Alison Glynn-Baker

Freelance writer and communicator

Location icon Australia

I am South African-born and have lived and worked in Johannesburg, London and Sydney. Despite having travelled widely, or perhaps because of it, I really enjoy the minutiae as well as the big vistas. I like to write features and 'how to' articles about everything from business and money to travel and making the world better.

Portfolio

People Stories

Better Caring
03/07/2018
Be inspired by these workers on International Women's Day - Better Caring

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #PressforProgress, with the World Economic Forum's global gender gap report showing that gender parity is 200 years away. Women are certainly not under-represented in the aged care and disability support sectors. The latest National Aged Care Workforce Census revealed that women make up 87 per cent of this workforce.

Better Caring
03/12/2018
Meet Frossini: Delivering care to Melbourne's Greek community - Better Caring

It's Cultural Diversity Week, so we're celebrating diverse workers and how they help clients stay connected in the community. Melbourne-based Frossini offers social support and personal care for clients who are ageing, especially in the Greek community. She also enjoys recreational support. This is her story.

Better Caring
03/12/2018
Mum, massage therapist and independent support worker: Meet Yana - Better Caring

Yana always wanted to be a nurse when she was little. She's worked in the medical industry for over 20 years, starting as a kitchenhand and progressing to offering in-home care and working as an emergency nurse. Now, she runs her remedial massage therapy business while supporting clients through Better Caring.

Better Caring
03/05/2018
Meet Sam, independent worker on Better Caring! - Better Caring

Sam works as a full-time registered nurse and supports seven Better Caring clients, too. He plans to bring clients to the Better Caring platform once the NDIS is available in their areas. This is his story. I spent two years as a combat medic in Singapore before coming to Australia to do a nursing degree.

Better Caring
03/21/2018
Behind the community: Meet Dave - Better Caring

Behind every phone call and click of the mouse is a team of wonderful humans based in an office in Sydney. Meet Dave. He's a musician and a counselling student. He's also a Customer Engagement Specialist at Better Caring. He's one of a community of people making it all possible.

Corporate copy

EY Exceptional magazine
01/02/2012
Entrepreneurs speak out

Entrepreneurial support is the key to economic recovery

EY Exceptional magazine
01/02/2014
All copy for Exceptional Magazine : 2014

Inspiring stories from Australia's top business leaders, including the 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners and finalists.

Blog - American Chamber of Commerce
Aren't we done with diversity? See you in 2186

Everybody's been talking about gender diversity for a while now. There is probably a fair amount of change fatigue, the belief that we've been working very hard and have tried everything so surely it's all sorted by now.

Worker Acquisition 'Builder' Campaign for Better Caring

Better Caring
08/29/2017
Builder Campaign - Debra

I created worker stories to recruit support workers to Better Caring, an online marketplace for people who are ageing or have a disability to find and hire workers directly.

Better Caring
08/30/2017
Builder Campaign - Tracy

Campaign to recruit high-quality workers to the Better Caring platform. I interviewed workers and created stories to inspire others.

Better Caring
08/29/2017
Builder Campaign - Shane

I created worker stories to recruit support workers to Better Caring, an online marketplace for people who are ageing or have a disability to find and hire workers directly.

Better Caring
08/29/2017
Builder Campaign - Fiona

I created worker stories to recruit support workers to Better Caring, an online marketplace for people who are ageing or have a disability to find and hire workers directly.

Blogs and Content for Better Caring

Better Caring
03/26/2018
Applying for NDIS funding: who and how - Better Caring

By the end of 2019, the NDIS will be available right across Australia, providing support for people with disability, their families and carers. Even it hasn't reached you yet, you can apply up to six months before it does. Here's what to do to get prepared.

Better Caring
12/22/2017
How to build your business in 2018 - Better Caring

When you're an independent worker, business never really shuts down. Which might be why you're reading this during your downtime. 2018 could be the year you change someone's life. You could change your own by deciding to work for yourself.

