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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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    In a pickle

    I will send you a PM with contact details. This lady is brilliant!
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    In a pickle

    Firstly I want to say I truely understand your dilema and with empathy. I have met many in a similar situation (guys with PHds). In fact I have done an in-depth study with practical experience to determine how one can change your own circumstances. Unfortunately many people wait to long before they ask for help - which provides you with more stress and with less choices. On my website (Perth Migrant Support) below you will find all the information you need. How to assess your own transferable skills, career transition, find a niche, create a business network and selling your self. Also if you need to start a small business. I sincerely hope that this will help!
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    Job needed for a plumber

    In short the small plumbers struggle to employ. A better bet may be to get hold of your Chamber of Commerce Directory (not Yellow Oages). Search for Gas & Plumbers and call them. Why - sometimes they state the size of the business. Pick the larger ones. If you already know who are the bigger guys then this option may not be for you. Buy yourself a database ($400) from Impact List and make your selection criteria for plumbers larger than 15 employees in your geographical area of choice. Hope it helps
  19. You need to consider to retrain. In order to provide advice in the insurance industry you need to be recertified as a Financial Planner. If you need a contact check the Financial Service Providers on our website below: Perth migrant support
  20. In short, every trade is protected. Look at your Trade's associated association and see what certification is required. Don't rely on your migration agent for all the answers - it is a complex field
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    buying a Business/Franchise

