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11 more inspirational books you need to get your eyes on

11 more inspirational books you need to get your eyes on

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Dr Seuss.

And that’s exactly why people enter into this wonderful world of words – to lose themselves, to find themselves, to know things, to be inspired.

In part two of our favourite inspirational books (don’t forget to gobble up these 10 books in part one), we’ve kept the ball rollin’ on those special reads which have hit the Share Space crew right in the feels to give a new sense of direction and purpose – both personally and professionally.

Whether you’re struggling with writer’s block, looking to unearth your inner artist, or seeking advice and encouragement to finally take the leap on that biz idea that’s been brewing inside, these 11 books might just have the answers (and direction) you’ve been searching for.

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Rework

Challenging the stock-standard foundations of doing business, you won’t find any sprinkle-dust magic formulas in Rework, but simple, straightforward and punchy takeaways to change your way of thinking and ultimately set you on a path of working smarter. Plus it’s super-easy reading, which, when it comes to biz-focused books, is a god-send.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way

If you’ve ever thought you weren’t creative – or you’ve found it hard to summon or unblock your creative talents – then prepare to have your life changed by The Artist’s Way. Now this book ain’t for those who aren’t willing to put in the work to better themselves. Taking on a more textbook approach, it provides a 12-week course to guide you through the process of recovering your creative self: an enlightening chapter each week plus thoughtful tasks digging deep to uncover and nurture your inner artist.

And if you take it seriously, you’ll be surprised at how much it actually works.

Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger

Daring and Disruptive

Ah Lisa Messenger… you’d be a fool not to talk on advice from this Aussie entrepreneurial guru. Her one of many best-sellers, Daring and Disruptive, hones in particularly on the roller-coaster ride of being (and succeeding) as an entrepreneur in today’s world. Sharing her journey, she’s honest and insightful, blending with it important and instructive lessons she learned along the way to encourage you to dig deep, stay on purpose, and be true to your ideas even in challenging times.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-hour workweek

Sounds impossible, right?! But if you’re feeling trapped or frankly just effin’ over your current 9-to-5 work sitch, then prepare for Tim Ferriss to 180 your biz compass. Acting as a blueprint for the life you’ve always dreamed of, The 4-Hour Workweek is a collection of precise and practical principles to create total freedom of time and place. Yep, read it to believe it, folks.

Now, Discover your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

Now Discover Your Strengths

Prepare for a revolution; the strengths revolution. In their book Now, Discover your Strengths, Buckingham and Clifton take a unique approach to business, one that focuses primarily on enhancing people’s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses. Using an online personality test called StrengthsFinder to determine your five strongest “themes” of character, this book acts as a useful guide to discovering who you are, what you’re good at and how best to apply it in business and life.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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What will you learn from The $100 Startup? Well apart from makin’ some mula, that opportunity is everywhere and inventing your own livelihood doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. BOOM. In this book, Gillebeau shares useful and practical insights – paired with relevant case studies of those who’ve achieved success, freedom and happiness in both their biz and personal lives – by pairing what you’re passionate or skilled at it with its usefulness to others.

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

The Fire Starter Sessions

Not a literal fire, of course, but a raging fire of the soul. Prepare for some straight-up talk here, yo. Firm but inspirational as hell, LaPorte is serving a shake-up in attitude that will shine a guiding light to help you uncover what your greatest assets are and how to make the damn most of them. Basically, sentiments after reading this book are generally akin to feeling like you’ve got ants in your pants and you’re bursting with energy to start putting sh*t into action.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

linchpin

No surprise here that we’ve included another read by best-seller and entrepreneurial king Seth Godin. You might be wondering what is a Linchpin? As Godin explains, they don’t fit in with management or labor teams; they are a third breed of working people that delight and challenge their customers and peers, throwing the rule book out the window and refusing to comply with the mediocre system. But most importantly, they love their work and pour their best selves into it, turning each day into a kind of art.

And here he challenges you to do the same – so, are you ready to commit to your life’s best work?

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

Steal like an artist

Captivating in both concept and graphic visual presentation (seriously, the book is so easy and fun to read!), Steal Like An Artist is an inspiring guide to discovering your creativity in this digital age. Not actually condoning plagiarism or stealing of any kind like the title may have you believe, Kleon shares 10 simple and well, plain realistic, hit-the-nail-on-the-head notions and ideas to encourage and cultivate more creativity in your life.

L’art de la Simplicité: How to live more with less by Dominique Loreau

L'art de la Simplicité: How to live more with less by Dominique Loreau

If you’re a fan of The Minimalists, then you’re going to gobble up L’art de la Simplicit in a jif. After living in Japan for many years, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life lived through the art of simplicity. In her ground-breaking book (which went off the charts in her native France and is now available in English for the first time), she challenges you to embrace this notion in all areas of your existence, from the material to the spiritual, and discover a life of clarity, true centered-ness and satisfaction.

Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird

If writer’s block has got you down in the dumps, do yourself a favour and read Bird by Bird. This practical yet profound step-by-step guide on how to write and manage the writer’s life cuts through the fluff to give you a timeless resource that you can keep coming back to when you need put your pen/keyboard where your mouth is.  

10 inspirational books you need to get your eyes on

10 inspirational books you need to get your eyes on

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One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them,  for words have the power to change us.

This quote by Cassandra Clare in Clockwork Angel basically hits the nail right on the head when it comes to the power of books. 

While some read to escape into the world of fiction, others seek to find direction and motivation in real life, especially when their current sitch is more stuck-in-a-rut instead of #killingit.

We got the Share Space crew together to share their favourite inspirational reads – both professional and personal – that will serve as a beacon of light when you feel like you’ve lost your way (or could use a hefty dose of feel-good, useful advice).

The War of Art by Steve Pressfield

the-war-of-art

Struggling to express your creativity? If you answered a big fat “YESOMGHALP”, then get your hands on this book pronto. The War of Art is a short, no-nonsense guide to pushing through creative roadblocks of all kinds, with Pressfield highlighting “resistance” as the greatest enemy, and offering unique and helpful ways to quash it like a boss.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

big-magic

Big on magic indeed. Elizabeth Gilbert – aka the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love – shares stories from her own life and those of people who have inspired her in this #1 New York Times’ Bestseller, which challenges readers to explore and embrace curiosity, face our fears, and tackle what we most love in our own journey to inspiration, creativity, and above all, a fulfilling life.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

the-big-leap

Fear schmear, says Gay Hendricks. Okay, so maybe those aren’t exactly his words in The Big Leap, but what you will find is some hard-hitting, thought-provoking insight into self-sabotage and why we limit ourselves (both professionally and personally), and how every one of us has the power to eliminate these barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs.

