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    1. Tradies Aren't Keen On Getting Business Advice from Their Spouse

      Tradies Aren't Keen On Getting Business Advice from Their Spouse

      My Business shares some interesting insights in this article. It's called Tradies Rarely Turn to Spouses for Business Advice.

      It's an eye-opening piece that we thought we would share with you. It's got some thought-provoking ideas such as this one:

      This research highlights that as is often the case with businesses, particularly trade-related businesses, the owner is good at their trade, but not very good at running a business. They haven’t actually been given the tools to run a profitable business that ultimately works without them, which should be a goal to aim for.

      There is ...

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    2. The Importance of Cultivating Positive Relationships With the People Around Us and Our Business

      The Importance of Cultivating Positive Relationships With the People Around Us and Our Business

      The tradie business owner lifestyle can be a lonely road to travel. But, does it really have to be that way?

      This article presents an interesting case as to why we, as tradies and business owners, should cultivate a positive relationship with the people we work with and those that we interact with outside of the job site.

      Here's a short excerpt that we just couldn't help but share: 

      As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to glorify the 24/7 hustle. And even easier to forget why we do anything to begin with. Yes, we want to build a ...

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    3. What Your Credit Score Really Means

      What Your Credit Score Really Means

      Here's a really interesting article from Fox Finance Group. It's called Understand What Lenders Think of Your Credit Score.

      It shares some really interesting ideas. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Basically, the higher your Credit Score, it is viewed that the less likely it is that you have had an adverse credit event recorded on your file. Lenders will view this as you are being a lower risk for them.  The lower your credit score the higher risk you will appear as a potential borrower.

      For more information, take a look at the rest of this piece.

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    4. How To Handle Small Business Downturn Better

      How To Handle Small Business Downturn Better

      Stumbled upon this fascinating piece from the SmartCompany and thought we would share it. The article is called “Cash is king”: How small business can prepare for economic downturn.

      It's got a lot of interesting insights. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Michelle Hargreaves, founder of NSW-based small business That Ladie Tradie, says she’s found being open and honest with clients, employees and her agents about the dips and dives of doing business has helped immensely.

      This includes being upfront with workers about how business is going, particularly in an environment where it can be hard to come across ...

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    5. How We're Fighting the Scoliosis Epidemic That's Plaguing Our Tradies

      How We're Fighting the Scoliosis Epidemic That's Plaguing Our Tradies

      Scoliosis is an omnipresent danger in a tradie's job site. The scary thing is that we may not be doing enough to create take care of the tradies who succumb to it.

      This article from News.com, shares how one tradie took it upon himself to solve the scoliosis epidemic plaguing our tradesmen. Here's a short excerpt:

      Mr Terpstra plunged $1 million into the creation of his contraption, Guarda Edge Power Cutter, which relies on a complicated combination of water and a vacuum to remove the fine particles from the air during cutting.

      The water acts to control ...

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    6. The Importance of Keeping Yourself in Tip Top Shape Both Physically and Mentally as a Tradie

      The Importance of Keeping Yourself in Tip Top Shape Both Physically and Mentally as a Tradie

      This fascinating piece from Work Buddy has some great tips for tradies. It's called Make Your Well Being a Priority.

      It shares some excellent tips on how to keep yourself in tip top working condition. This one, we thought, was important to echo:

      Staying active enhances your performance at work and allows you to lead a happier lifestyle. Whether it’s weightlifting or playing footy, make sure the exercise you do is something you enjoy on a regular basis. Strength- and endurance-based workouts improve your lifting form and increase your stamina.

      Additionally, daily core exercises are essential, as pretty ...

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    7. Tradies Need to Start Eating Healthy

      Tradies Need to Start Eating Healthy

      Tradies today don't have the best diet. Pies and canned drinks are the dominant staples. But does it really have to be this way?

      This bakery manager thinks tradies can eat healthier. Here's what he has to say in this article by Ewan Sargent:

      I don't know if it's a lack of education, or awareness. Or is it just somebody is too afraid to have a nice decent healthy sandwich on the building site because they are going to get laughed at? Who knows?

      Certainly here you don't have to buy a pie. You can ...

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    8. Golden Hearted Tradies Offer Free Services to Bushfire Victims

      Golden Hearted Tradies Offer Free Services to Bushfire Victims

      Thought we'd share this motivating article from The Age. It's called Thousands of tradies sign up to work for free to help fire-hit communities.

      It shares some really inspiring stories of how tradies are offering to help victims of the bushfire by offering free services. Here's one tradie who explains why he's doing it:

      I was at home trying to think of ways I could help and unfortunately financially I was unable to. But I could offer my weekends as a chippy going up and helping with clearing or rebuilding.

