Posted: October 30, 2014 at 6:50 am
I work as the manager at a small medical practice, and just recently we’ve engaged the services of Specialist IT Partners.
Our computer systems were in dire need of an upgrade, but unfortunately we’re all rather technology illiterate and wouldn’t know where to begin.
Specialist IT Partners help with small business IT support and were able to guide us in setting up a network for the office and also our patients that use the internet more and more. They did everything for us from start to finish, and their ongoing maintenance and support means that if anything goes wrong they can help us straight away.
We’ve now got complete backups of all our systems and information, as well as individual logins for all members of staff. You can pay online, too, so it’s easy to stay on top of everything. I don’t know how we would have managed without their small business IT networking solutions, so if you’re in the same boat as us then you should definitely give them a call and see what they can do for you.
Everything runs so much more smoothly in our office now and even our patients have noticed the difference.
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm
If you’ve ever had to buy a new car, and I’m sure you have, you’ll know it has the potential to be one of the more stressful tasks you can undertake. I’ve done it a couple of times, and I’ve always had the feeling I was getting ripped off by the salesperson or dealer. I admit I don’t know much about cars, let alone what they’re worth, so I’d hate to think I was spending more than I needed to. I needed a car broker, and a good one. That’s when I found Ryan the Negotiator. His service is great, and he’s definitely one of the more trustworthy car brokers. It’s pretty simple – tell him what you want and how much you want to spend, and he’ll do all the work. Seriously, that’s it. And if he can’t find exactly what you’re after, he’ll refund his fee straight away. We need more people like Ryan The Negotiator – don’t buy a car without him!
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 1:40 am
My dad was a bookkeeper. My older brother is a bookkeeper. I guess bookkeeping is in my blood and I’ve just recently enrolled in a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping online. I finished high school last year and I knew bookkeeping was what I really wanted to do, so instead of applying at uni I went straight to Acquire Learning to see what jobs are out there, after some advice from a careers advisor at my school.
Acquire differ from the more traditional modes of education and learning in that they offer their courses online, which is great because it means I can still work enough hours each week without having to sacrifice time to head to campus every day. With all of my learning materials online I can do my assessments wherever I want, whenever I want.
With a bit of assistance from my dad, we navigated each accounting and bookkeeping course that Acquire Learning had on offer, and we found the right one for me, it was through the provider Careers Australia. I think the way they do things is going to be very popular one day soon, and we’ll start seeing much more in the way of online education, although going direct through Careers Australia, going through Acquire Learning gives you more support and a guaranteed job at the end of the course.
Even though you undertake the units online from home, you still have a dedicated tutor or advisor if you need to call up and ask any questions. They’ll check in on you from time to time, too, and make sure you’re on the right track. The old ‘one size fits all’ approach is long gone, and I’m glad. With a tailored course offering me exactly what I need to get my career going, I’m hopefully going to be ahead of the rest of the pack.
Once I’m qualified, I’ll be awarded a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40211 – a national accreditation. Along the way I’ll learn everything I need to know for when it’s time to enter the working world – preparing financial statements, payroll, BAS, operational finance, everything. I can do this all from my very own bedroom – no spending hours on the train every day trekking back and forth from campus. Wherever I am, I can whip out my laptop or iPad and go through the course notes and study materials.
The course will only take me 12 months, so in just under a year from now I’ll be fully qualified! The study hours per week are very manageable, too, so I can easily keep up with my work and social commitments without letting anything fall by the wayside.
Posted: September 30, 2014 at 11:08 pm
My husband and I live in Brisbane and we decided we wanted to buy a little holiday house up in Cairns. We’ve been thinking about it for a while and we figured no time like the present. In the end, we decided the best approach would be to rent the place for a year and if we changed our minds we could just discontinue the lease. Alternatively, we’d buy it at the end of the 12 months if we still loved it. We went up to a few inspections and open days and unfortunately found that the bond amounts were more than we were expecting. A lot more. Turns out property in Cairns got a whole lot more expensive in the few years it’s been since we were up there. Rather than miss out, we contacted Rent Bond Move and applied for a bond loan. It meant we could get the bond amount to the landlord straight away and pay the short term loan off after a couple of months once our cash flow had freed up. Rent Bond Move make the whole process very simple and the money was in our account the very next day. Now we can’t wait for our beach getaways!