Remarkability by Lorraine Murphy 

remarkability

You know you’re in for some damn good entrepreneurial advice when it’s coming from the founder of Australia’s first dedicated influencer talent agency in Australia, The Remarkables Group. In her book, Remarkability, Lorraine Murphy shares lessons from her own entrepreneurship journey, dishing out solid advice and strategies paving the way to success (hint: it ain’t made up of huge leaps forward, but small, habitual actions completed on a day-to-day basis).

Die Empty by Todd Henry

die-empty

Named by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the best business books of 2013, Die Empty hits you in the feels like a slap in the face. The concept: Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you.

Most of us live with the idea that we’ve always got tomorrow, using that as an excuse to put off challenging tasks. But, reality check: tomorrows eventually run out, and instead of remaining in a state of stagnation, Henry encourages you to embrace the fact that time is actually finite, and instead of being mediocre, you can push through these mental barriers and cultivate a mindset that allows you to be your best, every day, and in every way.

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

the-icarus-deception

Before delving in, it’s important to know the mythological story of Icarus, the son of craftsman Daedalus. Legend has it that Daedalus created two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son, warning him not to fly too close to the sun. Obviously, excitement hit nek-level for Icarus, and despite his father’s warnings, he did fly too close, causing the wax to melt and him to drown into the Aegean sea.

But what most people forget – and what this business mogul poignantly points out in his book – is the other part of the story, where Icarus was also warned not to fly too low because sea water would ruin the lift in his wings.

Likening this to a so-called safety zone that’s been created by corporate and cultural myths in today’s world, Godin challenges us to look past conformity and comfort, encouraging us to form an attitude that all work (no matter if you’re an artist or customer service rep) is a form of art, and how you can bring your best self to your craft.

Essential: Essays by The Minimalists

essential

If you think being a minimalist is about getting rid of all your shit and wearing the same black-and-white attire every day, then you’re in for a rude (but pleasant) awakening, friend. A compilation of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus’ most relevant essays from their website, Essential: Essays by The Minimalists is an easy yet thoughtful read for anyone looking to add more intention and meaning into their life, covering all life aspects from decluttering and finances, to passion, health, and relationships.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

the-slight-edge

Practical, useful, and free of fluff, The Slight Edge is serving up an entirely new way of thinking and attitude towards the path of success, one that breaks down the hype into simple, daily choices that over time creates life-changing results, using tools that you probably didn’t realise were already within you. #boom

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

the-code-of-the-extraordinary-mind

Now this baby has been coined not just a book, but an entire movement, where you’re encouraged to rally against conventional perceptions of society, family and culture. Meaty in content and ideas, this bestseller aims to break the shackles of ordinary life, bringing light to the idea that what we know has been shaped over time by condition and habit, and instead of living your life based on limited or outdated beliefs, we have the ability to redefine what happiness, purpose, and success means to us.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

7-habits-of-highly-effective-people

It may be an oldie, but it will forever be a goodie. While it’s more textbook than story style, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has, for many, set a standard character ethic of which to strive for, based on a foundation of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity, ever since it was first published in 1990.

9 tips to be more productive at work

9 tips to increase productivity at work

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Lulls and slumps are something everyone runs into at work, and even if you love your job, there are going to be times where you feel like that deadline will be the death of you.

But being more productive isn’t just about getting more down in less time, it’s about changing your state of mind and looking at how you use and manage your finite energy (and time) to delegate and accomplish tasks efficiently and to the best of your ability.

So without further ado, here are 9 ways you can increase productivity at work.

1. Stop multitasking

Straight off the bat, this is one of the first actions you can take to improve your productivity significantly.

Research finds that multitasking not only leads to decreased efficiency, but the whole idea of juggling multiple things simultaneously is a total myth, and what we call multi-tasking is just in fact task-switching, because technically, our brains only allow us the capability to focus on one cognitive task at a time.

It’s easy to feel the pressure of being everywhere and doing everything at once – writing a blog post, responding to emails, checking that Instagram notification, replying to a text – but keep in mind all that time spent to-and-froing between multiple tasks ultimately just results in wasted energy.

2. Find your productivity peak

Never was there a more evident example of this than when I was studying at university. For me, getting up at the first sign of daylight and hitting the books ’til lunchtime was how I got shit done. Cross to my best friend, who in every sense of the word was a nocturnal being, hitting the 24-hour study rooms in her fluffy nightgown (I kid you not) after a 7pm dinner to smash out assignments until the early hours of the morning.

Obviously coming into real-world work, it’s not often you’re afforded the luxury of picking and choosing your ideal working hours (unless you work for yourself and even then, there are going to be times where you’ll need to plan around clients and schedules). But having an idea of when your productive peak hits helps immensely in prioritising tasks which require your utmost focus, creativity, and thinking.

3. Work out routine processes

Editing

Working out set processes for repeated tasks forms routines that help you create structure and a fool-proof rhythm to getting shit done time and time again.

For example, in my work as a freelance writer, I’ve found a story-writing process that’s enabled me to move from start to finish without feeling overwhelmed (or the need to rip my hair out) and delivers my best quality of work. It goes:

1. Make notes – My first step is one huge brain-dump in a Google Drive doc of dot points with research and notes. I like to do this on a separate day from writing the story itself so I don’t feel info overload.

2. Begin to craft full sentences and paragraphs into a draft post – Next I like to take my notes and craft them into proper sentences and paragraphs in WordPress. For some reason, writing it in WordPress instead of a Google Drive doc, in my mind, distinguishes it from being just random words jumbled together and forces me to really think about what I’m trying to say.

3. Edit, edit, edit – Once I’ve got what I wanted to say down in a draft, I’ll read over it multiple times – even printing it out in the flesh and marking it up with red pen – so that I’ve nutted it down to being simple, succinct, and minus any grammatical errors.

4. The finishing touches – Once the words are complete, the final step is to source images, SEO and hit submit on that bad boy.

