Modern Workplaces – 5 Benefits of a Serviced Office and Why You Need One

 

 

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As a small business or start-up owner, there’s no doubt you already know that leasing office space is an enormous expense. As well as the cost of rent, you also have to shell out significant sums for everything from technology and furniture through to utilities and maintenance. With the rise of flexible working, serviced offices in prime locations offer a popular and attractive solution for business owners looking for something outside the realm of traditional office space without the staggering costs. Here, we look at five key benefits of serviced offices and why they’re a viable solution for any business owner:

 

Professionalism

If you’ve been running your business out of your home, a serviced office may be just what you need to give your organisation a professional edge. There are plenty of quality serviced offices available in pretty much any major city that look stunning and modern and are equipped with the latest technology, offering your business the ideal platform to focus on growth. Additionally, inviting clients to meet with you at your new centrally located office, rather than your study at home, will help to make a positive and professional first impression.

 

Pay as You Go

Another significant benefit of serviced offices is that you’ll only ever pay for what you use, which can help you save thousands of dollars in the long run. Most providers help you tailor a package to suit the requirements of your business and offer additional facilities for hire only when you need them, such as boardrooms and workshop spaces. Likewise, if your company goes through an unexpected period of growth, it’s simple to upgrade your package to include more room to accommodate your new staff members.

 

Flexibility

If you’re in the process of establishing your business and aren’t certain whether you should commit to a long-term lease in case your venture doesn’t work out, opting for a serviced office is the perfect solution. Most serviced office providers ask for rent payments on a rolling month-to-month basis, which gives your business freedom and flexibility that you otherwise wouldn’t have with a traditional office.

 

Support Services

When your business is in its initial stages or experiencing a significant growth period, it can be challenging to focus on time-consuming and mundane administrative duties. Fortunately, most serviced offices offer expert administrative and secretarial facilities should you need them. These include telephone answering and mail services to keep your business running smoothly. Many also provide on-site technical and IT support to assist you in case your technology encounters issues.

 

No Downtime

Setting up a new office space is a lengthy and often stressful process that can interrupt how your business operations for weeks as you manage the transition. With a serviced office, this issue is eliminated since your new office space will be ready to go from the moment you step through the door. This allows you to continue focusing on your business without waiting around for furniture companies to deliver your office chairs or internet and phone providers to connect your essential services.

 

Entering a long-term commercial lease agreement is a significant commitment that doesn’t allow for breathing room should things not go to plan. Unforeseen hurdles may put your business at risk of losing significant amounts of money. Fortunately, serviced offices provide tailored, flexible solutions that grow with your business and take the stress out of having a professional office space while saving you thousands in the process.

 

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 Find the Right Eyewear

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Eyewear is an essential accessory for some of us. When we can’t quite see as well as we need to, it’s necessary to intervene. While some of us may not admit that our eyesight isn’t perfect, it usually becomes impossible to ignore. At that time, we finally have to break down and visit the optometrist.

Sometimes that’s the easy part. The process of going through an exam and getting a prescription from the doctor is fairly straightforward. It’s choosing what to wear that gets tough. In other words, the lenses are easy, but the frames are tough.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider first is where you’ll be wearing the glasses. If you have an office job and spend most days working with a computer or dealing with documents, you have a lot more flexibility in your frames. You can basically focus entirely on the looks, on choosing a set of frames that will best flatter your face while giving you that improved eyesight that you so desperately need.

Not everyone pushes paper all day, though. Some people are outdoors from sunrise to sundown every day, and their primary focus on glasses will be protection from the sun. It does no good to compensate for imperfect eyesight when you have to squint all day just to be able to work.

The outdoor worker with a need for glasses is just the market that Wiley X Sunglasses were made for. These sunglasses will help you fend off the irritating and damaging rays of the sun without sacrificing your ability to focus on the work at hand.

You may wonder just how much that really matters. After all, most of us that work outside are doing things from a distance, like driving a truck or operating a piece of heavy equipment. Just how good does our eyesight need to be in those situations, right?

Of course, that’s not exactly the case. While there are plenty of us out there earning a living in the great outdoors who don’t necessarily need eagle eyes to do what we do, there is plenty of precision involved in many outdoor jobs.

Think of the military, for example. They spend most of their waking hours (and even some of their sleeping hours) watching for enemy combatants. They’re looking through binoculars or utilizing FLIR to detect nighttime threats, and they need absolute precision when the time comes to engage those threats.

The same is true of police, firefighters, and paramedics. Sure, they are most visible when they are on the road, but at the scene of an incident, they’re reading a driver’s license or interpreting the display on a heart monitor.

Workers involved in construction trades need strong eyesight as they compare a site viewed at a distance to a plan printed on paper right in front of them. Those transitions of distance are a key part of good eyesight.

Of course, the prescription and tinting aren’t the only factors. The fit is vital as well. There is no benefit to correcting your eyesight if you can’t keep your glasses on your face. When you’re doing vigorous physical work and your face is wet with sweat or rain, a pair of glasses that don’t fit will stay so far out of position as to be useless. So as you audition various frames, make sure you’re doing more than gazing into the mirror with them. Bend over. Shake your head. Look up, look down, look side to side. Do anything you can think of to simulate a day’s activities.

