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    I am definitely looking forward to Colombia (but not the travel time there and back). My soon-to-be daughter-in-law is from Bogota, so we’ll be parked there while in the country. I know it is very safe in most places there now and am really keen to explore.

    PS I use Amaysim for mobile, Optus for pocket wi-fi when travelling and iinet at home. Between the three, I’m sure I’ll find something suitable to use while away.

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    Hmm. Will ask around. It’s a family wedding, so can’t call on family. The only ones not going will have a VERY new baby and a toddler, so it wouldn’t be fair to ask them. I have time to think about it. There is a warehousing/logistics company not far from me. I might check them out and see if they’ll take on a temp job.

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    Don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but http://www.missyconfidential.com.au/ emails people lists of warehouse, pop-up and online sales regularly. Maybe you could set up a temp website for the sale items…

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    Hi Jamil. Congrats on starting your business. My daughter is a primary/early childhood teacher and loves it so much. If you need any materials such as fun/educational class posters or worksheets designed, I’d love to help out. I do stuff for my granddaughters, but would really enjoy designing stuff for a tutorial program. PM me any time if you’d like to discuss it.

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    I didn’t use any analysis tools. Your site loaded very quickly on my home computer. I don’t have patience with slow site loads. Yours was just fine.

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    The problem often lies with the job agencies appointed by Centrelink. I know this from experience. About two years after taking a redundancy, I went first on Austudy and then Newstart. After changing to Newstart, I was appointed to an agency. At my first appointment, they requested that I email three documents. I did. I asked for confirmation that they received them, but to this day have still received no reply despite asking multiple times. I was getting only a few hours’ notice of appointments. I’d get an email around 9pm “reminding” me that I had an appointment the next morning, without ever receiving an initial notice of the appointment. I raised this with them at the first appointment and the response was “you’re not officially on the books yet so we don’t have to send you letters”. The entire time, I was covered by medical certificates as I’d had a very serious accident, couldn’t work, and it took months to be able to walk efficiently again, so they shouldn’t have been making appointments for me anyway. I never did get “on the books” so they never sent me proper notice.

    My point is, they don’t do anything helpful for the person on Newstart, who then gets increasingly demoralised. What they do is try to take credit when someone gets a job, even when they have had absolutely nothing to do with it. My son found his own job after being on Newstart for a few months. They tried to get details so they could claim a fee from the government. He refused to give them the information a) because they had nothing to do with his employment and b) because he didn’t need the stigma of them contacting his employers with demands for information.

    There are government employment incentives that do not involve Job Active and I would look to them first. These include apprenticeship schemes and also payments for employing people over 50.

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    I have paid him. The job wasn’t as open-ended as my original post implied. It was very clear that I was expecting to see at least almost-finished work at the end of three weeks. Instead, he sent me my original file with no changes whatsoever and for some reason I still can’t fathom thought he’d done his bit. In future, I will be ensuring there is a legal contract in place.

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    I buy unlocked phones and use Amaysim. I was on Telstra until their recent run of what I call “outrages”. However, I found that my credit never lasted long even when the network was up. I’d turn off wi-fi and it would still rip through credit even when I didn’t use the phone much.

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    My two cents worth is about the bears rather than the site. On your landing page, you have suggested the bears as a baby gift. However, from the pictures, it seems all the bears have bead-type eyes, which is a big no-no for a baby. Bears for babies need sewn eyes, not beads that can be swallowed.

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    Cody, post: 230371, member: 55612 wrote:
    That is awesome.

    Are you comfortable sharing a little about what you do and how you manage to sustain your lifestyle while only working 10-15 hours a week?

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a magic solution for you.

    As I said, I took redundancy after 30 years with the same company and my payout was extremely generous. I also worked in Asia for a while after leaving my job and was on a Western salary in a country where the cost of living was minimal by our standards. So I have largely been living on that money.

    I am definitely not sustaining the same lifestyle I had while I was working full-time, but when growing up “lifestyle” wasn’t really in our hard-scrabble vocabulary, so downsizing my spending habits has not been difficult.

    I studied after returning home and it was during that time that I got the idea for my business. I am investing some of my little remaining funds in this venture so I need to make it work or I will have to go back to the grind.

    [Edit] I’ve decided that even if I do end up in another “job” for a while, it will definitely be part-time. I am not signing on for the full rat-race again.

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    The MEAA (Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance) used to have draft contracts but they’ve relaunched their site and I don’t see much there now. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

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    At the moment, I’m working 10-15 hours a week, but that doesn’t include research for my upcoming product launch. As launch day gets closer, I expect I will be putting in more hours, but hope to pull it back to a maximum of 20 once things are up and running. I took a voluntary redundancy several years ago after a 30-year career because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life working full-time.

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    Craig_H, post: 46887, member: 7102 wrote:
    From another designers point of view I would say you charge depending on your skills. Like others have said I know of designers that charge $120ph and have plenty of work. I also know of designers charging $60ph and struggling to get work. There are plenty of people out there willing to pay a good price for a quality product.

    Be aware also of pricing to a market. If your rate is to cheap you’ll get the sort of clients that want everything for nothing or will ask you to work for the prestige of doing something for them. But charge to much and you won’t get any clients.

    To start with I would vary your rate like CreateDevlop said depending on the work you are doing. Once you suss out where abouts in the marketplace you are fitting into or getting your work from then adjust your rate accordingly.

    I am also a designer. I agree about pricing for the work, rather than setting out with a flat rate. Before signing any contract, be realistic about the size and scope of the job and price accordingly. If you don’t have all of the skills for a particular gig, consider sub-contracting that part of the work. It’s better for you and your clients if you collaborate rather than struggle alone.

    I have an ABN, because many companies will want to see one on the invoice, but I am not registered for GST. (Freelancing is not my solo business — it’s a side gig I did when I was employed full-time — so I don’t have to register for GST until my new business reaches the $75,000 earnings level.)

    Whatever you do, don’t tell prospective clients that it’s about portfolio-building rather than money. If you do that, they’ll ask you to work for free for the “exposure”.

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    Wow. Just got the quote from the Aussie printer for 2500 copies. It’s 2.3 times the amount for 1000. Will keep looking…

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    I have contacted the Australian supplier to ask for a new quote for 2500. I still want a paper sample from them…

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