3 Tips for Self Employment

With the changes happening all over the world, more and more people are going into self-employment or thinking of going into it. I have been self-employed for many years now, and although it has been a bumpy rollercoaster, I would get on the ride again if I had to start all over again. Being self-employed has given me so many opportunities regular employment would not have given me and for that, I am forever grateful.

If you are thinking of going self-employed, here are 3 tips that would help you start in the right way.

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3 Tips for Self Employment
  • Pretend you are in an office

Working from home can be fun but it can also be very distracting. The best way to get around it while working from home is to act like you are in an actual office. That means getting out of bed and your PJs and starting the day all dressed up. That puts you in the right state of mind and allows you to stay productive.

  • Treat yourself well

This is another great tip for those who are new to self-employment because it is so easy to let yourself go and put your all into your job because you need it to bring in the money. I did this for many years and I had to learn the hard way. Nowadays, I am so gentle with myself. I work hard but I care for myself even harder, and this allows me to work successfully as a self-employed. I take days off work now; something I did in the early days. It is important to treat yourself as you would like a nice boss to treat you.

  • Say No to what does not serve you

This is one area I never really struggled in. I have and always will say NO to offers that don’t serve me. It is important to ensure you only take on the kind of work you want and remain selective. Depending on the sort of business you run, it is likely you get all sorts of offers. Being able to say NO as often as you need is crucial. You don’t want certain folks to run you out of business.

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Being a self-employed mother is a blessing. I won’t change any part of my journey and I am looking forward to the many years of self-employment ahead of me. Even if I go back to traditional work, I will still retain my self-employment as it serves as a creative outlet for me.

Are you self-employed? How are you finding the experience?

 

 

Three Unconventional Ways To Practice Self-Care

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Modern life is stressful, and that’s no secret. With the increasingly hectic realities of the workplace, family, relationships, and more, finding time for yourself can sometimes seem impossible. And, believe me, time to yourself is more important than you might realise. Moreover, as the world starts to turn at a normal pace once more (after the strange year-and-a-bit we’ve just collectively gone through), it can be difficult to re-learn all of the busy behaviours we mastered in the past. 

Luckily, as times change, so can we. If you feel like you’re finding yourself burnt out, restless, or just plain exhausted, there are a few things you can try which are proven to help lift spirits in times of duress.

  1. Give therapy a go- but not necessarily CBT

Therapy is more widely accessible than ever now, which is a fantastic side-effect of our increasingly online lives. With a few simple clicks, you can get yourself in touch with a licensed professional who can help you figure out how to combat some of the stressors in your daily life, and all from the comfort of your own home!

However, the most popular form of therapy (cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short) is not necessarily the right choice for everyone. Everyone’s mental wellbeing has unique requirements, therefore, sometimes one-size-fits-all doesn’t cut it. This is where it might be worth checking out some more unconventional solutions. Group therapy might be worth a try, or even hypnotherapy (which can even be done online now from providers such as hypnosis-courses.com) might be the solution you’ve been looking for. 

Don’t be afraid to try new things! You never know; the next one might be the life-changing revelation you’ve been looking for.

  1. Revamp your wardrobe

As simple as it may sound, sometimes the monotony of our daily lives can get us feeling down. The way you see yourself can have a huge impact on your general wellbeing; it’s no secret that you feel good when you’re looking good! If you feel like you could do with a touch of personal reinvigoration, going on a shopping spree might be the remedy you needed all along. 

Something as simple as a new jacket or pair of heels can be enough to tip the scales from self-neutrality to self-love. Material objects shouldn’t dictate the way we perceive ourselves, but they can definitely help perk up your daily routine!

  1. Spruce up your living areas

The world which surrounds you in your everyday life can either raise you up or wear you down; it all depends on how comfortable you are. Not only can giving interior redesign a go be an engaging new personal project, but it can also have some serious long-term benefits to your general health and wellbeing. 

The environments we work, sleep, and relax in will have an effect on how effective each respective task is. Humans are sensory creatures who enjoy comfort! Embracing this fact will open an entirely new avenue of agency and help you seize control of the world you live in.

 

5 Time Saving Hacks for Your Wardrobe

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If you’re someone that struggles with finding an outfit each day then chances are, it may be time to do some organization in your wardrobe. If you’re someone that has a lot of clothes but nothing to wear, then it’s best to go ahead and begin implementing changes.  This will not only save you a lot of time each day (especially if you have to go to work), but this is also going to make your day so much less stressful as well.  These are some time-saving tips for your wardrobe!

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Start by creating a capsule wardrobe

These are popping up more and more on social media, it’s essentially a selection of clothing that all pairs together quite nicely. It tends to include no more than 20 items, which can include trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses, jackets or coats, shirts, and blouses. It’s a good first step to becoming more conscious about what you’re buying and it also helps in ensuring everything can pair together nicely.

Develop a signature look

Creating a personal uniform or signature look will entail you finding timeless pieces and they will forever appeal to you and your taste. This will be the type of aesthetic, style, or color scheme that you’ll tend to wear very often.  This can also help as it’s a hack for having a more productive day because you will essentially have your outfit planned out since everything complements each other.

Go for a more minimalist approach

Remember when Marie Kondo was popular a couple of years ago? The Marie Kondo method still holds. You should get rid of clothes that don’t spark any joy and that do not get worn. Decluttering will look great for your closet but it will also greatly assist in saving you time each day. This will even allow you to take a look at the clothes you never wear and evaluate why you never wear them anymore.

Stock up on neutrals

Neutrals are in, but they’re always been timeless. Nowadays, most fashion enthusiasts believe neutrals are just white and brown but that’s further than the case. While it’s important to have neutral-colored clothing in your wardrobe, as most of the clothes will complement each other. It’s also important to have your accessories color coordinated as well, this includes ear gauges, belts, and even handbags.  It’s also so important to have something in each category of what you own ( shoes, shirt, pants, coat, etc.) that can easily accommodate whatever outfit you’re trying to pull off.

Create a photo library

If you’ve ever seen the movie Clueless, then chances are you remember at the beginning of the movie Cher had a computer software program that would match up clothes for her to wear for the day. That was something that so many people dreamt of having. Well, the good news is, it finally exists! There are now plenty of wardrobe planning apps that you can choose from to help you out in creating your outfits. This not only saves you time from digging in your wardrobe, but it also helps out preventing any messes!

 

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