5 Work From Home Essentials

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Chances are you already have your home office set up by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. You might have a haphazard set up that needs reorganising, or a new idea to make your work from home situation easier and more productive. In this post we look at some of the ways you can do this and how to get started. 

WiFi and Connectivity 

This is a big consideration when setting up your home office. You need a strong Internet connection that won’t let you down during important meetings and conversations. The type of router you choose and Internet deal you buy will determine how reliable it is. 

If you’re working from a studio room or multiple occupancy apartment a single router should be enough to cover the room with a solid connection. If you need to cover more rooms of the house or you have more people using it you may need more bandwidth. 

An Adequate Desk

Although working from home is usually more comfortable and convenient than a stuffy office, you’re not on holiday. It’s good to remind yourself of this by arranging a desk that’s functional and that makes you feel as if you’re at work.

These days there are several options for you to choose from. If you only need a desk for sitting a computer on then a standard one is fine; other jobs, however, might require you to stand or move around. Consider a standing desk or a lap desk for your convenience and productivity, check your computer is in good order with homuten computer repair.

Power Sources 

Working from home means more time in the house with your computer and devices on. Moreover you probably have other family members working from home too, and their devices also need to be charged. This is an issue that needs solved from the start to avoid arguments and lost clients.  

Invest in a powerstrip for your home or home office. This is a unit that has many power outlets and USB ports. It can sit in the front room or hall and act as a hub extension for all your family’s power needs. 

Tea and Coffee

It’s important to stay motivated throughout your working day and there’s no better way to do this than a tea or coffee break. Whether you like to have a hot mug of coffee at your desk or a break in a separate room it’s worth investing in a quality mug and kettle. 

You want a mug that’s large enough to satisfy your tea or coffee capacity, you don’t want to continually leave your job to boil the kettle – it’s wasteful and inefficient. Try to get a mug that also stores heat well. For a kettle it’s best to get one that’s fast boiling and eco friendly. 

Light Levels

One aspect of the home office people tend to overlook is the light levels. The lighting in your home office can affect your mood and productivity, especially in the winter. You may not want a main light on all the time, it can give you a headache over long periods of time, but if you use a lamp you need to make sure it gives you enough essential light to work with.

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How An Entrepreneur Can Achieve Work-life Balance

The life of an entrepreneur sounds great, doesn’t it? You get to be your own boss, you have freedom of choice, and you can make a lot of money.

And while some of that might be true, being an entrepreneur won’t make your life easy and give you all the freedom you want. To build a successful business, you will have to take on many responsibilities, including securing new customers, servicing existing customers, developing new products, selling current products, and building strategic relationships. There is so much to be done in so little time. Many entrepreneurs get exhausted from running this marathon and ruin their work-life balance. If you are one of these entrepreneurs, here are a few tips that can help you balance your personal and professional life.

Implement your schedule

As an entrepreneur, every day will be different for you. Operating as per a strict schedule would be difficult. However, even though it is important to immediately deal with some issues, not every little thing must need your attendance straightaway. Not every phone call, text, or email needs your immediate response.

What you can do is create a schedule the night before. It should prioritize the activities according to their importance. This schedule must include business as well as personal activities. You need to make an effort and time for your personal life as well.

Make compromises

It is impossible to achieve the perfect work-life balance. However, this doesn’t mean that you can make your loved ones happy. You can ask them to be patient while you focus on building your business. Communicate with them about how you are working to improve their lives. Set a timeline as to when you will accomplish your goals. Let them know that whenever you achieve a goal, they will be rewarded in the form of an outing or a vacation. Giving them something to look forward to helps them understand why you spend so much time on your business.

Create a system that helps you

The only way to maintain a real work-life balance is to work on your business and not in your business. You have to create a business that doesn’t need your constant involvement for operating. If you implement automation or hire employees, you can delegate day-to-day activities. After all, as your business grows, you don’t have to make every sales call. You don’t have to create every single marketing campaign or talk to the clients for hours.

