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  1. Decide if you want to buy property wholesale or retail. At retail you will pay a premuim and work through an Estate Agent. If wholesale then decide where you want to be in the property development cycle. The earlier in the cycle the more you will save but the higher the risk. Risk is only applicable when you don't know something you should know. Create a company and run your property development as a project using a commercial bank as a financier. Interrest is then capitalised and payable only at the end of the project. A commercial bank will only provide a 60% loan so you will need 40% own equity. A possible way around this is to find a property you can sub-divide; get own DA approval & BA approval- that will add instant value to the land and cover at least 20% of the original equity you needed. Contract the building experts directly (surveyor, civil eng, architect and Master Builders Assoc certified builders - there is a proven method how to go about it. This may then become your investment property instead while you rather rent in your preferred suburb. The taxman and tennant pays off the property. If you do you feasibility analysis you may find that the property is positively geared because a commercial bank will not give a loan if the net profits is not 20% So with a bit of homework can save a bundle :-) Have fun!
  2. Don't read too much in the economic figures and unemployment figures. The stimulus packages skewed the statistical results. However, with $400b approved projects in the pipeline it will just be a matter of time before you will the biggest boom ever. Be ready, be there and be part of it as quickly as possible I have just updated our website to reflect market segmentation for WA See Perth Business Services - Home Regards
  3. Perth markets are even tighter now and accountants have much less work....except for those involved in winding up businesses. The only way is to go and seek your own contracts i.e supplying a financial service to the small businesses (but some can't pay). However the government offers a NEIS program for those who want to start a small business. Do a MYOB course first - you may also be subsidised. Then attend all the small buss courses at your local Small Buss Development Corp - NOT FOR THE CONTENT - you will meet new business owners that will need a bookkeeper / aca accountant. i.e market your lowest skills that is in demand first. On my website I have a booklet on "selling through others" Hope it helps!
  4. I am a consultant in the WA Trade Contractor Industry. I have just rewritten an ebook, splitted into a 5-part series, on "5-steps on how to sell (smarter) through others in the Trade Contractors Industry" The point is that this may also be applicable to those who want to find a job in the hidden job market. You can download a summary at: PERTH BUSINESS CONSULTANTS - Home The content: 1.Introduction 2.Our intent and our intended readers 3.The sales process in 5-steps: Partner Relationships 3.1.Lead Generation – working through entities of influence 3.1.1.Lead generation – ad hoc hosting 3.1.2.Lead generation – strategic alliances 3.1.3.Lead generation – endorsement by host 3.1.4.Lead generation – referrals 3.2.How to reach those entities of influence 3.3.Why will entities of influence help you? 3.4.Lead generation – finding the invisible market 4.Your first contact 4.1.Your selling Purpose. 4.2.Action Plan 4.3.Outline reasons for your call 4.4.Agreement 5.Your appointment 5.1.Uncovering the real needs 6.Smart selling – Partner Relationship 7.Your selling behavioural style 8.Finally - what gets you the sale? 9.Conversion from leads to prospects to customers 10.Moving towards a Partner Relationship 11.Conclusion APPENDIX A - Next Meeting Planner APPENDIX B – The Octagon Behavioural questionnaire and self score I believe that the concept of identifying "entities of influence" for your job market may be very applicable - although seen from an employer's side. This is based on the work I have published for migrants to WA here: Perth Business Services - Home Trust that it helps!
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    Tradies - Job Leads

    I am a consultant in the WA Trade Contractor Industry. I have just rewritten an ebook, splitted into a 5-part series, on "5-steps on how to sell (smarter) through others in the Trade Contractors Industry" The point is that this may also be applicable to those who want to find a job in the hidden job market. You can download a summary at: PERTH BUSINESS CONSULTANTS - Home The content: 1.Introduction 2.Our intent and our intended readers 3.The sales process in 5-steps: Partner Relationships 3.1.Lead Generation – working through entities of influence 3.1.1.Lead generation – ad hoc hosting 3.1.2.Lead generation – strategic alliances 3.1.3.Lead generation – endorsement by host 3.1.4.Lead generation – referrals 3.2.How to reach those entities of influence 3.3.Why will entities of influence help you? 3.4.Lead generation – finding the invisible market 4.Your first contact 4.1.Your selling Purpose. 4.2.Action Plan 4.3.Outline reasons for your call 4.4.Agreement 5.Your appointment 5.1.Uncovering the real needs 6.Smart selling – Partner Relationship 7.Your selling behavioural style 8.Finally - what gets you the sale? 9.Conversion from leads to prospects to customers 10.Moving towards a Partner Relationship 11.Conclusion APPENDIX A - Next Meeting Planner APPENDIX B – The Octagon Behavioural questionnaire and self score I believe that the concept of identifying "entities of influence" for your job market may be very applicable - although seen from the other side. Trust that it helps!
  6. I have put together a process to help people with a career transition. You can view it here: Perth Business Services - Home Hope it helps!
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    plumbers in perth