And voila! Even though the topic itself varies, the routine process of how I go about the task follows the same structure each time, and why it works is because it gives me a clear starting point to work from.

4. Track your time

Tracking each and every task, no matter how small or big, will help give you a better understanding of how long it takes you to do certain things, in turn making it that much easier to work out how you should prioritise your time to get the most out of your day (and productivity peak).

For our favourite time-management apps, check out this blog post.

5. Getting in the solo zone

Solo zone

Now we love good company just as much as the next coworker, but if we spent all our days eating cake and chatting then there’s no way we would get through that never-ending to-do list (curse you, work, for disrupting our cake eating!).

So when you need to zero in and concentrate, former monk-turned-entrepreneur Dandapani suggests open communication with fellow workers the key to achieving productive solo time.

Whether it’s by giving a heads up to those around you that “for the next xx hours you’ll be working solely on xx”, putting your headphones in as a signal that you’re busy, establishing daily solo times, or booking out time in the meeting room to get in the zone without distraction, by establishing a clear communication policy, you and those around you will be more aware and respectful of each other’s needs.

6. Take control of technology

Ahh technology… can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Although most of us here in the online realm solely (or in a large way) rely on our gadgets and screens as part of our job, you can take control of those daily distractions like that friggin’ inbox ‘ping’ or social media notification that constantly interrupts your work groove.

Here are some of our top tips:

  • Disable notifications on your smartphone
  • Sign out of social media apps
  • Schedule specific times in your day for checking and replying to emails
  • Block social media sites on your computer

Still feeling over-connected? Here are 8 ways you can unplug from technology daily.

7. Take regular breaks

Research has shown that short, regular breaks throughout the day help us to refocus and reenergise, effectively improving not only productivity, but our wellbeing, too.

And it makes total sense; we’re not robots, and our brains aren’t wired to be go-go-go all the time, so you shouldn’t feel guilty for scheduling some down-time into your day (because it’s absolutely needed, ya hear).

While there are many different ways to incorporate regular breaks into your day (e.g. not eating at your desk or taking 15-minute breaks for morning and afternoon tea), a method we’ve personally found to help is the 50-10 rule – working for 50-minute intervals at a time then taking a 10-minute break before getting back to it.

8. Change your surroundings

Couch Work

Sometimes you just need a break from the usual to get the creative juices flowing again. Whether you’re switching it up to work at a coworking space instead of the home office for a few days, ducking out to sit at a cafe for an hour, or even just moving your bum from your desk to a funky blue couch, a change in your surroundings can give you a fresh boost of ideas and motivation.

9. Avoid heavy lunches

Do you ever feel sluggish and in need of a serious nap after lunch? I’ll admit, I think the Mediterraneans are onto something with their siestas, but having moderately-sized lunches and small, frequent snacks will help you maintain balanced energy levels throughout the day, instead of feeling like you’ve hit your peak at midday and are on the come-down.

Check out this post for more eating habits to help you stay productive at work.

What productivity tips do you find work best for you?

Kmart Office Hacks

14 epic Kmart hacks to pretty up your workspace

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If you haven’t already jumped on the Kmart bandwagon, then you, my friend, are missing out big time.

There’s no denying they’ve seriously raised the game when it comes to interior styling the eff out of your home. And it doesn’t stop there, with so many nifty bits and pieces to add some flavour (and usefulness) to your work space.

But if, like me, you find yourself in Kmart wanting every single item you lay your eyes on, but not actually knowing how to make it useful for your situation, then you need a little office hacking inspo to help you achieve #deskporn-worthy status.

 

Kmart, helping women across the country spend all our mula organise and improve our work and living spaces since 2014 (when shit got Ikea-level stylish for oh so cheap).

 

Even the stationery is now ridiculously on-point (take that, Typo).

 

And don’t even get me started on all the possibilities for workspace accessories.

(Swan decor or metallic cushion, anyone?)

 

Yep, I’ve started.

Ditch the succulents and use this chic geo pot to keep your pens tidy instead (FYI, it also comes in black).

 

Take it a step further by nabbing yourself a three-piece pot stand to store all your bits and bobs.

 

Copper is SO in right now, and this bad boy of a light source looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of Real Living. 

 

Staying on-trend, you’ll also find industrial-themed goodies like this marble lamp helping you to secure #workspacegoals.

 

Fancy yourself the crafty, creative type? Guess what, you can score this cute-as-hell twine and scissors combo for just $7.

SEVEN-FREAKING-DOLLARS!

 

Now how’s this for genius: using a $2 patterned corkback placemat as a retro pin board! B-A-R-G-A-I-N.

Kmart Clipboards

Photo via Pinterest

 

If you’re sick of paper cluttering your desk, why not grab a couple of clipboards and turn them into wall planner or poster displays.

Kmart Dish Rack

Photo via Pinterest

 

Not just reserved for the kitchen, pretty dish racks can be used to organise your notebooks and magazines.

 

Indoor plants do so much more than pretty-up the place, they purify the air and help you breathe easy, and what better way to show them off then by turning this A-Frame Garment Rack into a green statement piece.

 

Short on space? These hexagon boxes will do the trick by adding extra levels.

 

Or harness the full potential of your wall with this pegboard complete with its own wooden shelving.

Super cute AND functional? It’s a win-win in our books!

@ughtaya

Photo by @ughtaya

 

Oh Kmart, what would we do without you?!

Got an awesome Kmart office hack to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Creating a website for your budget

Guest post: Website creation for every budget

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Whether you’re a freelancer, start-up, small business owner, or craft-maker who’s boss at knitting stuffed animals, perhaps you’ve been tossing around the idea of creating a website for your own biz, but at the moment, you’re either a) freakin’ out it’s going to cost you a sh*t load, or b) not entirely sure what your options are.

We got fellow Share Spacer and digital marketing guru Paula Rodgers from Flux Digital – a boutique Sunshine Coast Web Design Agency that specialises in building visually stunning, user-friendly websites – to give us the lowdown on the different options available based on your budget.

Our number one FAQ at Flux Digital is ‘how much will a website cost’.

