Nov 25 2014

Find Local Bookkeepers in St Kilda

It’s great the move to online cloud based services these days but for bookkeeping I really like having someone local that can pop in. I have looked at all that cloud based stuff and at this stage I still think it’s a novelty. There’s not yet an adequate substitute for having someone in to do the bookkeeping.


I use MP Bookkeeping because they are on top of all that remote stuff and can do plenty of things from off site but when I need bookkeepers in St. Kilda it is never a problem for them. It is nice knowing I have a local bookkeeper who is all over the cutting edge stuff but not at the expense of old-fashioned service.

Nov 24 2014

Gold Coast Storage, Long & Short Term

I had a month between my old and new places where I really didn’t want to bother with moving twice. I ended up taking everything to Woodhouse Removals and crashing at a friends place for the time. It was a great solution and ended up working really well.


As it happened I got offered a new job in Sydney on a twelve-month contract. A month of gold coast storage turned into twelve and Woodhouse Removals didn’t mind a bit. The prices just got cheaper and cheaper, not that it mattered, my new company were happy to foot the bill. When I decided to make the move to Sydney permanent, amazingly Woodhouse helped me with the interstate removal as well. They were amazing.

Nov 23 2014

Better Car Broker Brisbane Deserves


If there’s one thing I really hate it’s messing around negotiating prices for things. Whether it’s for a phone plan or a car or a new home. I know my limitations and am pretty time poor. There are plenty of good people out there prepared to do all the legwork for you and while some are scam artists, others really offer a wonderful service.

You want to look for the company that offers you fee transparency rather than some sort of complicated commission structure, and one with plenty of experience and industry connections. I found a great car broker Brisbane service that totally fit that mould called Ryan the Negotiator. I’ve used him twice now for my sons car and my wife’s car. I like buying new for the safety features and he really takes the pain out of that.

Nov 19 2014

Professional Indemnity Insurance a Must

Having insurance is not a simple game of pluses and minuses. For us it has never been abut making sure we get our money’s worth or anything like that. We pay a little bit of money each month so that when we have a problem, as we invariably do from time to time… we’re not hit with a single lump sum loss to our business.


One of the first things I advise people when they ask me about starting out, I say speak to BRIC. They have provided us with professional indemnity insurance for over ten years and they’ve never been anything but supportive when it really counted. The rates are good, the service is excellent and the insurance is comprehensive.

Nov 15 2014

Melbourne Removalists For Valuable Art

I have a pretty impressive art collection that is more or less my adult life’s work. My late father got me into art collecting and I’ve never seen anyone with such a keen eye as him. I like to think I’ve inherited some of that and collecting has been both a pleasure and profitable for a very long time.

I recently decided to move my collection into a small gallery my partner is curating and we were really concerned about moving what has become a very valuable collection.


We eventually decided we would entrust McClure’s Moving & Storage with the delicate task. They really filled us with confidence, that they would treat our art with absolute care and attention and it’s something we just couldn’t find from other Melbourne removalists. They did a sterling job and were extremely professional.

Nov 12 2014

A Bond Loan on a Great Home


Bond loans are pretty easy to get if you have a reliable credit history. We’re usually talking small sums of money when compared with home or even car loans and it’s more about easing financial pressure than it is about affording something you otherwise simply couldn’t.

A bond loan is certainly something to look at when relocating even if you can afford your bond, simply because it allows you to keep that cash available for other things, at what is usually a very manageable, low interest rate. Of course it needs to be simple and straightforward and for that it is best to speak to The Personal Loan Store. This is precisely the kind of thing they specialise in and I’m a big fan.

Nov 3 2014

Online Shoe Store With More

Shoes were probably the first thing I started buying online years and years ago. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing but with shoes I guess I just kind of accept that sometimes looking the part is more important than actually being comfortable, after all beauty hurts.

I’m a bit older and a bit wiser these days. There are companies I definitely know not to buy from and online shoe stores I feel completely comfortable with. Naturalizer are the last word for me when I want something comfortable and well made. I love the range they have on the website and knowing whatever kind of shoes I buy they will have the same commitment to quality. That’s something that still impresses me with every pair I buy.



Oct 28 2014

Ace Mobile Melbourne

Today I thought I’d look at the merits of mobile mechanics in Melbourne and more specifically, Ace Mechanics. Mobile mechanics have been a thing in Melbourne for quite some time now but local consumers still overwhelmingly rely on workshop mechanics for car maintenance. Studies show that most people still think the quality and service you get at a shop is necessarily better than what is available from mobile mechanics but this may be unwarranted.


In independent test, as often the opposite was true and I guess the old common sense rule applies. Good workers do good work. You can blame your tools but these days most mobile mechanics are equipped with everything you need for most services. Ace Mobile Mechanics are among the best that will come to you, wherever you are.

Oct 1 2014

Thanks to The Designer Bridal Room, I had the wedding I’d always dreamed of


Ever since I was a little girl, I longed for the day when I would walk down the aisle in a beautiful white dress and have all eyes on me. Call me old fashioned, but secretly every girl wants it too, even if they don’t admit it or pretend they don’t mind. My partner and I had been together for 7 years and I was so ready when he proposed that I said yes before he’d even finished asking! Straight away, I switched into “bride-to-be” mode and began planning. First things first, I wanted to find the dress. THE dress. A girlfriend of mine had recommended I try The Designer Bridal Room, and while I was keen to find something on my own I admit I was blown away by their dresses. After a quick browse I found a dress that I absolutely fell in love with. It was perfect – an elegant white strapless gown. I tried it on and it fit perfectly. They were able to make a small alteration I requested without a problem, too. They really understand that this is the most special day of any woman’s life and they bent over backwards to make sure I was happy. And I was. Extremely. They’re the best bridal stores Melbourne has to offer, trust me.

Sep 22 2014

Quick, easy, secure and safe. Speak with Housing Bond Loans next time you move.


I’ve lived with a mate of mine on the northern beaches in Sydney for close to 5 years now. That is, until I was unceremoniously kicked out after his new fiancé moved in. Thanks, guys. I found myself having to find a new place very quickly – I definitely wanted to stay in the area but the rental market is a nightmare. There would’ve been more than two dozen people at every inspection I went to, and it seemed as though I’d have to settle for somewhere else. Another friend of mine gave me some great advice – to check out some bond loans. I’d never heard of them, but apparently a company by the name of Housing Bond Loans provides short term loans to cover the costs of the bond at new rentals. It gave me an edge, as it meant I could pay the bond to the landlord quicker than any of the other applicants. Approval was almost straight away, and the money was in my account by the next day. Brilliant! I was approved for the house, and I got all my stuff in there and out of my old place before my mate and his wife-to-be turned my room into the guest room.