“Be proud of Yourself”

Eve Pearce

The Needle and the Damage Done: Self-employment and Drug Addiction

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The initial response to becoming self-employed is relief. There is freedom from the pressures applied by employers and, quite often, co-workers. Deadlines are no longer pressing. There is no longer an anxiety about achieving and maintaining certain goals in the hope of recognition or a promotion. That is, until you realise that it is now up to you to set deadlines. It is now up to you to set your own attainable goals in order to ensure that your business is a success. You realise that communications and relations with others are still equally, if not more so, crucial, in order to build the reputation of your business. If you have a family and are working from home, your role of employment will quickly merge with your roles as partner and parent. Soon that initial relief turns to anxiety and intense pressure.  More...

Tax: Why the numbers just aren't adding up

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It is too often wrongly assumed that there is something decidedly underhand about working as an independent contractor. Cynics will say it’s a mere tax scam and dismiss the entire army of self-employed workers as ‘dodgy.’ This is, of course, completely unfair. Though there is no denying that some unscrupulous employers have been known to play the tax system, the majority of independent contractors are completely trustworthy when it comes literally to paying their dues. To be honest, with Australia’s tax system being one of the most complex and changeable in the world, it is little wonder that some people fail to fully understand its intricacies. More...

Drugs: The hidden dangers of losing your work–life balance

Friday, March 08, 2013

Self-employment is understandably an increasingly popular choice for many people. (See ICA research collection.) The attractions are clear: the perks of being your own boss; choosing when and where to work; and allowing yourself the flexibility to be with your family. In addition, increasingly accessible technology has further precipitated an escalation in independent workers. In many ways, it is easier than ever to set up your own business. More...

Fighting for the reputation of honest tradesmen

Friday, February 22, 2013

It is easy for the layperson to dismiss the work of painters and decorators as simple, mundane and every day. Yet those within the job are skilled technicians, highly proficient and providers of quality work. However, disputes between contractor and client within the profession are on the rise and too often the popular sympathy falls on the side of the homeowner. The spectre of ‘rogue traders’ as purported by the media looms large as work in the industry becomes increasingly difficult to secure. More...