It’s a difficult question to answer because you can create your own website for under $100 or you can have a completely custom site done for over $5,000. It really is a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, and will depend on things like:

  • How many pages you want (e.g. Home, About, Services, Portfolio, Gallery, Blog, Contact, sales landing pages)
  • What functionality you need (a shop, membership subscriptions, protected content, downloads, events, mailing list integration, social media integration)
  • How prepared you are with all your website graphics and copy
  • How complex the graphics are you need on your site
  • Are you happy with a template design or do you want a custom design
  • How much time you have to dedicate to the project yourself
  • Are you technically minded and want to tackle it yourself
  • What timeframe do you need the website live in
  • And, of course, what budget you have

The list of variations is long and is why we tend to do a customised quote for every client that works with us. Having said that though, we find clients love to have a ‘from’ price or an estimate of what bang they can get for their buck, so let’s give you an idea and breakdown of what you can get based on your own budget.

Budget: $100-$200

For this budget you’re looking at the DIY Option or the Website Builder Option (unless you can convince a techy friend of yours into creating it in return for a dinner out).

THE COSTS TO SET UP A DIY WEBSITE FROM SCRATCH

1. Hosting = $10-20 a month

We recommend HostGator = approx. $6 USD per month if you sign up for 12 months on a hatchling plan. We’ve created a quick video on how to set up your hosting with HostGator to help you out.

2. Domain = $15-20 per year (for ‘.com.au’ you must buy 2 years up front and have an ABN).

If you’re after a ‘.com’ you can register your domain via HostGator along with your hosting, but if you are after a ‘.com.au’ or any of the new domains like ‘.co’, ‘.courses’, ‘.rocks’, ‘.live’, or ‘.studio’ (the list goes on) then we recommend Crazy Domains = approx $10 per year.

3. WordPress installation = Free! You can install this via your hosting cPanel.

4. A responsive WordPress theme = free to $800-ish for a good one. We love Salient (USD $59) and Bridge (USD $59).

5. Plugins

We recommend the following as your must-haves (and bonus, most plugins are free!):

  • Monster Insights for Google Analytics
  • Yoast for SEO
  • UpDraft Plus for Backup
  • Visual Composer for easy page building (this comes with Salient & Bridge)
  • Ninja Forms for your contact forms
  • WooCommerce for an eCommerce solution

Certain functions may require premium plugins that do cost some mula (e.g. memberships, events, customised emails and email database integration, customised forms) and these usually cost between $25-150 per plugin.

The only thing not mentioned here is the knowledge of how to put this all together and set it up. You can of course Google it or check out YouTube for many free video tutorials, but if you want step-by-step instructions on the whole process, you’d be best to include in your budget the $99 sign-up for the Flux Become a WordPress Whiz course. Our video-based program will take you through all the steps from business + website set up to branding foundations.

THE COSTS FOR USING A WEBSITE BUILDER OPTION

These are companies you can sign up to, using their own website creation tools to build your website.  The process is generally super easy as they have pre-built templates that you can choose from, drag and drop functionality, and video tutorials to follow.

The learning curve is not as high compared to setting up your own website from scratch, however (and here’s the catch), you are then locked into that particular company to host your website and you will need to keep your website with that platform indefinitely. The other downside is that they tend to have limited features and customisations.

Here are some of the more popular platforms to consider:

Wix = $12-$25 USD per month

Weebly = $0-$25 USD per month

Square Space = $5-$70 USD per month

Shopify = $9-$179 USD per month

Budget: $200-$800

In this budget range you have a few more options to help you out with your website. For those who like the idea of the DIY option but might be a bit concerned about any technical aspects (or you just don’t have enough time to set it all up from scratch yourself), look at hiring a bit of help to get the ball rolling.

By hiring some help, you can outsource the creation of a WordPress website to someone like a contractor or freelancer. These people are usually based overseas, which is why this option is more economical. However, be aware that you may face communication and quality issues if you follow this path.

The idea is that you would ‘post’ a job for someone to help you out via an outsourcing company like Upwork, then the potential candidates would send you their proposal, you would suss them out by looking at their portfolio of work and perhaps even arranging a Skype interview, and make your pick on who you’d want to help you out.

The two outsourcing places we recommend are Upwork for bigger jobs and Fiverr for smaller jobs

My only word of warning here: You get what you pay for. If you’re paying $10 an hour for someone to do a website, they may not have the skill and design capabilities of a local expert, so you cannot expect the same end result.

At Flux, we offer a Template + Tech + DIY website service for $599 which allows you to choose one of 168 visually stunning website templates. We’ll look after the tech setup side so you can DIY your website by simply updating all of your content.

BUDGET: $800-$1,800

For this budget you’re looking at including some extra functionality or ‘bells & whistles’ – perhaps more pages, an eCommerce shop, SEO keyword research, plugin installation, graphics, customisations, and an all-round better quality of website.

You would again look to hire a bit of help via the outsourcing sites mentioned in the previous budget range, but this time you would be able include more in the scope of your website brief and also be able to afford someone who charges a little more for a better design.

At Flux, we offer a Template + Tech + Flux Updating website service for $999, which allows you to choose one of 168 visually stunning website templates. We’ll look after the tech setup side AND update your website by replacing your chosen website theme and images & copy (supplied by you). You’ll also get access to our ‘Working with Bridge’ video-based course.

We also offer an eComm Template + Tech + Flux Updating website service for $1,699 which allows you to choose one of 14 visually stunning eCommerce shop website templates. Again, we’ll look after the tech setup side for you AND update your website by replacing your chosen website theme and images & copy (supplied by you), PLUS we add WooCommerce and four products to your site. You’ll also get access to our ‘Working with Bridge’ video-based course.

Or if you’re looking to update an existing website, we’ve got our Existing Website Revamp service for $1800, which includes:

  • Get existing WordPress site ready for new theme (backup + plugins)
  • Put coming soon message up on website for duration of revamp
  • Loading of Bridge or Salient theme
  • Set up of Bridge or Salient theme + overall style & brand formatting
  • Homepage custom re-design based on design call discussion
  • Style up to six internal pages **
  • 1-hour personal website training (recorded)
  • 12 months access to the Flux Working with Bridge or Salient course

Budget: $3,000-4,000

This option is for those that need something a little out of the ordinary: Perhaps you’re after unique features or specific branding requirements, or maybe the templates in the other budgets just don’t suit your taste.

In this budget range you’d be getting a completely custom website, with a lot of hand holding and all the expected ‘bells & whistles’ you would need for a stunning website that’s a one of a kind and designed just for you.