If possible, you can outsource your work and save a lot of money and time. But, it is important to ensure that you hire outside experts for the right task. For example, if you need a website, you can work with a web design company. However, you should not outsource your company’s core skill set, be it sales, manufacturing, tech support, or marketing.

In entrepreneurship, there is no alternative for hard work. But, you didn’t choose this path to work every hour, every day for the rest of your life. You became an entrepreneur for the financial freedom it offers. You need to have a healthy, well-rounded life with the best possible work-life balance for yourself and your loved ones.

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Aspire To Be Successful, Despite Your Obstacles And Worries

We all have aspirations in life, things we dream of doing or being. They can be small purposes or they can be wishes that require years of work. Following your dreams may not be easy, but it is worth the journey because this is how your life makes sense. Sometimes finances get in the way or unexpected problems. So how can you balance it all out?

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Define a purpose that will lead you to success.

How can you know if you are on the right track if you don’t have an exact destination?

Success represents something different for each person. To be successful, you need to have clearly defined what success means in your particular case. Real success comes from achieving goals that are meaningful to you, and that help you achieve fulfilment and happiness. Try to write your definition of success, be it getting a job doing a particular activity that you enjoy, living in an area of ​​your city that you like a lot, having the possibility of travelling, or starting a happy family, among many other alternatives.

Ask yourself: What is it that makes you happiest in life? Do you want to spend time with your family, travel, play sports, practice a hobby? What would you do if money was not a concern? Then consider what the next step you need to take to get a little closer to that goal is. Create a long-term vision. Having a long-term vision can help you further refine your purpose. Where do you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years? What can you do today to start the path that brings you closer to that dream? Imagine your ideal life. Close your eyes, visualize yourself and express your future in writing. Try asking yourself questions like:

  1. What career or job are you doing?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. Who is with you?
  4. How do you look
  5. What are you wearing?
  6. How do you feel?

You can even try writing down your perfect day, from start to finish, starting with the time you get up and each of the tasks you do.

Learn from failure and obstacles.

You are likely to run into some obstacles or failures in the process of achieving your dreams. But you don’t have to let any setback derail your plans. You have to learn to see failures as life lessons and deal with them constructively. A failure does not close all doors. You can close some, but others are still open. Maybe your plan to become an opera singer failed, but that doesn’t mean that a music career is out of your league. Perhaps you have the necessary preparation to sing in a choir, or perhaps you can use your musical skills to become a singing teacher. You should be aware that your failures may be monetary. If you have had any type of accident or issue at work or anywhere, you may need to look at hiring help. You may need to ask yourself when you need a car accident lawyer? This may seem like an obstacle, but you can overcome it. Don’t let any obstacle hold you back from creating the dream life that you desire.

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When Working from Home Becomes Permanent: Creating a Proper Setup

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Many of us have found ourselves working at home through no choice of our own this year. Although a lot of people dream of working from home, it hasn’t happened in the most ideal conditions. A lot of people have found themselves trying to juggle work and childcare (or pets demanding attention) and have had to create a makeshift home office. But now that it looks like many could be working from home for longer than expected, and some could be even making it a permanent move, it could be time to put some more solid resources in place.

Create a Proper Workspace

Not everyone has a spare room that they can use as a home office. Maybe you’ve been making do with your dining room table or a small desk shoved wherever you have the space. But if you’re going to be working from home indefinitely, it makes sense to have somewhere more suitable to work. There are a few things you could do to make this possible. You could look at portable buildings if you have land but no indoor space. A portable building also gets you out of the house, which helps to separate home and work. You could section off part of a larger room or repurpose a room that’s currently (under)used for something else.

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Improve Your Internet Connection

Another thing that you might have been struggling with at home is your internet connection. You choose your internet package based on what you use at home, but that’s obviously increased now that you’re also working from home. If your broadband has been sluggish and struggling with Zoom calls and other work, you might need to upgrade your service. It could be time to switch to fiber broadband or just to look for a package that offers you more bandwidth.