    Check out the Master Plumbers & Gas Assoc Master Plumbers WA - Home
  8. I thought to share the following information with you all. There exist a need in the Australian job market where employees can communicate directly to prospective employers who are looking for suitable employment. This is all part of finding the hidden job market where positions exist but according to recruitment agents they cannot find suitable candidates. Until now; I came across this website Home • Mineblogger • Connecting People and Resources. Jody Elliott is the innovative drive behind this concept and with permission I publish her email to me below: “This is only phase one – our intent is to assist employers to become comfortable with the idea of blogging or posting messages and engaging with candidates in bite sizes and in a less formal sense. Our ultimate objective is to create the premier website for the Australian Resources Sector which includes a job board, blogging, video conferencing, candidate profiles, and webpages for every employer that can be changed as often as they wish..... and a whole lot more. It is intended that we create a hub for employers only (no agencies) and where candidates don’t have to search every careers page – it’s all there at their fingertips. Industry are moving away from SEEK because it’s too full of agencies. If you click on now, only 10% of the nearly 5,000 oil, gas and mining jobs are posted by employers. The problem is then, there is no aggregated location for all direct employer opportunities. That is just one of the gaps we will fill. The idea of the blog is to provide the background story to the job opportunity. As an industry, we are extremely poor at communicating the real story to candidates. As Manager Recruitment with BHP Billiton, I was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t quickly and effectively communicate when we were doing roadshows, how many applications were received for apprenticeships and why so many wouldn’t have got a shot, what specific projects were underway in our organisation etc. Trying to change the average careers webpage is nearly impossible for large organisations. Your question is probably best answered by creating an individual login and reading what is already on the blog posts. We’re just preparing this week’s which will go live Sunday night/Monday morning. We provide a balance between where the career opportunities are now and coming down the track, together with educating candidates on job search strategies and skill specific to our industry. I hope this assists. Kind regards, Jody Jody Elliott, Chief Blogger E: info@mineblogger.com.au Please post your finding.
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    Calling All South Africans

    Hi Kaztayli, There are many SA'ffrs in Oz and on this forum. I have mentioned this in some of the other South African related threads. Perhaps you would like to visit the SA forum at: SAAustralia Forums (Powered by Invision Power Board) There you may get contact details of people in South Africa that can help with all the different aspects of your visa applications.
  10. Hi Heidi1234, There are many SA'ffrs in Oz and on this forum. Been now 3 years in Perth. Love it to pieces. Perhaps you would like to visit the SA forum at: SAAustralia Forums (Powered by Invision Power Board) Unfortunately some comments may be in Afrikaans but 80% will be in english. In general everyone fits in well. There are now quite a few on a 457Visas who has been retrenched due to the economic downturn - and could not find a new sponsor in 28-days and had to return. Less than 1% wants to return, not to say that they don't miss their families and loved ones, but we realise that being able to immigrate is a previllige...and will do almost anything to make it work.
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    South Africans in Oz

    There are many SA'ffrs in Oz and on this forum. Been now 3 years in Perth. Love it to pieces. Perhaps you would like to visit the SA forum at: SAAustralia Forums (Powered by Invision Power Board) Unfortunately some comments may be in Afrikaans but 80% will be in english. In general everyone fits in well. There are now quite a few on a 457Visas who has been retrenched due to the economic downturn - and could not find a new sponsor in 28-days and had to return. Less than 1% wants to return, not to say that they don't miss their families and loved ones, but we realise that being able to immigrate is a previllige...and will do almost anything to make it work. Let me know how I can help!
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    Im not suitable.......

    Another way of doing it is to see what trade type jobs (cookery, hair stylist, carer) are currently in high demand on the job search engines. Pick five that won't take a lifetime of studies. Check if they then appear on the Vocational Occupation List. Ensure you know what certification studies are required, if they it will be accepted in Oz and once completed that you will pass the skilled migration test. Obviously the risk is that the job requirements may change - but just go and do it. Sorry cannot really help but good luck
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    Migration agent Help!

