Supporting your favorite charity is free and easy with AmazonSmile.

internet bankingNow your online shopping can benefit your favourite charity! Through AmazonSmile, Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchase to a charity of your choosing. All you have to do is select the cause you want to support. AmazonSmile has the same products at the same prices as the Amazon.com marketplace, but by shopping through the AmazonSmile interface your purchases will help support your charity of choice. 

Recently a particularly interesting cause came to our attention. CyArk is an International heritage organisation digitally recording lost or at high risk heritage sites across the world. Spurred by the war torn regions distruction of the 1600-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today. Digital preservation of our world's precious heritage via a free, 3D online library of the world's cultural heritage sites can now be supported by donation through AmazonSmile, at no additional cost to you.

Arguably where we come from has a significant impact on who we are and what we might learn for the future. Presently critical stage destruction is evident in many historic cultural sites around the World due to the combined threats of natural disaster, human aggression and the ravages of time.

 

For more information about CyArk go to http://archive.cyark.org/aboutcyark

For more about AmazonSmile go to https://smile.amazon.com

Money Magazine consistently providing credible, independent, easy-to-understand advice and information.

 

Whether it's advice on what the latest Aged Care reforms mean to you, to the daily Aussie Dollar fluctuations against the 'Greenback', there is likely to be a story to interest you. 

 

In this continually changing financial landscape, current and on topic information can be found in 'Money', available at your local newsagent, or online.

 

 

'Investing - Starting from Scratch', by Janet Holt.

This is one of those books that practically helps to frame an investment picture and give clear and easy to understand tips and hints for the novice investor about investing 'from Scratch'. Written by a Baby Boomer from a Gerientologists perspective, and verified by industry experts, it might be one to try as a starting point.

Purchase it at Amazon 

 

Greener Electronics Purchasing

Australian Baby Boomers are generally committed to more sustainable lifestyle choices into the future, and as such it is heartening to see the Australia Government joined the support for EPEAT - the global rating system for greener electronics in 2011, by specifying the system for all future government purchasing.

It is an easy to use resource for purchasers, manufacturers and resellers to identify environmentally preferable devices.

 

Greenpeace International's Guide to Greener Electronics

Do you ever think about the companies behind the products you buy? Are they being as Environmentally responsible as they would like us to believe, or that we assume they are?

Organizations such as Greenpeace International are making their own lists of the best Environmentally responsible companies, particularly in the area of Electronics. So before you purchase the latest flat screen TV or computer hardware here are some lists to help you be more environmentally responsible in your purchasing.

The Pro's and Con's of Franchising

A franchise is an independently owned version of an established business. While you do have to follow the business philosophy of the original creator, it is a quick way to start up through a proven trademark. Buying a stake in a franchise is a way to own your own business. Some Baby Boomers are seeking franchising as an alternative to retirement that gives them more freedom within their lives, but also provides an income to supplement their savings.

Researching is important – not only do you want to make sure that you're picking the right business for you, but also make it something you can manage – start off small, and grow bigger. The first step should be research, the second step should be talking to a financial advisor about how to go about saving and managing your finances while you start a business up – usually there is some amount of initial capital involved. Find a franchise that has a business model that appeals to you, not just a fancy name. You're going to have to follow certain rules in order to be considered a 'franchise', so find one that you really like. Find out what assistance you can get from the government for starting up a small business. After all, if you can get a helping hand, why not use it?

Below are some useful links to help you find the answers you need or whether to go down the path of purchasing a franchise or choosing a different option which better suits your circumstances and skills.

General information on franchising can be found at: www.franchisebusiness.com.au

 

 

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