Better Caring
12/04/2017
Choice, control and consumer rights - here's what you need to know! - Better Caring

Every consumer has rights - the right to ask questions, to say no, to choose, to negotiate, to speak up or to buy again. Whether you're buying an off the shelf product like assistive technology or negotiating a very personal service from a support worker, you should be able to participate in discussions about what, who and when.

Better Caring
09/13/2017
Better Caring support worker explains the benefits of art therapy - Better Caring

We recently welcomed our first art therapist, Monique Lovering, to the Better Caring platform. We spoke to her to find out more about art therapy and how it can benefit Better Caring clients. Monique is a professional artist who has always been interested in the relationship between psychology and art.

Better Caring
07/26/2017
Make a great online impression and build your business - Better Caring

So, you've registered on the Better Caring platform and now you're waiting for the call. But how can you pro-actively build your business? The team has put together some great tips for building your client base both online and offline. Here's a refresh of what to do online.

Better Caring
08/16/2017
Airtax - small business basics for the Better Caring worker

As a self-employed care and support worker on the Better Caring platform, you're in charge of your tax and super. With tax time approaching, here are some tips from Airtax on what you need to get started. You can also check out Airtax's FAQs page for more detail.

Better Caring
08/23/2017
Bringing Allied Health to the Better Caring platform - Better Caring

The Better Caring platform was designed to give clients more choice and control around their care and support needs. That support now includes Allied Health. There are many reasons clients might need the support of a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist or psychologist.

Better Caring
08/30/2017
Make a great impression offline and grow your business - Better Caring

We recently gave you some tips for making a great impression online once you've registered on the Better Caring platform. Once your house is in order, you have a complete profile and you're active on social media, here's what you can do offline to grow your business.

Better Caring
10/18/2017
Take 10 - 10 ways to take care of yourself as a carer - Better Caring

In Australia, there are 2.7 million carers providing unpaid care and support to family members and friends who are ageing or have a disability, mental or terminal illness, chronic condition, or alcohol or drug-related issue. These carers are often also juggling study, paid employment, other family responsibilities, and conversations with services about funding and paid support.

Better Caring
07/06/2017
Live life on your terms with Better Caring and the NDIS - Better Caring

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out in stages across Australia and now it's available right across NSW. But what is it and how can it help you? The NDIS is an insurance scheme for people with a disability, their families and their support workers.

Better Caring
09/27/2017
Signs you're ready to work for yourself - Better Caring

Many Better Caring Support Workers say that they have always wanted to work independently. It wasn't a matter of if, but when. But others aren't so sure. How do you know you're ready to work for yourself? This is what we've heard from Better Caring workers about why they decided to leave their jobs behind and sign up.

Finance topics

The Really Simple Guide To Money
03/15/2018
Your money personality - take the test! | The Really Simple Guide To Money

Does your money just seem to walk out the door? Or do you keep it firmly underfoot but sense you might be missing out? Whatever your relationship with money, it's probably complicated. In fact, it has a personality of its own. Understanding your money personality equips you to make more sensible decisions or perhaps have ...

The Really Simple Guide To Money
05/11/2017
3 steps to switching your bank account

As Treasurer Scott Morrison and the Big Four banks slug it out over the Budget's $6 billion levy, making sure you are with the right sized financial institution has been thrown under the spotlight. Morrison warned the big banks that if they try and claw back the levy, he will advise customers to go elsewhere- especially to the smaller banks like the Bendigo.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
06/29/2017
How to make reward points pay

How do you use the points you earn when you book a flight, buy some milk or fill up your petrol tank? Loyalty schemes have become the way to win your business, and for some companies like Qantas, loyalty pays better than plane tickets. But how valuable are they to you?

