December 20, 2017
St Kilda Mums

FD Beck in Support of St Kilda Mums

This year, instead of having an office Kris Kringle, we decided to pool our funds and give a donation to the wonderful volunteers over at St Kilda Mums. Trish Chalk and Sue Burton were thrilled to put together a collection of essential items for new mums, like nappies and baby wipes, […]
December 20, 2017
Christmas Vacation

How to Take a Christmas Vacation While Running Your Business

Small business owners are often lumped with long shifts and minimal vacation time, but don’t write off that family Christmas holiday just yet! George Hartley, the director and co-founder of the email app, Smartrmail, is living proof that your personal life doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re running a successful […]
December 20, 2017
Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance for Small Businesses: What You Need to Know

Trust us, Professional indemnity insurance is something any small business owner should investigate. As much as you might not want to think about insurance coverage and the risks you face when operating a small business, the below points demonstrate how important professional indemnity insurance for small businesses is and how […]
December 20, 2017
Insurance Claim

8 Essential Steps to Take When Making an Insurance Claim

If you’re a small business owner, chances are, you have the appropriate business insurance in place. However, you wouldn’t be alone in hoping that you’ll never actually need to use that insurance. But, with business ownership comes risk, and with risk comes the chance that you might eventually need to […]
December 20, 2017
happy camper pizza

From Journalist to Food Truck Owner: Happy Camper Pizza

With a communications degree and a Masters in International Relations and Politics, Sonia had forged a successful career as an International journalist, living the life that most people could only dream of. Working in Mumbai on programs for the ABC, including ABC News and the 7.30pm report, her role encompassed everything […]
June 16, 2017
Building Your Own Home

QUIZ: Is Building Your Own Home For You?

Building your own home can be an exciting proposition, but how much do you know about the process? Take our 6 ‘true or false’ quiz questions to discover how much you know about being an owner builder. True or False: Owner-builders can do all kinds of building work? FALSE Owner builders […]
June 16, 2017
Fair Quote

Tradies: Getting A Fair Quote

As an owner builder, you will have numerous responsibilities. One of these is contracting tradespeople to do some of the work. But how do you know the price you’re quoted is legitimate. Also, how do you know your contractor will do what you need them to do? Here are our top […]
June 9, 2017
Building Permit

Before You Sign On The Dotted Line, Get a Building Permit

Building your own home is satisfying. It can even be fun! But it also comes with a whole lot of compliance. As an owner builder, it’s important you understand the rules around building permits to make sure you don’t put yourself at financial or legal risk. Under the Building Act 1993 […]
May 29, 2017
High-quality Building Materials

High-quality Building Materials from Bricks And Mortar to Styrofoam and Glue

When it comes to building materials, there should be no substitute for quality, should there? But unfortunately, there is, and as an owner builder, you need to know about High-quality Building Materials. Why, because it can put you and your family in serious danger, as well as hot legal trouble. An increasing […]
May 29, 2017
Building Act

Building Act: Can You Build It? Yes You (Still) Can!

Lashings of red tape–particularly changes to Building Act legislation–are rarely intriguing. But don’t be surprised if recent alterations to the Building Act have you raising your eyebrows. If you are an owner-builder in Victoria – that is, if you’re undertaking domestic construction independent of a registered builder – these changes will […]

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