At Flux, we specialise in creating custom websites that fulfil our client’s dreams. Below is a guideline based on our custom website services.

Custom Website Creation Inclusions:

  • Pre-website questionnaire to assess your project requirements
  • In-person or Skype kick off consultation
  • Website design mockups in photoshop
  • Domain, hosting & WordPress setup
  • Website pages created
  • If eComm included,  4-6 products created
  • Revisions (one round included)
  • Plugins installed (Backup, Google Analytics & SEO)
  • SEO research & on-page optimisation
  • Email sign up integration
  • Contact page form integration
  • Website testing
  • Client review and approve final website
  • Website GO LIVE
  • Access to the Flux ‘Working with WordPress’ online course for 12 months after launch

Pricing indications for Flux Custom Creation Website Packages:

  • 4-page custom website from $3,900
  • 6-page custom eComm site from $4,900

We hope this website budget breakdown helps you to get an idea of the answer to this holy grail of website questions – ‘how much will a website cost’.

As a special offer exclusively for Share Space peeps (for the month of August), we are offering a 1-hour free consultation with Flux Digital, just reach out and say hi.

11 podcasts you need to subscribe to

11 podcasts you need to subscribe to

By | Inspiration, Technology | One Comment

From crime stories and urban planning, to tips and tricks for nailing your online biz, and how to live a life of minimalism, there’s a whole wealth of knowledge available through a pair of headphones these days.

The Share Space crew got together to collate a list of our favourite podcasts that will serve as an audible treat the next time you hop in the car on your drive home or drag yourself out of the house in your active wear.

1. The Minimalists

Before you think you’re going to cop an earful from besties Josh and Ryan about downsizing your wardrobe and getting rid of your boy toys, as you’ll soon discover, the whole ‘minimalist’ idea isn’t just about getting rid of your material possessions (although removing the excess does make up one part of it), but it’s about simplifying and decluttering your life to make room for more meaningful experiences and freedom.

2. The Ted Radio Hour

If you love the videos, then you’re going to love this podcast – 60-glorious-minutes taking you on a journey of new discovery across a range fascinating topics and ideas.

3. Death, Sex, and Money

They’re arguably three of the most controversial (but unavoidable) topics in the human existence, and that’s why this podcast is so great. It doesn’t shy away from the raw and honest aspects of people’s lives that are usually left out of polite conversation. From celebrities to everyday souls, host Anna Sale digs deep to uncover the realness.

4. Serial

If you weren’t already hooked on this true-crime podcast, then you’re about to be. Created in 2014, the first season followed the tale of Adnan Syed who was convicted for killing his ex-girlfriend, but as you dive deeper into the case with Sarah Koenig, you’ll discover a trial covered up by a far more complicated story than the jury or the public ever got to hear.

5. Conversations with Richard Fidler

You know what the best thing about this podcast is? Each episode IS a real conversation with real people. Richard Fidler’s easy going and encouraging nature works its magic, drawing you deeper into the life of someone you may never have heard of but, nevertheless, has an amazing story to tell. One hour almost doesn’t seem long enough.

6. Smart Passive Income (with Patt Flynn)

If you work in online world, you might want to add this resource to your favourites pronto. Sharing a goldmine of strategies and tips for building your online business or blog – not to mention hosting discussions with some of the smartest minds in the industry – online entrepreneur Patt Flynn will have you crushing it #likeaboss in no time.

7. Design Matters

Giving you a grand scope of the creative industry from artists and cookbook writers to musicians and photographers, Debbie Millman‘s thought-provoking profiles reveal the intimate and unknown inspirations and processes which have lead to the success of industry-leading creatives.

8. Pardon My French

Her accent is enough to have you hooked, but aside from her melodious voice, Garance Dore‘s candid conversations with friends and creatives she admires will hit you right in the feels and leave you with a smile as they discuss all subjects of life, from fashion and ‘dancing your assess off’ to politics and relationships.

9. Problogger Podcast

If you want advice on taking your blog to the next level, you’ve gotta go to the pro(blogger). On his podcast, the uber successful Darren Rowse shares simple strategies and tactics for killin’ it in the online world. But what gets people raving about this entrepreneur is the practicality of his advice, boiling it down to the fundamentals and giving you useful and actionable info to start accomplishing your online goals.

10. The Lively Show

While the name gets itself from the voice behind this podcast, it still hits the nail on the head on how you will feel after listening to one of Jess’s episodes: Lively. You will be left inspired and uplifted by this Oprah of the podcast world, inviting conversations with guests and discussing a broad range of lifestyle topics, which will leave you adding a little extra intention to your everyday.

11. The Urbanist

Whether you’ve got a penchant for urban planning and design, or you just love learning about different places, in just five minutes with The Urbanist (or 30 if you catch the main episode each week) you will be transported all around the world to uncover how cities work, fail and what makes them tick. 

Know of any other awesome podcasts we should be listening to? Let us know in the comments below!

Sunshine Coast Instagram accounts we love

24 Sunshine Coast Instagrammers we love

By | Inspiration | 11 Comments

Ahh the Sunshine Coast… full of great surf, great vibes, and great people doing amazing things.

Do yourself a favour and check out these 24 local ‘grammers we love and who inspire us creatively and emotionally on the daily.

1. @creativebowerbird

Creative Bowerbird

The definition of #weavinggoals = this DIY creative(Psst, want to learn how to make these bad boys for yourself? Check out her upcoming workshops at Share Space!).

2. @kristaeppelstun

Krista Eppelstun

From the red dirt of Outback Queensland to the jaw-dropping mountain ranges of Canada, fellow coworker / photographer /videographer Krista Eppelstun has a knack for capturing nature at it’s best.

3.@sticks_and_stones_agency

Sticks and Stones Agency

You can’t help but love the bold, raunchy and down right fucking badass-styled photoshoots by this fashion agency, started by husband and wife duo Ainsley Hutchence and Sebastien Fougere.

4. @madtheline

Madeline Rawlings

Recently taking the freelancer plunge, we love following this graphic designer on her coastal adventures now that she’s doin’ life on HER time. (PS. While you’re stalking don’t forget to check out her design account @the.binding)

5. @oraclefox

Oracle Fox Blog

This international fashion sensation is proof the Sunshine Coast ain’t just the breeding grounds of barefoot beach bums and boardie enthusiasts (not that there’s anything wrong with the latter).