Some people dread having to get glasses, thinking they’ll become an impediment instead of a benefit. And if they don’t function right or fit right, they will. But a good set of glasses designed for the daily activities you’ll be doing while you wear them will not only help you see better, they’ll help you feel better, be safer, and be more effective in whatever you do.

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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Three Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money

 

 

 

Hobbies are a great way to pass the time. They serve as a diversion, a mode for one to relax and relieve stress after a busy week at work. But hobbies aren’t just for fun. They can be profitable too!

Through a hobby, you can still be productive while destressing in your downtime. In fact, some people earn money on the side through their passions, and others even leave their day jobs to dedicate more time to their craft.

If you do want to follow suit, you must be certain that your passion is truly lucrative before you tender your resignation to become a frustrated artist. Go over this list, and think twice if your favorite pastime isn’t included.

Writing

If you’ve got a gift and a passion for the written word, then you can write for a living. Yes, you can make money from your words!

Are you familiar with how the internet works, with how online businesses thrive? Basically, the more relevant content their websites contain, the higher they’ll rank in search engines, and the quicker they’ll be seen by potential customers. This also means that the internet is highly dynamic, and online businesses rely on a constant influx of content to survive.

Enter you, the writer. You are one of the crucial cogs to producing content. It is your words that enable companies to rise ranks in search engines. Many business hire freelance writers to write content for their websites.

However, if you’re thinking of turning writing into a full-time job, which is feasible if you can write, step away from your computer and work using a smart typewriter. That way, you won’t be distracted by games and apps and will churn out more quality content. The better and faster you write, the higher you can set your rate.

Crafting

Crafting is an umbrella term for a number of different hobbies. However, they share one common aspect. They are all geared toward creating objects from raw materials.

Though there are corporations that manufacture products in bulk, there are still consumers who buy crafted products from small-time artisans一perhaps such items are cheaper, better in quality, or more charming. Society loves innovation, and if you’re able to produce creative and excellent work, you may be able to put up a business of your own.

With today’s technology, you can even operate online so it’ll be more convenient and you’ll have more access to people around the world. You can use affordable craft supplies, and you won’t have to worry about overhead expenses typical of physical storefronts.

You may even get a huge amount of commission! And if you’ve built up your portfolio, some of those requests may come from influential sources that can boost your exposure, thereby giving you much-needed advertising.

At the very least, you’ll sell a few trinkets to tourists. Not too bad considering that it’s just a hobby.

Gaming

Ever heard of esports? Gamers compete with one another in tournaments, and whoever wins gets the pot, which can sometimes reach millions of dollars, depending on the scale of the tourney. It’s a lucrative hobby that people with money even started team franchises and training them up like real athletes.

However, by that time, gaming becomes more of a job than a hobby, and if you’re not that elite you don’t want to risk time and dedication for competitive play, there are alternative ways you can make money off video games.

One method is through streaming. Basically, whenever you play a game, you log in to a streaming platform (Twitch.tv being the most popular) then broadcast your game live.

Other users of that platform can subscribe to your “channel” to watch you play. There are many ways one can earn through those channels, but commonly, one can get a portion for the view count for every broadcasted video or for the number of subscribers you have.

But why do people watch other people play games? Well, like in traditional sports, streaming is a form of entertainment, one that’s fast becoming legitimate in modern society. Which is why there are many people out there who can live off YouTube and Twitch, playing video games.

Didn’t See Your Hobby in the List?

These three are just atypical examples of hobbies that can start a career. If your passion isn’t listed above, you may still be able to make a bit of cash with it provided you’re really, really, really talented in your field.

All you need is to find the right audience/clientele to focus your efforts on. Today, it’s easy to do that with the Internet at your fingertips.

Knowing that, if you’re still planning to leave your job to pursue your passion, do so only after you have a steady income from doing it. When you earn more from your hobby than your job, then that’s the perfect time to turn your hobby into your livelihood.

 

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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 Side Effects of Teething: How You Can Help Your Baby

 

 

 

Teething is the process through which your baby’s teeth break through their gums around the age of anywhere between 6 and 24 months old. It is an exciting process, because it means that your little one is growing up and maturing in new ways, but it can be an incredibly painful or uncomfortable process for them, and can have side effects that you wouldn’t even expect to happen. It is because of this that you should be as knowledgeable as possible about the process of teething so that you can help your infant when the time comes.

The time when your child’s teeth are growing through is uncomfortable for everyone – your little one will be in pain and you will not get a peaceful moment because of it. Instead of having both of you silently endure the process, learn about ways that you can help your baby through it, which in the end will be much better for both you and them.

Here are 3 side effects of teething and what you can do for your baby:

 

  1. Pain and Discomfort

 Pain and discomfort are the most prevalent side effects of teething, and the primary source for all of the other issues that you may find that you have with your little one. When their teeth begin to push through their gums, this will cause them extreme discomfort.

