5 Reasons You Could Lose Your Job

No one ever wants to think about losing their job. It’s just one of those things that’s hard to discuss because there is still shame that surrounds not being able to keep a job. Even if you work really hard, there are still circumstances that could cost you your career, and even if you show up every day on time and enthusiastic, there could still be things that you’re doing that could see you enjoying a pink slip at the end of a day.

It just hurts. If you’re in a position where you are worried about your job, it’s worth having a chat to your HR department about it before it becomes a problem. There are some circumstances where you can’t help but lose your job on your own terms, especially if you end up injured in your way to work, don’t show up and spend time trying to work out what to do when you’re in a car accident and you need time off. Your employer has to give you some wiggle room, but it doesn’t mean that they have to keep you on if you need extended leave. However, other than circumstances where you have no choice but to leave, there are times you could be working hard and still lose your job. Here they are:

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  • You were working on the wrong things.

 

Believe it or not, you could be spending your week and your overtime plugging away and still find that you are let go – because you worked hard on all the wrong things. If you’re not fulfilling your job duties, then you’re not going to be kept on.

 

  • You’re bored – and it shows.

 

There’s every chance that working on your job role isn’t fulfilling for you, and if you find that you’re not staying focused on your role because it’s just not challenging for you, then there’s a chance that you are going to show that to others.

 

  • You’ve got no allies.

 

In a business, you need friends. Getting alone with your colleagues is a must and if you’re not willing to do that, you’re going to struggle with being kept on. Companies have a culture, and if you’re not part of that culture you’re not going to survive in the company.

 

  • You’re overworked and making mistakes

 

There is such a thing as overworking, you know. All that overtime and those long hours? Not always a good thing. Take the time to slow down a little and make sure that you’re making time for yourself while you work, because overwork leads to sloppiness, which leads to making mistakes that you don’t intend to make.

 

  • You’re never there.

 

Earlier, we mentioned an injury that could put you out of action. Not being able to attend the office regularly can make your employer let you go because they need someone else to fill the gap you’re leaving. Some employers won’t allow for remote work, and while you can’t be fired for recovering, you can if they need the spot.

There are about a hundred more reasons for being fired, but it’s worth avoiding all of them!

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Wisdom is Knowing the Right Path to Take in Life. Integrity is Taking it

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The start of the new year is a chance to reflect, to look at the goals we set last year, and decide what we’d like to achieve in the coming months. It’s a fresh start, an opportunity to check in and make sure we’re on a path that’s taking us towards where we want to be. Instead of setting superficial resolutions this year that will be forgotten about by February, why not delve a little deeper? Changes like these could massively improve your life for the better.

Move somewhere new

The place where we live affects our lives in a big way. From the property itself, the space we have and the way it’s decorated- to the general area and overall location. If your home is cramped and small you might find yourself getting stressed and running out of space. If it’s in a busy city, you might be tired of the noise and pollution. If the area has gone downhill since you moved in, you might be worried about crime and other social issues. Don’t feel like you’re stuck in the place you have, it’s so worth doing some research and finding what else is out there. Property sites like William Pitt have home valuation tools so you can see what yours is worth at the click of a button, and from there can see what else you can afford. Moving can mean a fresh start, and a chance to start living life the way that you want.

Consider a change of career

Most of us spend around forty hours a week at work, and so if you’re unhappy in your job, you’re more than likely going to be unhappy in the rest of your life too. While a change of career is a huge deal, it could well end up being one of the best things you’ve ever done. You could go back to university and study for the qualification you need, or do it part-time from home. Otherwise, you could look into alternate ways of changing career, such as starting at the bottom and working your way up. While you’ll experience a drop in money to begin with, it could lead to far better prospects later down the line, and a job you’re much happier in.

Make an effort to meet new people

It’s so easy to fall into a rut in adulthood. We spend most of our days working, and spend time with the same few people. We rarely push outside our comfort zone and try new things where we’re exposed to new individuals. It’s easy to think that we don’t need more friends, but meeting others adds depth and interest to life like nothing else. You might not like everyone you meet, but everyone brings with them lessons. They can teach you a new perspective, or even reflect something of yourself back at you which motivates you to change. They can introduce you to new things that you simply would never have done on your own. If you’re single, why not sign up to a dating app and go on some dates? Join a meetup website and meet with others with the same interests as you. Reconnect with old friends on Facebook, and say yes to more social invitations. You wont regret it!

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5 Reasons to Become a Freelancer

5 Reasons to Become a Freelancer

There’s no arguing that having a freelance job is a lot more flexible than an office desk job. The freedom you acquire when becoming freelance is something a lot of people will admire. So, if you’re thinking about going freelance but something is holding you back, here are five benefits that may just tip the scale.

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Your Workload

When you work for someone else, your workload is dictated to you and isn’t always a practical amount. Whether it’s because you have too much on your plate or you haven’t got a big enough challenge, being a freelancer can fix that problem. When you’re your own boss, you can accept or deny the projects that come your way. Of course, you’ll always have to have a good reason for denying a client, but it means you don’t have to take on anything below your skills or low paying.

