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Why Working From Home Can Be Difficult

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Why Working From Home Can Be Difficult

Did you know that there are 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK? Whether you run your own business from home or you’ve snagged a job that allows you to work remotely, there are many benefits that you can take advantage of. Being able to work from the comfort of your own home and around other commitments are usually the most popular reasons as to why people choose to do so. However, working from home isn’t as luxurious as you may think, and here are some things you should know if you’re looking to work from home rather than in an office:

You can fall out of schedule:

Having the freedom to work around other commitments such as children and your social life is an amazing bonus of being able to work from home. However, it’s easy to put tasks off while you’re having fun and this can quickly lead to falling behind on your schedule. Things happen – yourself or your kids get sick, your laptop stops working, or your internet is down and suddenly you are officially behind on all of your deadlines.

Communication isn’t as easy:

Another problem that many people face when working from home is communication with their peers or clients. Working from home means the face to face interaction pretty much goes out of the window, and this can make it much harder to secure clients or satisfy customers.

Luckily, we live in an age where communication is easier than it’s ever been, and now with a simple click of a button, you’re able to speak to someone from across the world. There are a plethora of different methods that you could use to effectively communicate with the world around you, and the same goes for your business. Working remotely no longer has to be something that secludes you off from the world, and here are 10 ways to get the most out of remote working to read so that you’re not missing out.

You’re never ‘away’ from your work station:

You could speak to pretty much anybody who works from home and they will tell you the same thing – you’re never truly away from your office! Even though you may have finished your workload for the day, you will still have lingering thoughts when you’re near or around your work station. Unlike working in a regular office or working environment, you can’t escape as easily as simply going home, because you’re already there!

It’s important to find a way of shutting yourself off from work when you’ve finished for the day. This could perhaps be by shutting the door to your office and locking it or, if you don’t have a room dedicated to an office, switching off your computer and packing your work materials away will help let it sink in that now is the time to relax.

You could be in danger:

The last thing you’d think about when working from home is that you could be in danger. After all, you’re in your safe haven! However, running a business from home will require you to list your business address for mailing purposes and this, obviously, means listing your home address for the world to see. Exposing yourself like this can be dangerous, especially if you find a disgruntled customer that wants to confront you face to face. A great way around this dilemma is by purchasing a virtual office address. Doing this means that your mail will be redirected to your home and you won’t have to worry about exposing your home address to the world.

As you can see, there are problems that come hand in hand with working at home, but when you weigh up the pros and cons, is it really worth it? Not everyone can handle feeling secluded and out of routine. But, if you get it right, it can be one of the most rewarding choices you make for your career.

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Diving Into Business Or Taking A Measured Approach: The Pros & Cons

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Diving Into Business Or Taking A Measured Approach: The Pros & Cons

When you don’t have much experience in the field of business, there are a couple of different routes which can be taken to get yourself started. Some people will like to dive straight in, choosing to learn everything they need as they go, and dealing with problems in the moment. Others, though, will prefer to take a far more measured approach. To give you an idea of the key differences between these business-building options, this post will be exploring some of the key benefits of each of them:

Diving In:

Going right into something that you don’t understand will always come with some risks. Issues could come up which you are completely unprepared for and you could take the wrong approach entirely when it comes to making decisions. In return for this, you will have the chance to get started very quickly. You will benefit from the satisfaction of doing something entirely by yourself, while also getting the chance to improve yourself in other areas in the process. It will always take someone with very strong dedication to their business to succeed at something like this. If you’re looking to start a company, passion is the very first thing you need and those who dive right in definitely aren’t lacking in that department.

Taking It Slow:

Taking a slower approach to this can take a couple of different forms, with some people preferring to go to school and others wanting to learn on the job. An online MBA can teach you practically everything you could need to get into running your own company. You will benefit from advice and support, and will be able to get a clear idea of where your talents lie. This will cost money, though, making it hard for some people to use and forcing them to look for other avenues. By getting a job as a business owners assistant for a while, you will gain similar skills, but will earn instead of having to spend.