Posted: September 24, 2014 at 12:43 am
Ever had flooding at your house? It’s not fun. About a month back, a pipe burst downstairs and flooded the entire garage and my wine cellar. The garage wasn’t too bad – most of the contents in there aren’t at floor level and it was pretty easy to clean it out. The wine cellar wasn’t so lucky. Quite a few bottles got ruined and I needed to find somewhere else to store the rest while repairs were carried out. There was nowhere else in the house I could fit them – we’re talking nearly 500 bottles – so I looked around for some temporary wine storage Melbourne wide. A friend recommended I speak with Guardian Storage, and he was right. Guardian Storage has purpose built wine storage facilities that are climate controlled – they really know what they’re doing. They were able to accommodate my large collection without any issues at all, and I could even catalogue my collection so I could keep track of it while it was there. Their rates were surprisingly competitive, too. I looked around after getting a quote from them just in case, but nothing else even came close. They really helped me out of a tight spot, and I can’t thank them enough.
Posted: September 15, 2014 at 1:24 am
I’ll admit it, I’m not much of a cook at all. I can manage a pasta dish or two, maybe even a stir-fry, but they’re both pretty basic. I don’t think I’ve ever hosted a dinner party, and I can’t imagine my guests would be thrilled if I did so. I’ve been buying most of my meals from Dineamic for quite a long time now. Dineamic offer pre-cooked, home delivered meals but they’re not what you’d expect. No processed foods, no meals made by machines – everything is fresh and healthy and prepared by actual chefs using precise meal plans. Their range is massive – soups, curries, casseroles, lasagne, salads, even roasts. You’ve got a good mix of vegies, meat, grains, dairy, and it genuinely tastes like you prepared it at home yourself – you’d never guess it arrived frozen on your doorstep. Despite my inability to cook a half decent meal, nutrition has always been a big thing for me and I’m glad it’s important to Dineamic, too. These guys don’t take shortcuts. One day I’ll take cooking lessons and learn to cook more than pasta, and who knows – maybe I’ll even have a dinner party. But for now, I’ll stick to Dineamic.
Posted: September 1, 2014 at 1:38 am
The other week, a rather funny mishap took place at our home. We have an automatic gate that swings open in the middle at the push of a button, and it’s never had a problem. Until then. I was about to reverse my car out the driveway when the automatic mechanism broke down and the gate wouldn’t budge. Not an inch. There’s no manual override, either, so I couldn’t even open it by hand. I was quite literally stuck in my own driveway and couldn’t get to work. The manufacturer of the gate came a few hours later to try and fix it, but it was beyond repair and unfortunately no longer covered by the warranty. He asked if I wanted to purchase a new one. Not with you, I told him. I’d heard of a really good company by the name of Haven Fencing through a work colleague so I figured I’d see what they had to offer. They came out for a measure and quote and I was impressed. They had a much better guarantee on their products, too. They installed a new one in a few hours and it’s already far better than the old one. For automatic gates Melbourne wide, I reckon you can’t go past Haven Fencing.
Posted: July 1, 2014 at 11:27 am
Unfortunately, a lot of businesses are unaware of how much their poor branding is negatively affecting their sales and success. My firsthand experience at Tinker Creative has proven that a rebranding can often be the key to increase in brand awareness and productivity, and ultimately revenue.
Not only will using a branding Agency in Brisbane allow you to modernise and rethink how your business relates to its customers, but it can also inject new life and morale across all company sectors. It is pretty much akin to starting over, turning a new leaf, or a new grand opening.
I was set on Tinker Creative after seeing their outstanding portfolio and comparing their branding ideas to other graphic designers in Brisbane, who paled in comparison.
Posted: June 29, 2014 at 1:21 am
I don’t loan money easily or comfortably. I have something fundamentally against living beyond my means. Perhaps it’s my German heritage but generally I am really against the idea. When my company offered to relocate me last year I was a little unsure about the idea and told them I wasn’t ready to commit to the relocation for the two-year minimum they required. Then I found Housing Bond Loans.
I negotiated that I would pay for my relocation and if I lasted down in Melbourne for the two-year minimum they would reimburse me the relocation costs. I explained all this to Housing Bond Loans who were happy to give me a relocation loan on really generous terms that pretty much meant I had the best of both worlds. They’ve taken all the pressure out of the situation for me.
Posted: June 24, 2014 at 2:59 am
It was dad’s 60th birthday recently, and we decided we wanted to head out to a winery for the day with all the family. We’re all lovers of wine and we’ve been down to the peninsula before, but we’d heard good things about Yarra Valley wine tours so we thought we’d give that a go this time. It was a little daunting what with there so many places to choose from, so we decided to book through Dreamscape Tours.
They were fantastic and took care of everything, meaning we could simply relax with dad and enjoy a few glasses of Pinot. They even organised a bus to take us to and from the wineries, which was perfect as we live much closer to the city. The Yarra Valley is absolutely stunning and dad thoroughly enjoyed the day – couldn’t recommend Dreamscape Tours any higher.