Travelling businesses are no longer merely for the ringleader and his animals. Our desire for travel and to live a life of leisure is prompting new creative ideas of how to take our business with us…wherever we may go!
I don’t need to tell you about online business. They’re nothing new. However, more and more people are creating ways to make money on-the-go. Let’s see…travelling bloggers, freelance graphic designers and other online techies can take their work with them.
But what about other small businesses?
There are always the classic food trucks that drive around town. One such notable business is the Street Sliders Truck! They’re serving the classic burgers and chips along with some delicious sides & shakes up to the masses around Sydney. Check our their website to find when their next happening is!
And then you’ve got the blood banks and the coffee carts…
But wait. This coffee cart is travelling a little different to everyone else…on water! Garry White has taken his business to Sydney Harbour, cruising around selling coffee to fishermen, sailors & beach goers! If you ask me, Garry has the right idea for part time retirement! (http://goo.gl/1dxk6n).
The great thing about taking your business on the road is time; you can choose when are where, part time or full time, when to open & when to close.
Take another example, the American brothers taking their business around Washington. Driving around in their logo covered cars selling their Apple repair services to those around the area. CrackedMacScreen is just another example of Gen Y taking advantage of the current digital stage (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100439337).
Taking to the road with business isn't an option for everyone, but if it's something you could take into account, I urge you to do so! It's a great option for adventurers, those in online business as well as people who are looking for part time work while enjoying what life has to offer.
Here’s the thing…. work never ends. No matter how many hours you spend working overtime; more work will continue to present itself to you. So. My advice? Stop. Shutdown your computer. Take off your uniform. Put the broom away. Leave work on time.
Taking your work home with you, whether it’s literally responding to emails or continually playing back something a co-worker said to you in your head (what did she really mean by that?), can rarely lead to good. Instead, it will eventually make you resent your work, despise your boss & potentially ruin your relationships with those that you come home to. A vicious cycle really!
Now. I asked myself, “why do people work?” and this is what I came up with (feel free to add to this):
a) To earn money to be able to enjoy moments outside of the workplace, b) To feel as though they have a purpose in life
So why are you ruining the moments outside of work by taking it into your personal life? Trust me, it’s not going anywhere! It will be waiting for you when you step back into work tomorrow.
This doesn’t just apply to 9-5 office workers. Say you’re working part time as a waitress and you’ve had one of those days with all the worst customers one after the other. Clicking their fingers. Leaving no tip. Sending their food back. All that jazz. When you get home, you’re bound to be in a mood – try to leave that at work instead of taking it out on your roommates.
So if you’re someone who is known for a never-ending workday, try a new balance of work and personal life. You never know…you might just enjoy it.
Ways To Leave Work At Work:
1. Turn Off Technology
Your emails can wait, don't tempt yourself to access them while at home.
2. Take A Walk
Walking can help you to relax and unwind from a stressful day & hey! It's even good for you!
Go out with friends or your partner. Treat yourself. Remind yourself of the more important things in life (sometimes we forget).
If all else fails, sometimes we just need to let it out. Don't dwell on it, but if you really need to, bitch to a close friend about that what that chick said to you today. Or how someone ate your lunch right out of the fridge. And then? Let it go.
Routines are a fact of life, whether they are created in the work place, at home or how you plan your day. They can either be good for us and keep us on the right track or they can do the opposite and get us stuck in quicksand. Routines can often allow us to lose sight of our goals and keep us on a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction at work. So mix it up, add some life into your work & be happier for it.
“Happy: feeling or showing contentment or pleasure”
Here are five ways to be happier at work:
Get to know your co-workers. That could be having some chitchat while buying your coffee from the local café, going out for Friday drinks or asking them what they did over the weekend. Having friends is a sure way to create a happier work place.
A few of my friends complain that they absolutely despise their jobs because their superiors don’t give them enough responsibility and they are left bored out of their minds. If you are finding yourself with little to do, ask your boss to take on some extra work. It will give you more to do as well as sprucing your resume! Or alternatively, take a course or seminar to give you some extra skills to bring to the table. For example, if you’re working part time in reception, consider taking a short course in business to understand how your company runs. This will also give you the knowledge to be able to move up the ladder if you wanted!
Be Working Towards A Goal
The word ‘goal’ is an immediate turn-off for me. All through school we had to set weekly goals and I would never understand the point, I would always end up writing down a few clichéd points that I thought they would want to hear. I’ve come to realise that writing goals isn’t to impress anyone; they are completely and utterly designed for you. They can be anything. For example, if you’re a part time bartender, your goals could be getting more tips.