    Sorry for asking a stupid question but why do you need an agent? Except if you are very time poor. Here is enough help available from very knowledgable people on this forum (and other similar forums) that will help you all the way. Initially it always seems more difficult than what it really is! Good luck
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    457 skills question

    ---------------------------- Visa 457 ---------------------------- Long Term Temporary Resident (Subclass 457) This visa class allows Australian employers to sponsor temporary residence visas for foreign workers. There are three steps involved. The employer is required to be an approved Business Sponsor (they can apply for this - it takes around 4 weeks for approval, provided they meet the criteria). At this time, they can request a specific number of visas. Once approved as a Business Sponsor, the employer then has 2 years to allocate the approved visa spots to specific positions. So, they may use one to bring on a Developer, one for a Sales Professional, one for a Recruiter, etc. Provided the position is listed in the ASCO listings (see link below for these) there should be no problem with this. This process is called the Nomination. At the same time, they can specify that they have already identified the person that they would like to fill the role. The third step is the Visa Application, where the employee applies for the nominated visa position. If the employee meets the criteria specified in the nomination, is under the age of 45, and has a clear medical check, then the visa should be issued. Pros It's quick! Once an employer is an approved Business Sponsor, then the actual nomination and application process can take as little as 2 weeks, although more often than not, it takes around 4-6 weeks. Many companies (like mine) apply for multiple visas every two years, so that they can move quickly once a candidate has been identified. This is why we always stress that you should go ahead and apply for positions on websites, even though they say only residents can apply. Many, if not most, of the bigger companies, are already approved sponsors. Immediate Family, ie spouse/partner and dependant children can accompany the primary sponsor and have unrestricted work rights. No Points System! Visas are granted on the basis of the visa applicant being suited to the position. For those with no tertiary education, this is a godsend. Pathway to Permanent Residence!. The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows employers to sponsor their 457 temporary residents for Permanent Residency after the have worked in Australia on a fulltime basis for 2 years, and have been with the sponsoring employer for at least the last 12 months. ENS also has no points system, and provided that you pass the medical and character checks, the process can again be quick (anything from 6 weeks to 6 months). Cons Work Restrictions! The 457 visa restricts you from working for anyone other than the sponsoring employer. If you leave them, you need to find another employer that is willing to sponsor you, or else leave the country. Because you need 2 years employment under the same code for ENS, you'll also need to make sure that your new employer uses the same code. However, it is a relatively simple process to move, and if you have good skills, then companies are often happy to become your sponsor. I have personally changed employers since arriving last year in November, and there was no problem with it. 4 of my colleagues at my previous company have also all moved on to new sponsors. A 457 visa grants Temporary Residence only. This means that you will not have access to state benefits like Medicare or Family Assistance / other Social Security benefits. In some states, temporary residents are required to pay School Fees, even in public school. In NSW, these fees are $4500-$5000 per child per annum. The whole feeling of only being Temporary can feel quite unsettling. However, at the end of the day, 2 years can go by at a rapid speed and you will be eligible to apply for ENS sooner than you think! In summary, the 457 is a great option if you don't qualify on the points system, or want to move quickly. Although it can be soul destroying to continously apply for positions and be rejected on the basis of residency, keep at it! There are many of us on the forum (and many of the Hosts) that have secured our visas in this way. If at all possible, identify the big employers in your field and approach them directly. If they are prepared to consider sponsorship, and if you can afford it, try to come out for a week and meet with them personally. My sister and her husband did this and both got job offers, with sponsorships, as a result. It's worth it if you can afford it. I will try to put together something similar for the 136 (Skilled Independant Visa) in the next month or so. Meantime, I hope this answers at least a couple of questions. Here's a link to the ASCO Codes. 1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997
  15. Word-of-mouth is the best..but it may be too late by the time you hear about it. The biggest secret which I have only learned about recently is a company that provides all project related information for commercial and large residential contracts. No, I am not affiliated to them at all. Just upset because I didnt know about them earlier. They don't advertise in the public space. Only directly to EPCM and project houses i.e those that employ and sub-contract. BCI Australia While they may be expensive for an individual, a few may pool together...form a bricklayer brokerage. Obviously this applies to all Trade. Let me know it this is useful to some!
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