    This info may be out dated. Please verify. ---------------------------------------- Business Visas ---------------------------------------- STATE / TERRITORY SPONSORED BUSINESS OWNER (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 163 Who can apply: Business people intending to establish a business in Australia. What it entitles you to: A 4-year work visa. Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 55, must be able to demonstrate that they have at least four years' successful business experience in a senior management role; that their current business has had a turnover of at least $300,000 in 2 of the previous 4 years; that their business and personal assets have a net value of at least $250,000 and that they have adequate assets to finance the new venture and to support themselves whilst the business is being established; they must also demonstrate that they have carefully researched the market and must submit a detailed business plan. They must obtain sponsorship from the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government. Further Information: The proposal must be shown to offer benefit to Australia. Once the business has been successfully established, a permanent visa may be applied for BUSINESS OWNER (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 160 Who can apply: Business people intending to establish a business in Australia. What it entitles you to: A 4-year work visa. Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 45, must be able to demonstrate that they have at least four years' successful business experience in a senior management role; that their current business has had a turnover of at least $500,000 in 2 of the previous 4 years; that their business and personal assets have a net value of at least $500,000 and that they have adequate assets to finance the new venture and to support themselves whilst the business is being established; they must also demonstrate that they have carefully researched the market and must submit a detailed business plan. They must notify the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government, but do not need to obtain sponsorship. Further Information: The proposal must be shown to offer benefit to Australia. Once the business has been successfully established, a permanent visa may be applied for. STATE / TERRITORY SPONSORED INVESTOR (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 165 Who can apply: Business people willing to invest $750,000 in Australia What it entitles you to:. A 4-year provisional visa Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 55, must be able to demonstrate that, they have at least three years' experience of direct involvement in managing one or more businesses or investments that their assets have a net value of at least $1,125,000 and that they can demonstrate a high level of management skill in relation to investment or business activity. They must obtain sponsorship from the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government. Further Information: The proposal must show that they intend to maintain a business or an investment in Australia after the designated investment has matured. At this point, a permanent visa may be applied for. INVESTOR (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 162 Who can apply: Business people willing to invest $1,500,000 in Australia What it entitles you to:. A 4-year provisional visa Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 45, must be able to demonstrate that, they have at least three years' experience of direct involvement in managing one or more businesses or investments that their assets have a net value of at least $2,250,000 and that they can demonstrate a high level of management skill in relation to investment or business activity. They must notify the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government, but do not need to obtain sponsorship. Further Information: The proposal must show that they intend to maintain a business or an investment in Australia after the designated investment has matured. At this point, a permanent visa may be applied for. STATE / TERRITORY SPONSORED SENIOR EXECUTIVE (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 164 Who can apply: Senior Executives intending to establish a business in Australia What it entitles you to:. A 4-year work visa Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 55, must be able to demonstrate that, for at least two of the last four years, they have occupied a position in the 3 highest levels of the management structure of a major business; that their assets have a net value of at least $250,000 and that they have adequate assets to finance the new venture and to support themselves whilst the business is being established; they must also demonstrate that they have carefully researched the market and must submit a detailed business plan. They must obtain sponsorship from the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government. Further Information: The proposal must be shown to offer benefit to Australia. Once the business has been successfully established, a permanent visa may be applied for SENIOR EXECUTIVE (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY - sub class 161 Who can apply: Senior Executives intending to establish a business in Australia What it entitles you to:. A 4-year provisional visa Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 45, must be able to demonstrate that, for at least two of the last four years, they have occupied a position in the 3 highest levels of the management structure of a major business; that their assets have a net value of at least $500,000 and that they have adequate assets to finance the new venture and to support themselves whilst the business is being established; they must also demonstrate that they have carefully researched the market and must submit a detailed business plan. They must notify the appropriate regional authority of a State or Territory government, but do not need to obtain sponsorship. Further Information: The proposal must be shown to offer benefit to Australia. Once the business has been successfully established, a permanent visa may be applied for BUSINESS TALENT VISA (Permanent) - sub class 132 Who can apply: Substantially wealthy business people who intend a significant business activity and who need to be resident to execute the business plan. What it entitles you to:. A permanent residence visa Terms & Conditions: Applicants, aged less than 55, must be able to demonstrate: - minimum net business equity in the home country business of $400,000, - annual turnover in the home country business of $3 million (2 of last 4 years), - minimum net personal assets of $1.5 million, able to be transferred to Australia A proposal for State sponsorship must first be made, which will include substantial research - much of it conducted by the applicant, with total investment (applicant funds plus commercial loans) at well over one million dollars, expectation of many new jobs to be created, supported by a thorough business plan with conditional agreements between suppliers or partners etc. - in effect, this will read as an “all set business, just waiting to go”. Further Information: Once sponsorship has been obtained, the proposal will then have to be approved by DIMA. Enjoy. I do have a few businesses available for a private deal.
  22. You dont need to register a business name. You can work in your own name. As sole Trader you can use your existing File Tax Number. You must get Public Liability Insurance to to value of $5m-$10m. If you work from home you need Home Occupation License from the Local Government. The rules are different between these departments for each occupation. Similarly if you want to setup a workshop from home. If you rent you must obtain permission from the landlord. If you need to employ people look for the business.gov.au website for relevant info. These are just formalities and simple to adhere to. If you need market research about your trade then go to our sister website. While it is mainly for WA the links to IBISworld is for Australia. Look under economy info. See Perth Business Services - Home
  23. In general getting sponsorship is difficult, especially in this current economic climate. Many 457Visa holders are losing their jobs and battle to get a new sponsor. While not impossible, what I attempted to do is helping prospective migrant with market research information to enable you to look at various other career options. See Perth Business Services - Home Another possibility is to purchase a small profitable business or equity in a business and obtain a 132Visa. I have a few opportunities available.
  24. I found this very useful document that provides a quarterly Sensis® Business Index is an ongoing series of surveys tracking the confidence and behaviour of Australia's small and medium enterprises (SMEs). http://www.about.sensis.com.au/media/pdf/SBA-Archive/sba/sbi/2008/November2008SensisBusinessIndex.pdf You will notice that it covers all states and most industries. Once you identified the performance of your market segment of interest, you can view an indepth research report here: http://www.ibisworld.com.au/ Now for the good news: These reports are expensive but can be viewed at now charge at your nearest WA Small Business Development Centre http://www.sbdc.com.au/drilldown/drilldown.asp?refid=5
  25. Someone asked me what can he go and study part-time that will help him to get easier access into the mining industry or Resources. Most jobs ask for 2-5 yrs mining experience. He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant (but not registered in Australia) with 7 years Corporate Finance experience. On another thread someone mentioned: Health & Safety and Bluecard What else? He wants to stay in finance but needs to understand the "mining-language" Please help?
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