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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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Made Redundant? See It As A New Door Opening…

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If you have recently been made redundant, the chances are that you are feeling a little low. Losing your job, even if it is through no fault of your own, can be demoralising. You want to be valued, show your impact and feel like you are an expert at what you do. Just because you have been made redundant doesn’t mean that you aren’t good at your job; it simply means that the company you had been working for can no longer keep you on for financial or political reasons. If you have been made redundant recently, don’t see it as a negative thing. While not a personal choice and the timing may be a little crummy, you can see redundancy as an opportunity to embark on something new with your professional life. Take a look at these inspirational ways to view redundancy as a positive step forward and revolutionise your life for the better.

 

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Career Switch

Don’t think that you have to launch yourself head first into an array of job applications in a rush to get a new position. The chances are that you received some sort of payout to help cushion the redundancy blow. This should give you some much needed breathing space to focus on what you might want to do next. Losing your job can give you sleepless nights and make you worry about the future. However, before launching yourself into a new position immediately and making the wrong professional choice and being unhappy, you should take a breather. Reflecting is vital to help you recharge your batteries and focus on what is important to you.

You might want to take the opportunity to focus on a passion in an effort to turn it into a career. Often when we are fresh out of college, we take the first job that comes our way and we build a career around this. However, this may not inspire and fire us up. What is it that you love? Consider checking out a range of job training courses to help equip you with the skills you need for a potential new career. Just because you were an accountant doesn’t mean you can’t be a car mechanic. And just because you have social media management skills doesn’t mean you cannot be a hair stylist. Focus on what you love and forge a career.

 

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Go It Alone

If you are sick and tired of working for the man (whoever the man is) it’s time to break the mould and go your own way. Consider using your financial cushion to construct your own business plan. Perhaps you want to launch a street food business, or maybe you want to produce your own custom made jewelry, or maybe you want to provide accountancy services to IT contractors. Whatever it is that you want to do, you can. You simply need to be prepared.

Focus on your funding and make some accurate financial predictions in your business plan. Write about your experience from your previous role and never be ashamed to admit that you were made redundant. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and potential investors will appreciate your honesty and the efforts that you are going to in order to launch your own venture.

When pitching to a potential investor, ensure that you are suited and booted and that you know your figures inside out. A bank manager may be a scary proposition, but a business angel is even more terrifying. These individuals are experts in their field and use their own money to invest in startups that they think can make them money. They want a strong return on their investment so they will be investing in you as much as your venture. Know your gross from your net figures and be prepared to have your business plan scrutinised. Ensure that you understand the risks that your business may face and have contingency plans to show your potential investors that you have thought of every eventuality, and that you can weather any financial turmoil.

Being an entrepreneur is no easy task, but the door that redundancy has closed, could leave the self employment door ajar. If you have been made redundant, don’t think that you have to find the exact same job elsewhere in a different company. You need to think outside of the box to explore different professional options. This could be your chance to seek out new opportunities, giving you a better work life balance and revolutionising your life for the better.

 

3 Things You Need To Know About To Build Your Online Business

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Starting an online business could be a great idea for budding entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world. However, if you’re going to get started and build something that you can truly be proud of, you need to know about a few things first. Read on to find out what they are: 

 

Social Media Marketing

The first thing you need to know about is social media marketing. Social media marketing is one of the most powerful things you can do online if you’re going to start a business. Millions of people use social media every day, and search for businesses that they want to work with there. You need to know who your target audience is so you know which platforms are the best for you to use. You might also want to consider hiring a social media manager to help you run things and stay on top of everything. 

 

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Word Of Mouth 

Word of mouth reviews are pretty much unbeatable. They are so powerful because a real person is giving an enthusiastic recommendation, and people love recommendations from the people they know. You can make sure you’re getting word of mouth reviews by not only providing an amazing product/service, but unbeatable customer service too. Extra touches go a long way! 

 

SEO and PPC

SEO and PPC are your bread and butter when it comes to online marketing. PPC can actually help you to get results almost right away – learn more using the infographic below. 

 


check out this Learning Management Systems PPC Guide Infographic

 

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