Which Is For You?

In most cases, taking the slow road is usually the best option when you’re starting a business. This is something which you will want to support you in later life, and this makes it crucial that it is handled correctly. Of course, though, if you feel confident in yourself, it could be worth taking a risk on the more direct approach. Whichever you choose, the hard part of running your company is yet to come, and this means that work will be becoming a large part of your life.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to figure out how you’re going to start your business. There are ways to combine these options further, working to get the best out of both of them. In reality, though, this won’t take too long to be in the past, making it worth getting started on your route as soon as possible. As more people start their own companies, more resources spring up which are designed to help entrepreneurs just like you.

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Giving Your Customers Faith In Your Online Business

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Giving Your Customers Faith In Your Online Business

What’s a business worth if it’s not trusted by its customers? Nothing!

These days, online businesses are everywhere and you’ll find everything being sold. From crazy unique clothing pieces to hand-crafted wooden miniatures, you can purchase virtually anything from the internet and there are so many small businesses that you probably won’t be able to remember all of them. Because of this, it’s actually very difficult to build a brand that customers will come back to time and time again.

Thankfully, there are a couple of solid strategies that can help you improve your reputation and build your customer’s faith in your business. In this article, we’re going to discuss three of those methods so that you can get a better understanding of how to appeal to your audience and get their trust:

Make sure your website meets all the security regulations and standards:

Online security is a huge issue now, especially with hackers running rampant and leaking everything from credit card information to selling private celebrity photographs on the dark web. As a result, it’s vital that you get protection for your business from Jumio and other specialist firms that can help you design a safe and secured online website. In addition, you should always rely on eCommerce platforms with a good reputation so that if you ever come across a fraudulent transaction, you can deal with it immediately and effectively so that it doesn’t ruin your business or cause it to collapse.

As long as you follow all of the relevant regulations and standards, you’ll find that your customers will trust you more because you’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that they can feel safe when giving you their bank card information to make purchases.

Focus on offering good customer support to each and every customer without exception:

We’ve probably all experienced the “joys” of poor customer support. Whether it’s outsourced to another country or if we get put in touch with a clueless operative on the other end, it’s never a pleasant experience to be subjected to terrible customer support.

Every business should focus on having a solid customer support structure so that they can better serve their customers. Make sure you have several points of contact such as social media handles, emails, and phone numbers, and make sure they’re manned so that if your customers do want to get in touch, they can.

Be truthful about any errors or problems that you encounter:

Although your customers expect you to deliver their products and services on time, there’s undoubtedly going to be a couple of situations in which you can’t deliver on your promises. During situations like this, it’s vital that you speak to your customers and tell them the truth so that you don’t lie to them and create suspicion that you could be abusing their trust in you.

Aim to deal with the situation as quickly as possible. It could be a late delivery because you forgot to post an item or it could be a problem caused by miscommunication by one of your sales representatives. Whatever the situation is, be truthful about it to the customer if they ask and do whatever you can to compensate them.

Running an online business requires the smarts and customer service skills, combine the two and your customers will always have faith in your enterprise.

Post-Uni Work Life Getting You Down? Try These Options To Spice Things Up!

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Post-Uni Work Life Getting You Down? Try These Options To Spice Things Up!

Throughout college, we motivate ourselves by thinking that it doesn’t matter that we have to pull all-nighters and spend 24 hours straight in the library because it will all be worth it when we land our dream job. However, the reality of the situation can be very different when we find ourselves in the work world. Many of us discover that our post-uni work life isn’t quite what we expected it to be, and can be (Dare we say it?) a bit boring? Happily, if you do find yourself in this position, there are some tactics which you can use to make things a lot more interesting. Read on to find out more:

Change your job:

The simplest solution to the boring work blues is to change your job. Perhaps there would be a role elsewhere that would be a better fit for your skills and interests? In another company, you might find colleagues that you have more in common with? You won’t know until you find out.

