Tips for becoming self-employed

Working for yourself is a very appealing prospect to many people. I for one have always admired those who are self-employed. My husband, Nigel, is a self-employed painter and decorator, and I see first hand just how much hard work, dedication and motivation is required. It would be easy to wake up one morning and decide to have the day off, but of course in doing that, you wouldn’t earn any money! Being self-employed isn’t easy. It really does take a lot of hard work, especially in the early days when you need to research your idea, make sure there… [Read More]

Getting used to being self-employed

Back in August 2017 I accepted redundancy from the company that I’d work for since I was 18. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was certainly the most logical. Although I was offered an alternative job with the same company, which I did trial, it simply didn’t work out. It was an evening job which I initially thought would work quite well for me, however that wasn’t the case. I had thought that it’d be good because I could take our children to school and pick them up meaning my husband could start work earlier, (he’s also self-employed). Unfortunately,… [Read More]

How to Have a Happy Family Life

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Maintaining a happy family can be a tricky challenge when you’re trying to juggle work, finances the kids, your partner and anything else life throws at you! So what can you do to ensure domestic harmony in your home? Balance Your Work and Home Life Try not to consistently spend too much time in the office. Children will be able to sense if you have brought work-stress home with you on an evening so if possible, take 10 minutes to yourself to relax before spending time with the kids. Studies show that children benefit from eating their meals at the… [Read More]

3 Games to Help Encourage Children to Get into Science

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Children are born with a great deal of curiosity. Toddlers have endless enthusiasm for finding out how things work, wondering what happens when they drop their toy from their pram (over and over), and wanting to know what ‘hot’ really means with an outstretched finger! So, encourage children – from the early years right through to primary school – to get into science by feeding their innate curiosity with these three games… 1. Building bridges – for the early years If you’re supervising very young children, why not have a go at building bridges using toy blocks? Building bridges out… [Read More]

Plan On Returning To Work After Children? Here’s How!

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Returning to work after having children can be a daunting task. Whether your career break has been six months or six years, priorities can change and what may have been the perfect job pre-children may not be quite so right after. What it is you’re looking for? Whether you are considering returning to an existing role or forging a new path for yourself, it is important that you know what you are looking for in a job. It can be helpful to write out a plan. What do you want from the role? Is flexibility important? Do you want to… [Read More]

Taking toys to work!

Children are funny beings at times. I wish I could remember certain details about my own childhood, mainly how I felt about various different things such as my parents going to work and other similar events. The reason I’ve been thinking about this lately is because for quite some time now our twin girls, who are four years old, have started to give me toys to bring to work with me. Of course I don’t actually bring the toys into work with me.  Sometimes I’ll leave them in my car or in my handbag, but when I return home with… [Read More]

Work around the Globe: A Global Comparison

I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the population work. I’ve worked ever since I was 16 and I’ve had various jobs with very different wages and working environments. I think that most employed people will do anything to make their working lives easier, but when you look at the infographic below I think I’m pretty lucky to be working in the UK. Centrix put together this infographic which compares the way Australia, the UK, Sweden, the US, Brazil, South Africa and Germany work, examining factors like minimum hourly wage and annual leave. Before I had children… [Read More]

Everything I do, I do for you

My goals in life before I had children were very different to what they are now. I’m quite an ambitious person. I’m hard working, passionate, dedicated and very organised. I also like to think that I’m kind hearted, generous and loyal. Sometimes in life these are the qualities in me that are often exploited. I’m a very good natured person and would do anything in my means to help others, but some people know this and take advantage of it. Everything that I do nowadays, I do with one goal in mind. My children. I work hard. I stay up… [Read More]

Getting back into work after having children

Looking after children can be a job in itself. You put in all the hours under the sun, you’re always on call and you don’t get paid for it. Yet it’s one of the most rewarding jobs around. As children get older and begin nursery school many mums who have previously stayed at home looking after their children often start to contemplate how they’re going to get back into work. Employers will often chose someone who has recently been employed or is currently employed over someone who has been a stay at home mum for the past few years.  For… [Read More]

5 tips on returning to work with a newborn

There’s no doubt about it, returning to work with a newborn can be hard, but if your maternity leave is coming to an end or you’ve been head-hunted by job agencies like CCJM and have decided to restart your career early. Here are five ways to make the transition easier: 1. Make childcare arrangements you’re happy with First and perhaps foremost, it’s essential to make childcare arrangements you feel comfortable and happy with. If you know your little one is being well cared for during the day it will make going back to work far less daunting. There are many great nurseries… [Read More]