      To learn more about their efforts ...

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    9. The Importance of Not Working Through the Pain

      The Importance of Not Working Through the Pain

      Hardworking tradies tend to work through pain just to make deadlines. It's a mentality that permeates the industry.

      In this article by Stuart Marsh, we begin to understand how this hurts our trade in the long run. Here's a meaningful short excerpt:

      Tradies tend to push through the pain barrier in their bodies – whether it's to meet tight deadlines or customer expectations – and in the long run this can backfire with more dramatic injuries.

      It's a perspective worth exploring so do give the full article some attention. Click on the link below for access...

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    10. This Uni Dropout-Turned Tradie Made His Millions While Doing What He Loves

      This Uni Dropout-Turned Tradie Made His Millions While Doing What He Loves

      This uni dropout-turned tradie made a fortune on his craft. Now, he's off to prove all the negative stereotypes about the tradie business wrong.

      In this article, Usher Group founder and chief executive Theodore Vairaktaris shares some of his wisdom. Here's one that stood out to us:

      I feel that sometimes when people say they are going to be a tradie, they are looked at the wrong way, but if someone says they’re going to uni after high school, they are congratulated.

      But people working on high-rise construction, for example, are on huge money compared to people ...

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    11. Bushfire-Affected Companies are Suggested to Consider Standing Down Their Employees

      Bushfire-Affected Companies are Suggested to Consider Standing Down Their Employees

      Here's an interesting piece from Smart Company. It's called How to handle employee leave if your business has been affected by bushfires.

      It shares some really interesting insights. Here's one of them:

      According to Athena Koelmeyer, managing director of Workplace Law, while the option to stand down employees in response to a disaster may seem harsh, it is “one of the few things that can provide employers in difficult circumstances a bit of relief, in circumstances where there has to be a stoppage of work where the employer can’t be reasonably held responsible”.

      To learn more ...

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    12. ATO Gives Reprieve to Bushfire-Affected Businesses

      ATO Gives Reprieve to Bushfire-Affected Businesses

      We sought out news about business in bushfire-affected areas and found this interesting piece from Smart Company. It's titled Tax reprieve for SMEs as ATO offers bushfire support.

      It shares about the tax reprieves that the ATO is giving to bushfire-affected businesses. Here's a short excerpt:

      As unprecedented bushfires continue to ravage large swathes of Australia’s east, where an estimated 8.4 million hectares have so far burned, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg yesterday announced the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will place an eight-week stay on tax obligations for more than 100 postcodes in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria ...

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    13. The Tough Tradie Stereotype Reimagined

      The Tough Tradie Stereotype Reimagined

      Tradies need to be tough to handle the stresses of the job. But sometimes, that can backfire.

      In this piece from News Hub New Zealand, Dave Burt, a tough tradie by profession, shares why 'tough' needs to get reinterpreted. Here's a short excerpt:

      We work in a stressful industry which by its very nature is challenging. There’s a tough image to live up to, my mates are tough so I need to be tough too.

      We probably need to redefine the image of what a 'tough tradie' is. It can be as easy as taking time out to ...

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    14. Yes, You Can Wear Thongs While Driving

      Yes, You Can Wear Thongs While Driving

      Work boots can be tiring to wear especially in the summer. It can get really hot in there and your feet can just sweat like a river sometimes. It is tempting, therefore, to wear thongs when we're no longer at the worksite.

      But isn't that illegal, you ask? This piece from Practical Motoring Australia got us the lowdown on this old myth.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Rather than the act being illegal, it comes to the discretion of the police officer if you happen to be pulled over. Let’s start off with footwear because it covers the ...

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    15. Tradie Health Tips from the Queensland Government

      Tradie Health Tips from the Queensland Government

      Health is wealth, the old adage says. It's true. How can you work for wealth when you're sick and in bed?

      As tradies, we need to keep ourselves healthy so our bodies can be in tip-top shape in the field. Here's one way that you can do this:

      Because the work can be physical, many tradespeople get some incidental exercise each day as part of their job. But while you might feel strong or fit because of your work, it’s important to think about the types of exercise you’re not getting during the day and ...

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    16. Tradies Doing Yoga Might Just Become a Common Sight In Australia Pretty Soon

      Tradies Doing Yoga Might Just Become a Common Sight In Australia Pretty Soon

      Tradies doing Yoga might not be an everyday thing yet but it soon might be. This news piece from 9News shares all about it.

      Here's a short quote from the Spiritual Tradie, Daniel Tucker:

      It's actually very detrimental to our mental health and wellbeing to bottle up our feelings. The actual practice enables us to make a connection with the deeper sense of self.

