Balance

7 Great Reasons to Work from Home

Whether you work from home on a permanent or part-time basis, you run your own business or you usually work in an office, there are great reasons for it: 1. You can work flexibly.  You’re not tied to the 9-5 and you can plan your day around other non-work activities. 2. You can get up…

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Surviving the half-term holidays

It’s half-term week and parents are busy juggling work and home life. Not only does this create a challenge for business but also for families planning childcare around their busy working lives. So, how do you cope and how can you make the most of both work and holiday time. Firstly – don’t even attempt…

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Manage your email while on holiday

I was talking to a client this morning who, like many of you at this time of year, has returned from their two week Summer holiday. They run their own Tax Advice and Accountancy business, so they are very mindful of looking after their clients.  Usually they would spend time working, even though they were…

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The right to flexible working

right to flexible working

From June this year all employees in the UK (who’ve been employed for 6 months) now have the right to request flexible working. Just because they can, doesn’t mean they will or that it suits every employee or business. Don’t panic – this could be great for your business. Flexible working allows people to work…

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Look Up And Leave Your Smartphone Alone

It’s been doing the rounds for a few months now but just in case you haven’t seen it – I only came across it recently. Pause for thought … [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_youtube id=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY” width=””…

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The Importance of Taking Breaks

When you’re too busy to stop, you often end up working right through the day without taking a proper break. While I spend most of my time enabling people to get more done in their busy day, I also emphasise the importance of taking regular breaks. You might think you’re too busy to take a…

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Work Life Balance – how’s yours?

New working practices have been introduced in France and Sweden to improve the lives of workers. In France it’s now illegal for workers in the digital and consultancy sectors to respond to emails after 6pm. That would probably see most UK employers breaking the law on a daily basis, as so many people these days…

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You really want to do this…

… but you’re just too busy.  You’ll call in a couple of months when you’ve caught up … cleared this backlog … finished working on this project … have more time (!) … Whatever the reason, you really need or want to make a change but you’re so caught up with everything that’s going on that…

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There’s more to life than work

“Life happens – very often when we’re busy elsewhere. When you spend your time working, it’s easy to get sucked in to putting in long hours or working in the evenings and at weekends just to catch up. While you want to do your best and put in the time and effort to build up…

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Top 5 frustrations of running a small business

Based on personal experience and observations of businesses I’ve worked with. Marketing – I know I struggled when I first started, never having done it before. I’ve done a huge amount, learnt a lot along the way, although still a way to go and new things to learn all the time. I still see many…

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