Deanna Bonaparte

Setting up Your Own Cafe - What You Should Know

By Deanna Bonaparte

In recent years, an artisanal café wave has been sweeping Singapore, spearheaded by a fresh crop of young graduates with bright, entrepreneurial minds.

Local culture brews up the regular visitation of cafés as social, affluent, and downright hip. Given the avid patronage of young student muggers, Singaporeans’ experimental palates and the national pastime of eating, setting up a café can be a tantalising taste of a profitable business. But if your would-be café is to appeal to the cake sage, latte lover and occasional hipster, here are some (of the many) things you need to know before you can realise your culinary dreams. (Read More Here!)

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Rights for Disabled Workers

By Deanna Bonaparte

Progress towards a flexible and inclusive society in Singapore cannot be only reliant on Government policies laid out in black and white. The ownership of this initiative should be on society as a whole (and this includes the workplace) in adopting the spirit of convention and inclusivity.

In fact, 4 per cent of the nation’s population – about 150,000 people – is less-than-abled. And with this number set to rise, it is pertinent for the workplace to accept and adapt to persons with disabilities.

What kind of measures should be adopted to ensure the inclusivity of disabled workers in the workplace? Here are some pointers on how companies can create a friendlier work environment for everybody. (Read More Here!)

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Online Entrepreneurs: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

By Deanna Bonaparte

A great advantage of being an online entrepreneur (who relies on e-commerce, rather than a brick-and-mortar presence) is the ability to work whenever, wherever, and however. This might suggest that you’d have greater flexibility for family and leisure activities, but the truth is that online entrepreneurs are in control of their own failure and success, and this can become very daunting very quickly. Here are 4 things to note before you become an online entrepreneur. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Do I Break the Ice with My New Colleagues?

Question: I'm new at my workplace. How do I break the ice with my colleagues?

Answer: Congrats for landing a new job! With that out of the way, being a raw novice in any environment can be hard – though we all have the innate desire to fit in, breaking the ice with total strangers can be a troublesome, arduous process. It takes a certain finesse to conscientiously tread on the horizon of being nice enough without being too nice - and coming across as ‘fake’. (Read More Here!)

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Back to Basics: The Back Rest

By Deanna Bonaparte

As office drones, we spend a lot of time sitting at our office desks each and every day, ignorant to the fact that this seemingly harmless (in)activity can take a toll on our physical well-being. In fact, you might already be familiar with your colleagues’ complaints about their backs being in serious need of a massage!

We brush it off with a laugh, but slouching and other undesirable sitting positions can cause pinched nerves on our shoulders and spine, ultimately producing persistent backaches. If you haven’t given much thought to the comfort of your workspace, it’s high time you give it an essential yet inexpensive ergonomic makeover – the office cushion. (Read More Here!)

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Better Ways for Better Days

By Deanna Bonaparte

The alarm rings; you take a scan for the clock – 7am. Once again, you are reminded of the Excel spreadsheets that await you and the deadlines that are one day closer. You wish you were raring to go, but the staccato images of the previous day leave you wondering the same thing you did the previous – if not every other - morning: How do I keep alert and energised throughout the day when, at this point, I feel anything but?

Mornings do not necessarily have to disgruntle you, and a few little steps can go a long way in reviving your stamina. Here are some small (but mighty) ways to shake off the morning blues! (Read More Here!)

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