5 Genius Side Hustle Ideas to Start Earning Extra ASAP

Whether it’s juggling entrepreneurship on top of a day job or owning the freelance economy, side hustles have become quintessential to millennial work culture.

This Is What It’s Like To Get Paid To Travel

Sometimes all I want is to be back in my own bed with a cup of tea.

Why I Let My Boss Emotionally Abuse Me For Three Years

I spent so many late hours in the office, I started sleeping there.

You Are So Much More Than Your Career

For anyone who’s ever felt inadequate while filling in that little ‘job title’ box.

I’ve Lied At Every Job I’ve Ever Had

Dear Current Boss; I hope you’re not reading this.

7 Things You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Job

Read on before you tell your boss where they can stick it. 

This Woman Was Fired For Being Too Good Looking

“If you don’t look that way they don’t take you; maybe I was a distraction.”

Unpopular Opinion: My Generation Is Really Entitled

I want a job, money and plane tickets and I want it all now. 

Quitting Your Job To Follow Your Dreams Is For White People

Let’s be real: pursuing you passion is a luxury reserved for the privileged. 

The Ugly Truth About Why Women Are Paid Less

Why aren’t we discussing the elephant in the pay negotiation room?

Why You Should Stand More At Work

It has been proven that office workers are among the worst in the health-wise category of job types. Sitting all day, looking at computer screens and having snacks available can lead to excessive weight gain, while having elevators that take you to your floor, short walks to the bathroom and kitchen and lunch being delivered are all also contributing factors.

RELATED: Straighten Up: The Important Of Good Posture

Recently, there has been much debate about the effects of sitting for too many hours at a time on your health, and the discussion of employing standing desks in offices to combat problems caused by sitting. But is standing instead of sitting the answer to health issues such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure?

Sitting for too long can cause a higher risk of death from heart disease and a higher risk of being disabled, as well as a lack of movement that contributes to poor mental health and a slower metabolic rate. Sitting time has also been linked with high blood pressure and too much belly fat, which worsens risk rates for types of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer.

Enduring long hours at your desk has also been linked to posture problems, which can cause a range of issues within your body, as well as undesirable physical characteristics.

Standing at your desk while you work has been seen as the light from heaven, the saviour to all health problems caused by being sedentary for so long. Standing can increase your metabolic rate, can help you to digest sugars easier and can also improve your heart, which means less of a risk of the aforementioned diseases. Standing and moving around during the day may also help with weight loss.

But standing for too long can also have side effects. Our circulatory system needs to work harder to counter the effects of gravity, and this can sometimes lead to swelling or cramping of the legs. So how do you stay healthy at work?

Try to move as much as possible and get out of your chair every 20 minutes or so. Take breaks when needed and walk around the office when you can. You could even invest in an active chair to keep you moving during the day, stand up on public transport and take a walk around your desk while you’re on the phone.

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What’s the Deal with Head Hunting?

By Liz Caxton

“Good morning, may I please speak to Elizabeth Caxton?”

“Yes, Liz Caxton speaking.”

“Arhh … good morning Liz. My name’s Gerard Smythe and I’m calling from Have-We-Got-A-Job-For-You, Australia’s largest headhunting organisation …”

In these days of frequent job switching, it is not unheard of for a recruitment headhunter to call to discuss an opening he or she is currently looking to fill. Receiving such a call is a boost to anyone’s professional ego and is usually extremely flattering. The very fact that you received such a call means that someone ‘out there’ knows who you are and what you do. You’re not merely an anonymous cog in the machine of corporate Australia – you’re a recognised part of it! Yippee! You’re a ‘somebody’ at last!

Yeeeess! Remember though, somebody who’s looking to fill a job for a client now thinks you may be a ‘somebody’. Never take yourself too seriously, you are a potential commission cheque, not God’s gift to the economy!

Naturally be a little flattered, secretly be very flattered if you want, but before you hand in your resignation and start packing up your ‘You don’t have to be crazy to work here – but it helps!’ desk plaque and photos of your nearest and dearest, think about what’s on offer.