Re-evaluate What Equipment You Need

Perhaps up until now, you’ve been working from your laptop. However, it could be that a desktop computer might be more suitable for what you’re doing. You might need more power or multiple screens, for example. There could be other equipment that you’ve been getting by without too, but it would be better if you had access to all of the tools that help you do your work. It might be time to make sure you have a good printer or even ensure you have a more comfortable desk chair.

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Set Clear Boundaries

Hopefully, you’ve managed to develop some clear boundaries while you’ve been working from home. This should include your expectations for yourself and anyone else who might be in the house. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s time to do it now. For example, make sure everyone else knows not to disturb you when you’re working (unless it’s an emergency). Give yourself some clear rules for when you can take a break, when to start and stop working, and maintaining the right working conditions.

If working from home is going to become a permanent arrangement, make sure you have a permanent space to work from that has all that you need.

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Essential Gadgets That Make Working from Home a Breeze

Two new vaccines have been seen as significantly effective against COVID-19. However, it’ll still take months to ensure that they’re completely safe and ready for distribution. And although some states have been easing their restrictions, you should still avoid large crowds and mass gatherings, especially in indoor spaces. This is because the virus can hang in the air longer indoors compared to outside, especially if the area has poor ventilation.

This means you’ll be stuck working from home for a few months more. You might as well make it as efficient and comfortable as possible. 

Apart from a quality desk and ergonomic chair, you also want to take advantage of technology for your business during the pandemic.

Here are the essential devices and accessories you should make the most of during your remote work period.

Stop the Freezes: A Reliable Computer

Unless your company provided you with machines for remote work, you’re probably using one for personal use. If your computer keeps freezing while running your usual work apps, it can ruin your productivity and even cause you to make errors. If this is the case for you, you may need a new computer. The specifications you need depend on what your work demands. If you only use productivity suites like Microsoft Word and an internet browser, you don’t really need a high-end computer. 

If you run software that’s heavy on resources, like video editors, 3D rendering apps, photo editing software, and more, you may need a computer that has a powerful central processing unit and graphics processing unit. Ask your IT department if they have any recommendations in terms of brands and models, as well as specifications. 

You can get a computer personalized according to your needs or pre-assembled ones in your local computer store. You can buy parts and devices from e-commerce sites, like NewEgg and Amazon, as well. The computer you need might end up being expensive, but it’s worth the money when you don’t experience pesky freezes or shutdowns in the middle of a mission-critical task.

Filter Out the Noise: Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Whether you’re living with family or housemates, you’ve probably been distracted by their noisy activities, like watching TV, vacuum cleaning and video gaming. You don’t want to ruin their fun or stop them from doing what they need to do. One way to achieve peace despite the distractions is to use noise-canceling headphones. These devices use microphones that pick up low-frequency noise and neutralize them before they reach your ear. 

You can get premium headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4. These offer excellent sound quality, touch controls, wireless connectivity, and comfortable muffs for around $300 to $350. If you want something more affordable, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 comes in at around $60. Though it doesn’t have the same sound quality as the former, it filters out noise just as well and has wireless connectivity, too. 

Meet in Style: High-Quality Webcam 

Even if you can’t go to the office, you still need to attend meetings through video conferencing applications like Zoom and Google Chat. If you want to look your best, especially in front of clients, you need a high-definition webcam. If you want something that’s as good as your smartphone camera, the Logitech Brio Ultra HD is for you. It can take video in resolutions as high as 4K and offers amazing detail. With a price of more than $200, however, it may not fit everyone’s budget. You can always get its smaller brother, the C310 for a fraction of the price. It offers 720p HD video, but don’t expect the details to be as crisp. 

Keep the Connection Flowing: High Quality Modem

The only plus side of your internet provider’s default modem is that it’s free. The problem with these cheap modems and routers is that they’re not as durable and offer basic security features. One of the culprits of slow and inconsistent internet speed is often the modem malfunctioning or straight-up breaking down. Remedy this by getting a better router from your local computer store. 

