Work

Got the back to work blues? Freelancers share their experience and advice

Christine Long If the summer holidays have left you burning to throw in your job, setting up as a freelancer may be just the escape route you need.

RETIRE RIGHT

Retire Right: Is no work all it's cracked up to be?

Happiness in retirement is about making time for whatever your floats your boat.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon A happy retirement is not just about your finances, it's also about how you spend your time.

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PLAN AHEAD

Which iPhone 6s plan will work best for you?

The iPhone 6s goes on sale this Friday.

John Collett Use a lot of data? The telcos have a plan to suit you - and your new iPhone.

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PROBLEM SOLVING

How to make complaining work

Complaints.   Man yelling over the telephone.

Christine Long Nobody likes to be a whinger. But when bad things happen you have to be able to complain - and get results.

INSIGHT

Economy struggling to generate enough work

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Clancy Yeates There are few clearer signs of Australia's patchy economy than the labour market.

Hard to get work in the 'lucky country'

Getting here is one thing, finding work to support a family is another.

Michelle Hutchison Newcomers to Australia say finding work is the most difficult part about living here.

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LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Web life: With people spending so much of their time online, it is worth considering what should happen to your digital assets and accounts after you die.

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six ways to make your money work as hard as you do

Money

Scott Phillips You've worked hard to earn it, so don't let your money put its feet up - give it a job to do.

How to figure out compound growth in your head using the Rule of 72

The Rule of 72 makes complex calculations easier to do in your head – without an abacus or calculator.

Noel Whittaker You don't have to be a mathematician to use the Rule of 72. It's simple, but once you understand how to use it, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

Unlucky seniors still caught in the pension card trap

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Noel Whittaker Former pensioners lose thousands because they earned hundreds.

Five side hustles, for love or money

If you love to knit, you could have a side hustle selling cute beanies.

Catherine Robson The side hustle has exploded among Australian millennials and thanks to the internet there's more opportunity than ever to turn a skill or passion into a tidy income outside your nine-to-five.

Money can buy happiness if you spend it on experiences, time or others

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons How would you spend $20 for the biggest payoff in happiness? What did you actually spend your last $20 on?

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Think all you need to retire is money? Think again

Consider a transition into retirement before you sign up for 30 years of relaxation.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon It's possible your retirement fantasies involve beaches, drinks with tiny umbrellas and – ahh – spare time.

Life change: Meet the Australians reinventing retirement

Jeff and Judi Parry have downsized to a smaller apartment in a retirement village in Carlton. Photo: PENNY STEPHENS. The Age. 15TH JUNE 2017

Nina Hendy We talk to the downsizers, the sea-changers and the retirees who moved overseas.

Being rich makes you smarter

Catherine Robson Here are some ideas to relieve money worries and increase the quality of your financial decisions, and as a result, your general intelligence.

FIRST PERSON

'My ex-boyfriend left me broke'

A psychologist helped the writer understand that her partner's behaviour was financial abuse.

Anonymous By the time I left him, my boyfriend had taken nearly all my money.

Enjoy stomping your feet about house prices, then go do something about it

Melissa Browne Ultimately all my swearing and carrying on isn't going to change anything.

What Aussies get wrong about money (and schools don't help)

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon More than 27,000 readers jumped online and completed the basic money smarts test shared last week.

Budget incentives for downsizers only benefit the well-off, experts say

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John Collett Before selling, you need to consider how the age pension thresholds under the assets test work.

You can't outsource motherhood, but you can share the load

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Mother's Day is a time to reflect on the unpaid contribution of mothers and grandmothers to families and communities.

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