Warning: Running A Business Could Be Hazardous To Your Health!

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Sorry to be alarmist, but it’s true!

While we aren’t trying to put you off from running your own business; there are plenty of reasons why you should work for yourself instead of ‘working for the man,’ but in terms of your health, there are definite hazards that need to be avoided.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to hurriedly shape up your resumé to return to the safer confines of a 9 to 5 job to preserve your life, but you should consider the following issues.

#1: The sedentary lifestyle. For those business owners working from home, especially when seated in front of a computer screen for many hours during the day, it is worth knowing the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. These risks include weight gain, high blood pressure, and the increased chances of a stroke and heart disease. You can find out more here. Therefore, make every effort to exercise each day, both before and after work, and take regular breaks to stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen, to offset any issues associated with the sedentary lifestyle.

#2: Feelings of stress. We can all feel stress, but if not dealt with, there are consequences to our health, both physically, with headaches and high blood pressure, and mentally, with issues around depression, anxiety, and burnout. So, should you run a business, it is important to deal with your stressors. If you have strict deadlines to meet, as an example of one common stressor, you might want to hire other staff to help you tackle other work pressures, or outsource certain tasks, so you have time to commit to the project deadline at hand. Within your business life, you should also improve your work-life balance as this can reduce feelings of stress. And forming good habits within your lifestyle will also help, as by eating a healthy diet, and by exercising regularly, you will be more physically and mentally able to deal with the stress in your life.

#3: Neglecting health problems. When working for yourself, you don’t have the sickness benefits that are provided within a usual 9 to 5 job. Therefore, you are more likely to neglect and fight through any health problems instead of taking time off, especially when you are reliant on money coming in. And you might neglect a visit to the doctor or to the pharmacy, especially if you are snowed under with work. By being neglectful in either way, you might suffer the consequences to your health later on. So, here’s our advice. For starters, get into the habit of saving money so you can afford to have time off when you are unwell. Secondly, if you notice any symptoms of ill health, don’t ignore them, hoping they will go away. The sooner you get to see your doctor, the sooner you will be able to deal with any issues and get back to work. And finally, you might also consider registering with a doctor dispensing of medication, so when you are working, you won’t have to disrupt your working day too much because of long queues at the pharmacy.

Running your own business is an excellent idea, but you won’t make a success of it if you fall prey to ill health. Follow our suggestions, then, and not only will you have better health physically and emotionally, but your business should also be healthy on a financial level too!

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Taking Active Steps to Improve Your Life

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Whether you are in a slump or leading a lifestyle that leaves you relatively content, it’s always important to bear in mind that things can get better. There’s always opportunity for improvement and increased levels of happiness in your living! Something else to bear in mind? Positive change rarely makes its way towards you. You have to actively seek it out yourself. So, what kind of steps can you take to actively improve your life? Here are just a few to consider!

Cutting Out Bad Habits

We all have some sort of bad habit – after all, nobody’s perfect. But acknowledging your bad habits and taking steps to remove them from your life can significantly boost your happiness. So, take a moment to mull over some bad habits that you have. They could pertain to your physical health or your mental health. Common bad habits for your physical health that you might want to cut out could include:

  • Smoking – smoking is highly addictive, so admittedly, it is a pretty difficult habit to kick. But we are all well aware that it is highly detrimental to us, as it can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a whole host of other health issues. Consider making use of alternatives that can be used to cut out smoking and ween you off nicotine, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or vaping.

 

  • Excessive Drinking – sure, alcohol may well be legal for adults to consume. But excessive drinking can cause liver damage and can prove addictive. If you feel dependent on alcohol, you might want to consider sober living for men.

 

There are also plenty of bad habits out there that can have a negative impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. Some to consider removing from your life could include:

 

  • Procrastination – as the old saying goes, procrastination is the thief of time. We tend to procrastinate when we feel anxious about something, but putting off the task at hand only serves to increase anxiety levels in the end.

 

 

  • Perfectionism – being a perfectionist can result in high quality work. But you’ll often find that it unnecessarily places excessive pressure on you. Don’t allow yourself to become distressed by setting unachievable or unrealistic targets!

 

Spend More Time Doing What You Love

Many of us end up spending most of our time doing things that we feel we have to do. But why not spend more time doing things that you love? This can give you a greater feeling of satisfaction with life. Sometimes it just means turning down plans and events that you feel obligated to attend when your attendance isn’t actually necessary. If you have an interest, chase it. Join a class, attend a club, dedicate your free time to it.

Sure, life might be coming along just fine for you right now. But why settle for mediocrity? “Okay” shouldn’t be enough! Taking active steps to improve your life can see you become a much happier and more rounded individual, placing a smile on your face!

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Genuine Ways To Make Money From Home

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The concept of making money from home is something that has really taken off over the last decade, and although it’s been something that people have talked about for a good bit longer than that, previously it was considered to be something sleazy or in some cases illegal.

However thanks to things like social media and the internet making it easier than ever for people to set up online businesses and work according to their own terms and set their own hours, this is now becoming the norm, so if you’re looking for a way to make money from home but you’re worried about getting caught up in a scam then in this post we’re going to share with you some of the genuine ways that you can make money from home.