Goals give you something to work towards as well as giving you reason to feel useful in your work.
Literally. I am a firm believer that exercise makes you happier. Sometimes if I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic in the work place, I use my lunch break to go for a quick walk around the area or eat my lunch in a nearby park. Then you can return to work feeling rejuvenated!
Helping others will in turn help you. It makes you feel better! If someone is in need of help, offer your assistance. If you think someone has done a really great job, let them know. Spread the joy! It really works, give it a try.
It has recently come to my attention that those in high society (you know, politicians, royalty, all the people with the power) employ others to be, well, their guinea pigs.
The Independent UK has reported that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, has employed a full-time food taster. Of course, with the recent tragedy surrounding the Malaysian airline disaster in the Ukraine, Russia is facing blame from every direction. So fair enough if the guy wants to hire someone to make sure his food isn’t filled with poison? He’s got good reason.
Apparently this role isn’t a new job, in fact, it’s a position that has been employed for literally centuries by those in power. The job is seen to date back to the Ancient Egyptians, where not everyone was reliable for the job. His taster presumably murdered Roman Emperor, Claudius, in A.D. 54 through poisoned food…the job isn’t for everyone (http://goo.gl/mDS3IP).
It was even revealed just last year that President Obama was unable to eat his meal with other politicians, as his personal taster was not present. I admire him for his power of resistance!
This made me think back to a few weeks ago when President Obama was on the receiving end of ricin laced letters. I guess food isn’t the only tactic of attempting to get to those with the highest security! The Guardian wrote that it was in fact an American actress who had minor roles in the Walking Dead who sent the letters; she has since been sentenced to 18 years in gaol (never can trust those creative types). Apparently she was trying to frame her now ex-husband…sometimes we should just stick to our day jobs.
So…looking for an interesting part time job? Well, food tasting could be for you!
Skills? Enjoying food. Using cutlery. Chewing.
Draw Backs? Potential death.
DeAura Beauty has made it’s way from Europe all the way to Sussex Street, Sydney. Speciailising in hair & facial treatments, DeAura aspires to delay the ageing process and rejuvenate the skin. I went and had a chat with the lovely ladies and gents down at the luxury beauty salon and even had a little facial of my own (did I mention that it contains 24 carat gold?)!
We are very customer orientated, we don’t believe in one off treatments, as they don’t provide the skin care that you need to make a long-term difference. We are primarily concerned with hair and face at the moment since we are new, and our 12-month memberships include a step-by-step process that seeks to rejuvenate your skin. There are twelve treatments that we offer for our members including the 24 carat gold facial, microdermabrasion and a relaxing body massage to name a few.
Yes, it’s definitely our most popular treatment! Our 24 carat gold facial is a process of 10 different products, all containing gold. There are many benefits to the facial such as oxygenating the skin, it slows down the ageing process as well as helps the blood flow through the skin. One of our scrubs within the facial is actually called the “Cleopatra Mask” as she was said to rub gold on her face to rejuvenate her skin.
Approximately 20, give or take a few.
Yes! Our job ads gained a lot of traction and the people that were matched with our jobs were of a very high quality. We’ve been pleased with those that we’ve hired through OneShift so far!
When looking for possible candidates, I look for excellent motivation to work rather than the details on their resume. Of course skills are important, but personality is key when working in a customer-based business.
I’m not the first one to tell you that the constant surge in technology is changing the way in which we live our lives. Whether it’s working your part time job on a computer, organizing yourself through the calendar in your phone, or even listening to music in the car via Bluetooth. It’s always changing and we have to keep up. That includes our careers. Yes, there will be many jobs that will become extinct over the coming decades but don’t forget that change will also allow for many new jobs to be created. So be prepared, be versatile & be ready.
DVD Rental Businesses
Working part time in a DVD rental shop? You might want to think about going into hospitality instead; people will always need a drink!
If you’re planning a holiday, the last thing you want is to be paying someone for a job you could be doing, especially if you are a part time worker! No, you are online looking for the best deal you can find and getting lost in the magic that is travel. Granted, some of my friends still book through agents when travelling to slightly dangerous places but all in all, yet again, the Internet has eaten this job up.
You’ve already seen the self-service check outs at your supermarket…no doubt they are just the beginning of technology taking over the role of cashier.
