There Are Easy Ways To Get Back Into Work

There are many reasons why you might have to take a break from work in your life every so often. You might have an injury that puts you in a position where you can’t work for a certain amount of weeks, or one that’s most likely going to be relevant to all of you reading this, you will have to take a couple of months off work when you have your baby. It doesn’t matter whether you have your first, or your third, you’re still going to have to take some time off work to bond with your baby, recover from the whole process, and watch them go through some of their most important stages in life. The usual amount of time that people take off work is 6 months, but some extend it to a year or more if their finances will allow. Now, we all know how hard it is to go back to work when you’ve only been on holiday for a week, so think about how hard it’s going to be to return to work after you’ve had 6 months or so off. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve created this article, to try and help all you mom who are considering returning to work, and how you can make it easier for yourself.

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Go Back To A Job You’ll Enjoy

This is a really important one we feel. If you’re going into a job that you can’t really even enjoy, then it’s going to be so hard to go back to a job at all. We really think you need to think about roles that are going to keep you engaged, and ones that you will actually enjoy. For example, you could look into advanced online colleges for social work, which would be online, and would put you on a path to a totally different career to what you’re in now. Now that will apply to most of you, some of you might be in a similar career, yet really not enjoying it. If this is so, think about careers that really do interest you, and see if there are any online courses that you could take that would push you towards them. Or, think about something you’re passionate about, and perhaps start thinking about whether you can start your own mini business.

Think About Easing Yourself Into It

This is the really important one in our mind. You can’t just go back to full time work, and expect your life just to slot right back into place again. You’re going to have to ease yourself into it with some part time work first. Then, you can think about going to nearly full time, and eventually work your way up. The smaller hours you do to begin with, the easier it’ll be to slowly up and up them!

Make Sure You’re Giving Yourself A Life

Again, another essential. You have to make sure that somewhere around all of this working and being a good family, that you’re taking some time to actually give yourself a life. Whether this life be going to the gym and winding down, or out for friends with a drink, it’s just so important that you are giving yourself a life!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Family Finance – 4 Easy Tips for Managing the Household Expenses

 

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Running a household can be exhausting. Between events, activities, school and work it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Throughout all of it, you are spending money, often without keeping track of where it is going. Surprisingly, you don’t have to undertake the task of managing your household expenses alone. You can involve your family and teach your children valuable life skills at the same time.

Deal with your Debt

Too many families don’t have an accurate picture of their debt. Even small monthly payments can add up and quickly undermine your best financial efforts. Large, unexpected expenses can bring with them high-interest payments if your habit is to pay with a credit card. Small cash loans generally have much lower interest rates and more flexible payment options.

Another option to get a handle on your debt is to write a list, including everything you can think of and the corresponding payments due. Once you are aware of all your outstanding debt, you can pursue options like debt consolidation or debt overpayment to reduce it quickly. Professional credit counselors can also help you create a plan of attack.

Make Time to Review Your Finances

Set aside one evening a week to balance your accounts. If you are not already, use auto-pay to set up recurring monthly bill payments for everything possible. Then, once a week review your impending payments against your available funds and check your automatic payments against your budget—are they what you anticipated? If not, research why the bill was greater or less than your budget that month and call the company to correct any issues. Companies can make mistakes on their billing. Don’t let those mistakes hurt your household budget unnecessarily.

Cook at Home

After a long day at work, cooking a meal sounds way more challenging than picking something up on the way. The research results are in: eating out can be five times more expensive than cooking meals at home. Restaurants charge very heavily for dishes including proteins and pasta, so if these are some of your favorites, you stand to save a lot by cooking them at home. Home meal kits aren’t much better. They can be three times more expensive than buying the same ingredients. You could be overpaying tremendously for some Macaroni and Cheese! If your children are old enough, use this as an opportunity to teach them a valuable life skill by making them responsible for preparing a meal.

