Alison Glynn-Baker

Freelance writer and communicator

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

Corporate copy

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.

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.

EY Exceptional magazine
01/02/2012
Entrepreneurs speak out

Entrepreneurial support is the key to economic recovery

Consumer content

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
03/26/2018
Applying for NDIS funding: who and how - Mable Blog (formerly 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.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
08/23/2017
Bringing Allied Health to the Mable platform - Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)

The Mable 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.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
08/09/2017
Need some support for your parents? Here's what's possible.

We often hear from families looking for some support for their parents, and clients who'd like some ideas for getting out and about. What if you could spend a week not only getting your home organised, but also doing more of what you enjoy?

Small business advice

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
12/22/2017
How to build your business in 2018 - Mable Blog (formerly 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.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
08/16/2017
Airtax - small business basics for the Mable worker

As a self-employed care and support worker on the Mable 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.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
09/27/2017
Signs you're ready to work for yourself - Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)

Many Mable 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 Mable workers about why they decided to leave their jobs behind and sign up.

People Stories

YouTube
02/25/2019
Trang's story

A series of videos featuring people with a newly acquired disability, talking about the benefits of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

YouTube
02/25/2019
Geraldine's story

A series of videos featuring people with a newly acquired disability, talking about the benefits of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

YouTube
02/25/2019
Every injury is different - Children

A series of videos featuring medical professionals talking about the benefits of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

YouTube
02/25/2019
Top tips for preplanning

A series of videos featuring medical professionals talking about the benefits of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

YouTube
02/25/2019
Marguerites's story

A series of videos featuring people with a newly acquired disability, talking about the benefits of accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
03/07/2018
Be inspired by these workers on International Women's Day - Mable Blog (formerly 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.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
03/21/2018
Behind the community: Meet Dave - Mable Blog (formerly 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 Mable. He's one of a community of people making it all possible.

Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)
03/05/2018
Meet Sam, independent worker on Mable! - Mable Blog (formerly Better Caring)

Sam works as a full-time registered nurse and supports seven Mable clients, too. He plans to bring clients to the Mable 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.

Worker Acquisition 'Builder' Campaign for Better Caring (now Mable)

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Freelance writing

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.

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.

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