Posts Tagged “Working from Home”

Untitled designDo you dread deadlines? If so, that feeling could be sending you into a state of inaction, causing you to miss your deadlines, which then increases your stress about them. It’s a vicious, self-perpetuating circle. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it easier to meet those deadlines.

Try this process to turn missed deadlines into things of the past:

  1. Set up your priorities. Determine which tasks are the most important. When you have deadlines, they usually speak for themselves on what tasks need to be done first. If you’re having trouble with setting up your priorities, you may need to ask your supervisor which tasks are more important than others.

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Untitled designIn a tech-hungry world such as the one we live in today, internet speed is everyone’s priority.

There is an increasing demand for fast and reliable broadband, and while this is convenient for the home, it is almost imperative for a smooth-running business as part of your office technology.

When you are dealing with business broadband, speed is not the only factor that is important when it comes to your connection to the Internet. If you want your business to be running efficiently online, super-fast business broadband is definitely something you should be considering.

Increasing productivity
When your business broadband is working at a high speed, it increases the efficiency of your business as files will download quicker and emails can be sent faster. This means employees will have the time to get more done instead of wasting time waiting for browsers and files to load. As the notion of cloud storage and back up becomes more popular, having the right internet speed necessary to access information easily is a sure-fire way to keep employees productive.

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Untitled design (20)Personal assistants have always been thought of as the backbone of the office, and until recently the idea of having your PA working from home was unthinkable. Technology and flexible working arrangements now make being a PA possible from home and many women have decided to go it alone, working for one or more companies on their own terms.

Research

Your first task will be to research the idea, and find out whether you think it’s feasible for you to work from home – will you be able to get childcare sorted, for example? Although being a VA does take the commuting and stress out of getting to work, you still have to be available for the times you’re being paid for so it’s really not a job you can do if you still have little ones at home.

Get your skills up to date if you’ve been out of the office for a while, so that you know how to use things like Skype, content management systems, social media, scheduling apps and anything else you think you might need to do a PA job in or out of an office.

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Make Money From HomeWorking from home has many advantages, the lack of commute, flexible hours and freedom. It’s often been thought of as a low paid option but in fact there are ways to make a lot of money while working at home, especially if you have specialist skills.

Here are a few ideas that you might not have thought of, and the amount of money you can expect to earn from them*

  1. Voiceover Artist – £70 per hour

This is one you might not have thought of, but with the boom in videos, how-tos and help guides on social media, voice overs are more in demand than ever and if you are able to set up with a home studio and send electronic files, you could make a lot of money.

  1. Designing Infographics – £45 per hour

If you have a talent for designing entertaining infographics, it’s very sought after. Infographics are everywhere and again, loved by social media, so practice your skills and you could command a very good hourly rate for your services.

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WIN #LoveMyWorkspaceAre you a direct seller? Do you love your workspace? Enter our fabulous competition on Pinterest or Instagram for a chance to win a Premium 3 month Job advert (worth £130) on Work for Mums to help you build your team!

We would love to see your workspace! Maybe you work from a home office, use a laptop or work remotely; however you work, we’d love to see.

How to enter

  • Take a photo of your workspace. This can include your work area at home, working on the go at a play centre or cafe, your stand set up with products to sell at an event, or your products set up at a home party. You can even take a selfie with your workspace in the background if you like!
  • Share your photo with us. Head over to your Pinterest or Instagram account and upload your photo.
  • Tag us and use our competition hashtag. You can tag us @WorkforMums but most importantly use our competition hashtag #LoveMyWorkspace so we can see your pics!

You can follow us below to see entries:
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We’ll announce the winner at the end of August. The prize is a Premium 3 Month Job Advert WORTH £130! on www.workformums.co.uk which will really boost your team and business, especially in September when many parents will be looking for flexible work from home opportunities.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your #LoveMyWorkspace entries.

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Working Mum GuiltIt’s a given that as parent we feel an enormous amount of guilt. Are we doing a good enough job? Will our child ever forget we missed a sports day? Are we too strict, or too laid back?

But what about work?

We feel guilty about going out to work, we feel guilty when we stay at home; but what about when we do both?

There are numerous studies and articles written about the benefits (and pitfalls – just to make us feel extra guilty about our life choices) of being a stay at home mum or a working mum, but when you’re a mum working from home, you are both of these things. Does this mean double the guilt? We’re not quite a working mum in the respect that we leave the house in the morning and return later in the day, but then we’re not quite a stay at home mum either because we’re often having to work when the children are around.

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Untitled designGuest post – Sandra Swan Coaching

I’ve enjoyed building a successful business from home whilst being a wife, and Mum to two boys aged six and seven. It’s meant that I’ve been able to offer flexibility to my clients, and be there for my family when they need me.

I wanted to share the things I’ve done to achieve a great work/life balance so that if you’re struggling, you might find these tips help:

1) Set clear boundaries for myself
Deciding what hours I work on my business is one of the benefits of being my own boss. If you’re an early morning person you might like to start at 7am and finish by 3pm for instance.

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Untitled designFor many parents, working from home is an ideal choice as you can have flexibility with your working hours, don’t have to worry about holiday childcare arrangements and of course save lots of money on renting office space.

There are many options for working from home, here are just a few ideas.

Home Working Options

  • Make Things To Sell – if you love crafting items such as jewellery, cushions, clothes, bags and other gifts and keepsakes, set up an online shop on a blog or Facebook and sell the items you have made.  There are many websites which enable you to sell your wares for free.

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Untitled designIt can be a real challenge to get things done when you run your business from home.  You often find that you flit from one task to another (quick blog here, put on a wash load, check e-mail, vacuum the lounge etc.) and not really feeling like you have achieved very much.  To achieve more (and save your sanity)  it is really important to manage your time effectively.  Getting to the end of the day and realising you have half a dozen tasks either incomplete or half done is very frustrating.

Managing Your Time When You Work From Home

  • Make lists. If you have an iPhone or iTouch there is a great app called ‘Evernote’ which is free. You can seperate your home and work tasks and tick them off as you go.  Alternatively get your notepad out and get writing; then keep it somewhere you can see it often to keep a handle on your objectives

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Untitled designWhen you work from home it can be a challenge to motivate yourself to achieve your goals.  WFM Guest Article written by Christine Jolley has some excellent tips to help you to keep motivated in your business.

1. Remind Yourself Why You Started Your Own Business For Yourself In The First Place

The honeymoon phase does end when you start your own business and when that does happen it helps to remind yourself why you took the big plunge in the first place.  What made you fall in love with your company or your business?  Make a list; look at those first launch pictures for your business or do anything to remind you why you joined to rekindle the ‘romance’ and excitement again.

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