      If you're interested to learn more about this, take a look at the rest of this fascinating news...

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    17. Trade Business Tools That Owners Might Be Neglecting

      Trade Business Tools That Owners Might Be Neglecting

      There's more to the trade business than just the trade itself. This piece from MYOB shares some of the aspects and tools of the business that we often neglect as operators.

      Here's one particular tool that we found really fascinating:

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech will play a big role, advances in speech recognition will be very relevant, Augmented Reality (AR) tools like smart glasses could aid in providing hands-free and real-time info, and self-driving cars will make transfer times between jobs much more productive.

       Let's check out the possibilities together. Read the rest of the article at ...

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    18. Mental Health for Tradies is Starting to Get the Attention it Deserves

      Mental Health for Tradies is Starting to Get the Attention it Deserves

      There are some really thought-provoking perspectives in this article from The Conversation. It's called Risky business: how our ‘macho’ construction culture is killing tradies.

      Here's one that really piqued our interest:

      Entrenched cultures can be hard to shift. There may be resistance to changes, be it procedures to ensure safer work practices, or new coworkers (women or men) who don’t conform to the “macho” stereotype.

      But this change is imperative. Maintaining physically and psychologically dangerous behaviours is killing tradespeople at work.

      To learn more, take a look at the rest of this article!

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    19. Stocktaking for Your Tradie Business

      Stocktaking for Your Tradie Business

      Heather Smith of MYOB has some fascinating talking points in this article. It's called 7 steps to a successful stocktake. 

      In it, she shares some perceptive insightsHere’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking: 

      An accurate stocktake helps you make informed decisions about managing your business.

      It allows your accountant to reconcile physical stock to the inventory records, highlight variances, and identify issues with stock management and control.

      With accurate knowledge about stock movements and stock on hand, you can make informed decisions about theft, slow-moving items, damaged stock, technology obsolescence and warehouse processes.

      There are some really interesting ...

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    20. The Stigma Around Mental Health and Wellness for Tradies

      The Stigma Around Mental Health and Wellness for Tradies

      Mental health still isn't a subject that tradies can openly discuss. There's a lot of stigma around it. But, luckily, it's slowly changing...

      ABC gives us some interesting points on the matter in this fascinating article.

      While tradies appear to be reluctant to open up to their workmates and bosses about mental health issues in particular, 73 per cent said they wouldn't think any less of their workmates for taking time off for mental health concerns.

      See how the conversation is slowly changing through the rest of this article.

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    21. Why extremely tight deadlines work when collecting money from debtors!

      Why extremely tight deadlines work when collecting money from debtors!

      Collecting money from debtors is one of the hardest parts of owning a Small Business.

      Getting people to pay on time, answer the phone when they are late paying, managing the cash flow... man these can all be some of the trickiest things to navigate in our businesses.

      In this article from CollectMore they give a tip on creating tight deadlines when chasing those debtors who just don't seem to want to answer the phone.

      Worth taking a minute to read this one...

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    22. Tradies Have Earned The Title Of Worst Diet In The Country!

      Tradies Have Earned The Title Of  Worst Diet In The Country!

      Tradies Have Earned The Title Worst Diet In The Country

       

      Why? Well this article says a LOVE of a meat pie and iced coffee seems to be the contributing factor in the awarding of the unenviable title.

      The article makes some interesting points mainly about time being the biggest factor that contributors to a poor diet...

      "So what is the biggest roadblock? Time & Preparation.Time is something that is precious to all of us, and we can understand why tradies forget to prepare their lunch or couldn't be bothered. Add to that the convenience of local takeaways, Smoko trucks ...

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    23. Mental Health is something we need to talk about....Great ways to promote tradies mental health at work!

      Mental Health is something we need to talk about....Great ways to promote tradies mental health at work!

      In this article from Mens Line Australia there are some great tips & suggestions to raise awareness of tradie mental health in the workplace & help reduce the suicide rate among men.

      One in five Australians experience a mental issue each year and one in two do so during their lifetime.

      But as it states in the article "Yes, mental health issues like depression and anxiety are incredibly widespread, yet mental health isn’t something most tradies talk about during smoko or after knocking off. That’s even more surprising when you consider the many serious mental health concerns faced by people ...

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    24. My Business Health website launched

      My Business Health website launched

      In case you haven't heard a new website has been launched by the government to help small business owners manage stress and mental wellbeing.

      My Business Health website:

       www.asbfeo.gov.au/my-business-health

      Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the new website offered free tools, templates and useful tips to help small business owners manage through day-to-day operations.

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