Models like the Asus RT-AC66U B1 and the TP-Link Archer C7 offer faster and more consistent Wi-Fi connectivity compared to the one your internet provider offers by default. These benefits are especially important when you’re working on cloud applications and consistently doing voice and video calls. They also offer more user-friendly interfaces and advanced security features, so you can truly customize your router to your needs.

Remote work can come with a variety of challenges, like intermittent internet connectivity, household distractions and the dreaded computer freezes. With social distancing still being the norm, you don’t have much of a choice but to work from home. Use these suggestions to make your remote work life more bearable. 

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5 Hobbies That Will Make You Feel Good

Life is full of stress for most people. We work all day long, and we try to fit in the time for a family and a social life. In all of that time, we have to find at least an hour a day to do something for ourselves. We’re told that self-care is important, well, a hobby is the best self-care there is!

Hobbies give you a place to be at a certain time. They give you fulfilment around everything else that you do in your life – something that’s for you! Whether you enjoy reading about the Nissan Sileighty or watching it race on TV, or you plan to take up skydiving in your spare time, you need a hobby that will interest you and ignite passion in your life. Below, we’ve put together five hobbies that will make a difference to the way that you feel about your time.

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  1. Learn To Play An Instrument

Music soothes the soul, so why wouldn’t learning how to play an instrument enhance your cultural education? Playing music has so many benefits for the mind as much as your body, and it creates a huge sense of achievement when you learn how to play something new. You can watch YouTube and self-teach any instrument if you know what you are looking for, too! Dance party, anyone?

  1. Study A Language

Learning a language in the pursuit of travelling the world and actually using it can help you in so many ways. You get to widen your knowledge while widening your perception of the world around you. You can meet new people and know how to communicate, and you can even download language learning apps on your phone to learn on the go.

  1. Put Your Fitness First

Often in men, skincare, health and fitness are a big deal. What is lacking in physical health almost always translates to something lacking in mental health, too. It’s so important that you know where to turn when you need a break from all of the pent-up stress, and pouring energy into running or other physical activity will flood the brain with happy hormones. Stress-busting can begin in the gym for you!

  1. Start Cooking

The percentage of male celebrity chefs to females is higher for a good reason, and it has nothing to do with skills in the kitchen. Men and women can cook as well as each other, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t be the best! Get your creativity out onto the table – literally. Learn to cook. Hit some cookery classes and baking classes and get out of the house. Once you pay for a course like that, you can spend time really enjoying yourself and pushing all of your pain into food. It’s worth it, with delicious consequences.

  1. Go Back To School

It doesn’t matter if you are in the peak of your life, there is always room for learning. You can go back to school and get another degree or learn a new skill, and add to your bow!

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Important Life Lessons You Will Learn in Your 20s

Your 20s is such a wonderful time of your life. You have graduated from university and you have a real job that pays. You are an adult now.

In your 20s, there will be plenty of experiences that you will go through for the first time. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn a lot of life lessons that you will carry onto your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

If you are about to turn what is going to be one of the best decades of your life, here are some things you should expect.

You Learn to Become Independent

For many, your 20s is going to be the time that you can say you have become truly independent. You officially will move out of your parents’ house and into an apartment of your own. You are expected to pay your own rent and utility bills using the income you earn from working.

Every experience – from looking for a furnished condo for rent to fixing a broken tap – will teach you how to be independent. You only have yourself to rely on. In every aspect of your life, you get to make the decisions.

You Will Make a Lot of Mistakes

A word of warning: you will make a lot of mistakes. That is part of growing up.

No one is born knowing how to do everything. You do not magically gain the knowledge of how to install a light bulb or paint a wall when you turn a certain age.

Nowadays, you can look up tutorials online to guide you. However, expect to still make a lot of mistakes.

Everyone fails at some point. Even the most successful people were either rejected or made a mistake in their life. Stephen King’s first novel,Carrie,was famously rejected 30 times by publishers before it was finally published by Doubleday. Steve Jobs was once fired by the company he co-founded.