6. @yogakiss

Oracle Fox Blog

For all your yogi inspiration follow Kat Harding as she downward dogs and salutes the sun all over the coast.

7. @elkelucasceramics

ElkeLucasCeramics

Homeware lovers, get your daily dose of #ceramicporn from this Noosa-based potter, whose beautifully understated pieces are made from wheel thrown, high-fired porcelain and natural oxides.

8. @jannekestorm

Janneke Storm

She may have been born in South Africa, but we’re pretty chuffed this amazing fashion and wedding photographer now calls the Sunshine Coast home (when she’s not off in the world working on collabs, that is).

9. @gypsy_stone

Gypsy Stone

Creative director and photographer Lizz Pennings‘s Insta-feed is a glorious mix of beach boho meets rock’n’roll.

10. @thebridestree

The Bride's Tree

From the beach to the hinterland, find all your Sunshine Coast wedding inspo over at The Bride’s Tree.

11. @rawlensmedia

Raw Lens Media

Another shameless plug for a fellow coworker: photographer + videographer Tom Rawlins has worked with the likes of Melissa Ambrosini, Food Matters and comical threesome SketchSHE (from that video).

12. @frontierjournal

Frontier Journal

Full of beautiful places and beautiful people, their Insta account is just as inspiring as the travel mag itself (if you haven’t nabbed your copy of Issue #2, you can pick one up at Share Space!).

13. @metropolist_sc

Metropolist Sunshine Coast

Discover the latest and greatest things to see, do and eat on the coast by following these guys!

14. @ashgoodbeing

Ash Good

Osteopath and health coach Dr Ashlee Good is like a ray of sunshine on our Insta-feeds with her positive vibes and love for the salty seas.

15. @misterweekender

Mister Weekender

We can’t help but feel a tiny bit jelly of travel blogger Jaharn Giles, who takes pictures and travels the world for a living!

16. @saltmag

Salt Mag

Sharing what’s hot, what’s happening and what the locals love is this Sunny Coast lifestyle mag.

17. @sea_bass

Sea Bass

Surfing is so much more than just a sport, it’s magic. At least, that’s what Sebastian makes it look like.

18. @wholeheartedstudio

Wholehearted Studio

From fashion to interiors, you’ll find endless creative and visual inspiration from creative director Hayley Jenkin.

19. @cassdellerdesign

Cass Deller

If you’ve got a penchant for pretty pastels and beautiful typography then you’re going to be mesmerised by the feed of designer Cass Deller.

20. @ilovelilya

Lilya

Inspired by the easy-going lifestyle of her surroundings, Lisa – aka founder of LILYA – is all about creating pieces that aquintessentially Australian – relaxed, effortless and stylish.

21. @ktunbridge

kieran tunbridge

The water is his subject, and boy, does Kieran make it look so damn good.

22. @karina_jean_sharpe

Karina Sharpe

Not sure what the term conceptual artist means? Take a look at the creative stylings by Karina Sharpe for a visual crash course.

23. @smile_clothing

Smile Clothing

Started by two local surfers, Smile Clothing was created under the premise of give first, wear second; for every item of clothing sold, they will donate a school uniform or t-shirt to a child in need. So grab yourself a tee and support these legends making a difference.

24. @the_wanderlinglens

The Wandering Lens

From small fishing villages in Italy to grand glaciers in Iceland, go around the globe with travel and underwater photographer Lisa Burns as she inspires you to see the world from a different perspective.

Know any other hot Sunshine Coast Instagrammers who should have made the list? Tell us in the comments below.

15 ways to relax and unwind on the Sunshine Coast

15 ways to unwind on the Sunshine Coast

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Sure, you could hit the beach again, but there are plenty of other ways to unwind on the Sunshine Coast if sand and salt water aren’t your thing.

Here are 15 ways we like to relax, re-energise, and re-boot!

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

1. Get down(ward dog)

Yoga

Photo by @activeyogi via IG

There’s nothing better than a good stretch after you’ve been staring at a computer screen all day. So pack your activewear and hit up a yoga class!

Head to the Active Living Studio in Maroochydore on Wednesdays for $10 classes with Gay Goldsworthy, or try Zenko Yoga if you want to mix up your styles.

2. Float into Space

Float Space Maroochydore

Photo by @thefloatspace via IG

Floating in a pod of darkness may seem a little daunting at first, but once you’ve settled in to your Epsom-soaked water pod during a float therapy session at Float Space in Maroochydore, you will soon start to feel weightless and oh so relaxed as your body frees itself from gravity and tension. (FYI, they say it’s the equivalent of 4-8 hours of deep sleep in just the one hour!)

3. Find your zen

Photo by @yogakiss via IG

Feeling stressed? Finding it hard to clear all those thoughts running manic in your head?

Regular meditation is not only great at calming our minds when we’re feeling overwhelmed, but it boasts a plethora of mental and physical benefits, including increased creativity and happiness to lowering high blood pressure.

If you’re not sure how or where to start, from the 14th of April, Mindful Therapy will be holding their 6-week Learn to Meditate course at Share Space, where you’ll get six group sessions, step-by-step instructions, take-home CD, and support! Follow this link if you’d like more information.

4. Work out those knots and kinks

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We all know massages make you feel amazeballs, but it’s fact that sitting at our desks 8-hours-a-day-5-days-a-week ain’t doing our neck and back any favours, so getting regular massages is pretty much a necessity in releasing all that built-up tension we heap on ourselves.

Our neighbours Allure Media Spa and Beauty can sort you out with their Swedish Massage, or if you don’t have much time on yours hands, Real Health Massage in the Big Top Maroochydore can work out those knots and kinks in just 20 minutes. Can’t be stuffed leaving the house? Mobile massage therapist Michelle from Butterfly Heart will happily come to you!

5. Pamper yo’ self

Pamper yourself

Photo by @thegoodlifetravellers via IG

Sometimes you just need to take some time out to focus solely on you, and what better way to do so than by indulging in a Retreat for a Day at the Ikatan Day Spa in Doonan.

You’ll start your morning with a yoga or meditation session (or both if you wish!), followed by a day’s worth of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments.

