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Setting up your home office for success

Done the wrong way, working from home can be like turning a blender on without the lid fastened. Mess spread everywhere and a lot of mopping up and stress. However, if you are purposeful about working from home – whether that is an occasional or permanent arrangement – it can literally change your life. You just have to know how to do it.

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Empathy is a superpower

Today I found myself vulnerably reaching out to a professional for assistance for my son and felt that I was not understood or validated. It felt like crap. At first I was angry (and I had to struggle not to give this lady an earful). But then I got off the call, took a deep breath and stepped back.

I understood that is how some of my clients must feel when they think about dealing with a lawyer.

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How to hire a virtual assistant

You are up at midnight (again) sending emails. All the coffee in the world isn’t helping keep those tired and bloodshot eyes open. As your head smashes into your keyboard for the third time you think to yourself, “if only I had some help, I could get some sleep and devote more times to my family …….. but I can’t afford it”.

Sound familiar?

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Employee or contractor – what’s the difference? And why you could be fined if you don’t do it the right way

Is your team member an independent contractor or an employee?

Get it wrong and you can be fined up to $63,000 for sham contracting arrangements AND face further penalties for failing to meet PAYG withholding requirements and a superannuation guarantee charge.

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Who should own the remote work equipment?

You may ask WHY all this stuff is required?

The short answer is to protect both parties but in particular to avoid the employer being sued when a data breach occurs and confidential client information is stolen because an employee or contractor has not updated their anti-virus software or followed correct company procedure in sharing information.

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Is the way of the future a visual contract?

A visual contract is a way of creating a binding legal contract without really complex words and legal jargon. Rather, it contains pictures, words and flow charts.

Why? Consider that many of the people who read contracts are not lawyers. in fact, they may not be well educated, or English could be their second language.

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Why you need a work from home policy for your remote workers

 I cannot advocate more strongly for employers to hire a remote team or permit their existing employees to work remotely, at least part of the time.  There are numerous productivity and employee engagement benefits to working from home.  However, you need a work from home policy before you hire a remote worker or permit your existing employees to work from home.

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