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Why the least productive place you can work is at the office

I always find it strange when employers don’t let their staff work from home. For some reason, they believe that by looking over their staff’s shoulders for eight hours a day, they will get more work done. Why do people believe the office is the best environment to get stuff done? It’s a myth that coming together in a formalised place makes us more productive. This simply isn’t the case. The office is one of the least productive places we…

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How to hustle and get new clients

When people find out what we do for a living, and are considering making the leap to self-employment, one of the most common questions we’re asked is “How did you find work?” It can be frightening to work for yourself. There won’t be a regular pay cheque. Some months will be lean and other times you’ll be impressed by how much money you make in a short time frame. That’s one thing we love about working for ourselves though – as…

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What losing our biggest client has taught us

I recently read a blog about a South African couple who quit their day jobs in advertising to travel the world – and ended up scrubbing toilets to support their dream lifestyle! Though I admire their honesty and hard work, I reckon scouring porcelain isn’t the only way to support yourself when you cut ties to the real world to and do your own thing. We’ve been travelling full time for over two and half years and have been able…

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8 ways travelling improves your career

Thinking of taking a year off work to travel the world, but unsure about how the career gap will look on your resume? Fear not, as more and more business leaders are recognising the benefits travel has on a career. And indeed, after two years of travel, I’ve seen my own career pick up in ways I never could have imagined. It all comes down to life experience – the more you travel, the more life experience you gain. These…

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Dealing with self-doubt

I bit my lip. “Maybe we should move back to Perth and buy a house,” I suggested to Dave. We’d been travelling for 18 months and had made our first stop home. Seeing all our friends around us settled into their recently-purchased houses, many married and with babies, we were wondering whether we were doing the right thing. We love to travel and we are the happiest when we’re on the road, but seeing everyone take a more traditional (and…

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