News is online and it’s constantly updated there. No wonder less and less people are buying newspapers! And I really do think it’s a shame, there’s nothing better than sitting down at a café with a coffee and a paper!
It will be a sad day when snail mail no longer exists! Who doesn’t love opening up their mailbox and receiving a hand written letter or even a parcel (forget the bills – no thanks)? I would have thought with the recent popularity of Internet shopping that the old school postal service would have been gaining some traction. However, the Australian government is considering bringing in a new mail system by as early as this year where mail will only be delivered 3 days a week. Sorry Pat, you’re role is coming to an end.
Gen Y club culture has us not daring to enter a bar before 11pm and feeling the pressure to stay until the wee hours of the morning, some even venturing through the night and putting heads to pillows while others wake for work. Is this something that we enjoy? I know I constantly ask myself this question. We force ourselves energy drinks through the night just to keep ourselves awake, while knowing the next day will be spent in bed craving food covered in grease.
So how do we fix it? With the latest fad of veggie juices and yoga classes sweeping the world, this London-based event could revolutionise the very concept of clubbing. Swap getting home at 6.30am for waking up ready to rave! With live DJ’s, yoga classes, massage areas & health juice bars – Morning Gloryville is arriving in Sydney next week! Kicking off on Wednesday 23rd July at 6.30am in Paddington, Morning Gloryville aims to promote an active life...in style.
This could be a great opportunity for those that are actually working part time in hospitality and are constantly missing out on the weekend partying action. Or if you just genuinely hate spending your Sundays hung over, this could be the alternative!
Whether you’re working casual, part time or even full time – this event is aimed for pre-work scheduling. Work to live, not live to work!
Don’t believe me? Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/MorningGloryvilleSydney
What do you think of pre-work clubbing, could this be the new thing? Comment below or tell us on Facebook: OneShiftJobs!
Mixing business with pleasure can be a fine balance & many people won’t shy away from telling you it’s a terrible idea. And sometimes…they’re right. Not always, just sometimes. In fact, I think you’ll be just as surprised as I was to learn the names of some huuugggge companies that began with a beautiful friendship...
Ben & Jerry’s
The much-loved ice-cream company was the baby of two best mates who bonded over being the chubbiest kids in gym class. Well, they had the last laugh. In 2000, they sold their company for $326 million!
Sass & Bide
The Sydney based fashion designers Heidi and Sarah-Jane began their label in 1999 and have now made the decision to leave (this month, actually!). In 2011, they sold 65% of the brand to Myer for over $42 million!
Three friends founded this mammoth company that is now ingrained in everyday life. The third friend, however, made an expensive mistake by backing out of the company on the 12th day, selling his shares for $800. Whoops.
The remaining friends, Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak continued. Just last year, Apple posted revenue of $157 billion. I’m still feeling sorry for the guy who left after 12 days, so much regret…
Info found: http://goo.gl/Uj4An6
When you go into business with a friend, it’s important to realise that it won’t be a part time job. The friendship will become full time as will the business.
So if you’re considering entering into a business deal with a friend, there are many things to consider. Here are a quick 3 things to take into mind before even considering venturing into this relationship:
Business is said to be like a marriage. You will be spending all your time with this person. Will you be able to make it through sickness and health? There will be ups and downs along the way, make sure it’s someone who you are able to go through these turmoil’s with.
This isn’t an “I’m being serious, that pant suit looks really great on you”. You should have skills and assets that differ from each other and will complement you both as partners. If one person is lacking in a major asset such as sales, then the other should be able to make up for it.
You need to share the same goals and opinions in order to achieve them.
“Find something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – This is what inspires us each day & something we hope to make a reality for all that join us at OneShift.
Well, now you’ve met the man who has really done it. Ben Southall has turned his love of adventure into the ultimate career! By now, you’ve read all about his amazing journeys, expeditions and achievements. Now he’s here to let you in on a little secret…how he made his dreams into a career & how you can do it too!
So here you have it ladies & gents, Ben Southall…
If you had to work an average job, what would it be and why?
Honestly? I don't think I’d survive! If I had to choose a career for the rest of my life I think I’d go back into organizing major events. There’s something wonderfully addictive about the logistical side of things for me, along with the excitement of the running the live event but the best feeling comes when it’s all wrapped up at 2am when the adrenaline finally stops flowing.
How did you turn your passion into your career?
There were two major events in my life that kick-started me from being a thinker to a do’er. I lost two great friends in separate tragic accidents who were travelling and exploring the world but never made it home. Life is far too short and can be over in an instant so taking every opportunity to live out the things some people only dream about has become my driving force.