Freelancing:

Setting yourself up as a freelancer is possibly one of the easiest ways to start making money from home, and doesn’t require much in the way of start-up costs like other businesses do. The easiest way to get started as a freelancer is to decide on a professional service that you could offer that people would pay for. For example, you could offer copywriting for businesses, you could offer a graphic design, or you could even offer something like accounting or bookkeeping services. There are endless ways that you could work as a freelancer, and the great thing about it is you get to decide your own hours, work on your own schedule and effectively decide how much you earn as well, so it’s a very flexible way to make money from home especially if you have a family and other commitments to work around.

Physical Products:

If you’re someone who likes to create things by yourself then you could have a good chance of creating a business from home that allows you to sell your products. You could sell things like skin care, candles, or even t-shirts and then have them branded and have the labels made for them by hiring a branding company to do this – to find out more about getting labels made for your physical products, you can click here for more info. Of course setting up a physical product business takes a bit more effort than an online business  where you’re only selling digital products, but it’s still a great way to make money from home selling your own items.

Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is a very popular way to make money from home, and it really doesn’t require much of an effort once you get it set up properly. Affiliate marketing works by recommending the products and services of other people, such as skin care products, technology gadgets, or even clothing. Pretty much anything can be used by affiliate marketers in order to generate revenue for themselves and for the people who own the products that they are recommending. A good way to start with affiliate marketing is to set up a blog around a niche topic, such as vegan skin care and then create content that links back to this product through an affiliate link whereby you then receive a commission for every person who clicks on your link and buys the product.

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Is Your Business The Kind People Want To Work For?

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In business, you spend so much of your time trying to make sure that customers and other people in the public will approve of it, that it is all too easy to forget about the people inside it too. Actually, these people are possibly even more critical in many ways, and you need to make sure that you are keeping them as happy as possible at all times. One of the most important reasons that you need to do this is because you need to know that you are always going to be able to hire people to work for you. So, as it currently stands, is your business one that people will generally want to work for? And if not, do you know what you might need to do to try and make it so? Let’s look at some of the steps you could take to do just that.

Make It Safe & Secure

Your employees need to know that they are safe and secure when they work for you, and this is probably what takes precedent above all else in fact. Of course, there are many things you will be able to do to make sure that you are keeping your business safe and secure, and so long as you are doing those, you will find your employees are happy with that. This is as simple as getting a security team in house, making sure you carry out cctv installation whenever necessary, and generally taking whatever steps you can to keep out intruders. But it’s also about preventing the likelihood of fire and other disasters, which in turn means training your staff themselves to be able to deal with that. It’s pretty involved, but it’s necessary to ensure that your staff are happy working for you.

Pay Them Well & Fairly

Pay is obviously a hugely important thing for all workers, and you have a duty to make sure that you are paying your people as well as you can afford to. You need to of course pay them at least a minimum wage, but you should aim to pay them more than that if you can and to give them a pay raise at least once a year. You will also need to make sure that you are paying them fairly, which means equally for the same job, same experience level and no matter who they are. As well as being a moral and legal responsibility, it is also essential in keeping them happy. By paying well, you will encourage others to want to work for you in the future, so it is in your own best interests too.

Be A Responsible Business

Generally, people also want to know that the business they are working for is a socially responsible one. That means that you have schemes in place to be as environmentally friendly as possible, that you are socially aware, and that you are acting in a manner which is fair and good for society. If people feel that you are doing that, they will be considerably happier to work for you, and you will find that you have potential employees coming to your door in droves.

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A Natural Caregiver: Finding A Fulfilling Future

It can take a lot to feel fulfilled in life, and you might find it a challenge to know what steps to take in order to get to your happy place. However, it’s worth starting with how you spend your time the most, so that you can put your focus towards bettering that time, and improving your life. Most people spend the majority of their week in a working environment. And, if their job or career doesn’t fulfill them, it can lead to long term unhappiness, and even a range of health issues. Therefore, it’s crucial to your mental and physical health, to ensure that you’re as happy as possible in your workplace (most of the time; there will always be challenging days).

If you’re a natural caregiver, or nurturer, there are an array of options for you regarding your career and future choices. If you love providing care to others, just think how satisfying a job would be, if you were paid to do so during your working week. Surely it’s worth thinking about the different areas that you could utilize your natural skills and develop a career that you love? The following are some areas to consider if you want to head into a long term career, where providing care to the public, is top of the priority list.

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Infant Care

I you love nothing more than being surrounded by the youngest people on the planet, and they bring you joy; it’s worth looking into a career where babies and toddlers are those you look after the most. Perhaps you’re already a nurse, but want to specialize in caring for infants; research into neonatal dnp programs and ways to gain the qualifications needed, to make your dream a reality. If a hospital environment isn’t for you; you could consider becoming a nanny so that looking after a little one’s welfare is what you get paid for. There’s always work with social services too; finding foster and adoptive parents for babies and toddlers in need will be a rewarding way to earn your income.

