Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why you need your own email address?

Many people - even those with businesses still have an email address attached to their Internet Service Provider (ISP) - the ISP's love it because they know you will be more loyal to them rather than missing emails. (eg

This is ridiculous - what if your ISP closes down - several have, what if you find a better deal or bundle elsewhere?

Setting up your own email address is pretty simple and does not cost much - if anything!

The simplest solution is to get a free email account with someone you expect to be around a while - you would expect Yahoo, Hotmail or GMail (Google) etc, to be around for a while. The advantage with most of these types of account is that they are easy to access (Webmail) from any computer/phone that has access to the internet - so it you are a mobile person this may increase productivity. These services also have calendar functions that allow you access your calendar as well (or link it to your Outlook calendar).

If you are like me and have to give your email address to people over the phone - consider registering the shortest and simplest domain name just for your email that you can afford. For example - I registered so that I could create my own email addresses that were short and independent of the several websites that I maintain. This costs me $15US per year for the domain registration with a company( that offers free and unlimited email alias and redirect (read: make up your own email address and sends the emails to your other email account) This company do .com names and there are several that do if that is what you want such as ( check the pricing and ensure that you get Email redirect.

If this all sounds too hard - consider paying an IT person for an hour or two to do it for you - never having to change your email address ever again may be well worth it!

If you want more help - email me on or phone 0418 832 220

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Family Business Australia - The Association

Family Business Australia is the Peak Body for Family Business committed to fostering the success and sustainability of all Australian families in business.

We invite you to become involved with FBA and:

  • Meet other like minded family businesses
  • Join a Forum Group
  • Attend courses designed specifically to meet the needs of families in business
  • Come along to our conferences and networking events
  • Find an FBA Accredited Adviser to assist you with your family business issues
  • Be part of a voice to government as we represent the engine room of Australia's economy
More information - click here

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Shift - It's Happening on 25 October

The Shift!

A one-day forum giving you the information, resources and networks to establish an effective online presence. It’s no longer a matter of if you’re online, but how well you’re using it!

It's Happening!

By local businesses, for local businesses, focusing on businesses sharing their expertise and real-life stories with establishing a successful online presence.

Delivered by Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu, and Kangaroo Island), and an alliance of local businesses already engaged – and benefiting – from being online.

25th October

10:00am – 4:00pm
(Doors open from 9:30am to 5:00pm for networking)

The Emmanuel Community Centre
West Terrace, Strathalbyn
$75.00 per person

Lunch and afternoon tea provided

More details;
Click here

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Changes to the Builders license in SA causes problems

Some people that have had a builders license in South Australia for a number of years are now at risk of not having their license renewed.

As we change to Federal regulations - we find that the new criteria require most people to have a trade qualification AND a business qualification to hold a license. If it comes to renewal time and you dont have one or both - you could be in deep trouble.

You may be eligible for RPL (Recognition of existing skills) to get either or both. Speak to your trade association or a training provider for help.

Details from OCBA - click here

An example of one training organisation that can help;

You can contact us through email or call us at 08 8367 5615.

Flexible Construction Training & Assessment
Unit 5/30 Jacobsen Crescent
Holden Hill 5088, SA