Archive for October, 2008

Mothers of Reinvention

as featured in the “Inspired” magazine, Autumn/Winter 2008 by Fran Molloy For former management consultant Denise Hall, the flexibility she needed as a mum has become the key to her success; her business is based on supplying talented consultants, who work as ‘free agents,’ to organisations who need their skills for a short-term project, often in project-based fields like organisational development and training. She channelled her inner entrepreneur and with another mum as business partner, established aCE talentNET. With her extensive experience as an international management consultant, Denise could have had her pick of top executive positions; but she felt…

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Innovation Avalanche

The July / August 2008 edition of Trend Briefing is now online, covering INNOVATION AVALANCHE, including new and updated trends, and no less than 41 new business ideas, many of them begging to be introduced to the Australian market. So… time to finally dream up that new product or startup. You know you want to 😉 INNOVATION AVALANCHE: There’s more innovation happening than ever before. New brands, new niches, new concepts, new products, new services and new experiences are flooding an equally fast expanding number of markets. Just as important, there are more freely available sources to track these innovations…

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The Most Profitable Home-Based Businesses

Whilst this is US based data, I’d be fairly confident that similar views would also work in Australia… have a read and see for yourself Who needs a nasty commute when you can make a decent buck but a few feet from your kitchen? Over half of all U.S. businesses are now based out of an owner’s home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With the economy shedding jobs, the ranks of the self-employed may well keep swelling. Plenty more entrepreneurs may look to eliminate rent and fuel costs to pinch pennies. With the help of Sageworks, a Raleigh, N.C.-based…

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ICA – Surviving the Financial Meltdown

Do the words “global financial meltdown” sound familiar? News reports are full of gloom, but how will this impact on you, if things really get bad? This opinion piece, by Ken Phillips, Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia, is provided as food for thought for independent contractors and anyone running a small business—particularly if you haven’t run a business in hard times. Well worth a read…

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How money-smart are you?

via the Barefoot Investor Scott Pape for TheAge.com these questions are good… Mine was a “solid performance” accordingly to the result scores at the bottom of the questions. And if you don’t score any higher than that? then you have some serious work to do! contact me quickly! HOW money-smart are you? Well, this week ANZ released the results from its annual Financial Literacy Survey, which tracks how knowledgeable Australians are about their finances. The results were not unlike a troubled teenager’s school report: “Much improved. Could do better. Would help if the student did some homework once in a…

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Perkonomics

with thanks to trendwatching.com While endlessly fantasizing about The Next Big Thing in the wondrous world of consumerism can be inspiring, execution beats everything. Which is why an easy-to-apply trend like the rising importance of perks and benefits should be on your radar this month and beyond. Consumer infatuation with perks and privileges isn’t new. For years, airlines, hotels, credit card companies and private banks have been cleverly rewarding their most valuable customers with surprises, status symbols and convenience. But as we move towards a consumer society that’s based more on experiences, on status stories, on the ephemeral—and in which,…

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my entrepreneurial mother story!…

an extract from the entrepreneurial mother “free agent” chapter in the “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed”… You say that your life resembles the Frank Sinatra song, ‘I did it my way’. What do you mean by that? For the first 30 years of my life, I pretty much followed societal norms. After taking six months off work and returning from a cathartic adventure in Africa, I realised that things weren’t right, and that I had to do it my way. This realisation probably had something to do with the ‘ah ha’ moment I experienced in Africa, and the conclusion reached…

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The Greatest Risks They Ever Took

What is anything worth? Easy: The amount of fear, pain and suffering you are willing to risk to get it. But of course we know the math is infinitely more complicated–especially for those suffused with fear, greed and hubris that inevitably fog the equation. The crisis on Wall Street, now coursing like a virus throughout the broader economy, is testament to our collective innumeracy when it comes to estimating risk. Complicating matters: a vast web of impenetrable financial contracts putatively designed to “absorb” risk (and reap billions in transaction fees) by sprinkling it throughout the entire financial system. Thanks to…

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aCE talentNET – The Professional Edge September08

The Human Capital Magazine published an interesting article this month on ‘Contracting – is it the Kiss of Death?‘ The article highlights some of the pros of cons of contracting and/or consulting and is a most worthwhile read. But I would also like to offer my own experience and thoughts on the matter. At aCE talentNET we are often approached by clients and associates who are considering becoming an independent consultant either through immediate circumstance (ie job restructure) or a general discontent with working the 9-5pm (or should I say 7am-8pm!) grind in the corporate jungle. For many, the appeal…

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