child-1073638_640Taking care of the baby, changing nappies, breastfeeding, cooking and putting the bub to

sleep – the world of a mum revolves around her little one, hardly leaving time for a job. Although all employees in Australia are entitled to paid parental leave, after the birth of a child, many women opt for extending their one-year maternity leave which usually goes unpaid. Being a mother not just lengthens the list of your household tasks, your bills too, become longer.

In a country like Australia where cost of living is on the rise, sustenance becomes difficult if you have a single earning member in your family. Moreover, if you are a single mother, then it is mandatory for you to earn money as well as look after your bub. But, childcare itself is a full-time job and you hardly get time for another one.

For this terrible issue, there is a simple and effective solution, and that is home-based online jobs. If you have a computer and 24 hours internet connection, working at home is the ideal option when you have a baby to take care of. Well, many of you give up the dream of having a great career after becoming a mother. But online jobs are flexible, rewarding and home-based, hence, perfect for the Australian mums. So, if you want to embark on your journey as a working-at-home mum, then here’s what you need to know.

The Diverse Scope For Australian Mums Who Want To Work From Home:

Income opportunities are diverse when it comes to online jobs for the Australian mums. Here are the 10 fantastic ways you can earn a handsome amount just working from your home.

1) Earn from Online Survey – No Special Skills Required:

If you are seeking jobs just to earn some extra money during your maternity leave, then there are certain companies which offer payment for online survey and product reviews. Websites like Toluna, My Survey, Opinion World and Valued Opinions are some of the best-known survey sites in Australia. You just need to answer some simple questions and you can win cash prizes or gift cards from these websites.

2) Make Money With Graphic Design:

Do you have excellent graphic design skills? Are you experienced with different forms of graphic design programs? Well, the good news is that you can find many types of graphic design jobs including UI, UX designers to email marketing designers, flash developers and information architect, to name a few. With a broad variety of options in this field, you will have the opportunity to earn $50,000 upwards in a year. Fiverr, Upwork, Elance, 99designs, Peopleperhour – are just some of the top websites you can find work for freelance graphic designers.

3) Become A Virtual Assistant:

Virtual assistant is someone who works for the client as a “contractor” and completes a variety of administrative and secretarial duties through the virtual medium. For example, if your client travels a lot, your job will be to book his flight and accommodation, hire a car and send him the details of his reservation and everything will be done online.

4) Online Tutoring Jobs:

Online teaching jobs are a great way to make money sitting at your home. Teaching All Over, Student of Fortune and Your Tutor are the ideal websites where you can apply for online teaching jobs. Choose the subject you are expert at, be it science, language, history or geography and find students online to teach and earn. Just email your resume and your subject of interest to them for finding your job.

5) Freelance Writing:

Content writing has a vast scope when it comes to online jobs. As you know, content is king and there is a huge demand for well-written blogs and articles for websites. If you are an experienced writer, try freelance content writing with websites like Freelancer, Upwork, OzLance, Writers Edit, Writer’s Centre and Peopleperhour. Here you will find a broad variety of projects to bid on and gain handsome remuneration at the end of each assignment. You can also submit your articles on Hubpages, eHow, BrightHub and Constant-Content and get paid.

6) Selling Handcrafted Products Online:

Handcrafted products are quite popular as they make unique gifts for special occasions. If you have a penchant for handcrafting souvenirs, clothing jewellery and more then this job is just for you. Establish your e-shop with the help of websites like Etsy and Madeit. You can also rely on Facebook to create a virtual shop.

7) Virtual Call Centre Jobs:

The home based call center jobs are for those mums who are excellent in telecommunication. Hundreds of vacancies will be found if you search for home-based call center jobs in Australia. If you have experience in this field, you can earn your living through it.

8) Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is another job that doesn’t need too much of your time and attention. An affiliate marketer is one who connects the merchants with the buyers online through promoting their goods. If any products are sold, the marketer gets paid. There are multiple sites which hire affiliate marketers. Search online and you can find jobs that suit your demands.

9) Amazon M Turk:

Amazon Mechanical Turk is place where you can find various jobs like testing websites, writing articles or taking surveys. You get paid once you complete the tasks.

10) Mystery Shopping:

This has become quite popular amongst mums in Australia. When you are hired as a mystery shopper by an agency, all you need to do is visit a store and review their customer service. Write all the information and present the report to your agency. Thus you get paid as a mystery shopper. Visit sites like Mystery Shopper, Mystery Customer and Service Integrity to find such jobs online.


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healthy lunchIt’s one o’clock, you’ve worked hard all morning and you are HUNGRY! What will you have for lunch that will nourish your body and be ready to eat quickly?