The Really Simple Guide To Money
08/10/2017
Stop paying the 'lazy tax' on your energy

Energy tariffs can quietly creep up, and up, and you'll be the last person to find out. Even worse, EnergyAustralia, AGL and Origin have all dropped their fixed rate electricity plans, meaning everyone will need to keep an eye on variable prices.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
05/04/2017
The Budget - here's what millennials really want

A recent Deloitte Millennial survey paints a picture of a pretty disgruntled lot. Fewer than one in ten believe they will ever be as well-off as their parents. In fact, many need to draw on the Bank of Mum and Dad if they even want to contemplate getting on the property ladder.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
07/26/2017
Tips for choosing health insurance

Even health insurers are now admitting that healthcare is unaffordable and thousands of Australians are letting their policies lapse. Medibank chief Craig Drummond says he has already visited branches this year and the message from customers was clear - affordability was their biggest concern.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
02/19/2018
10 ways to live it up while you tone it down | The Really Simple Guide To Money

Curbing your spending can feel like such a drag. But you don't have to say goodbye to life's pleasures. Here's how. Cancel your gym membership. Were you back on that treadmill in January but now you're losing steam? Cancel that direct debit and find some weights for home (probably very cheap on Gumtree) or a dog ...

The Really Simple Guide To Money
05/18/2017
10 modern money myths

You're struggling to save for your first home and taking home-cooked lunches to work. And some smart alec economist invents another trite phrase to help you save. Smashed avocado, anyone?

The Really Simple Guide To Money
07/06/2017
Saving tips from ASIC and MoneySmart

The average Australian household now owes almost twice as much as it earns, according to a recent report by the Reserve Bank. The debt headache is now so great that even the retail banks are thinking twice about issuing credit cards to property owners.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
06/22/2017
10 stocks to watch for millennial newbies

CommSec, the Commonwealth Bank's stockbroking arm, says 50 per cent of their new customers are millennials trading on the markets because they missed out on housing. The trading arm says the number of 35+ traders has gone up 51 per cent in the past five years, and now represents 28 per cent of their clients.

Freelance writing

realestate.com.au
08/14/2017
5 ways to wage a war on waste in your home

Waste is a bit like clutter. Ideally, you don't want it in your home in the first place. But what can you do to reduce your waste - and where do you start? You'd be surprised just much how you can recycle, from paper and cardboard, to aluminium, glass, batteries and hard plastic.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
05/25/2017
10 things they didn't teach you at school

Money. So easy, a school kid can explain it, right? But most of us got through school without learning a single useful thing about money and now we're playing catch-up in the real world.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
06/29/2017
Masterchef on your doorstep from just $9

Did you know that your household probably threw out $1,100 worth of edible food last year? We also spend a year shopping for some of the world's most expensive groceries. If you're in a metropolitan area you've almost certainly been given a flyer for HelloFresh or Marley Spoon with a $35 off promotion.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
04/28/2017
Try these great apps and save

When online banker ING Direct asked customers what they were saving for, no surprises for guessing a deposit for a first home was number one at 29%, and paying off the mortgage was number three at 9%. At least there was some fun, however. Some 17% said they were saving for a holiday!

The Really Simple Guide To Money
08/08/2017
How to double your income with two jobs

In the future, we will hold at least seven jobs, says futurist Faith Popcorn. We're already heading this way as employees find themselves on "fixed- term contracts" and the rest of us freelance, moonlight and go where the money is.

The Really Simple Guide To Money
07/06/2017
Five tips to boost your eBay sales

Selling your unwanted stuff on eBay is a great way to make extra money. But everyone else seems to be doing it and customer ratings can make or break you. How do you maximise your chances of making a sale? Annie Wood has been selling on eBay for over 10 years and still has a ...

The Really Simple Guide To Money
07/12/2017
Top five car money saving tips

When you tally it up, it's almost cheaper to take Ubers all year round than to run your own car. And taking it for a service can turn out to be even more expensive and less pleasant than unscheduled dental work. Here are our top five car money-saving tips.

Cruise Passenger Magazine
05/11/2017
You can save big on your next holiday phone bill

Did you know it can cost up to $3 per minute to call and $4 per megabyte to post a holiday selfie? Holidays may be a time for indulgence, but this is one splurge you probably don't want to make. When it comes to hidden extras, the mobile phone industry can be very good at pressing the silent button.

Cruise Passenger Magazine
05/19/2017
The best value specialty dining venues at sea

Can't decide between the main dining room and that fancy celebrity restaurant? Both sound delicious - and one of them is free. Cruise cuisine has come a long way. And today, a look through what's on offer aboard your ship reads more like a Who's Who of food.

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