MOTHER NATURE HEALS ALL

6. Take a hike

Photo by @arii_1

In the nicest way possible, of course! When you’re feeling wired from all that screen-time, there’s no better way to clear your head than with a nice long walk, and we’re pretty lucky on the coast to be surrounded by so many beautiful trails and tracks scattered from the coast to the hinterlands.

Take your pick:

  • Explore the rocky headlands of Noosa National Park, keeping an eye out for dolphins, turtles and migrating whales at the Boiling Pot, Dolphin Point and Hell’s Gate lookouts!
  • Stalk the coastline along the Caloundra Coastal Pathway, starting at Golden Beach in Caloundra and working your way to the lighthouse in Point Cartwright. If your game, you can follow the coastal pathway all the way up to Tewantin,
  • Wander over 2kms of tranquil rainforest tracks at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny.
  • Starting at the Lindsey Road carpark, follow the boardwalk and circuit track through Buderim National Park, taking you to the cascading Serenity Falls.
  • Climb Mount Coolum to be rewarded with panoramic views of the coast (it’s particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset).
  • The Glass House Mountains have got tracks ranging from the more novice adventurer through to daredevil rock climbers.

7. Don’t Do go chasing waterfalls

Kondalilla

Photo by @arii_1

TLC would be quick to change their minds if they’d known 0f the freshwater falls nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Pack a picnic and head out to Maleny for a day at Gardeners Falls. From the carpark off Obi Lane, it’s an easy 800-metre walk where you’ll find a bunch of smaller-sized pools to splash about in plus a larger pool complete with a rope swing.

Want to couple your dip with an adventure first? Work up a sweat by taking to the Kondalilla Falls Circuit first – taking you on a round-trip through rainforest valley – before coming back to the rock pool and lookout to cool off.

8. Surf’s up

Surf Sunshine Coast

Photo by @meretekloster via IG

If you haven’t already given surfing a go, then it’s about time you did! We’re not saying you’ve got to be a pro or even catch a wave; just being out there in the salty seas and trying something different is enough to make you feel rejuvenated and ready to try anything!

9. SUP, ya’ll

SUP Yoga

Photo by @yogakiss via IG

Couldn’t seem to master the waves? Stand up paddle boarding is a calmer (read: easier) way to enjoy being out on the water, and you can even team it up with a yoga sesh! Hit up SUP Club Caloundra, Kat Harding Yoga, and Ocean Addicts Maroochydore to find out more about their classes.

COMFORT IN FOOD

10. Dessert love

TOME

Photo by @tome____ via IG

Okay yes, we have a total obsession with these guys, and we’re not ashamed of it. We thank our lucky stars every day that TOME are down the road from us, because they’re our go-to when we need a sugar hit or an afternoon pick-me-up. (PS. most of their treats are gluten free, too!)

11. Cruise into the week ahead

MV Catalina Noosa

Photo by @arii_1 via IG

Sunday afternoons are not something any of us look forward to… until now.

For just 15 bucks you can hop aboard the M.V. Catalina Noosa for one of their Saltwater Sunday river cruises. Cocktails, mezze platters, and sweet, sweet tunes are all on the menu, as well as a spectacular sunset admired from their rooftop loungers.

12. I’ve been eaten everywhere, man

Marcoola Markets

Photo by @claire_plush via IG

Can’t decide where to go for dinner? Save that decision-making stress for your work hours and hit up the beachside Marcoola Markets, held every Friday from 4-8pm, boasting a delicious range of street food from around the world.

13. Seafood nirvana

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Photo by @tonymcinnes via IG

Fish and chips + beach at sunset = the ultimate Sunshine Coast bliss. And you can beat The Spit in Mooloolaba for delivering on fresh quality seafood.

CREATIVITY BOOST

14. To market to market

Eumundi markets

Photo by @eumundimarkets via IG

Falling a little flat in the creativity department? Be inspired by the beautiful hand-made knick knacks and local designs on offer at the Eumundi Markets, held every Wednesday from 8am to 1:30pm and every Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Don’t forget to bring some cash money, as it’s highly unlikely you’d leave without getting a little treat for yourself (be that edible or not).

15. Hinterland road trip

Montville

Photo by @melindahodges via IG

A trip to the Sunshine Coast hinterland does wonders to declutter your mind and leave you feeling fresh and re-energised. Wind your way up to Maleny and Montville for a hinterland crawl through their bookstores, local arts and crafts shops, and cosy cafes.

14 email newsletters freelancers will want in their inbox

14 email newsletters freelancers will want in their inbox

By | Freelance, Technology, Web | No Comments

If you dread checking your emails, then it’s time to bring a little light to your inbox.

From copywriting inspiration and design freebies to the latest social media trends and blogging resources, these 14 blogs/websites/kick-ass entrepreneurs dish out some of the best (and most useful) advice for freelancers across the biz, online and creative worlds (and we may have snuck in a couple of Sunshine Coast related ones too).

So in the words of Aerosmith, if you don’t want to miss a thing (and you could use some decent reading material amidst all those pings from your clients), we recommend subscribing pronto.

FOR BUSINESS ADVICE AND INSPIRATION

1. Marie Forleo

Marie-Forleo

If you haven’t heard of her already, prepare for life = changed. This entrepreneurial goddess never fails to dish out solid biz and personal advice to her MF Insiders that will motivate you to get your butt into gear and start creating the life you’ve always dreamed of.

FYI: She’s also quirky AF and you will fall in love with her immediately.

2. Smack Bang Designs

Smack Bang Designs

Nail your branding and get some handy day-to-day business inspo (like how to recharge your creative mojo + creating a fun company culture) with the tips, tricks and good vibes coming from this Sydney branding agency.

3. Problogger

Problogger

When you want blogging advice, you gotta go to the pros. Keep up-to-date with the latest information, resources and tools for bloggers serious about finding their voice and creating kick-ass (and profitable) content.

4. 99U

99U

The guys over at 99U are all about delivering action-oriented insights on creativity and productivity to help you focus and work smarter (seriously, who doesn’t need a regular dose of that?!).

5. Really good emails

Really Good Emails

Is your own email newsletter reading a little flat? If you’re stuck on design and content ideas, you can’t beat the weekly inspiration from Really Good Emails to help you take things up a notch.