Here are a few ideas to get you inspired and looking forward to lunch time.


• Avocado and feta on wholegrain / wholemeal toast (add a poached egg if you like)

• Steamed veggies with some butter and pepper e.g. broccoli, spinach, carrots, corn

• Vegetable soup. Try making a big batch over the weekend to last you through the week. Lunch is SORTED!

• Wholemeal wraps. Add in the veggies that appeal to you along with some herbs and spices for flavour, such as spinach leaves, tomato, lettuce, avocado, beans or pumpkin, cold meats, cheese… Wraps are so versatile, so be creative!

• Omelette. Another great lunch that you can modify to suit you. Choose from a variety of ingredients including spring onion, tomato, ham, cheese, red capsicum, smoked salmon, spinach, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, corn… the list goes on! Have fun!


• Sushi. Opt for salmon, tuna or salad fillings.

• A sandwich or wrap from a good old fashioned sandwich shop. Go somewhere they will prepare your sandwich, wrap or roll in front of you and not add extras that you weren’t aware of. Go for wholemeal or wholegrain where possible.

• Soups. Opt for soups that list all ingredients and ideally are made fresh on-site. If you frequent the CBD of Melbourne, I have fond memories of Soul Soup Cafe from my city working days.


• Boiled eggs or egg mix in sandwich with lettuce. Prepare boiled eggs or an egg mix by adding a little herbs, spices or sauces such as chives, salt, pepper, turmeric or some tomato! Time to get creative.

• Leftovers. Leftovers are so handy for work the next day! It’s best to get some veggies or some salad in at lunch, but if your leftovers don’t include either just be sure to work them into your dinner. Watch your portion size and eat what you know will assist you to power through the afternoon, or you might end up falling asleep at your desk!

• Toastie. If you have a sandwich maker at work, bring in some wholemeal or wholegrain bread, cheese, tomato, ham or whatever ingredients you like for a quick, tasty lunch. Add some baby spinach leaves for a calcium and iron boost to your lunch.

• Chicken and baby spinach leaves or lettuce on wholegrain or wholemeal bread. The meat and salad combination as well as the bread provide a nice balance to see you through your afternoon.

• Tinned fish. Keep some of these in your drawer at work for backup when having a sandwich or salad and need that extra filling.

Eating well does take some time and effort in preparing meals and making sure you have a range of good foods on hand. Have fun trying out new things and utilising ingredients in different ways!


healthy lunch ideasKate Mackay, Invigorate Wellness

Kate Mackay is a health & wellness coach at Invigorate Wellness with a passion for helping business women & entrepreneurs get energised and productive in their businesses & lives through building healthy lifestyle habits.

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furniture ideasLast time I talked about finding a home for your home office anywhere in your house, so once you have found that ideal spot, then what do you furnish it with so that it works in with the rest of your décor? Below I list the 5 essential items of office furniture that you need to consider when integrating your home office into your home.

1. The Desk

When you think of a home office, this is the most essential item to start with. But you don’t want it to look utilitarian (unless that is the look of your home décor) so you can’t just pick any old desk. Ideally you want it to look swish so it forms part of your overall interior design. If your style is anything from classic, French provincial, to ultra modern then there is the desk out there for you. If you are into eclectic, perhaps an old vintage find could be refurbished and will add some character to your space.

Xavier Furniture have a wonderful range of classic and French Provincial style desks.

If your style is a little more mid-century, then West Elm have a great range of desks to choose from.

2. The chair

The second most important item for your home office is where you park yourself while working. Comfort is one factor when choosing an office chair, but not all comfortable office chairs are nice to look at or fit into our interior design.

Consider going to a specialist office chair supplier who can match fabric to suit your décor. Places such as Home Office Made Easy, can have ergonomic chairs made up in a huge range of decorative fabrics, there is sure to be one you suit your colour leaning.

Or alternatively, Green Room Interiors deals with a local manufacturer (Melbourne) who can produce fabulously looking office chairs, see this recent custom office chair we had made up for a client, pretty!

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3. Office storage

Why not match your storage cabinetry to your desk, West Elm have many different styles which co-ordinate back with their desks.

Perhaps consider having storage built in, even though it is a more permanent and expensive option than loose items at least you will have a cohesive look with the rest of the cabinetry in your home.

4. Lighting

Adequate lighting for your home office needs to be a combination of desk (task) lighting and also overhead (general) lighting. Desk lamps have come a long way and now you can get lamps in all shapes, sizes and colours, which will suit any décor. If you house your office in the corner of your living room then why not match your desk lamp to the floor lamp next to your sofa? Take a look at some of the funky and playful lamps on offer at About Space.