Although, it is vital to be mindful of making a snap decision when it comes to changing your job in a situation like this. We all have bad days and even bad weeks, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that going somewhere else will be any better.

That is why it’s worth giving any role a decent run of at least three months unless there are extenuating circumstances. Otherwise, you could find yourself leapfrogging from job to job, rather than learning to cope with the ups and downs of typical day to day life.

Keep your job, but work overseas:

Another option, is to find a similar position but in a radically different location. I’m not just talking about moving to the other side of town here, but going to live and work in an entirely different country! Something that is bound to add some excitement and zest into your post-university work life.

Luckily, it’s not that hard to find a suitable role, because you can use sites like GradAustralia that specialize in finding overseas jobs in all sorts of sectors. You can even apply through their portal, so it couldn’t be easier to locate a post that best suits your experience and allows you to infuse a little excitement into your post-university work life.

Go into business for yourself:

Last of all, if the post-uni lull that you are in is more about working for someone else and having to fit into the corporate culture, you may want to consider going into business for yourself and carving your own career path.

The good news here, is that it’s never been easier to get set up as an entrepreneur or small business owner, with the majority of such organizations running primarily over the internet in the startup stages.

Of course, going into business for yourself is not without its challenges, but it is certainly an option that will bring plenty of spice and excitement!

Beat the work blahs by changing things up and enjoy as your job transforms into your ideal career.

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Find Your Dream Career: Here’s How

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Find Your Dream Career: Here’s How

Are you stuck in a job that you really don’t like, but not taking any steps towards actually finding your dream career? Dream careers are not a myth; many people go to jobs that they really love every day. And, having a job that you love rarely feels like work. If we’re being realistic, though, all jobs will come with some elements that you’re probably not going to like. But, if you like it for the most part, you have job satisfaction, and you are able to enjoy a life outside of work, then you’re winning!

So, here we’re going to talk about how you can find your dream career and stop meandering. You might be thinking ‘I’ll do it next week’ or even ‘next year I’ll start’ – but those days rarely come. You’ll keep putting it off to a later date unless you do something about it now. Let’s take a look at how you can find your dream career today:

Assess Your Skills, Talents, & Interests:

The first thing you need to do is assess your skills, talents, and interests. This will allow you to brainstorm on what sort of roles you think will be best for you. It’s a good idea to know what sort of things you don’t like to do or that you’re not so good at, so you either know what to avoid or what to improve upon. You can also try to think way back to when you were a child; what sort of thing did you love to do then? Were you an avid reader/writer? Did you love to build model airplanes, paint pictures, or make your parents watch an all-singing all-dancing one person show? These can be big clues as to what would suit you now.

Write Out A List Of Jobs That Suit You:

When you know what you’re looking for in your job, you can use the above criteria to guide you in your search. Many experts like to use an Excel spreadsheet to organize job searches. However, feel free to use the format that suits you best. Don’t forget to think outside of the box, either. If you’ve always had a dream of being a nurse, but you want to travel the world so you’re put off going for it, you can look into travel nursing jobs. You don’t have to sacrifice your dreams to land your dream job!

Get An Internship To Gain Some Experience:

You can often pursue your dream job through a college or university while you’re obtaining an education. If you decide to go back and improve your skills so you have more chance of landing your dream job, see if you can get an internship to gain some experience while you’re there. Internships often lead to job offers or, at the least, a more impressive resume, so they are always a good thing.

Join LinkedIn:

LinkedIn can help you to learn a thing or two about the industry you want to be in, as well as make valuable contacts. You never know; you might even find your next job on there. Reach out and make connections because, often times, it’s all about who you know.

Through trial and error, a dream job can certainly be landed on. But, it’s up to you to make the effort to get out there and grab it!

