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The Rise of the Microworker

August 5th, 2019
The world of work is changing all the time, with long careers less likely in the modern world and microwork opportunities coming to the foreground. Microwork is a series of small tasks that combine together to create a single unified project. Microworkers are normally employed in the technology sector, as a kind of virtual assembly line that flows between skill sets and across continents. While microworking can lead to a number of opportunities, what it offers in agility and flexibility it often lacks in stability and job security.

Microwork is also known as microtasking or the gig economy, with this new digital marketplace spreading its wings across the entire world. Instead of employing a single expert or a large team in one location, companies are looking to reduce costs and increase workflow patterns by dishing out work in tiny doses. By outsourcing tasks to multiple workers across the world, organisations can take advantage of currency exchange rates, time zones, and crowdsourcing opportunities.

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The Definition & Creation of Liveable Cities

August 1st, 2019
Everyone wants to live in a location where life is easy to manage and stress levels are as low as possible. With most people in the Western world living in cities, politicians and town planners are constantly striving to create the most liveable conditions possible. From transportation and accommodation through to work and school opportunities, there are lots of things to take into consideration when measuring liveability. Let's take a look at two leading ways to measure quality of [...]

Do Australian Property Buyers Need Agents

July 15th, 2019

Many real estate markets around the world utilise separate seller’s and buyer’s agents to make the transaction as seamless as possible for all involved. While there are exceptions, the Australian property market works on the basis that the seller has an agent but the buyer acts for themselves. While this can be beneficial in certain situations, having an agent in […]

House Prices Rise in Sydney for the First Time in 2 Years

July 12th, 2019

House prices have risen in Sydney for the first time in two years, with this small but significant upwards move possibly highlighting a near-bottom market. Market confidence is still on shaky ground, however, although lower interest rates and improved property sentiment since the election have increased the outlook. While this small bump in property values may not be much in […]

Fun Ways to Sell Your Home

July 8th, 2019

With the housing market in a bit of a slump at the moment, and sales figures subdued, creativity goes a long way towards clinching a sale. While clean white walls, a tidy yard, and a freshly made bed are all likely to make a good impression on potential buyers, some crafty sellers are prepared to go the extra mile. From […]

Video Games – Both Sport & Addiction

July 5th, 2019

Video games and video game culture continues to influence the wider world. More than a pastime for bored teenagers and lost adults, video games are now recognised as both a professional sport and a powerful form of addiction. This dichotomy highlights the complex relationship that exists between gamers and their favourite hobby, with video games best understood as a warped […]

Lab-grown Meat is Coming

July 1st, 2019

Lab-grown meat, also known as cultured meat, has been called the future of food by leading scientists and industry experts. Produced by the cultivation of animal cells rather than the slaughter of animals, this new and novel form of meat is likely to hit the supermarket shelves in the not too distant future. Despite the many environmental benefits attached to […]

Property Listings Down

June 17th, 2019

Property listings are down across Australia, with new listings at their lowest level in 12 years. While much of the downturn can be attributed to the sharp drop in prices felt across the country, the recent Federal election and struggling employment and wages figures are also having an impact. While this sharp downturn could be seen as bad news, other […]

What the RBA Rate Cut Means on the Ground

June 14th, 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) recently lowered the official cash rate from 1.5 per cent to the all-time low of 1.25 per cent. As the first move made by the RBA since August 2016, this 0.25 percentage point drop was both largely anticipated and widely applauded. The RBA made the cut in an attempt to stimulate the Australian economy, […]

Developing Healthy Habits

June 11th, 2019

Everyone wants to improve their situation and live their best possible life. Despite best intentions, however, making changes to your lifestyle can be extremely difficult. Inertia is a very real thing, with emotional and lifestyle ruts often leading to bad habits and addictions that can seem impossible to break. This is especially true when it comes to health and fitness, […]

Benefits of Intergenerational Living

June 6th, 2019

Living with your relatives is common in many parts of the world, with financial and cultural reasons often bringing three of more generations together. While many Aussies and Kiwis live in share houses when they’re young, the nuclear family is very much the norm later in life. Living trends are slowly changing, however, with people staying at home for longer […]