Archive for February, 2008

Seven Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow

You don’t need a fancy pedigree or specialized set of skills to launch a business. Some start-ups require more capital than others, of course, and all companies demand care and feeding. But if you can muster the courage, do a bit of research and secure an ABN (so the tax office can take their cut), you can be your own boss. Low-tech ventures that work best tend to target a devoted customer base and offer an easy-to-grasp product or service. Take dog walking (as in, walking dogs)… read on

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Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

The science of stamina has advanced to the point where individuals, teams, and whole organizations can, with some straightforward interventions, significantly increase their capacity to get things done. by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story. Defined in physics as the capacity to work, energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. In each, energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals—behaviors that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal…

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Women still keeping house

by Dewi Cooke for TheAge The Bureau of Statistics figures provide a snapshot of how Australians while the days away and show that we are spending less time per week on recreation and leisure activities such as sports, games and arts and craft, although we now spend an extra hour a week zoning out in front of the television or roaming through cyberspace. But the differences are most stark between the sexes. Although men and women spend similar amounts of time “working” (between 51 and 52 hours a week), men spend more time in paid employment and women spend substantially…

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It’s About Time: Women, men, work and family

The women, men, work and family project was launched by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward in 2005. It examines the relationship between family responsibilities and paid work. Striking the balance between paid work and family life has become more than a “barbeque stopper” – it is one of the major challenges facing families, employers and governments. HREOC released a discussion paper, Striking the Balance: Women, men, work and family in June 2005. The project builds on the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission’s previous work on paid maternity leave and the Pregnancy and Work Inquiry by examining the broader issues…

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Female millionaires on the rise: report

The number of female millionaires in Britain has been rising on the back of social trends – such as inheritance and the rapidly climbing divorce rate – according to independent market analyst Datamonitor. On top of that, a new generation of women have started to prosper in their own right, and female entrepreneurs are increasingly growing in number. are you at millionaire status yet? if not why not?

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Brave new world of work emerges

Leon Gettler from The Age Business again tells us the world of work is changing. Globalisation, technology and the blurring of lines between home and work are transforming the workplace. Well, for some. A report from Britain’s Equal Opportunities Commission says we are now moving into the third generation of flexible work. The first generation was about time flexibility and the second about time flexibility combined with working from home. According to the report, we are now seeing the third generation, where there is greater control and choice between employers and employees over how and where work is done. Whilst…

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FOREVER TRENDS – How to delight women, the gay community and boomers

When it comes to easy inspiration for dreaming up new products and services, some big trends keep on giving. Case in point: the Continuing rise in purchasing power enjoyed by women (FEMALE FEVER), the gay community (PINK PROFITS) and baby boomers (BOOMING BUSINESS). FOREVER TRENDS has been so thoroughly researched, the only thing left to do with them is to turn them into new products, new services and new experiences. Which may not be what some of you want to hear from us (what about the numbers, the stats, the predictions?). To make a long story short: for this edition…

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The Expectation Economy

2008 is well underway now, so it’s about time we highlighted the “EXPECTATION ECONOMY“, an umbrella trend that neatly captures the zeitgeist for mature (and rapidly maturing) consumer societies, while also incorporating and explaining many other subtrends. Yes, it will keep you busy. “The EXPECTATION ECONOMY is an economy inhabited by experienced, well-informed consumers from Canada to South Korea who have a long list of high expectations that they apply to each and every good, service and experience on offer. Their expectations are based on years of self-training in hyperconsumption, and on the biblical flood of new-style, readily available information…

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