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A beginner’s guide to working from home

With all what we have going on, many people will find themselves working from home now. If you are one of those people and working from home is new to you, this beginner’s guide to working from home may help you make the most of it. Working from home can be a blessing and it can be a curse. It depends on your personality and the work you do. I have been working from home for about 6 years now and I have tried various techniques to help me stay productive and actually work from home in the midst of all the distractions. My working form home is really going well, and I have recently started studying from home too!

 

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Here are some tips to help you work from home effectively –

Work when you are most productive

You need to figure out when you are most productive and aim to complete the main tasks then. This will allow you work on other tasks that are not as important or demanding when your concentration levels are low. Being a freelancer means you can set the times you want to work. You may not have to work the traditional 9-5 if those hours don’t favour you. I love the flexibility of setting my own hours around when I am most productive. Once you figure this out, you can work from home and actually get work done.

Have a routine

I love routines. They keep me focused and productive. I would be lost without a clear schedule on how my day needs to go. One of the first things you need to do when you start working from home is to have a routine and stick to it. That way you know what needs doing and when it needs to be done. For every working hour, you have a clear schedule. There should always be room for flexibility when needed. After all that is the beauty of being self employed. Once you have a routine and you stick to it, you will find working from home easy and productive.

Take regular breaks

Don’t get tempted to keep working without taking regular breaks in between. Remember sitting is the new smoking. Good to move around for a few minutes after every hour of sitting down. Regular breaks are good for the body and the mind. You could go for a short walk to clear your head or just walk around the house doing some chores.

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Days off are important

Back in my early days of working from home, I worked every free time I got and I did this pretty much everyday. This is no longer the case for me. I now take a day or 2 off every week and that helps me recharge. It can be difficult to not work every single day, especially if you have just started freelancing. The anxiety or the fear of missing out keeps you grinding, but this is dangerous for your health and productivity. Days off are important so factor these days in when planning your schedule.

Avoid the distractions

I am not easily distracted. The bed, tv and the chores don’t distract me when I need to get work done. If that is the same for you then you will find it easy to work from home. If you are easily distracted, you will need to find ways to deal with your distractions. Working on a chair/table will help so you don’t get too comfy on the bed. Switching the tv off or working in a room without a tv helps too!

Do you work form home? How are you finding it?

 

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What You Do – & Don’t – Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer

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To be successful as a freelance writer, you need to have a particular set of skills. It’s not all that hard to be successful as a writer: contrary to popular belief! However, you have to have the right skills, the right level of creativity – and it would help if you had a good grasp of the language in which you are hoping to write. When we use the word successful, we don’t necessarily mean in terms of cash; we mean that you can see a steady stream of work based on the fact that people are impressed with you and what you can do.

There are several skills that you need to write as a freelancer, as we mentioned, and it’s so much more than you think. So, we’re going to talk through the skills that you need, as well as the skills that you don’t need, to be a successful writer.

 

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What You Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer
  • You Need To Be Able To Write

It’s simple, but it’s true. It would help if you had some ability to write clearly, fluently and without too much waffle. Of course, depending on the topic, a little waffle is to be expected! However, it would help if you thought of writing as a craft which you must hone. You can learn to write, but it’s a little more about having a natural talent for it than anything else. You don’t have to aim for perfection with your work; what is perfect writing, anyway?

 

  • A Passion For Writing

While some people turn to content writing as a freelancer, they don’t have much of a passion or a desire to write. Most writers cannot explain to anyone their process. How do you tell someone that you can’t articulate the words you want to write, but that your hands know what to say? It’s because those with a real passion for writing have an instinct for the words which flow through their fingertips. You need this. You don’t have to love every topic in front of you, but you do have to be able to write that topic well. 

 

  • A Space To Work

The beautiful thing about freelancing as a writer is that you can bring your writing anywhere. You can sit in the park with your laptop, lounge on the beach with a tablet and you can even just sit at the dining table at home while you can. Ideally, if you’re going to do this professionally, you’re going to need a space to work. You need to be able to have the best software for your writing, with updated computer equipment. It would help if you also had an excellent smartphone to communicate well with your clients. There are plenty of packages out there, and you can refer a friend and get one month free SMARTY when you do. So, if you know other freelancers out there looking to stay connected, get in touch with them, and you both get something for free. Equipping your space is so necessary, so make sure you have the right writing tools from the start.