Teach Your Kids to Pay Their Way

If you have older children capable of earning an income from things like babysitting or dog walking, teach them the value of money by encouraging them to pay their way. Make them responsible for purchasing the items they “want.” For example, if your adolescent needs $10 to go to the movie with friends, teach them to pay for that expense themselves. When you make your children responsible for providing for their wants, they learn to be more selective with their money and relate dollars spent to dollars earned much more quickly. It also allows your paycheck to stay firmly rooted in paying for things such as the mortgage and utilities.

Your family may be more capable than you thought of managing the household expenses. Including them whenever possible will not only teach them life lessons like how to cook and pay for their own “wants,” but also help reduce your expenses. To effectively steer the family ship, track your debt carefully and take time to review your finances on a weekly basis.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Home Office Safety Tips, 2019 Edition

 

Thanks to the proliferation of some pretty amazing technology, more and more employees are working from home. As FlexJobs.com notes, 3.9 employees in the U.S. work from home at least half of the time, and 43 percent now work remotely at least occasionally.

As more people work remotely, often from home offices, it is important to know how to keep yourself and your work environment as safe as possible. While brick-and-mortar companies often have safety and security plans in place, freelancers and others should take their own steps to keep office tech and themselves safe.

In order to boost the safety of the home office, consider the following actionable tips:

Install a home security system with remote connectivity

Your home office likely contains some expensive technology, including a laptop or desktop PC, printer and smartphone. You may also have supplies in your home office. For instance, if you are a freelance photographer, you probably have a state-of-the-art camera, tripod and other equipment kept in your home. In order to keep these investments as safe as possible, consider buying and installing a security camera system. For instance, Lorex Technology offers a wide selection of security camera systems that are ideal for any home; their eight-channel system with four wireless security cameras means that you do not have to run any video cables through your house. Also, thanks to the Lorex Cloud remote connectivity feature, the wireless systems use a DV900 Series DVR, which will let you see what your cameras or the recorded playback is capturing from anywhere in the world. If you are meeting with clients at a remote location, you can check out the camera footage with the app and also get push notifications for any motion activity caught by the cameras while you were away.

Keep your home office as clutter-free and ergonomically safe as you can

At-home offices should be designed with safety in mind. Since your boss won’t be checking out your desk, floors and file cabinets to make sure everything is trip- and hazard-free — like she would in the brick-and-mortar office, the onus is on you to maintain a safe working space. Telework.gov posted a helpful list of tips to help keep your home workspace as safe as possible; they include:

·       Making sure your home office floor is clear and free from hazards like piles of materials or boxes

·       Your file drawers are not top heavy

·       Any cords are not stretched across the floor to the outlets

·       Your chair is adjustable and provides adequate support

·       That you have enough lighting to see your computer and other materials

Protect your data

The same amazing tech that lets us work from home does come with a downside: an increased risk of unsecured files and servers. While your friends who work in a regular office building are under the umbrella of an IT department, your home office is probably not set up that way. As SkySite.com notes, to keep your data safe in your home office, start by protecting your files with complex passwords. Next, be vigilant about installing updates so you can always have the latest version of your malware and/or virus program, and whenever possible use two-step verification for your accounts.

Working from home can be enjoyable, productive and safe

There are a number of benefits to working remotely — everything from setting your own hours to avoiding a long commute. Thanks to the tips above, your home office can not only be a place to earn an income, it can also be a safe and secure environment that will help you to perform at your best every day.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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3 Ways to Make Working from Home Easier to Manage

Work-from-home moms are superheroes. They carry the responsibilities of their children, home, and work all in one base location.Despite common impressions, working from home often isn’t any easier than holding a more traditional job position. At times, it involves the stresses and drudgeries of typical day jobs. Working from home even presents additional challenges, especially if you are your own boss.

Ensuring clients, employees, and family members are taken care of can be exhausting. Here are three ways to make your work-from-home life simpler so you can successfully fulfill your role as a mom and devote the attention to your family that they deserve!

1) Set Up a Place and Time for Work (And Stick to It!)

Whether you are a freelance writer, virtual assistant, or personal trainer, set up a place at home for you to conduct your work. Only complete work in the specific place you decide on. Let everyone in your family, including the younger ones, know your schedule. Announce when you need quiet time and when you’re free. This way, you won’t be trying to simultaneously complete paperwork and compete in Scrabble competitions with your kids in the family living room.