Assuming you weren’t actually looking to move companies, just because someone has offered you the possibility of another job do you really want to leave where you are now? Remember, until this unexpected phone call you were quite happy with your lot.

“I felt very settled where I was and was enjoying my role within the company and really liked my colleagues,” recalls network administrator Claire Abbott. “When I got ‘the call’ I felt really flattered and my priorities seemed to change in seconds. Here I was being offered the chance of significantly more money and increased responsibility,” explains Claire. “I leapt at the opportunity of an interview and ended up landing the job in the end. As it turned out the organisation was a shambles and my line manager was such nightmare to work with I ended up resigning after six months!”

Claire’s career experienced this unnecessary blip (from which it has subsequently recovered) because she committed the first sin of the headhunted: she allowed her judgement to be clouded by flattery. Consider any unsolicited career propositions with a clear and unbiased viewpoint. Whoever has rung you may want you – but do you want them? You may be quite happy where you are and with whom you work. If this is the case, don’t change jobs just because someone offers you the opportunity. You don’t eat chocolate if you’re not hungry do you? (Probably not the best analogy, but you know what I mean!)

Equally, just because you’re quite happy with your current position do not dismiss any suggestions out-of-hand. Listen to what the headhunter has to say and allow yourself time to consider the details. (NB: if it’s not convenient to have this discussion at the time the headhunter calls, politely ask if they could call you back, or if you can call them at a more convenient time.)

After you have had time to consider the details let the headhunter know whether or not you are interested. If you are definitely not interested, make this clear and thank them for their interest in you. Be polite – you never know they may have your dream job in the future!

If you are interested, arrange to discuss the opportunity further with the headhunter. At this first meeting, which may be an elimination meeting of several candidates contacted, don’t be surprised if you are not told the name of the headhunter’s client. This is often not disclosed until the final short-list of candidates is drawn up.

Assuming you get through the first interview and make it to the second, consider the job being offered as you would any other job you had applied for. Carry out the usual pre-employment research on the company; if they are a listed company request a copy of their latest annual report and accounts (this is a public document, they are obliged to provide it to anyone who asks for it). Is the job really what you’re looking for? Is it paying enough? Will the management structure suit your professional style: for example is it democratic? Team-orientated? Results-orientated? Whatever, is it you?

If at this stage you are not happy to proceed any further, let the headhunter know, thank them for their time and return to your pre-headhunted life. Assuming it’s offered, and you wish to take the job, accept subject to receiving a formal letter of offer.

Before you resign from your current position, consider discussing your situation with your present employer. If you are moving companies primarily for more money, perhaps your current employer can match your ‘new’ salary. But be careful when accepting a counter-offer: money may seem like the answer to your prayers, but it seldom is when it comes to work. If you’d consider moving companies for more money, there’s usually something else that’s not going right for you as well.

“I’d been approached by a headhunter for a position at a competitor’s. I was interviewed and offered the job and was really excited about accepting the role – it was a real feather in my cap because the competitor was performing much better than we were. Their whole corporate culture was much more appealing and I really respected my to-be colleagues,” recounts brand manager Sally Thorne.

“To my surprise, during my resignation meeting, my employer offered to increase my salary to significantly more than I was being offered by the competitor. I thought about it for a couple of days and then decided to accept the increase and stay. Big mistake! After four or five months on my new super-huge salary I realised that the money wasn’t making me enjoy my job anymore than I had done previously. The reason I was so keen to leave in the first place was because I didn’t like the internal politics and the inflexibility of management to new ideas.”

In summary, if you’re approached by a recruitment headhunter, remain calm and rational. The job you’re being considered for may not be your dream job, but it might be just the exit you’re looking for … don’t let the door close on you before you’ve looked at all the angles.

Is it okay to drop out of work?

Helen Stevens has been what many people would call ‘a corporate high flyer.’ She’s a mover and shaker, a key figure in the corporate development of the Internet in Australia. She’s set up three high profile Internet companies in three years, drives a sports car, and lives in a trendy inner west apartment with water views of Sydney Harbour. She’s been married twice, but has never let her personal life, or anything else for that matter, get in the way of her career. By all accounts, and also by her own admission, she’s a successful woman. The type of woman who proved that the glass ceiling is really just a flimsy piece of glad wrap that tears easily if you poke it for long enough. A role model for your daughters.