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Boosting Your Career Through Life Long Learning

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Boosting Your Career Through Life Long Learning

After finishing school or university, the thought of picking up a book and learning something else can be the furthest thing from your mind. It’s understandable – you’ve done what you need to do to make it in the working world, so why continue learning? But, life long learning can offer a lot of benefits, and could be essential if you want to reach the top of your career. Need some further convincing? Here’s how life long learning can benefit your career:

Turns informal training formal:

Many careers begin by learning on the job, which can be a great way to gain skills and practical experience. However, the job market continues to be competitive, and even if you have years and years of experience – some employers will want to see some formal qualifications. Explore the different ways that you can validate your skills – an Experienced Worker Practical Assessment is extremely valuable in the construction industry, while a formal qualification in a language can look great on a CV. Getting that validation of your skills can be a major achievement and will help you a lot when it comes to trying for new opportunities.

Keeps your mind and skills sharp:

You might know everything there is to know about your profession now, but you can never predict when changes might happen. Take marketing professionals, for example. Fifteen years ago they barely did anything online and now everyone is finding themselves needing to know about Facebook and digital marketing in order to do their job. Regular training will help keep your mind and skills sharp to help you stay relevant in your field. Keep an eye on upcoming training courses and make sure you continue to learn as you progress in your career.

Leads to new opportunities:

Training and development is an important part of your career, and they’re often linked. If you’re interested in improving your career development, then undertaking some training courses can show that you’re passionate, committed, and interested in building your experience. Most employers have workplace training programs, so discuss it with your manager or HR department to find out what’s available to you.

Could help you switch careers:

Even if you love what you do right now, there’s no guarantee that you’ll still love it in five or ten years’ time. Having some additional strings to your bow isn’t a bad thing – your other skills and talents could be used to run a great side hustle or even help you move within departments at work. Taking on additional learning can help you find out where your interests really lie to help you do more of what you love – on a formal or informal basis. Make sure you’ve considered your options carefully before deciding on a career switch to ensure that you’re ready to take the leap.

Learning throughout your career is a great way to stay interested in what you do and stops things from becoming stale. Whether you choose to learn a new skill, a new language, or something else altogether, find ways to embrace learning throughout your working life and enjoy all of the benefits it brings.

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Exploring Job Opportunities In Healthcare

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Exploring Job Opportunities In Healthcare

Until you find yourself in need of help, you may never fully appreciate the work of health professionals. But, before you get to the point of needing help, are you the kind of person who could be doing the helping? According to a report released in 2018, there is a significant shortage of physicians expected to come in the next few years. So, let’s take a look at some of the many positions that are important to the medical industry.

The most obvious place to start is doctors, but the plan here is to look at some of the other roles that you might not be aware of. So, here is a brief understanding of what doctors have to go through in order to meet their professional requirements. Doctors require a bachelor’s degree followed by a Medical Doctor or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine qualification which takes eight years. Along with law, this is the longest education process for a job.

However, we want to look elsewhere at alternatives to being a doctor. In part, this is because if you plan to be a doctor you are more than likely on that path or heading towards it already. This is more for the people who want to help but don’t know what opportunities are there for them.

If you want to help provide healthcare but don’t think being a physician is the right career path for you, consider becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The training for this role is much shorter than it is to become a fully qualified M.D. or D.O. but can be just as rewarding. You still have to get qualifications, after all, you are going to be helping people in need, but you aren’t trapped by the confines of an eight-year degree process.

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Once you have your EMT qualification, you can look into becoming a paramedic which opens up a range of opportunities for you. The options for a paramedic include further training so that you can work as part of the international air ambulance service, another noble profession for anyone willing to pursue the years of qualification required.

We have mostly focused on hands-on roles within the medical profession, but if you don’t consider yourself right for the medical side of healthcare but still want to contribute there are plenty of other roles. For example, you can look into opportunities such as an occupational therapist to assist the disabled, injured, or ill people with performing every day tasks. And, there are also many administration jobs that you can do which help hospitals and other medical facilities to run efficiently; don’t underestimate how important that is to the work of doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Don’t be deterred if you’re not the kind of person who can be treating patients. Healthcare is a big world and you will find a position where you are contributing to the good that suits you best.

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