Business essentials and raindrops…

We’ve had some lovely rain today.  It’s brought the temperature down and made the garden and the birds very happy! And most of the residents of the Perth area as well, I’m sure.

I spent this morning researching topics to put into my Intro to Computers course. I want to put together a set of modules so that I can easily tailor the course depending on the learners needs.I also looked into the Information and Communications Training package to see which units I think I’ll be able to incorporate into the course. There are a couple of options there.

Then I looked into options for business cards. I went to OfficeWorks and priced cards that I can print myself. $50 for 200 269gsm cards, plus the cost of ink and the time it would take to print them myself. And then would I end up with a professional looking product? I don’t think so. 260gsm seems to be the heaviest weight card you can get to go through the inkjet printer. A professional printer would probably print on 360gsm card. Quite a difference; and quite a difference in finished product. I priced having them done at a printer. I can get them done for $99 for 1000 cards, plus GST and the cost of artwork which will probably be about $50. All depending on how fancy I want to get – not so fancy at all.

I also emailed our accountant for some advice, and spent some time on the ATO website looking at information on starting a small business, paticularly on record keeping. There’s a good guide to record keeping that the ATO puts out for small business.

Still a lot of work to be done, but it’s keeping me busy and out of trouble.

Rain, beautiful rain…

It was raining when we woke this morning. I think it might have rained all night. The wind was also blowing. Very strong wind. Anywhere else they’d call it a gale.  The fence was creaking. We could hear it from inside. Loud and clear.  And from outside you could see the movement. I think the capping is the only thing holding the damaged section together.We hadn’t heard anything from the fencer – no quote or report for the insurance company so I called him. He blamed the office and had them send it out late in the day. While the price is what we expected, his report is nothing more than a note on the quote. And his quote was only for 11 metres, not for the full 25m. Probably because, even though his note/report states that the remainder of the fence is only held up by the shadecloth that is attached between the fence and the house, he only expects the insurance to pay for the currently damaged section. He did append another note saying that the full length of the fence is 25m and his above rates would apply. Not quite part of the quote itself.

There’s no way we’ll get everything sorted now before the new year; hopefully we won’t get much more of this wind. The last thing we need is for the fence to come down.

I spent quite a bit of time today researching the options for teaching computing classes. I made calls about hiring computer rooms and found out that there are a lot of free or cheap beginner’s classes that are funded by the government. I also found out that there might be an option for me to do some volunteer training. It might be a good way to ease back into it. It might also be a good way to make contacts at a local council where I can hire the computer room. I can also then tailor any classes I might want to teach around the free and discounted classes, so I’m not doubling up and trying to compete, but supplementing and offering the ‘next’ step. It’s certainly food for thought.

Stephen really didn’t want a farewell ‘do’, but his boss wanted to give him one. It was organised for tonight and was quite nice. Dinner at a Bella Fonte’s restaurant at Hillary’s. There wasn’t a big crowd at the farewell, which made Stephen a bit more comfortable about it. Just a couple of managers and the core tech services team, so not a crowd. It was a pleasant evening and I got to catch up with a couple of people that I hadn’t seen for quite a while, and to meet some new ones. Stephen’s manager did comment that I should polish my ABN because he might push some geological reconciliation work my way until they find a replacement for Stephen. That part of the job used to be mine, so I could do it, but I won’t be holding my breath. I doubt they’ll be interested in spending the money on a contractor.