Two weeks ago Helen, in her mid thirties, walked into her office and notified her staff that she was eight weeks pregnant and was flying to Fiji in two days. For good. After over ten years in the fast lane, she is giving it all up for motherhood and a humble life with her long- distance love of the past two years, a Fijian diving instructor. Everyone was supportive and congratulatory, if not a little shocked. It was strange to see this ambitious entrepreneur succumb to the lure of love and babies on a tropical island. This, from a woman who has wheeled and dealed it with the best of them.

“I have always been very career orientated and success has driven me for the past 10 years. It’s not so much the money, although that is always nice, it’s more the personal challenge of starting a project from scratch and watching it grow into a successful business,” she admits. From one professional success to another, Stephens proved that she had the winning formula. Her life was good. Very good. But at 36, she stopped and asked herself that proverbial mid-life question, ‘What is it all for?’ “I guess there comes a time in your life when you have made a success of your career but something is lacking, it hit me about 6 months ago and I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing? I have no life’. I wondered where the bright eyed girl of my 20’s had gone.” Whilst life as a corporate high flyer did come with a lot of perks – the thrill of the challenge, the money – it also meant that Stevens had little time to cultivate let alone maintain a truly fulfilling personal life. Her partner lived in Fiji, a long way from Sydney’s CBD. “You get to the stage where you think, ‘Why don’t I have a personal life? What is the point of all this? Why does everyone else get to go home to their boyfriends and husbands? It’s a pretty lonely existence when you come home and take your laptop to bed with you each night.'”

Stevens decided that the solution was to drop out. To immerse her self in a personal life and regain some sense of what really matters. ‘I personally needed time, I was at a stage where I valued a career more highly than a personal life and that’s not good. There needs to be a balance, so that’s what I’m doing now, dropping out and looking for a better balance and putting life back into perspective.” No one was more surprised by the decision than Stevens herself. “If someone had told me two years ago I would be doing this I would have laughed in their face, it was never part of the big picture”: In typical Steven’s style, she relishes the thought of this new challenge. And challenge it most certainly will be. Life as a mum on a holiday island. No sports car, no bottles of Riesling at the Quay Bar on a Friday night, no job. For a workaholic and a city girl like Stevens, this will probably be the most difficult challenge of her life. “My next big project is giving birth to my baby and enjoying time out with my partner. It’s a total 360 degree turn for me.” Whilst Stevens will remain a director of her company for the time being, there’s no doubt that her old life will soon be a distant memory. “It’s very scary what I’m doing now, I feel like I’m stepping into the unknown. I don’t have a business plan in my hand to guide me along the way. I don’t have any meetings scheduled or strategic partnerships to work on. It’s a whole different ball game.”

A look at Jobs in Non Profit Organization

Christmas and its lead up are the really busy times of the year for charity workers. One of the most important tasks is encouraging ?those who can? to dig deep and to share the Christmas spirit with less fortunate community members, not to mention making sure that Christmas goodies are distributed to those that need them the most. So what does it take to work in the not-for-profit sector and do you have the drive to succeed there?Firstly, let us take a quick tour of those not-for-profit organisations with a presence on the net. Even a cursory search reveals a cross-section of charities. They range from the Starlight Children?s Foundation whose glamorous fundraising events help to make wishes come true for terminally ill children, to Westnet, an online facility for community organisations that includes an intranet to serve the socially disadvantaged across Western Sydney and Central Western NSW.