You will make a lot of big and small mistakes. The secret is to suck it up and turn it into an opportunity to learn.

Enjoy Being Single

In your 20s, you do not have a lot of responsibilities just yet. You only have yourself to look after.

So, when you are single, do not mope around. Sure, it is nice to have someone take care of you, but no relationship is perfect. There will always be fights no matter how kind and understanding your partner is.

Besides, when you are single, you do not have to ask permission to do anything. You can travel the world, stay up all night with friends, etc. This period of your life will eventually end, so make the most out of it.

Chase Your Dream

When you are young, you feel like you have all the time in the world. However, that is not exactly true. Many factors in life may interfere, preventing you from doing some things that you want to do.

While you have the time, do it. Stary paving the path that will lead you toward your dreams. You will have to make a number of sacrifices in order to reach your goals, but you do not have a lot to lose.

Spend your 20s experimenting, making mistakes, and learning. When you get to the next decade, you will have an arsenal of experience that will ready you for the new challenges that you will face.

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When is the Right Time to Talk to HR?

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As an employee, you have rights in the workplace. Hopefully you will never find yourself in a situation where you need to reassess what they are and seek professional advice but, just in case, you should be aware of what they are and how best to protect them. Your HR department is responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable experience doing your job. If there’s anything affecting that, then it might be time to speak to them. Many of us struggle with not wanting to cause a fuss but sometimes you may have cause to approach HR. Read on for some examples of times when you should definitely get in touch with the HR team.

1.   You are having a disagreement with your manager

HR have a lot of different functions, but one of their chief roles it to act as a conduit between managers and employees if there is a problem. You are entitled to a HR and/or union representative if any issues arise between you and your manager within your job role. This also includes if you have been asked to do something that seems to fall outside your usual responsibilities. You aren’t being lazy or difficult if you have been given a task that would usually fall to somebody else and it has suddenly been given to you.

2.   Training and development

Your team and department will have a training and development budget. You can approach HR to discuss training opportunities you might like to pursue. It might be through internal training, or job shadowing. Many companies are pleased for their employees to develop a greater degree of flexibility within their job roles. It means that absences, sickness and maternity can sometimes be covered internally without resorting to an internal hire. You can also discuss funding options for training or education opportunities outside work. If it will directly impact your job performance, then seeking this type of support is a positive step in your development and one your company should be encouraging. Even if not financial, you might find that you can get time off to attend classes or training and HR are the department to advise you on how to go about this.

3.   Offensive or inappropriate behavior

We are all looking for ways to have fun and make money. Sometimes though, a job is just a nine-to-five to pay the bills. Even if that’s the case, there’s no reason you should feel unhappy or, even worse, unsafe in your job. If there has been an injury or harassment incident within your workplace, it’s worth checking to see if you need to seek legal advice from a tough personal injury attorney. Although it might not feel like HR will give you impartial advice on how to go about this, it’s within their best interests and duty to act impartially and with due diligence so, if you need legal aid, then they will let you know at what point.

Remember, your HR department is there to support you. Never feel apprehensive about approaching them and, if you’re unsure, you can always precede a face-to-face meeting with an email to check in.

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How do You Know When it’s Time to Leave Your Job?

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We all have ups and downs with our jobs. Everyone knows that things can’t be perfect all the time. But how do you know when enough is really enough and it’s time to think about moving on? If you’ve been unhappy in your place of work for a while now, but can’t quite put your finger on what the problem is, then read on for some signs that it’s definitely time to start considering other options.

1.   You can’t leave it at the door

Sometimes it’s good to vent to whoever’s at home about work. Colleagues can be annoying, your boss might have made an unfair decision, or your workload might be high at the moment. All these things can be difficult to completely switch off from. What you need to assess is how often you’re bringing negative energy home with you from work. If you find you really can’t switch off, and thoughts about work are bringing your mood down constantly, even when you’re not there, then it might be a toxic place for you right now.

