Archive for the ‘Expansion to Australia’ Category

Mobile shopping – get set to splurge

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Paypal, the lucrative branch of Ebay which allows individuals and businesses to pay online using different methods of payment, is looking to the Asia-Pacific region to grow e-commerce.

The latest figures from Informa Research show that in this region, buying products online with a handheld device is to go up to $139,000 billion USD in 2012, with the key markets being Japan and Korea. The rapidly expanding use of smartphones is credited for this growth in use.

To cope with the higher workload, Paypal has plans to double employees in the offices of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore by the end of the year.

To read the full article, click here.

Domain name registration, web hosting and e-mail savings comparison with

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

We price ourselves in the middle of the market, while still providing a high level of service. We recently compared our pricing to that of Melbourne IT’s, Australia’s largest domain name registration service –

Domain name registration – 2 years
Melbourne IT – $140.00
OPMC – $66.00

.com – 1 year
Melbourne IT – $75.00
OPMC – $27.50 – 1 year
Melbourne IT – $110.00
OPMC – $43.95

Web Hosting – Monthly
Basic Plan
Melbourne IT – $25.94
OPMC – $9.95

E-mail – Monthly
Minimum plan
Melbourne IT – $19.95 (20 e-mail address minimum plan)
OPMC – $2.15 (1 e-mail address*)

Overall, we were a minimum of 50% cheaper on pricing than Melbourne IT, and if you want to stretch your dollar further you should consider switching to OPMC.

Click here to visit OPMC Australia.

Click here to visit OPMC New Zealand.

*Pricing is comparable when you have 20 e-mail addresses with us, however many clients have just one or two, so the minimum expense with Melbourne IT is significant.
(Pricing in AUD)

Business Trip – Wellington to Sydney

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

For Wellingtonians intending to do business in Sydney, I offer the following tips for a day or two in Sydney.

-Keep a budget umbrella on hand at all times. You can pick one up from the CBD on the day for $6, anything more than $10 is midnight robbery for these things. If it rains, it usually is torrential rain. In Wellington you can get a good judgement on whether it’s going to rain, or at least have some warning. In Sydney you might find yourself in the middle of thunder and lightening and drenched. Sydney CBD also does not have the sort of street awnings to hide under in the rain that Wellington does. Your only option might be to wait it out for up to an hour until it settles down – they are usually over quite quickly.

-Look up all your destinations on Google Maps before you go – – and compare this to where you’re going to be meeting people. If it says it is a 7 minute journey you want to be very wary of this because the traffic conditions can change in a heartbeat in Sydney, particularly before 9:30AM, 11-1:30 and 4PM onwards. The train system is efficient, but again if the walking part of the journey looks short it probably isn’t.

-Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to your meetings. Arriving early is better than arriving late.

-If you have a chance, I would recommend visiting a BNI chapter ( while you’re there, where you can meet 20-30+ business professionals for a structured but friendly business meeting and gain some new contacts or even pick up some work unexpectedly. I am at these meetings once every week and can invite you along as a visitor. Just contact me through the website @

-Wireless internet is not as readily available as is in Wellington with services such as Citylink’s CafeNet. If you are a regular visitor I would recommend buying a data card from Dick Smith from a company called “Unwired” – This is an excellent solution, there’s no contract and there is ubiquitous coverage in the CBD. Otherwise try a Vodafone store where you may be able to pick up a one month data plan for $20-$30 – no promises though.

-Plan your trips to meetings carefully, and take plenty of water especially in summer. Once you are in the middle of nowhere in some Sydney suburb with no shelter, no water and no idea where you are, things will go downhill quickly from there.

-Take a map with you of the area you’re going to, CBD or otherwise. Ask what approximate location your meeting is at on any street – some streets stretch from one end of the CBD to the other, so if you start at the wrong end it may be like walking from St John’s Bar to the Ferry terminal under the motorway bridge in Wellington, to get to your meeting.

Starting a business network in Sydney

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I have been over in Sydney for the last 2 weeks and this trip has been focused more on establishing our network over here.

This has been a good challenge, especially as we don’t have an established network here. One might ask how you can start operating your business in Sydney if you’re not into big budget advertising or don’t have an existing strategy in place. The first thing I would recommend is BNI (Business Network International). This is a structured networking member organisation that has weekly breakfast meetings on virtually every day of the week in multiple locations across Sydney.

You will need to call ahead, but you can find out more about times and locations on their website at

It is an excellent way to meet new business professionals, and who knows? You might establish a great new business contact by taking an hour and a half of your morning to meet 15+ other business professionals.

Wireless internet access in Sydney

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

For those laptop-toting businesspeople expanding their business to Sydney, especially the Wellingtonians amongst you, you will quickly find that getting wireless internet access in Sydney is a chore. While cities such as Wellington have what I would consider to be an extensive wireless network in the form of CafeNet, Sydney has no such major provider.

Rather, there are a number of providers that are located sparingly across the CBD. As easily finding somewhere that provides wireless internet in the Sydney CBD is no easy task I recommend you take a look at the following:

Azure Wireless – While Azure appears to be cutting back their coverage in Sydney, they so have a number of places where you can browse the internet. I recommend you visit this page on their website, but suggest you visit the places recommended and ask them if their wifi is working before settling in.

Telstra – Telstra offers a comprehensive network of wireless hotspots, however be warned – the cost can add up quite quickly. A list of all hotspots was last sighted here.

Unwired – These guys also offer wireless internet, however it’s designed for those who have an Unwired Wireless Card. I would recommend this option if you are planning on spending a lot of browsing time on the go in Sydney.

Woolworths (opposite the town hall) – Go up the escalators in the middle of this store and you will find a small internet access area. You can prepay with some great rates here, and you simply sit down with your laptop in the allocated Wifi spot and get on with your business. It would be affordable to work here all day if you needed to, however I did have problems with sending e-mails using any SMTP server. Tech support was helpful but said I should be able to send through my own SMTP server, which I didn’t believe as I couldn’t get it working. This would certainly be the only downside of this option.

Advice on setting up shop in Sydney

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

For initial advice in expanding your business to Sydney, we found New Zealand Trade and Enterprise provided a significant level of support. While expanding to any new market requires careful planning and research, knowing where to start can often be difficult. Check out the NZTE website at for more information about their services. They produce a number of booklets on doing business in Australia.

Setting up your internet in Sydney

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Setting up our internet connection here in Sydney was not as straightforward as we would have liked. We found that while Telstra Cable was what we ideally wanted, it was not available in our building in the CBD. Optus was willing to give us limited service ADSL internet but it would take 2 weeks to be activated.

We decided to settle for the moment with Unwired wireless internet. This is a fantastic product, and more information can be found on

These wireless internet packs can be picked up at any Dick Smith in the CBD, once connected to your computer they can be activated online via credit card immediately with no phone queues. You are able to connect to the Unwired website using the wireless modem to review plans, etc, before signing up. We were online in minutes, and the software works on both Mac and PC, using either an ethernet or USB connection to your computer.

Growing to Sydney, Australia

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

In our “Expansion to Australia” section, we will keep customers up to date on our growth into the Sydney market from little old NZ. Also, I hope it will provide some insight and usefulness to other businesses wishing to make the leap over to Australia. Watch this space.