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Cass Ewing

Cass Ewing

How to combine separate PDFs into a single PDF using the Preview app on your Mac.

How to combine separate PDFs into a single PDF using the Preview app on your Mac.

Earlier this week I had to finalise some personal documentation for my solicitor. They had asked me one particular question, but the answer was contained in an assortment of different documents that I had to locate, scan and email back to them. Locating the information was fairly straight forward because I keep my hardcopy & electronic […]

The 6 epiphanies I had during my inaugural Retreat Week.

The 6 epiphanies I had during my inaugural Retreat Week.

As soon as I lay my face into the opening at the head of the massage table I exhaled really deeply. Not just my breath, but my entire body just exhaled. I pretty much melted into the table and felt my whole body completely relax for the first time in who-knows-when. I don’t have a […]

Tax & GST for sole traders – everything you need to know.

Tax & GST for sole traders – everything you need to know.

If you’ve seen any of my social media posts this week you’ll notice there’s a been a focus on Goods and Services Tax (GST),  lodgement dates for Business Activity Statements (BAS) and general tax reminders. I know, I know, they’re not the most exciting of social media themes, but I’m trying to keep sole traders on top […]

Retreat Week – how it highlights the importance of managing my time as a sole trader.

Retreat Week – how it highlights the importance of managing my time as a sole trader.

I made a decision last week to implement what I’ve coined ‘Retreat Week’. Retreat Week is not about massages, day-spas, champagne and manicures (well, not yet anyway). It’s about scheduling a 9-day hiatus every 9 weeks where make myself completely unavailable; where I ‘retreat’ from being available as a sole trader. That is, coincidentally, a […]

How I resolved my overwhelm with a notepad, a pen and a sticky-note.

How I resolved my overwhelm with a notepad, a pen and a sticky-note.

If you read last week’s blog post you’ll know that I had my handbag, laptop and reading glasses were stolen recently. Unfortunately, none of those items have made their way back to me. Wishful thinking huh? I navigated the aftermath fairly well, but by Friday last week my eyes were exhausted, I couldn’t lug my belongings […]

Cloud storage & file syncing apps – how my decision to use them paid off.

Cloud storage & file syncing apps – how my decision to use them paid off.

Saturday morning is my favourite morning of the week. There’s something really relaxing about it. I don’t feel rushed and for the first time in 5 days I don’t feel like I should be busy undertaking income generating activities for my business. It’s the first day of the weekend and it’s usually the day where […]

Scannable – the free scanning app I use everyday to scan on the go!

Scannable – the free scanning app I use everyday to scan on the go!

I’ve had three conversations with clients in the past week about scanning documents. One client was in a flap because their printer-scanner wasn’t working properly and they believed they needed to drive to their nearest Officeworks to get their scans done. Another had a portable scanning device that they’d already wasted an hour trying to […]

Where do you file your car’s service history?

Where do you file your car’s service history?

My car is 13 years old. I own it outright and it costs me very little to run. It suits my needs perfectly and it continues to get me from A to B with very little resistance. Of course, it no longer has a fancy-pants warranty to cover any unforeseen issues that arise, but that’s […]