2.   You dread the night before

No one likes a Sunday evening – we’d much rather it was Friday and we had the whole weekend stretching ahead of us again. But if you find yourself feeling low or in an abnormally bad mood before you have to return to work, this is a telling sign that something isn’t right.

3.   You’re too comfortable

If you want a career, something that challenges and stimulates you, an environment where you thrive and are learning new skills and developing both personally and professionally, but you feel like your current job isn’t providing that, then it’s time to really ask yourself why. Is it the job that you thought it was going to be? Or, over time, have you settled into a routine and are no longer pursuing new things? If you have regular one-to-ones with your boss, then it might be the time to raise the fact that you aren’t feeling as creatively challenged as you’d like to be. You can ask for more responsibility, or if there are additional tasks you can take on if your current workload allows.

4.   It’s a negative environment.

Unfortunately, it’s usually impossible to tell what kind of atmosphere an office has until you’ve signed your contract. And, by then, it’s usually too late to change anything. A good starting point is to know your rights in the workplace. If things are occurring in your office space that you aren’t comfortable with, or you think might be pushing the boundaries of what’s legal, see if you can find someone in Personnel to discuss this with. That might not be easy though – sometimes you need an external perspective. If you have a friend from another company who can advise you, then that can be beneficial. If something has happened to you in the workplace then never be afraid to see a tough personal injury attorney. You need to protect yourself and the workplace should never be an unsafe environment for you.

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Power to the Filipina: Investments for Every Young Filipina Professional

Keeping up with every trend is the modern woman’s downfall. While you’re busy updating your social media, you miss out on the opportunity to invest your time and finances on what will truly make an impact on your future.

There’s no better time than today to step up your game by focusing on the more relevant things in life. This means long-term investments to yourself, your relationships, and your financial security.

Your Own Place

Many assume that investing in real estate when you’re young is for generating passive income. While it’s an opportunity that comes with buying a property, there are better reasons to do it. This is especially true if you’re getting one for the first time.

Scout for a condo unit for sale in Makati to establish your independence. Housing options like condominiums are best for those who are new to living alone.

The size of your property doesn’t end all your challenges, though. You might still fall into bad habits like eating out all the time or neglecting to clean. There’s also the strenuous task of keeping track of your bills and paying them on time. Consider these a test to your character and an excellent opportunity to grow. Nothing matures a person like surviving in the world alone, especially when you’re a woman. You’ll discover it makes you a more competent person, partner, and parent in the future.

Your Personal Network

Relationships are what makes life fulfilling. This is true in your social and professional circles. With the world a smaller place today, thanks to technology, you must grow your network to get ahead in life.

“Getting ahead” doesn’t always mean staying competitive in the workplace. It’s by building relationships with people from different demographics, races, and world views that you mature.

If you’ve always found it challenging to engage strangers, sign up for personal development skills training. Join a volunteer organization. Dare to go to events alone even if they make you uncomfortable. Expanding your network might mean trying new things and spending on membership fees, but they’re investments that guarantee many returns.

Your Own Business

Starting a business, no matter how small, is daunting. Even investing in somebody else’s company can leave you restless. The reason you need to dare anyway is that entrepreneurship gives you better chances of gaining financial security. While you can achieve it with high-paying jobs, there’s more freedom and opportunities when you’re the boss.

It’s not unheard of for young female entrepreneurs to rise in the ranks and create names for themselves. Consider Melanie Perkins, the CEO, and co-founder of Canva. She pitched the idea behind the platform at nineteen years old. A little over a decade since she’s grown the business to one billion dollars

Whatever you want to invest in, make sure it’s something you’re passionate about. You might not get it right the first time, and it’s rare to make it big soon after starting. What’s important is you’re setting the momentum for an endeavor that can change your finances five to ten years from now.

No Time to Wait

Buying your own place, meeting new people, and starting a business might not be things you’ve considered doing alone. There’s a popular notion that women should reserve these for later in life or after marriage.

Don’t let these dated opinions stop you. They haven’t stopped the many women who are already headed in the direction you’re aiming for.

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