 

You have experienced the feeling of growing a new tooth before and remember how uncomfortable it is, right? Well, for a baby with a very low pain threshold, this pain is greatly amplified. Plus, they are unable to voice when they are uncomfortable, so it is important for you to look out for the warning signs that your child is in pain, and to step in and help them. There are a lot of great over the counter pain relievers that are designed for children, but make sure that you check with a doctor before administering to your infant.

   2. Drooling and Rashes 

The process of teething can cause excessive drooling in your child. This may be a surprising revelation for you, as you may have thought that your cute little drool machine couldn’t possibly produce any more drool. However, when babies are in pain due to teething their bodies produce more saliva and thus, more drool. A common side effect of this is that your little one might develop a mild rash on his or her cheeks, chin and lips. This small rash is common and due to irritation to the skin from the drool. Keeping the skin clean, dry, and moisturized with baby-safe products is a great way to prevent or treat these kinds of rashes.

However, one thing to note is that a rash all over the body is not a symptom of teething. This may be a serious problem and should you notice a rash all over your infant’s body then you should take them to their pediatrician immediately.

 

  1. General Fussiness 

During the teething process, your baby is bound to be uncomfortable, and this discomfort will likely make them more fussy and irritable than they have been before. The best thing that you can do for your baby during this time is to be patient and understanding with them as they are going through the discomfort and pain. There are a lot of simple things that you can do for your child to ease the discomfort, such as allowing them to chew on a chilled (NOT frozen) teething ring, and applying child-safe numbing cream to their gums. Massaging your baby’s gums will help ease their pain as well.

Conclusion

 As your precious little one grows up, you are going to have to help them through a lot of different kinds of discomfort. Watching your baby be extremely uncomfortable can be hard to do, but just know that teething is normal and that there are some things that you can do to ease their pain. Discuss teething treatments with your family doctor to find out the best method of comforting your baby.

 

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 Best Support a Loved One When Transitioning Into Aged Care

 

 

When a loved one transitions into an aged care facility (even those under 65 years suffering from a disability), it can be an unsettling time for them and their families and friends. For those making the move, it can be an emotional time as it’s a life altering moment and often a harsh reality of life stage change signifying for some – decreased mobility, others a loss of independence and it’s a transfer into an unfamiliar environment that’s not “home”.

However, whilst it can be a confronting change, it shouldn’t be seen as a negative one. To ensure a comfortable transition into aged care, family and friends can gain support from aged care facilities themselves, government organisations, friends or family who have gone through similar experiences and hopefully one or two of the below points and links will also provide insights into a more seamless transition into aged residential care.

Be Compassionate & Understanding

Witnesing and aiding loved ones moving out of their family home brings up fond memories which are hard to let go of encompassing family traditions and happy recollections. These times can also harbour unwanted arguments pertaining to who gets to own or look after important keepsakes, momentos – even pets.

As distressing as the transition can be for family members, it’s important to remember to be a pillar of strength for your loved one going through the transition, as internally they may be suffering emotionally and hiding how they really feel.

Make sure you are available to listen to how your loved one is feeling. If you sense they are keeping their emotions hidden, ask how they are and how you can help them handle the situation as you really want to make the move easier for them. Chat together about the fun times experienced in their home. Importantly – let your loved one talk about the move and offer an understanding and compassionate ear. Enabling the grieving process assists in the overall transition and demonstrates respect and empathy.

 

Cultivate Relationships

Develop positive relationships with the staff members caring for your loved one. This will ensure you are effectively communicating to staff about their needs, but it also helps your loved one build trust and familiarity amongst those taking care of them.

Employees in care facilities are trained to identify, nurture and address the health, safety and emotional needs of residents in their care, and they will always try and instil a personalised approach which is why strong, positive relationships with the caregivers of your loved one, is so important.

Try and encourage your friend or family member to partake in recreational lifestyle programs provided by aged care facilities too, as participation can aid your loved one in establishing new friendships which makes their new home more pleasant and enjoyable, provides companionship and will promote a greater sense of confidence and belonging.

 

Encourage Independence

Engage your loved one in the decision making processes about their health, care and individual needs as this will provide them with a sense of independence which they may feel is becoming restricted, compromised and limited – particularly if their mobility is cause for concern.

If it is possible to include your loved one in their own care decisions, such as showering, dressing, light exercise, cutting their food up – it may assist in them maintaining a sense of enablement and liberation.

 

Preserving Personal Identity

Recreational activities in aged care facilities provides your loved one with opportunities for socialisation, creative expression and companionship which helps one maintain their personal identity and individual character or personality. From day trips, volunteer visits, happy hour, concerts, lunches, morning teas and other celebrations and festivities, aged care residences offer a consistent, active lifestyle and recreational program to ensure residents feels included, comfortable and entertained.

Family members can assist in helping their loved one maintain their own identity through the forethought of photographs, personal momentos, favourite music and movies, favourite hobbies, encouraging they continue on with their arts and crafts such as knitting or reading and even indulging in their favourite snacks!

 

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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