Displaying items by tag: difficult conversations

Living happily ever after — in a rented house, maybe

At a recent business conference the presenter, a young speaker from Generation Millennial, made some insightful comments about changes he saw occurring in Australian - the rise of the sharing economy (ride sharing, home sharing and job sharing) and how these new approaches to ownership were changing the way people thought about traditional forms of ownership.

Some interesting insights I thought.

He went on to list emerging business examples of the new sharing and rent-on-demand economy including renting music through Spotify, accessing movies on demand from Netflix, renting a community car (or van) from the Car Next Door and renting movies online direct from YouTube.

Add to this ever growing list of rentables the prospect of renting a driverless car in the future and it was a great high level presentation; all until he made the rookie mistake and said,

‘So what's the point of owning a house today, when I can just rent one or rent an Airbnb whenever I want?’

Boom!

With that potentially naïve comment to a room of financial advisers his presentation fell off a cliff into irrelevance, all because he didn't understand the place family home ownership holds in the Australian economy.

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Three high-stakes risks of being a Sole Trader

Most people going into business for themselves cite a desire to provide more opportunities for their family and greater personal freedom.

But working for yourself involves more personal decisions, greater risks and depending upon your business structure, greater personal liability.

And if you're making this decision based simply on cost alone, this is the question you need to answer, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

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Thinking about setting some financial goals this year?

Sounds simple enough right? But simple doesn't always mean easy

When it comes to managing our personal debts and credit cards, savings and investing, many people are quick to look for a sequence of simple steps to follow (or a three minute blog to read) to achieve what can usually be a complex outcome.

If a fast solution isn’t found, ‘it's obviously the wrong option’ so we quickly browse on elsewhere looking for that dopamine hit of ‘New’ and never really get to where we need to go.

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Not running with Scissors and Credit Cards

As a kid, I clearly remember the repeated warning about the dangers of running with scissors.

What I didn't hear was the dangers of running off with a credit card, and I wonder which one has caused me more damage in my life so far?

Can you relate?

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Are you feeling sandwiched between looking after your adult children and elderly parents?

Maybe you find yourself facing financial demands from both your own young family and older family? You're not alone.

Welcome to the life of the Sandwiched Generation.

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Need to get early access to some of your super?

Nothing starts a heated conversation between mates at a BBQ quicker than a question about superannuation and whether you should be allowed to get access to it before you retire.

The government's stated purpose behind our national compulsory super savings plan is to provide people income in retirement to substitute (or supplement) the Age Pension. This is known as the sole purpose test.

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