 

  • A Willingness To Market Yourself

You may not have much confidence in person, but behind the written word, you’re a powerhouse, and you know what you’re doing. Your professionalism and your confidence shines through the way you wrap your words around a given topic. You are a business, and you are your own selling point. As a writer, you need to be comfortable enough to market yourself, and that takes time to learn how to do that.

 

  • The Ability To Accept A “No”

Now, rejection is supposed to be a bad thing. In the world outside of writing, rejection isn’t exactly positive. However, as a writer, you will get far more rejections than you will accept in the early days of your writing. This isn’t something that should devastate you. Instead, ask for feedback; what was it about your writing that wasn’t right for the job? Learn from the rejection and move on.

 

  • Perseverance

Oh, boy, do you need to know how to keep going! If you are fortunate enough to get a role with a company with regular work coming in, you still have to think on your feet with other positions. As a freelancer, your job is never guaranteed, and it can change day by day. Instead of sitting back and letting workflow to you, stay active and keep your name circulating so that people are aware that you are writing and ready to go!

 

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What You Do Not Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer

Now that we have discussed all of the things that you need to be successful as a freelancer, there are some things that you don’t need to worry about. Shall we take a look? 

 

  • You Don’t Need To Know It All

So much of writing comes from just, well, writing! You don’t need to know how to build your own website, and you don’t need to know how to write about every single topic in the world. However, you do need to know how to research your work and how to put out a good query letter. You don’t need to build your site when there are so many other professionals out there who would be more than willing to help you to do it! It would help if you trusted that you know more than enough to be successful.

 

  • You Don’t Need Unlimited Support

While it’s a beautiful thing to have, you don’t actually need everyone in your life to agree with you that freelancing is the way to go. People won’t, and that’s okay; you can’t help them with their wrong opinion about how you live your life. Content writers are kings in an online world. So, go out there and prove to everyone that you have nothing to prove. It’s so satisfying!

 

  • You Don’t Need To Fear Rejection

People will tell you no, and that’s something that you have to get over really fast if you want to be a writer. Don’t fear it; let people reject and learn from it – as we mentioned earlier.

 

  • You Don’t Need Hours Of Free Time

Writing is a passion, and you don’t need to wait until the perfect moment to start writing. You don’t have to wait until the kids have grown up and moved out. You only really need time that you want to dedicate to it, and that’s it. You will always find the time to write. 

 

  • You Don’t Need To Be Perfect

Lastly, you do not need perfection. Writers are naturally critical of their work, and you should be confident that the articles that you are putting out are what your client needs. There is no such thing as perfect!

 

Now you know how, what are you going to do about it? Go and chase your freelance dreams!

 

Is a Job in Finance Suited to You?

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Have you considered a role in finance? This career offers many routes into a huge range of different positions, it’s fast paced, interesting and guaranteed to keep you on your toes because as they say, money makes the world go round. Read on to find out more.

 

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Skills needed

Finance based roles suit people that are quick and analytical thinkers; if you’re very logical and have fantastic problem-solving abilities, then finance based roles are likely to be something that you enjoy. Some people are naturally suited more to this kind of work because of the way their brains work, it’s not to say you can’t learn these skills but if you’re more of an abstract thinker then it might not be your ideal role. It’s not a bad thing at all, some roles require this kind of ‘out of the box’ thought processes, but finance isn’t one of them.

 

What kinds of jobs can you get?

Finance jobs range from corporate planning, to bank staff to accountancy, to investments. Yo could be working in an anti fraud department, or helping people get mortgages- and much more. You could be working with individuals, with companies or with banks so it’s impossible to generalise- finance careers are broad and varied. Have a think about what kind of role it is you want to gain within finance, as this might affect the process of working up to it. It might change the steps you need to take to get qualified and experienced if you have a specific route you’re looking to follow. 

 

What skills or education will you need?

There are lots of different degrees and types of work experience that could come in useful if you want to work in finance. For example, qualifications in mathematics, accountancy, economics and business will all be highly sought after. Otherwise, you could do a specific finance degree like an online MBA degree in finance. Take some time to think about what would best suit your interests, past experience and skills and the career you hope to gain going forward. 

 

Is a degree essential?

While a degree is desirable with most kinds of jobs, it’s not essential and there are other ways to get onto this career path. If you’re happy to work your way up from the bottom, you can start earning right away on a lower wage and build your way up. You don’t need much all that much knowledge to gain an entry-level position, as many companies will have their own training programs, however, basic qualifications in subjects like maths are something companies will be looking at. High performers are able to get ahead in finance careers quickly, so hard work and determination will pay off if you’re keen to do well.

 

 

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