Beyond Signup: 5 Need to Knows When Starting an eCommerce Store

One of the great things about the day and age we live in is the capacity to start something instantly. Whether its a song you’ve streamed, a online course to learn something with, and even a eCommerce business via sites like Amazon, eBay, or Shopify. Beyond any aspiration for money or fame, many creatives are drawn to starting a online business as it offers them the opportunity to create and contribute something.

What’s more, while there is nothing wrong with taking a ‘business-first’ approach to starting a new venture, a founder of a new enterprise who holds a creative energy and passion for it shall often find the growth of their business occurs far faster than someone who has identified a growth opportunity’, ‘developing trend’ or some of those important but technical terms that can fast take the life out of a party.

The trade off to this passion can often come with the particulars. While this shouldn’t be read as a suggestion creatives manage a broader business poorly – for often it’s the exact opposite as someone who ‘runs their own show’ must take responsibility for the ins and outs of their whole business – but … Click to continue reading

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Do I Specialise? and 4 Other Questions to Ask About a New Career

Challenges are not unique to any generation, and certainly travel across one from another. Yet, while few students in the post-war generations shall finish high school or university with a booming economy around them offering jobs across the board; current students, soon-to-be graduates, and those considering a career transition do indeed face some very unique challenges.

While there is much to celebrate and herald in the new and growing digital economy, with traditional industries dissipating, the nature of work evolving in many countries from a conventional 9-5 in 40 hour work week to a different measuring stick, and a higher cost of living in many cities and nations leaves many young people between the ages of 15-25 with many challenges ahead of them; and much uncertainty surrounding the path to navigate them.

Yet, there are 5 questions to consider when it comes to a new career that can prove useful in deciding where you wish to go, and how to navigate the challenges that surround it…… Click to continue reading

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‘Not Going Quietly’: Why Print Books, Flip Phones, and Old Cameras endure

 

You’ll know a tech launch when you see it. Often a dark stage, big visual backdrop, and a CEO who launches in casual gear. What follows thereafter varies widely dependent on the product, the company, and their audience. No less though, in a contemporary era where the tech world holds similar clout in a global agenda to hedge fund billionaires and political kingmakers, a common formula can be seen throughout: our new digital product shall do away with the old.

It could be a new ereader that promises to wave away your library, a new lens that asks you kiss goodbye to your old camera, and maybe even a skateboard that claims pushing is ‘so yesterday’. It also should be said many prudent companies are cautious, like Amazon – a veritable giant of the eBook realm but also remains a seller of print books – but the temptation of a marketing team is always there: ‘Go say our product is this generation’s game changer’.

Such claims make greats headline in 24/7 media, but going a little deeper reveals a reality: we are by no means near a digital-only world just yet. Sure, its known video is on the rise, Click to continue reading

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America’s 3 Most Influential Streets: Wall Street, K Street, and Sand Hill Road

3 streets in the USA determine much of the nation’s national affairs; and as a result much of the world’s political, economic, and tech outlook. Sure, other cities like LA for media and Detroit for autos have made large contributions to the wider national landscape, but these 3 streets are unique offering a ‘one stop shop’ factor to anyone who visits.

An awareness of these streets is important, what comes thereafter – whether celebration of the achievements of residents on this street or some cynicism surrounding their shortcomings – is up to you.

Rather, just like the way high fashion, night clubs, or sporting facilities often cluster around a certain part of town, so too is the shared street address of finance, politics, and tech powerhouses in the US just something that simply is.  Let’s begin…Click to continue reading

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The Arts and Australians: 7 Songs from the ‘Other Side’ of Oz

 

One of the great things about being an Australian is wherever you wander the world odds are good you’ll come across someone from close to home. Whether in old Tokyo, hiking the Appalachian trail, or in the foothills of Rome, if you’re really in a pinch debating who is better between Australia or the South Africa at Rugby a quick ‘tell him he’s dreaming!’ will get you a cheeky Aussie nearby ready to recall the nation’s great sporting moments.

What’s more, Australia ‘kicks goals’ world over. True, the nation’s culture isn’t perfect in all cultural exports – Vegemite is most certainly an acquired taste after all –  but criticisms of experiences with the locals Down Under more often center around a run in with an Emu over a over a hipster in Melbourne (though true, both dress in black and have skinny legs).

Were there one drawback to a cheery national identity though, it’s that some of our great and immense contributions to the arts can at times be overlooked. Sure, you know the words to Back in Black, Eagle Rock, have Friday on your Mind now and then –  and you always hear Click to continue reading

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Technical Writing 101: Where a New Writer can Start in The Field

Whether it is Saturday or Sunday where you find yourself in the world – and however your locale determines which day is special – the weekend usually brings with it some chance for reflection, consideration, and planning.

To some this may involve making promises to not have that extra drink next time, to others an acknowledgement its indeed to hop onto Facebook and affirm to the world your local eatery has lost a step.

To those in the sphere of writing and media though, oftentimes catching a moment’s breath shall further affirm in your mind that the industry as it exists today is indeed breathless. By no means is this a bad thing necessarily – being a pro cyclist or racing car driver means your daily work at the office is breathless – but the pace and scale of change means ongoing learning is important.

Racing car

‘Man my Monday’s are dull..’

While the pathways through a career in the media sphere (broadly defined as arts, communication, and design) are huge and immense, so too is the requirements of each field, and being great at just one or two things is no signification of failure. After all, Al Pacino is heralded as … Click to continue reading

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Rained Out: Melbourne and 3 Cities to Hail under Grey Skies

 

If you’re living there right now, or just reading the news from afar and checking the forecast you’ll know: the world’s most liveable city has been in a springtime snafu. While September is meant to be the start of warmer weather and a preview of summer, the past few days have seen far more people tempted to pack a snowboard over a surfboard for a weekend away.

Next Award: 'The World's most swimmable city?'

Pictured: Not exactly what Melburnians had in mind for springtime weather.

It should not be news weather can have a big impact on a city and region. This does not just apply to train delays, lost productivity in the workplace (as many may be inclined to stay under the covers and call in sick on a torrential day), but also to the positive effect of good weather on a locale.

With its eternally sunny climes – getting on average 293 days of sunshine in the city compared to New York’s 234 – Los Angeles long lingered as a natural choice to setup shop a century ago as the American capital of film making. Further south you’ve a city like San Diego, heralded as having one of the greatest climates in the worldClick to continue reading

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