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How I found my Mojo

It was 'all systems go'.  I had a business plan, complete with a strategic phase flow-chart, time-lined objectives, a rather long to-do list, and even a detailed work-flow manual. The latter had been pieced together, written and re-written during months of trial, error and practice.  I had the education, skills and experience, and never felt … Continue reading How I found my Mojo

What Big Business can (and should) learn from Small Business

We all have policies and procedures, right?  Periodic targets, motivational signs in the tea-room, managers for this and that, and performance reviews... and maybe you are right now looking into new performance metrics to understand your business better.  Well, what if there are easier and less risky ways of encouraging employees to do their best for … Continue reading What Big Business can (and should) learn from Small Business

Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

Kerri O'Donnell

Everyone loves when rock-stars donate their time and skills to help people out, right?

Best-selling author (and generous mentor), Mark Dawson, is one such rock-star, donating all proceeds from his current novella to fund his friend’s breast cancer treatment.

All his professional team (editors, designers, formatters, etc) worked on it for free. Writers and readers around the world are also uniting to spread the word – and I’m proud to be part of such a group.

PLEASE SHARE.  #fightforphoenix 

And if you’d like a copy, click below. My Kindle pre-order was just $2.39 AUD.

Emma has been battling with cancer for five years, and funds raised will provide access to an experimental drug that is showing great promise.

More information about Emma and the novella project is at http://www.fightforphoenix.com.  

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The world’s first mall for recycled goods

Every town needs this!

I live just outside a rural township, where we have two charity-owned opportunity shops, a couple of for-profit salvage depots and a couple of antique stores. They are great for someone like me who likes to do all sorts of DIY, but there has got to be a market everywhere to supply already refurbished and/or repurposed items. I think this is a fabulous initiative!

Make Wealth History

Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden.

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of its kind in Sweden, and as far as they know, the first in the world.

Staff at the recycling depot intercept and sort incoming goods as they are dropped off, putting aside those that can be repaired or refurbished…

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Nervous about Public Speaking?

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  by Dr Kerri O'Donnell The difference between excitement and nervousness is that excitement is knowing what to expect and nervousness is not knowing what to expect.   Many people dread public speaking. The secret to overcoming this is to prepare for the worst.  Then, when you are prepared, you are free to achieve your best.  That's … Continue reading Nervous about Public Speaking?

The 5 Biggest Mistakes New Freelancers Make

Original article by  on November 22, 2016.
Introduced by Dr Kerri O’Donnell, editor.

There are lots of different reasons that people set up their own businesses. Whatever the reason, “many workers realise too late that being an entrepreneur in any form, is not the walk in the park they thought it would be. Here are the five biggest mistakes that usually land them in trouble.”

Alexis Chateau

A lot of people think of freelancing as the low-risk alternative to getting a day job. Who doesn’t want to set their own hours, be their own boss, and blog in bed with a cup of coffee on the side? With no day job to tie us down, we can travel the world; and make money from our blog, while we sleep. Right?

But for most freelance workers around the world, that’s not the life we lead – okay, maybe some of it. But there’s a lot of hard work involved; and clients are often very much like employers, but without the health benefits and paid vacation time.

Thus, many workers realise too late that being an entrepreneur in any form, is not the walk in the park they thought it would be. Here are the five biggest mistakes that usually land them in trouble.

1. Failing to Ask for a Fair…

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Compile a Risk Register

Use a Risk Register as a formal, central record of your risk management status and progress. To make navigation of your document easier, you could group the risks according to risk categories (make headings).  In any case, column 1 includes unique reference numbers so you can look up more detail in your Risk Schedules.  For ease of … Continue reading Compile a Risk Register

Understand Each of your Risks

Before you can make a judgement about the probability of a risk event, or the impact it could have, you need to understand the features of the risk event - how it could arise, what the consequence(s) could be, what the options might be for keeping the risk exposure within your tolerable loss range, and … Continue reading Understand Each of your Risks