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Build Your Skill Set & Better Your Career

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Build Your Skill Set & Better Your Career

It’s always a good idea to diversify your skills. When you’re well-rounded, you’re able to take on any challenge that comes your way. Let’s discuss five ways diversifying your skills can benefit your life and career:

Make Yourself More Marketable:

One of the top benefits of diversifying your skills is that you’ll become more marketable to potential employers. Expanding your skill set shows that you are a well-rounded and versatile candidate. Having a wide range of skills gives you an advantage over other applicants because it shows that you’re able to handle different types of tasks and responsibilities. Plus, having a diverse skill set makes you more valuable to potential employers because it gives you the ability to take on various projects and roles.

Stay Up-To-Date With The Latest Trends:

Another benefit of diversifying your skills is that you’ll stay up-to-date with the latest trends. As technology and trends in your industry change, it’s essential to stay on top of the latest developments. This will help ensure that you’re able to keep up with what your competitors are doing and deliver high-quality products or services. Additionally, it can be beneficial to learn new skills so that you can take advantage of these changes and grow your business.

Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills:

When you diversify your skills, you’ll improve your problem-solving skills. Learning new things gives you more tools to tackle any issues that may arise. And being able to solve problems quickly and effectively is essential for success in today’s fast-paced world. This is exactly what Alex Graveley did. He noticed a large market gap and decided that instead of being part of the problem, he would be part of the solution. Therefore, problem-solving skills are essential for entrepreneurs and people in any field, so diversify your skills to stay ahead of the competition!

Enhance Your Career Opportunities:

By diversifying your skills, you’ll have more career opportunities. Being well-rounded allows you to take on a wide range of roles or projects within your field. This will help you stay engaged in your work and advance your career. Additionally, it can be beneficial to diversify your skills so that you have various options when it comes to job hunting or searching for new opportunities.

Increase Your Confidence:

Lastly, one of the biggest benefits of diversifying your skills is that it can help increase your confidence. When you learn new things, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps boost your self-esteem. And having high levels of confidence can be crucial for success in both your career and personal life.

If you’re looking for ways to enhance your professional or personal life, be sure to continue diversifying your skills and learning new things!

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Morning Hustle

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Morning Hustle

Hello!! The past month has simultaneously felt like an eternity while also feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day to get anything done. Because I spent most of the afternoons making the drive and visiting a loved one at the Cleveland Clinic, I have turned into a very early bird. My mental alarm clock has shifted to waking up around five thirty every morning and, damnit, I am tired of getting the worm lol.

With no time in the afternoon or evening, every morning has turned into a scramble to jam pack as much as I can in before getting to work. It’s not all bad, though, because it gives me extra time to love on my bunny babies and that is a major bright side! My mornings used to be a leisurely time and I could often squeeze in a few episodes of my favorite animes before setting out for the day. Now, my mornings look like this after waking up:

As soon as my alarm goes off, the grind begins by practicing my languages on Duolingo. I am well over a two year streak and I will be a monkey’s uncle if I break it! Next and, most importantly, I rush down the stairs to take care of the bunnies. This can be a timely process because not only do I have to get them fresh food, water, hay, and leafy greens but I typically have to clean their litter boxes and the surrounding area. It is so nasty but necessary lol the things I do for those precious angels!!

Once Penelope and Mel are taken care of, it’s time to to take care of me. Every morning, I do one hundred and thirty push ups and as awful as that sounds, my day would not feel right without it. Then, it is time to shower, get my skin care on, get dressed and return downstairs to my computer. My days would definitely not be complete without creating daily content on lifewithlilred, doing blog jobs, and catching up on work emails. I also have to pencil in some time to get some Christmas shopping done too!

After the online portion of my morning is done, I tidy up the apartment, cook dinner if I have the time, and prepare my belongings for the day. Then, finally before leaving, I take Penelope and Mel out for a jaunt in the apartment for their rumpus time. It is SO cute to watch them explore and is also a primary factor in getting up way earlier than usual. Just like their mom, they need exercise too and I am more than happy to facilitate their recess. ❤

The Morning Hustle has never been realer and even though it’s exhausting, it sure is fulfilling. I am a creature of habit and schedules and now that this has been my life for the past month, something tells me I won’t be sleeping in too late any time soon!