By following this guideline, you will have time set aside for complete devotion to one task, which will result in an increase in work productivity and more quality, wholesome family time.

If the nature of your business demands in-person contact, only meet with clients during certain predesignated times. Establishing these restrictions ahead of time will help you maintain a clear divide between your work and family life.

2) Invest in the Equipment You Need

The most up-to-date equipment in your industry will help you increase productivity and free up your schedule for family time. Invest in the proper equipment, whether it be baking ware for your homemade cookie business or high-speed Wi-Fi to help you in your social media manager position. In the long run, you will be thankful for these vital equipment investments.

Even if your business isn’t based online, technology will be helpful in making sure your operation is conducted smoothly. Project manager and messenger apps will help you keep in contact with remote workers and track the completion of work.

Apps are especially useful to those looking for convenient ways to manage the financial and technical sides of conducting business. For example, the GlossGenius app helps hair stylists process payments, build an online presence, and book appointments with clients. Even if you run a business, apps like this make it easier to work from home. There are thousands of apps and software available for your specific business niche to help you connect with customers and manage finances without having to sit in a desk all day.

Investing in these various types of equipment will let you conduct business more efficiently and make more profit! You can spend quality time with your family and be productive at the same time.

3) Give Yourself Breaks

Sticking to certain work hours is important, but so is taking proper breaks! Rushing through work will get it done, but it can leave you feeling drained. You don’t want to use up all of your energy completing work, leaving none available for your family.

Hydrate, eat properly and get the proper amount of sleep you need. Step outside for some sunlight after long sessions at the computer. These are all easy steps you can follow to take care of yourself. You should even consider taking some time to casually browse the Internet or read a book to help you relax. Your physical and mental well-being will ensure that your family can rely on mom to fulfill the many roles needed of you.

Following these guidelines will help you create professional and family boundaries. You will be able to dedicate time to create cherished memories with your family while being able to provide for them with the successful and productive completion of work.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How To Have A Good Breakup

 

It’s a fact of life that not all relationships work out. When this becomes obvious, it’s time for both parties to move on and seek out a relationship that makes them happier – or be on their own if that is what they prefer. The problem comes when someone would rather be in a loveless or reckless relationship simply because they are worried about the breakup itself. This can become an even bigger concern when there are children involved.

This is not good for anyone, but it happens often, and rather than allowing everyone to be happy with new partners, this fear makes them stick with their current partner, even if it is clear that the marriage or partnership just isn’t working.

We’ve put together some tips on how to have a good breakup so that you can move on with your life, and so can your partner, ensuring that everyone is much happier in the long term.

Keep The Kids Out Of It

A breakup should only ever be between the two people involved – no one else needs to be part of it, and that is especially true when it comes to the children. When you have come to a decision about your breakup, then you will need to inform the children, but not before – and never, ever, speak badly about your ex to them. Just because you no longer love them doesn’t mean your children don’t.

Get Advice From Professionals

Therapy and counseling are always good ideas if you are having trouble coming to terms with the idea that you need to leave your relationship, no matter what your history or the reasons for coming to that realization. Having someone professional and unbiased to go through things with can help you to put things in perspective, and make you feel calmer and more ready to talk things through.

When you are ready to make things official, again, you should turn to a professional. An expert such as a Bristol family solicitor will make the process so much easier for you, taking the worry away from you so that you can concentrate on your own life, and the children you care for.

Be Honest

One of the most important elements of a good breakup is honesty. It is essential that you are open about why you feel the relationship is no longer working, and it is just as important that you listen to what your partner has to say about things as well. They may welcome the chance to air their own feelings, and it could well be that both of you feel the same and that the breakup you had been dreading is a simple and neat one.

No matter how long you have been with your partner, they deserve to hear the truth from you. They shouldn’t have to wonder why you feel you can no longer be together, and even if they don’t agree with you, it’s crucial that they hear what you have to say.

It is also important to ensure that any talking you and your partner do is done face to face – emails and texts won’t put across the real information, and it’s far better to talk openly with one another.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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