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Old Jun 13th 2010, 11:41 pm   #16
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To PP...I see that creativity and printing have cropped up a few times now on this thread.

If you are creative, you can combine the two by offering a Design and Print service. There is not much in terms of $$ per hour for the Design aspect but that is the bit I enjoy. I then make my money on the printing. The other day I had to spend wads on some paper. I tentitively asked for a discount and got $5.00 a ream off. No argument. At $36.50 a ream, it was worth it.

I do offer a print only service but to be honest, most people haven't got a clue about layout etc and the files that they bring along are rubbish. The problem is that if you print it and it looks crap, it has your name on it. So I usually manage to convince them that I know best and redo it for them.

I am not at all artistic but seem to have got on well with CAD.

I bought a completely refurbished Toshiba E451 C second hand for $2,500.00 which included a new drum and new ink. Something similar new will cost $12-13,000. You need to check previous usage levels of course.
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After selling our sign/digital print business in the UK we moved over here but I wanted to go with a job that returned some creative job satisfaction so we started a business called Breeze Photos, we produce canvas pictures ... it's really rewarding and if you have a passion for something, I recommend anybody starting a new life over here to give it a go ..... we have just sold our 6th franchise and are loving every minute of it!
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To PP...I see that creativity and printing have cropped up a few times now on this thread.

If you are creative, you can combine the two by offering a Design and Print service. There is not much in terms of $$ per hour for the Design aspect but that is the bit I enjoy. I then make my money on the printing. The other day I had to spend wads on some paper. I tentitively asked for a discount and got $5.00 a ream off. No argument. At $36.50 a ream, it was worth it.

I do offer a print only service but to be honest, most people haven't got a clue about layout etc and the files that they bring along are rubbish. The problem is that if you print it and it looks crap, it has your name on it. So I usually manage to convince them that I know best and redo it for them.

I am not at all artistic but seem to have got on well with CAD.

I bought a completely refurbished Toshiba E451 C second hand for $2,500.00 which included a new drum and new ink. Something similar new will cost $12-13,000. You need to check previous usage levels of course.
Ive just been on Seek.com looking for creative jobs/opportunities
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I think there are plenty of business opportunities to be had in Australia if you have the spunk to carry out some hard work.

Here's a very interesting radio show about making a career change from ABC Radio....

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters...10/2911305.htm

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I to have been contemplating setting up my own business,, a not for profit one though because it would be to help people quit smoking, the stop smoking sevice here is terrible,, no drop in sessions/closed groups in the local community, people want more than a helpline, they want face to face in depth holistic counselling, I would be happy to link in with the Nicotine replacement therapy companies, tried emailing them, to no avail, starting a new job now so dont know when & how I could get my service up & running?????

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Ive been working from home today and inbetween doing stuff, Ive been googling things, nothing in particular, or perhaps inspiration to help me get writing again.

In fact now work email is switched off, I am googling again - still not knowing quite where to start but looking for anything to plant ideas.

That didnt make sense, Im sorry - I shall go back to googling.
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I to have been contemplating setting up my own business,, a not for profit one though because it would be to help people quit smoking, the stop smoking sevice here is terrible,, no drop in sessions/closed groups in the local community, people want more than a helpline, they want face to face in depth holistic counselling, I would be happy to link in with the Nicotine replacement therapy companies, tried emailing them, to no avail, starting a new job now so dont know when & how I could get my service up & running?????

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Have often dreamed of working for myself like you PP - and have also shared Mr PP dream of a cafe - some one said to me recently that 'fear if the thief of dreams' - ok so money, or lack of it also helps but where there is a will there is a way.

I recently put together a 5 year plan, determined to be doing something completely different and possible for myself at the end of that time frame. On Monday I took the first step by enrolling on the course that will help get me where I want to be. Gonna be damned hard work fitting in the study with full time work and the kids BUT i really really want this and Im the only person that can make it happen.......

......as are you! Go for it babe, work out what you want to do and jump right on in! You will be fab xxx
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Have often dreamed of working for myself like you PP - and have also shared Mr PP dream of a cafe - some one said to me recently that 'fear if the thief of dreams' - ok so money, or lack of it also helps but where there is a will there is a way.

I recently put together a 5 year plan, determined to be doing something completely different and possible for myself at the end of that time frame. On Monday I took the first step by enrolling on the course that will help get me where I want to be. Gonna be damned hard work fitting in the study with full time work and the kids BUT i really really want this and Im the only person that can make it happen.......

......as are you! Go for it babe, work out what you want to do and jump right on in! You will be fab xxx
I cant wait till you can come over, we can put the world to rights over a bottle of wine
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Hi,
I'm an IT professional with 18 years experience. What are the possiblities for a start up IT firm somewhere in Melly or Sydney in the following areas mainly focusing on small business initially.

1. Webdesigning & Electronic Commerce (ecommerce)
2. Computer Hardware and complete Network solutions (LAN/WAN) etc
4. Turnkey Business/ITConsulting solutions

Anyone having similar thoughts? or have done already

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I cant wait till you can come over, we can put the world to rights over a bottle of wine
Me neither - though dont think its gonna be this weekend as hoped. Im strapped up and in a sling with a knackered AC joint in my shoulder. Week off work and some lovely drugs helping but not sure i will be drivin anywhere other than physio
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