When do you wake up in the morning? Are you an early bird or night owl? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

The Comprehensive Guide To Dressing As A Sports Coach

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The Comprehensive Guide To Dressing As A Sports Coach

When you think of a sports coach, what do you picture them wearing? If you said a hoodie and sweatpants, you’re not alone. However, there are other clothing options available to coaches that can help them look professional and put together. This post will discuss the different types of clothing for different occasions and provide you with a list of clothes to avoid:

Everyday Clothing for Coaches:

For everyday wear, coaches can opt for a polo shirt and khakis. This is a comfortable and professional look that can be worn both inside and outside of the gym. If it’s cold outside, coaches can layer their polo with a quarter-zip pullover or a sweater. If it is very hot outside, coaches can wear sun-protective arm sleeves to keep their skin from getting sunburned. For information on arm sleeves, read more here.

Clothing for Games and Practices:

When it comes to game days and practices, coaches need to be able to move around easily. For this reason, many coaches choose to wear athletic clothing such as track pants, thick strapped tank tops, or shorts. In addition, coaches should make sure that their clothing is clean and free of any holes or rips.

Dressing for Meetings and Presentations:

When participating in meetings or giving presentations, coaches should dress in business casual attire. This means wearing dress pants or a skirt with a collared shirt or blouse. Coaches may also want to consider wearing a jacket or sweater to complete the look.

What to Avoid Wearing as a Coach:

There are certain clothing items that coaches should avoid wearing, regardless of the occasion:

Clothing with profanity or offensive language:

It’s important for coaches to avoid wearing any clothing with profanity or offensive language. This type of clothing can certainly cause offense, especially if you are coaching a youth team.

Clothing that is too tight:

Tight fitting clothes are not breathable and will definitely be uncomfortable during practice or a game. Wear clothes that are easy to move around in so you can be fully efficient as a coach.

Flip flops:

Flip flops are not appropriate footwear for coaches. This is because they are not supportive and can be dangerous if you are walking or running. That’s an injury just waiting to happen! Athletic shoes are always the best as a rule of thumb.

Appropriate work attire varies from job to job. By following these guidelines, coaches can maintain a professional appearance and focus on what’s important – helping their team succeed!

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The Pros & Cons Of Still Keeping Paper Documents

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The Pros & Cons Of Still Keeping Paper Documents

We’re constantly surrounded by digital technology in every aspect of our working lives. Most of your job is spent using a computer or another electronic device. You send emails instead of letters and deal with a lot of digital data. And yet, some workplaces still keep paper documents. These can be bills, contracts, or anything else that might be important for your company. Unfortunately, keeping paper documents comes with its fair share of drawbacks and problems. But, you could argue that it also has some advantages. Is it worth maintaining a collection of physical documents in your workplace? Let’s look at the pros and cons:

Pro – A fail safe for lost digital assets:

What happens if a computer breaks down that contains lots of key documents or data? It had a list of clients on there with their addresses and contact details. Or, it contained all of your bills for that quarter. You didn’t back anything up to the cloud, so it’s lost forever. Paper documents provide a fail safe in case of any digital issues. You have copies of important documents that you can now look at and use. This can be so helpful in situations when you’re trying to manage your books but can’t find the digital versions of bills and transactions.

Pro – Some customers/clients prefer physical documents:

Not everyone enjoys getting things digitally. Some of your customers may want actual physical copies of contracts and other key documents. If you only provide them with digital versions, it might lead to some annoyance.

Con – Easier to lose/damage:

The big problem with physical documents is that they are far easier for you to lose or damage. All it takes is some bad weather or an accident to spill water on a box full of documents. Immediately, they’re damaged almost beyond repair. Sure, you can use expert contents restoration services to try and bring them back to life, but it might be too late. Just like that, you’ve lost some truly important data or information that you’re unable to recover. When things are stored digitally or in the cloud, it is almost impossible to damage them. You can keep numerous copies on multiple devices to ensure that, if one copy does get damaged, there are many others to call upon.

Con – Harder to keep track of:

Keeping paper documents is a lot harder than keeping digital ones. You need a filing system that keeps everything neat and tidy at all times. Already, this poses some issues relating to your workspace. Is there physically enough space for you to have multiple filing cabinets to store all of these documents? Then, you have to consider how hard it is to keep track of all the documents. When you need a specific thing, how quickly can you find it among your paper documents? You’ll take a few minutes at the very least – and that’s if you have an awesome system. If things are stored digitally, they can be found in seconds by running a search.

