lessons I’ve learnt from being a dad orange wealth michael chew

29 Aug The four lessons I’ve learnt from being a dad

Being a dad. Where do you even begin? It’s a mix of being the most amazing experience and the most challenging at the same time. In fact, it’s difficult to put it all into words, actually.Parenthood’s something that you don’t fully appreciate until you experience it. The joys, the trials, the tribulations, the challenges – things you can experience together all in the space of half-an-hour.As clichéd as it sounds,...

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Why you shouldn’t blow your tax return orange wealth

17 Aug Why you shouldn’t blow your tax return

It’s that time of year. If you’re like me, chances are you’ve done your tax return by now and are waiting on a potential return. Going by the stats, you’re likely one of the 82 percent of Australians who’ll get a refund this year. On average, Australians typically get a return of around $2,112, give or take. Now, it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing your tax...

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How I changed my career and started a business orange wealth

31 Jul How I changed my career and started a business

Like most, I came out of uni all guns blazing, wanting to do something with my life. Looking back at the first 10 years of my career, everything was going great. In fact, I loved it. Post graduation, I worked with IBM, then headed to the UK before returning to Melbourne to deliver business and software solutions for a raft of blue-chip corporates. Life was good.But then something happened...

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How to use debt orange wealth

13 Jul How to use debt | Why it’s not all bad

Debt. It’s an often misunderstood term. For your average Australian, it’s typically perceived as a dirty word, conjuring up a degree of anxiety in the process.When it comes to the D-word, Australia is one of the most leveraged countries in the world. With average household debt sitting at around 189 per cent of annual household income, it’s a bit of a worry. A lot of that has been spurred...

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Achieving a work-life balance orange wealth

29 Jun Achieving a work-life balance: can you have your cake an eat it too?

Having it all is a subjective thing. Everyone measures success in different ways, and through their own filter of what it actually means.Same goes for work-life balance. In fact, I’d argue that, for society’s high achievers, the notion of work-life balance falls by the wayside in pursuit of the upper echelons of success.If I’m completely honest in asking the question, can you really have it all? I’d say...

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five ways you can bolster your tax return orange wealth

01 Jun Five ways you can bolster your tax return before June 30

Mention the word tax, and it typically draws a grumble from most people, even a sense of grievance. And fair enough. Most Australians feel like they pay too much tax, generally speaking, and often don’t have a whole lot in the way of expenses they can claim to help bring their taxable income down.I’m all for paying my fair share of tax. That’s a given. But, with a young...

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housing affordability orange wealth

25 May Housing affordability | Has the horse truly bolted?

The Australian property market. Everyone has an opinion, but no one has a crystal ball. If you believe Fairfax and News Limited and their respective newspapers, there’s never been a worse time in history to buy a house. For those not already in the market, many feel the horse has bolted, and now the government is trying its best to coax it back in. Whichever way you look at...

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Client Satisfaction Survey orange wealth

18 May Client Satisfaction Survey | Proud as punch

We just wanted to quickly share a success story. To get a gauge on what clients think we decided to participate in a client satisfaction survey. Well, the results are back and we're pretty happy about it! Jason and I want to say a big thank you to all of our amazing clients for their feedback. We've found out things like the ten key metrics where we outperformed the...

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08 May Retiring a millionaire isn’t quite what it used to be

Growing up, a million dollars seemed like a stupendous amount of money. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, the thought of winning Lotto conjured up thoughts of like ‘buying a Porsche and never having to work again’.Fast forward to my late-thirties and, all of a sudden, retiring a millionaire isn’t quite what it used to be. Worse still, by the time I hit retirement age in 20-odd years...

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