associates) will not see it that way.

The way I see it, I was fucked either way - either lie to my manager, or tell the truth and put my TL in shit.

To be honest, not one single fuck is given by me cos I'm not the one who fucked up.

Anyone any thoughts on this?


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Default 12-12-2017, 08:33 PM

You are at fault Dan. You signed a paper in the month of June saying it was March. That's forging company documents.

Regardless of whether your boss was pissed off, your TL didn't do there job properly or he was trying to sweet talk you - none of those things are your problem. You should have refused to sign the document and if you got any backlash from it raised it with HR.
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Default 13-12-2017, 08:50 PM

Fair enough, but I'm not the forger. I signed a paper at the request of my superior, that's on him not me.

I guess technically there would be potential grounds for me to face disciplinary action too, having signed it, but my defence would be that I didn't know what I was signing, as he had already dated it.

Either way, what's done is done, and whatever happens, happens. In future I won't allow anyone to take me for a ride, making me an accomplice in their fuck ups.


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Default 16-01-2018, 11:27 PM

Got an interview for a permanent on-site trainer role in our newly formed department last week, it was due to happen this morning.

But when our acting manger sent me the email last week, I thought about it for an hour and then called a meeting with him. I told him I would be respectfully declining the interview because I have intensive study going on until the end of May, and I simply wouldn't have any room whatsoever to take work home with me (which will be expected). Plus I'm relishing the opportunity to once again make uncapped commission.

It would be a step up in the company yes, and I was told my decision will have no detrimental effect on potential future roles. However I no longer feel the need to move up in any company because I know I'll be my own boss this time in a year.


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Default 20-02-2018, 11:13 AM

I met with a business adviser this morning from a local entrepreneurial agency who run what's called the "Go-for-it" programme.

It was a one-to-one assessment to discuss where I'm at, what my ideas are, and the next steps to take.

Still going with the online business route as It's relatively easy to get up and running.

There's also going to be a finance and business planning workshop. A one-to-one finance and business planning meeting. Tailored guidance to help develop your business plan. Plus best practice guides, videos and more to help get you started.

Plus other variable workshops etc. For instance, on Thursday morning I'll have a one-to-one meeting with an apparently somewhat locally famous PR guy, to talk about marketing.

I was intending to wait until my degree ended at the close of this May, but I got drunk one night and emailed the go-for-it guys, because fuck it, YOLO.


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Default 20-02-2018, 05:44 PM

What type of business is it you are starting again?
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Default 20-02-2018, 09:53 PM

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What type of business is it you are starting again?
Either an Amazon store or an eCommerce online store using dropshipping.

Pro's and cons. With an Amazon store you have already got traffic of millions and millions of customers using the site 24/7, so not very much is needed in terms of marketing as the platform already exists. Although the platform will always be Amazon so although you can generate a lot of revenue using their site, it's never going to be your own site. However, you can change your product range to fit with trends etc and people aren't really going to know what you're up to (or care).

Launching an eCommerce store (whether it's dropshipping or not) would take a hell of a lot more work as you're building it literally from scratch. But if you did it right it's going to be your own established website that you own, unlike Amazon. It's probably a bit more difficult to chop and change your product range on an eCommerce store because if you launch a fishing site for instance, you're limited with what you can advertise (I'm pretty sure I'm probably wrong here though and the website host can help change and edit your site to fit with your needs).


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Errrm... pretty sure the idea is to do both simultaneously.

Launch a variation of something that sells well in Amazon's heavy traffic stream based on current product reviews. Then ride that while you develop other traffic streams in case they kick you off or just cease to be or whatever other thing.

Same with the renting rooms thing. Start out on one heavy traffic site like Airbnb then build your presence in other places whilst they grow and build your own traffic in case one of said possiblities pertains... Or consider it short term and be prepared to dip out and do something else when the golden years end.


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Default 20-02-2018, 10:37 PM

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Errrm... pretty sure the idea is to do both simultaneously.

Launch a variation of something that sells well in Amazon's heavy traffic stream based on current product reviews. Then ride that while you develop other traffic streams in case they kick you off or just cease to be or whatever other thing.

Same with the renting rooms thing. Start out on one heavy traffic site like Airbnb then build your presence in other places whilst they grow and build your own traffic in case one of said possiblities pertains...

This would actually be a sound idea rather than wracking my brain deciding which to do. Just do both.

Or consider it short term and be prepared to dip out and do something else when the golden years end.
I did however think of this too. Along the lines of trying out Amazon to see how it goes. Then either it doesn't work and I launch my own eCommerce store, or Amazon does work, and I launch an eCommerce store anyway, building another stream of income.

But I may just do both. Trying out multiple different niches.


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