FOR CURING WRITER’S BLOCK

6. The Middle Finger Project

The-Middle-Finger-Project

If you think the name is saucy, wait till you read her stuff. As well as being bloody hilarious, Ash from The Middle Finger Project knows her shit when it comes to copywriting and running a successful online biz. So if you prefer the kind of advice that’s all real-talk and no bullshit (and comes with a hefty side of LOLs), subscribe ASAP.

Content warning: She says fuck A LOT, and we love her for it!

7. Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra Franzen

Yet another witty and clever copywriting whiz we adore. With the aim of being encouraging, useful and gloriously brief (expect to hear from her about twice a month), Alexandra Franzen‘s emails are obsessively readable and helpful – her writing freebies are a godsend – and they’ll always leave you wanting more (to the point where I’ve ended up trawling her blog for a solid hour because I couldn’t get enough).

FOR DESIGN FREEBIES

8. Creative Market

Creative Market

Each week I can’t wait to see what goodies the Creative Market have got for me. But the best part? Every week they give away six awesome freebies across all different kinds of design content: fonts, graphics, Lightroom Presets, web themes and more. Subscribe to get your weekly reminder!

9. Free stock images

Stock-photos

Don’t have the time or money to produce professional photographs? No worries. Free stock images are where it’s at, and our inboxes have never looked more beautiful since getting the freshest pics of the bunch from Unsplash and Death To The Stock Photo to use across our social media and online platforms.

FOR THE LATEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA

10. Socially Sorted

Socially Sorted

Donna from Socially Sorted is all about helping you take your social media game from meh to HELL YEAH. So if you’re serious about nailing your strategy, you won’t want to miss her weekly actionable tips and handy tools, plus a heads up on upcoming events and webinars that could help you take shit to the next level.

11. Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner

Always like to be ahead of the curve? Stay on top of the latest news and trends in the social media world with Social Media Examiner. Their daily updates/weekly digest (it’s your choice how frequently you’d like to receive them) are a brief round-up of what’s hot and happening.

FOR THE BEST ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

12. Metropolist Sunshine Coast

Metropolist Sunshine Coast

So, you want to know the best spots to eat, drink, shop and explore on the coast? Let Metropolist hook you up. The sister site of The Urban List is all about connecting you with the latest and greatest offerings going down.

13. Salt Magazine’s Pepper

Salt Magazine

Okay so this isn’t exactly a newsletter, but close to it. Thank goodness Salt brought out a monthly e-zine to complement their quarterly lifestyle mag, because their once-every-three-months dose of Sunshine Coast goodness sometimes just isn’t enough. Sign up to (the appropriately named) Pepper for a squiz of their yummy recipes, movie reviews, favourite blogs, and secrets only a local would know!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

14. Share Space

Share Space

You didn’t think we’d leave out our newsletter, did you?

But seriously, for all you freelancers, creatives, solopreneurs, and all-round legends out there who dig the coworking movement, get on the list so we can fill you in on the latest Share Space news, including what events/workshops/classes are happening each month + sneaky cowork deals.

10 of the best lunch spots in Maroochydore

9 of the best lunch spots in Maroochydore

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When the clock strikes midday, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and get yourself something delicious.

Being in the CBD of the Sunshine Coast, we’ve come to know a thing or two about the top places to satisfy those lunchtime cravings.

Leave your leftovers at home, because we’re serving up 10 of the best lunch spots in Maroochydore.

1. Pum’s Kitchen

Pum's-Kitchen

There’s nothing like some Thai to cure those hangry feels.

Pum’s Kitchen in the Big Top Market Fresh have got you sorted with hearty curry and noodle dishes that will fill you up for as little as $11.50.

You have to try: If you like a little spice, the Pad Kae Maow stir-fried noodles.

2. Greenout Cafe & Bar

Greenout-Cafe

Stuff your face with some healthy goodness at Greenout Cafe & Bar.

Vegans and vegetarians will be in a tapas heaven with their share plates, but make sure you have a squiz of their $10 lunch menu first.

You have to try: The fish tacos!

3. Hello Harry

Hello-Harry

Treat yourself to one of the funkiest burger joints in town.

Can you believe Hello Harry‘s mouth-watering burgers are a bargain 10 bucks all day, every day?! Add some sweet potato fries and a shake, and that’s lunch sorted.

You have to try: The Louisiana pulled pork burger and a salted caramel shake.

4. Junk

Junk

Tasty Asian street food comin’ atcha hot and delicious from Junk.

Simple, fresh and packed full of flavour, hit ’em up and go to town on some edamame, dumplings and pork buns pronto.

You have to try: The ramen bowl.

5. Zahtar

Zahtar

While we’re pretty big fans of the delish $10 lunch wraps at Zahtar on Ocean Street, we INSIST you try one of their traditional mains and platters for an authentic taste of Lebanon on the coast.

You have to try: The Kafta Lebanese spiced mince with hommus, salad and flatbread. PS. they also do a mean falafel wrap.

6. Elixiba

Elixiba

Pull up in a treehouse booth and get munchin’ on some unique tapas at Elixiba.

From their colour-changing drinks to yummy share plates, everything at this herbal bar and vegan restaurant is infused with a variety of rare and wonderful active botanicals. So not only does everything taste incredible, but it’s all good for you too (even the cocktails!).

You have to try: Sweet potato and beetroot chips + sesame tofu bites + coconut calamari + vitality rice paper rolls… yep, that should do the trick.

7. Yum Cha Cuisine

Yum Cha Sunshine Plaza

Ain’t nothing like a little office bonding over a table full of Yum Cha.

Grab your coworkers and make your way to the Sunshine Plaza for some finger-lickin’ fried chicken feet, sweet and sour pork and all other Chinese delights in between.

You have to try: BBQ pork buns, asian greens and honey chicken.

8. Sushi Ichiban

Sushi Ichiban

Sushi is always a good time, but a bento box from Sushi Ichiban at the Big Top Market Fresh is a party in your mouth.

From karage chicken to teriyaki tofu, these boxes of lunchtime happiness come with a hefty side of steamed rice, edamame or calamari rings and a garden salad, and are so filling that although I struggle trying to smash the whole thing, I always do because they’re just so damn tasty. #noregrets

You have to try: The vegetarian bento.

9. TOME

TOME

Cake counts as lunch, right?

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with TOME, so if you’re feeling the sweet more than the savoury, hit up the sunny coast cake gods.

*Most of their cakes are gluten free, too!

You have to try: All of them. Seriously. You will never be disappointed.