5. The pretty stuff

Other items which you can include in your home office that might work in with your interior design and help blend office space seamlessly are things like:

  • Floor coverings, rugs etc. – these could be a matching design or colour to your living room rug or flooring
  • Curtains & Blinds – ensure your fabrics work together and are of the same style
  • Plants – indoor plants add life to a room, but can also be in matching pots as other’s throughout your home

So even if you have your office already set up or you are starting from scratch, I am sure you have gleaned some tips on what to consider and include in your home office in order for it not to stick out like a sore thumb!


furniture ideasTania Bell, Green Room Interiors 

Green Room Interiors create colourful spaces that make their client’s heart sing! 

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Are you in the market for a new office space? There are so many things that you need to consider, not least of all the lease terms and the contract for your new property. Where are you going to locate yourself? Is the address that you want affordable? What sort of message does your new office space send to your potential clients?

Once you have answered all of these questions then you need to think about the tough things: the potential disruption to your business, and the logistical nightmare of moving all of your furniture in. Plus, if you’re a new business you are going to need to buy the furniture! The idea of spending a lot of money on a new office space can be an overwhelming thing for a new business who is focused on growth. Businesses struggle with wanting to be taken seriously but (understandably) baulk at the idea of paying huge amounts of money for a prestige address. The wrong decision about where to base yourself can cost you business – but luckily there are options available which can be cost-effective and efficient to boot.

A serviced office is a great option for any growing business that needs the flexibility of a great, prestige space, without the hassle of having to manage a move and a lease. If you’re in the market for a serviced office, then you’re in luck! We have uncovered some great deals – click here for Serviced Office specials.

Read on for our top four things to consider when selecting your new office:

Have you considered growth?

Any new company needs to think about the needs of not only today, but also tomorrow. Growth and other factors can change the space requirements for your business instantly, and you need to be able to adapt to the demands placed on your company. If you can’t afford the extra space that you need straight away then you can always hire remote workers and operate on a flexible basis until you figure out the space you need. Of course, with a virtual office it’s easy to expand if the space is required.

Do you have the right location?

As we said before, location is important to create the right vibe with your business. The location of your business plays a huge role in your branding, whether you like it or not – and you need to take this into account. A serviced office is a great option for a new business because it allows the flexibility of a prestige, central address, without the long-term commitment of a commercial lease. The location of your office plays a role not only for the prestige of your business, but also for the convenience that it provides your staff. You need to make sure that the location is accessible for staff but still central enough to the business district for your city.

Do you have the right vibe?

We touched on this earlier but let’s revisit: The vibe of your office plays into the brand of your business. When clients come to meet with you they’re going to be exposed to the type of company culture that your business has. This is going to be a big part of the impression that they form of you, and so your business space needs to reflect this. A serviced office ticks all the boxes in the sense that it’s a corporate and professional space in a great and central location.

Are there any hidden costs?

When choosing a new office space you need to think about whether there is anything built into your rental that you haven’t considered. A serviced office is a great option given that it’s all on the table, and you can lease on a month-to-month contract. A great option for a new business.

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garden-shed-192058_640You’ve probably read the title and are expecting an article outlining the reasons why it’s so important to trademark and how to do it. But that’s not why I’m writing today, I am really asking the question – why bother trademarking?

I’ll fill you in on the backstory.

Like a good business owner, I trademarked my business in 2012.

Then, approx a year ago, a business trademarked a name very similar to mine, in the same Industry, servicing the same people, with similar offerings.

I consulted with my lawyer on sending a cease and desist letter to the other party – but after checking with IP Aust it turns out they had received a trademark in the exact same Class as me! (there are many different Classes you can register under ie. 35 is business services and 41 is mentoring)

After further enquiry, it turned out that when the person checking the mark had searched for competition in the Class – they had used the term Motivated to search – not Motivat – which is why I didn’t show up. Huge error on their part.

The only option we had was to contest the trademark and have it revoked and I paid the princely sum of $800 (which I do not have) to have my lawyer draft the appropriate information and send it off.

Fast-forward two months or so and it turns out that the business simply changed their description slightly with IP Aust so they have been allowed to remain in the Class and, therefore, in the same Industry as me with pretty much the same name!

It’s hugely frustrating as, firstly, I don’t understand why anyone would want a name similar to mine in the same Industry anyway. Secondly, I don’t understand the point in trademarking when it seems I’m not protected anyway. And, thirdly, it’s all great trademarking but if you don’t have the money to pursue it – which I don’t – what’s the point?

So, I ask you again, why bother trademarking?

Now excuse me while I go off and punch a wall.

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