So, who

are the people who work in these organisations? Most private industry employees cite the salary, fringe benefits and the prospect of being able to earn a bonus as reasons to go to work, but this is generally not the case in the not-for-profit sector. Jillianne Weekes, CEO of Starlight Children?s Foundation explains: “People are working in the not-for profit sector for reasons other than money. Certainly you are not working here if you want to make a fortune.” Her sentiments are echoed across not-for-profit organisations. Take for example, the salary structure of a social worker employed at Centacare, the welfare arm of the Catholic Church in Australia. According to Elisabeth Pattison, Acting Team Leader ? Foster Care, of Centacare Newcastle, their salary is directed linked to a standard Award developed in conjunction with their professional association.While the revenue generating abilities of most private sector employees can be rewarded by various incentive and bonus schemes it is unlikely that remuneration increases in the not-for-profit sector are directly linked to increases in funds raised or to superior work performance. Because many organisations in the not-for-profit sector depend to a large extent upon donations from the general public, it is essential that the money allocated to operating expenses (eg salary and wages, expenses, administration etc) be carefully managed. All the internal accounting processes must be absolutely transparent and capable of complying with the most detailed audit. For the employees, this means long lunches or overseas trips courtesy of the company expense account, are out of the question.

Given that the purse strings are so tightly controlled why is it so many talented people choose to work in the not-for-profit sector? A common theme among this employee group is that they genuinely believe in the cause or the group that they serve and are confident that they can make a real, positive difference in the lives of others. Be careful not to confuse these high ideals with an overly benign interpretation of the world ? the not-for-profit sector is founded upon the abilities of the staff to apply business principles, particularly when it comes to fund raising.

“Starlight Children?s Foundation has developed a range of strategic business objectives that relate not only to fundraising, but also to the quality and service aspects of our program,” says Jillianne Weekes. “Being the CEO of this organisation is pretty much like running a business, except that there are more facets. The perspectives of the families who are understandably experiencing severe stress, the employees and the volunteers must all be considered.”

Not surprisingly, this combination of practicality and altruism tends to attract a larger number of women than men to employment in the not-for-profit sector. There can be tangible benefits to employment in an industry that is dominated by women, including increased opportunities for flexible working hours, job-sharing and innovative approaches to work-based child-care. As Elisabeth Pattison notes: “Employers in the not-for profit sector tend to be very approachable in terms of flexible working hours and job-sharing. We have a couple of people working here in a job-sharing arrangement and our roles are very suitable for working women who have a family.”

At times, however, a lack of funds can also have the opposite effect. “While we do have one staff member working from home, as a charity we are under resourced and are probably less flexible than other organisations,” comments Jillianne Weekes.

The strategies used to gain employment in the not-for-profit sector differ from those used in the corporate world. Unless you are applying for a very senior position, it is most unlikely that a recruitment agency will be involved in the selection process. You are more likely to see your dream job advertised in the back section of the newspaper, in the organisation?s own publication or newsletter, or in an appropriate industry-publication. While many groups do have a web site, very few offer an online employment section. The not-for-profit sector ?grapevine? is alive and well so it may be worthwhile to undertake some volunteer work in the organisation of your choice if you are aiming for a paid job. You will, in most instances, be required to make a written application, including a covering letter, a copy of your CV, as well as details about how closely your skills, knowledge and attributes match the selection criteria for the role.

At times, the pay and the conditions may be frustrating and it certainly would not be the ideal job for everyone. However working in the not-for-profit sector offers employees the intrinsic rewards that many who are set on chasing a dollar tend to miss out on. Combined with the knowledge that you are being of genuine assistance to those in need provides all the reasons that many not-for-profit sector employees require to keep going.

Charities on the Internet

The InfoXchange

A Victorian based community information network that contains details about an estimated 30 000 community support agencies and services. The site contains an employment section, advertising some of the jobs available in Victorian not-for-profit organisations.


Online information about the community service sector in NSW, including a Positions Vacant page. A brief description of each job and the Employer contact details is presented on the employment noticeboard.

ACOSS Australian Council of Social Service

The peak council of Australia?s community welfare sector, ACOSS links approximately 11 000 Community organisations nationally. The site contains a wealth of information, including links to a variety of national and international community sector groups, research information, government and social policy sites.

Starlight Children?s Foundation Australia

Starlight supports seriously ill children via a range of programs, including wish granting, hospital-based entertainment and recreation rooms. Starlight Volunteers receive extensive training and details of how you can be involved are available at the web site.

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