Con – You use lots of paper:

Paper usage should be decreasing as we look to fight for a more sustainable planet. In fact, one of the simplest ways to make a business more sustainable is by becoming paperless. You drastically decrease the demand for the paper industry, meaning fewer trees get cut down and turned into paper. If every business went paperless, we might have a genuinely positive impact on the planet. So, keeping paper documents means you technically increase your carbon footprint by a tad. If you want to use less paper around the office, perhaps you should consider getting rid of paper documents and going digital.

All things considered, paper documents don’t really have that many advantages. It can be handy to keep some physical copies of important things – like supercritical contracts, licenses, etc. But, in the grand scheme of things, most businesses shouldn’t have a huge collection of paper documents anymore. Instead, the focus should be on taking your old documents and digitizing them! They are safer when stored on devices and stored in the cloud. The world is going paperless, maybe it’s time for your business to follow suit?

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Motivating Your Team To Do Better Starts With You

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Motivating Your Team To Do Better Starts With You

Putting together the right team is arguably one of the most challenging aspects of running a business these days. You can have all of the right ideas and strategies, but without a competent team to help you turn them into a thriving business, it’s going to be a daily uphill struggle. In order to help motivate your team, it’s important not to look at what they’re doing but how you conduct your business. You also need to think about how you speak to your team, how you interact with them through your work, and ultimately how you run your business:

Your actions and attitude will reflect in your team:

When people talk about company culture, they often think about how your team functions and acts as a whole. Things like ideas and attitudes tend to be quite infectious, and they usually spread throughout an office. But where does that chance come from? It’s certainly not just your employees!

The key here is you; the boss. When you run a business, your ideas and the way you behave often reflect on your team. You’re the person that your team looks to when they need guidance, so your personality and attitude will constantly affect the people around you. This is why a motivated team leader often leads to a motivated team. As such, you need to be more diligent about how you conduct your business. Stay motivated, be positive, and don’t forget to work with your team in order to run a better business.

Think about the future of your team:

Teams should be fluid. They should be able to change and adapt to market conditions and you should be open to trying new things in order to stay ahead of the curve. It’s a good idea to think about using brands such as STL to help you train your team and motivate them to learn new skills. New knowledge is great because it helps your team members be better employees, but it also provides them with a sense of safety and security knowing that you’re willing to invest in them. In short, think about how you want your team to be in the future. Think about the responsibilities you want them to have and consider the skills and knowledge they need to carry them out.

A healthy boss means a healthy team:

One of the most underrated ways to start protecting your business is to look after your health. When you pay more attention to your personal health, it leads to a much stronger business because you’re able to make decisions quickly and efficiently, and your focus on personal health will extend to your team members. A business can’t function correctly if it’s not healthy at the core. Think about how much you push yourself and your team, and always take frequent breaks to ensure that you’re not overdoing it. Look after your health and take note of team members who are stressed or struggling with their work.

A great team starts with a great boss so always strive to improve yourself so your business can improve too!

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How To Have The Best HR Department In The Business

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How To Have The Best HR Department In The Business

For any business, a fantastic HR department can do wonders for those who are looking to make improvements to the internal operations of the company. A good HR team should be able to manage and support all members of staff within the workplace while helping with recruitment drives, contracts, and remaining compliant. There’s a lot that a HR manager or team is responsible for, so here are some top tips that are worth implementing to get the best out of this team in the business:

Build an experienced and knowledgeable team:

Think about the team that’s needed for a company of your size. There will likely be more needed with larger businesses and perhaps only one staff member for a small boutique business. For any company that is looking to expand and grow its business, it’s worth adding an extra person to the HR team too. Think about what skills or experience levels might be lacking within the company and hire more staff where required to help improve the HR team.

Read up on laws and seek legal aid:

As a business, it can be helpful to clue one’s self up on the laws that are in place. It’s not only relevant to the company but it can be useful to those who are responsible for making important decisions and changes to business operations. For those that need more guidance, there are plenty of options to gather more information. From training opportunities to seeking legal aid for situations that relate to injury law, it’s all expertise and knowledge that a well rounded HR department can assist with.

Look at employee benefits:

Consider what employee benefits are being offered by the business currently. The benefits package is something a company wants to review often and make sure it offers everything employees need to keep them happy. Employees are known to appreciate a good benefits package, with 79% of workers saying they value benefits packages that are offered by their employer. Take a closer look at whether these could be improved for the future of the business and its employees who work hard for these rewards.