Kids And Teens

Obviously, the nurturing process has only just begun with infants; kids and teenagers need just as much, if not, more, care as they grow-up. Look into how to get into teaching young minds so that you can guide them through their most influential years. There are so many teaching and teaching assistant opportunities out there. It’s about finding your subject, skills, and niche, and figuring out the sort of environment in which you’d be most happy. You can even go overseas to teach, so that could be another element of life you’re fulfilling.

Those Who Are Vulnerable

There are all sorts of vulnerable people; from children through to adults. And, they all need very specific and different kinds of care. Whether you look into counselling, medicine, or various therapies; your skills can provide those in need with healing, recovery, and recuperation. Again, social work, and care in the community, is a great way to meet and help a variety of people. And don’t forget about charities; there are always openings to help with a great cause.

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Making Your Employees Happy and Productive

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If you want your business to be as successful as you know it has the potential to be, one of the things that you simply must do is look after your staff. By taking good care of your employees and keeping them happy, you will encourage them to be more productive, loyal and creative. This will take your business to new places and ensure that you have far fewer problems than your competitors as a result.

Sound good? Here are some of the best things you can start doing to make your employees happier and more productive right now…

Just Be a Great Employer

If you want to really simplify things, in order to make your employees happy and productive, what you basically need to do is be a great employer. If  you can do this, they will respect you and they will be confident that you respect them and that will go a long way. So be kind to your employees, be fair to them, give them enough responsibility to keep them happy and ensure you have clear boundaries in place. If you do those things and you remain approachable by all employees at all times, you will be well on your way to a happy workforce.

Value Your Employees

Your staff need to be valued if they are to feel happy in their work. So, be free with your praise ensuring that no good job goes unnoticed. If your budget can stretch to it, even if you need to make a few cuts elsewhere, give actual rewards, whether in the form of bonuses, dinners or even trophies, to those employees who have earned them, and talk to your employees face to face when things do go wrong rather than shouting and penalizing them. The more civil you can be, the more valuable they’ll feel and the more happy and productive they’ll be. Not only that, but the whole work atmosphere will be far better too.

Give Them Responsibilities

If you want your employees to feel really fulfilled and be really productive, it almost certainly pays to give them more responsibility. It can be tempting to micro-manage everything in your business, but if you do this, you don’t let your staff reach their full potential. Which can make them feel bored and unhappy. It can also mean that you miss out on their expertise and talents, which may actually be better than yours in many ways! Let them get on with things, trusting them to do a good job and you know what – they probably will!

Create Places They Can Relax

No one can be truly happy in their job if they are constantly overworked, stressed and tired. That’s why you need to provide a comfortable staff room where they can truly switch off and relax when they need a moment. If you can, creating an outdoor space, perhaps with a covered metal walkway, a few tables and chairs and lots of plants, is also a good idea.. It has been shown that spending time outdoors can reduce stress and increase productivity, so even if this costs your company a little cash, it will be more than worth it in the end.

It has been proven happy employees are more productive and will stick around longer, so do what you can to ensure your staff love coming to work each day and you will all win!

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Four Personality Traits You Need To Manage Working From Home

There are so many perks to working from home. Seriously, if you haven’t worked remotely before, then you need to start thinking about how it could change your life. Some of the perks include;

  • Working a more flexible schedule.
  • Taking more time for your family.
  • No more long commutes.
  • Hello, pajamas!
  • Maintaining a better work/life balance.
  • Being free to work from wherever you like.

You may be considering working from home, but there is so much more to think about than just the perks of the situation you could be in. You need to consider whether working for home will be good for you or not, because your productivity level is going to mean a lot for a job that matches your personality type. Some people stay at home to work without being given the choice: those who aren’t able to work freely sometimes are healing from car accident injuries, or there are even those who are parents and need flexibility. Below, we’re going to look at four personality types that will manage making money from home.

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Independent. Some people benefit from the structure of the 9-5, the office walls and the camaraderie of the team spirit in the office. They do their best work when they visually and physically are in the place to do it. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, there are those that are more independent, who don’t need the office fun or the 9-5 trappings to be good at their work. In fact, they thrive when they’re independent and happy. If you want to work alone, home working is the way forward.

Self-Discipline. Can you put together a to-do list without being told to? Can you keep your workspace clutter free? Can you thoroughly plan a whole itinerary for a trip before you go? You could benefit from being able to work from home! You need to be organized to be disciplined enough to stay and work at home and if you can be organized, then you can do it well and you can have the motivation to work your deadlines.

Focus. How much of your day can you avoid social media? If a cat video pops up on your screen, can you avoid it or do you click on it? If you can avoid procrastination and focus on your work, you’re going to benefit from working remotely. Staying focused is a huge working from home challenge, and if you can do it, you’re going to be able to sharpen your focus and avoid distractions.

Communicator. You don’t have to be a quiet introvert to benefit from home working. You could be the loudest, proudest person in the world, and as long as you are able to communicate via any means to your employer and your colleagues, you’re going to manage just fine.

Working remotely isn’t the easiest thing to do for every personality, but it’s the best thing for a lot of people. It’s become more popular in recent years, and it’s important that you know if it’s right for you before you go ahead and commit.  

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