In 2009 I embarked on my Afritrex adventure when I drove around Africa and this really opened my mind to other cultures and people, which gave me a different perspective of what actually matters in life.
During the expedition I ran five marathons and climbed the five highest mountains on the continent to raise money for charity. It was the start of a desire to push my physical boundaries further and to achieve more with each project I plan.
The expeditions sow the seed that adventures are achievable by anyone who’s brave enough to take a leap of faith and step outside what can be the rut of life. We have one chance on Planet Earth – use it!
Today I work with tourism organisations around the world to showcase the beauty of the natural world as a backdrop for my grueling challenges. It’s a good relationship to have, which fulfills my selfish need to travel and push myself harder, whilst inspiring others to do the same in their own way.
What advice do you give to those who are trying to break the office routine & live the dream?
It’s very easy to live within your comfort zone and never really test your mettle, but if you do the rewards are untold.
Embark on your own micro-adventure first to build your confidence; be that exploring your local park, climbing the local mountain or trying a new outdoors activity for the first time.
“If you don’t go, you never know” – words I try and live by every day.
The big goal in life is to find what you love and make it your career. Well, ladies and gentleman, meet the man that has done exactly that and more! Ben Southall has discovered his absolute love for adventure and brought his dreams to a reality. First of all, he was the Winner of The Best Job in The World 2009 where he was awarded the job of being Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef – I’ll just let that sink in for a moment.
He has presented his own television series on the National Geographic channel, written a book, set a world record for the fastest ascent of the tallest mountain in each state in Australia (all in 8 days), kayaked Captain Cook’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ down the east coast of Queensland, climbed five of Africa’s highest mountains as well as running five marathons on his Afritrex expedition…that will do for now.
Part 1 of The Ultimate Career we will chat to Ben about his adventurous life & all the amazing things he has seen and done. Part 2 will be released tomorrow where Ben reveals how he turned his dreams into a reality and what advice he has for others who wish to follow their feet, so stay tuned!
What is your official job title?
From the list above I still don’t know! I haven't used my degree in car design and engineering since I walked out the door of Kingston University in 1997 and since then I’ve been a tour guide, PR manager and event manager in South Africa and the UK.
The last five years in Australia have been an amalgamation of roles brought on by opening doors and opportunity – from television presenter to running my own production company and in the last couple of years I’ve embarked on a number of expeditions to set world records and inspire people to get outdoors and explore this wonderful planet.
As Winner of the Best Job in the World, you were the caretaker of the Islands of The Great Barrier Reef – what was the most amazing part of this job?
There were so many amazing experiences during the six months living on the Great Barrier Reef but the ones that stick in my mind are those that were unplanned and just happened. Being out on a small catamaran off Lindeman Island early one Sunday morning as a pod of Humpback Whales swam by was incredible. The largest of the group surfaced so close to me that it moved the boat!
Visiting the remote islands of the Torres Strait was another memorable experience; the beauty of these tiny islands and the hospitality of the people who live there will stay with me forever.
You’ve been on numerous adventures so far, what has been your most memorable?
I have a complete love of Africa and the rawness the continent delivers. Yes there are numerous problems that may never be solved but the people, the landscapes, the wildlife and the adventures that can be had there far outweigh the negatives.
When I think back to driving across the Sahara with a friend it makes me want to go back time and time again.
You’ve now seen more of Australia than the average Australian, what’s your favourite spot and why?
My perfect escape from the world has to be Lady Elliot Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a tiny coral cay but the owner Peter Gash has turned it into the most wonderful eco-retreat where nature forms the ultimate playground. I could snorkel, dive and photograph there forever!
I believe you are about to embark on your next adventure in New Zealand, can you tell us about that?
At the end of 2014 the Global Adventurers (a team of three friends – Luke, Pat and I) will attempt to set a world record for the fastest ever completion of New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks with our ‘New Zealand 9’ expedition. Totalling over 545km the adventure will traverse some of the toughest multi-day treks – taking only a day to run between 36 and 80km. One of the ‘walks’ is actually a 145km paddle so we’re training hard for a long day on the water too.
2015 looks pretty busy too. My wife, Sophee and I are shipping the same Land Rover I drove around Africa in (and consequently brought to Australia) to Singapore and then driving back to the UK over eight months.
Pretty amazing stuff, right? Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 where Ben reveals just how he did it all & how you can do it too...