Remain compliant:

Being compliant in everything a business does is important, otherwise, it can find itself in hot water as a result. From ensuring fair pay and safe working environments to making sure contracts and documents are created in line with any laws or regulations in place. A HR department should be staying up to date with any changes in legislation that might influence how compliant the business is.

Get feedback from employees:

Employee feedback is always useful to have when it comes to a business. There’s a lot to learn from staff members who may need to express concerns or improve their working conditions. Make a feedback form or have an anonymous feedback box that can be utilized by staff regularly. Open hours to come to the HR department and voice any feedback would also be beneficial.

A strong HR department is essential to keeping your business on track and flourishing. Strengthen yours up with the tips above!

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Setting Up Your Home Music Studio

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Setting Up Your Home Music Studio

Do you have a passion for music? If so, then you likely know just how costly such a hobby can be. It’s fair to say that it’s often quite expensive to develop a love for music, as finding the cash to be able to afford to pay for professional studio time might cost a lot more than you have to spend. However, this doesn’t have to dampen your creative spirit. In fact, there’s an excellent solution: why not build your own home music studio? You’ll be able to record and edit your own tracks for a much smaller fee all in the comfort of your own home!

Having your own music studio can certainly take your music career to new heights, and it truly couldn’t be any simpler to begin designing and building your home studio today. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to discover more, then check below to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that you can utilize to create the most amazing music studio before you know it:

First Things First: Prioritize Soundproofing:

The first and most important aspect of a home music studio is top quality soundproofing, as the last thing you want is angry neighbors knocking at your door. Having to deal with complaints day in and day out will certainly block your vibe and ruin your flow, so it’s a risk that just isn’t worth taking.

Investing in top quality soundproofing will help you to avoid this issue, as well as improve the end product of the tracks you record in your home music studio. Good soundproofing can easily block out any noises from outside of your recording space, so things like passing traffic won’t be heard in the background of any of your songs. Sourcing the correct soundproofing for your unique space is key, so take your time to look around for the best fit.

Find Quality Equipment:

When you’ve laid the foundations of your music studio with top soundproofing, it’s time to invest in a range of quality equipment that you can use to record and edit your tracks…

It’s fair to say that many artists start off with nothing more than a laptop and a pair of headphones, so if you have a limited budget then don’t worry about trying to splash out on anything more. Whenever you do have the funds, investing in a quality microphone and speaker set should be your next priority. If you wish to take your home music studio to a whole new level, then you can take the opportunity to source a variety of instruments, amps, and more to allow for all manner of musicians and artists to record in your space. Whenever you do decide to buy some instruments, make sure you get musical instrument insurance – just in case.

Once you have your soundproofing and key pieces of equipment, it is up to you to design and decorate your space. You can also add some color changing LED lights to your home music studio, as this can take the atmosphere to a whole new level!

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Attracting & Keeping The Best Talent To Your Company

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Attracting & Keeping The Best Talent To Your Company

In order to maintain a successful company, it is essential to have the best talent working for you. The best way to attract and keep top talent is by implementing policies and practices that appeal to them. In this blog post, we will discuss four ways that you can keep your employees happy and engaged. By following these tips, you will be able to reduce turnover rates and improve productivity in your workplace:

Offer a competitive salary and benefits package:

In order to attract top talent, you need to offer a competitive compensation package with other companies in your industry. This includes offering a fair base salary and providing benefits such as health insurance, retirement savings plans, and paid time off. Employees will be more likely to stay with your company if they feel they are fairly compensated.

You should also consider offering perks and bonuses to attract and retain employees. These include flexible work hours, stock options, or tuition reimbursement. Employees appreciate being rewarded for their hard work and these types of perks can help you stand out from other employers.

Promote a positive work/life balance:

The best employees are those who are happy and engaged in their work. To promote a positive work/life balance, you should offer flexible work hours and the ability to telecommute. This will give your employees more control over their time, leading to increased productivity and satisfaction. Ensure your employees have access to quality childcare and eldercare resources. This will help them feel supported in their personal lives, and they will be more likely to stay focused on their work when at the office.

Create high-quality skill development opportunities:

The best talent wants to be challenged and given the opportunity to grow. If your company can provide employees with opportunities to develop new skill sets like with ITIL 4 certification, you’ll be more likely to attract top talent – and keep them. One way to do this is to invest in employee training and development programs. These range from formal courses and certification programs to on-the-job training and mentorship opportunities. By giving your employees a chance to learn new skills, you’re making your company more attractive to prospective talent and increasing employee engagement and retention.

