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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Mark Bouris - PODCAST - Proof that you don't need a university degree to succeed in business.

      Mark Bouris - PODCAST - Proof that you don't need a university degree to succeed in business.

      Check out the latest podcast from Mark Bouris...

       

      In this episode he shares the story of a guy who is proof that you don't need a university degree to succeed in business. A few years ago, inspired by his son's allergy to traditional bandages, James Dutton launched Nutricare, producing the world’s first 100% compostable, organic wound care solution. Now, they're stocked in 35 countries right around the world. I ask James how he went from leaving school at 16 to becoming to CEO of his own company and how working at JB Hi-Fi taught him everything ...

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    17. 7 Innovative Ways to use Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year in interior design

      7 Innovative Ways to use Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year in interior design

      Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is classic blue, a mature deviation from the loud and youthful colors of the yesteryears. But this seemingly sober color can add a touch of class and sophistication to any home, as pointed out by this article from the Insider. Click the link and learn 7 ways you can leverage on this beautiful rich blue to add a modern, stylish feel to any room. 

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    18. 7 Designers on Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing and Decorating Your Home

      7 Designers on Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing and Decorating Your Home

      Here's a compelling article from design website One Kings Lane. It's called 7 Common Decorating Pitfalls (and Easy Fixes!).

      In it, Alessandra Blanca together with a bunch of other designers share really interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      The mistake is to assume that what you see is what you’re going to get. That paint color will look very different in your home against your fabrics and depending on the lighting you get. Instead, use it as inspiration, and choose a color based on your reality.

      Have a look at the full article to ...

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      Mentions: Home paint Design
    19. How to Choose A Color for My House Walls

      How to Choose A Color for My House Walls

      Stumbled upon this interesting piece from Hey There Home and thought that it would make a great addition to your reading list. It’s called 8 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color.

      It makes some really interesting points. Here’s one of them:

      Now I’m not saying avoid color all together. Color is good, but you have to first decide where you want the attention in a room to go. If your answer is the walls, then heck, go bold. And if you go bold on the walls everything else in the room should be pretty neutral so ...

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    20. Finding Exactly the Right Color Even Without a Sample

      Finding Exactly the Right Color Even Without a Sample

      This post from Realto.com has some a really powerful painting hack. It's called How to Match a Paint Color Without a Sample.

      Here's how they suggest we do the almost impossible task of finding the exact paint color even without a sample:

      A digital snapshot from your cellphone can never quite capture the exact shade (and you don't want to end up buying an ugly color by mistake just because of the way the wall looks on your phone).

      Instead, an ingenious way to find the true depth of a tone is to match the paint ...

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    21. Different Shades of Gray for Any Occasion

      Different Shades of Gray for Any Occasion

      Discovered this interesting piece from Elle Decore online and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled Top Designers Reveal Their Go-To Gray Paint Colors.

      It shares a lot of different shades of gray paints and what they're good for. Here’s one of them:

      For those on the fence about gray, I sometimes introduce Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. It threads the line with greige and has warmer brown undertones. When a darker gray shade is going to feel too dark or somber, I find a gray like this one integrates well with warmer wood furnishings while keeping ...

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    22. Euroz tapped for Energy Resources raising

      Euroz tapped for Energy Resources raising

      Energy Resources of Australia has appointed WA broker Euroz Securities for its $476 million capital raising backed by Rio Tinto.

      Flagstaff Partners and BurnVoir Corporate Finance were appointed financial advisers and Ashurst for legal advice on the recapitalisation.

      The fully underwritten 6.13 for one pro rata renounceable entitlement offer was priced at 15¢ a share. This represented a 38 per cent discount to the 10-day volume weight average price.

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    23. Commentary: Distracted snacking could put your health and waistline at risk

      Commentary: Distracted snacking could put your health and waistline at risk

      Most people do not realise how easy it is to over-consume calories while snacking, says an expert.

      SHEFFIELD: Cakes, biscuits and energy bars are, for many people, just staples of everyday life – the snacks that keep them going through the day.

      But most people do not realise how easy it is to over-consume calories while snacking. In some countries, women are advised to consume 2,000 calories a day, and men, 2,500.

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    24. Trade Businesses Are Trying to Boost The Dwindling Apprenticeships in Australia

      Trade Businesses Are Trying to Boost The Dwindling Apprenticeships in Australia

      Apprenticeship in Australia is slowly dwindling but not if Usher Group can do something about it. This article tells us all about it.

      It hones in on how the company is promoting trade apprenticeships. Here's a short excerpt showing how they're doing that:

      We consider apprentices crucial to the future of the construction and trades industry and presently employ 18 site-based apprentices across several divisions and states. Each of them is enjoying the benefits that come with choosing a vocational path that means they are not accumulating a HECS debt, can study and work at the same time ...

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