Foster a positive and supportive company culture:

Your company culture should promote positivity, collaboration, and respect. Employees should feel like they are part of a team and that their contributions are valued. If your employees feel like they are in a toxic or damaging environment, they will be more likely to seek employment elsewhere. Make sure that your company values are evident in everything you do, from how you treat your customers to how you interact with each other. Promote a culture of open communication and respect and encourage employees to give feedback.

Implementing these four policies will result in a happier and more productive workforce. By following these tips, you’ll be able to reduce turnover rates and ensure that your company has the best talent working for you.

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Fall Craft Morning

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Fall Craft Morning

Hello!! I work as an Independent Provider for people with special needs and it is the best job ever! This past Friday, I spent a fantastic morning getting crafty with one of my clients and we had a blast. Even better, part of our supplies for the projects we completed came from going on a fall hike. We gathered leaves to do some crayon stenciling and also purchased small pumpkins to paint. These crafts were simple to make but so much fun and will be a great way to spend a chilly fall afternoon with nothing to do:

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My neck of the woods boasts so many different Metro Parks that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. I have been looking forward to fall hikes with my client since the summertime and the trail we went on was glorious with all of the leaves changing colors. It also was a unique twist to turn it into a scavenger hunt of sorts while we scoured the ground for perfect leaves to stencil.

After the hike was done and our hoodie pockets were filled with leaves, we bought pumpkins and headed home to get our craft on. The leaf stenciling was a huge hit and, although the directions are self explanatory, here they are:

  1. Acquire leaves
  2. Place the leaf vein side up underneath a piece of paper
  3. Rub over the leaf gently with the side of a crayon
  4. Rinse and repeat

While our leaf craft was very successful, the piece de resistance was definitely painting the pumpkins! I have never carved a pumpkin before and, honestly, don’t trust myself enough to lol so painting a pumpkin is my compromise. This is a craft that I have done with many a client and it’s an ideal way to get into the fall spirit without the messiness of pumpkin carving. I opted for a pumpkin with the lifewithlilred initials and my client painted a super colorful pumpkin that turned out amazing. Now, I have to figure out some more crafts for next week! 😀

Not only is fall my favorite season but it is also my favorite time of year to spend with the people I serve. Enjoying the beautiful nature, cooler temps, and all of the activities and crafts that come with autumn never makes for a dull moment! ❤

Have you made any fall crafts? How did they turn out? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

How To Adjust To Life In A New Country

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How To Adjust To Life In A New Country

Moving to a new country can be an exciting but daunting experience. There are so many things to think about, from finding a place to live and getting a job, to learning the language and customs. It can be difficult to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll give you some tips on how to adjust to life in a new country:

Learn the Language:

One of the most important things you can do when moving to a new country is to learn the language. This will make it much easier to get by on a day to day basis. It will also help you make friends and build a support network. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of resources available online and in your local community. Many countries also offer language classes for immigrants.

Find a Place to Live:

Another big task when moving to a new country is finding somewhere to live. If you’re moving alone, you might want to consider renting an apartment or room in a shared house. This can be a great way to meet people and get settled into your new home. If you’re moving with family or friends, you’ll need to find somewhere that has enough space for everyone. Start by looking online and asking people you know if they have any recommendations.

Get a Job:

If you’re moving to a new country for work, then you’ll need to sort out your employment situation before you go. But even if you’re not moving for work, it’s still a good idea to get a job as soon as possible after arriving in your new home. This will help you meet people and make some extra money. Check out job websites and classified ads online or ask people you know if they know of any openings in their companies.

Get Registered:

You’ll also want to ensure that you can get yourself registered in the new country for anything you need. This means having the necessary documents readily available. Where possible, register yourself as a resident with the local authorities. This will help you get access to things like healthcare and other government services. Even look out for things like a Spanish speaking dentist or doctor so you can feel supported while adjusting to the new language and culture.

Make Friends:

One way to meet people abroad or in your own community is to join a club or take a class. This can be a great way to meet people with similar interests. Another option is to volunteer in your community so you can give back and also meet like-minded people. Finally, don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with people you meet in everyday life. Whether you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or getting your morning coffee, taking the initiative to chat with those around you can help you make new friends in no time.

Moving in your own community can be difficult let alone a brand new country. Follow the tips above to help the process go as smooth as possible!

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