Your Health

There are certain times of year where colds and other illnesses will fly around the office. If your colleagues don’t have the good sense to stay home while they’re ill, it usually means others get infected too. As a freelancer, you don’t have to come into contact with clients or colleagues who are ill because most of your work will be done at home. Secondly, if you fall ill yourself, you can take time off knowing you can catch up with work at a later time.

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You’re Not Alone

Many people don’t take the leap into freelancing because they believe they’ll have to do everything alone. That is far from true. From building your website and help from a managed service provider to calendar and finance tools, there’s something out there for every problem you could come across. Just because your sat at home alone, it doesn’t mean you won’t have access to the exact same things you would if you were sat in an office.

You Answer to You

Being a freelancer won’t necessarily mean you have no-one to answer to. Clients will chase you if you’re late delivering work and you will lose clients (and money) if you’re not strict on yourself. But, when push comes to shove, you haven’t got the stress of a boss breathing down your neck or treating your poorly if you make a mistake. In fact, studies have shown that freelancers often deliver a higher quality of work because they don’t have the same pressure as office workers.

Forget About the Commute

No more long drives to work in the morning, no more public transport or getting soaked in the rain during your lunch break. Avoiding the commute means you’re helping the environment by not adding to the pollution and you have some extra time in the morning. Whether you use that time to get in some exercise, a healthy breakfast or a nice lay in bed, is up to you.

Starting your own freelance business is exciting and rewarding, even if it is hard work.

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Could Your Side Hustle Be Serious?

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When you hear the word side-hustle, it doesn’t always sound that serious. It can sound like something you do when you want to try and kill your boredom, or as a budding entrepreneur. But it really doesn’t have to be boxed into either category. It can simply be defined as a passion that you’re pursuing. Or something that you’re working on to make extra money. Or, even, a career path that you’re building in your own time, with a hope that you’re going to be able to take things full-time in the future. And if you know that you have a huge passion for something that you’re doing in life, this could be exactly what you need right now. And yes, it could totally be serious. Here’s how.

Committing The Time

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re actually committing the time. Because if you’re not able to allocate any time in your day for your side hustle, it’s never going to get serious. And this is mainly because it may not even grow at all. So first of all, if you are committing the time to make this grow, then yes, things are definitely getting serious.

Getting A Return

And if you know that you’re starting to make money from this, it’s always a good sign. Sure, that return does then often mean that you’re going to put it back into the business. Because you may need to get more accurate manufacturing cost estimating and quoting or manufacture yourself, more staff, or just buy more stock. But the sign of making that money in the first place shows that this is getting serious.

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Building A Customer Base

When your customer base is starting to grow, and your customers love what you do, then you can also say that this is really starting to get serious. So you may be at the stage where you want to start allocating more time, effort, and attention to actually making something of this.

Getting Notoriety

From here, you may find that you’re starting to get traction with what you’re doing. Customers are loving what you’re doing, you’re making it into the media, and you’re really starting to take off. The more that your name and the businesses name is mentioned, the better. Because when you start to get noticed, it often means that your sales and media are going to skyrocket. So yes, this can be incredibly serious.

Being Able To Do It Full Time

And then, you may find that you’re at the stage where you realize that, yes, you can absolutely look to take this full-time. But it can be a tough climb until that point. Because you’re going to be working super hard in any free time that you have, and you’re going to be working hard at work. And something has to give. But when you’re making money and business is going well, you’ll be at the tipping point where you can walk away from your day job and do this full-time.

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Investing In Our Passions, And Getting Them To Make An Investment For Us

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We live in an age where we can feel our creativity get stifled. We may be in a job that demands we devote all of our time, efforts and energy to the cause. And every hour that ticks by, you’re excited about the end of the day, where you can rip that lanyard off and do what you want to do. But should we make more of a concerted effort to follow our true passions if we feel like this?

Does A Side Hustle Cure All?

You might have heard this term floating around numerous blogs, and for many people, setting up a small business on the side of what they do Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 can provide that extra income, but also that additional meaning. A side hustle is something that works on numerous levels, it gives you the opportunity to focus your creativity into something that you care about, but it also provides that positive reinforcement that you’re doing something worthwhile. This is something that so many of us need, especially when we’re feeling weighed down by The Grind. And while, for many people, it’s simply the idea of working from home put into practice, if you find something that gives you meaning, it can impact every other area of your life. You will feel that your job isn’t so bad, because there is an escape, an outlet.

Nurturing These Passions Into Something Tangible

Creating a side hustle doesn’t have to be about earning money, but it’s an extension of following your passions, and if you chase the passions, instead of the money, you will feel rich despite what your bank balance says! You may find that it’s an incredibly successful endeavor, and so you will see you that the amount of work you put into this increase, while the full-time job you’re doing during the week slowly begins to decrease. And before you know it, you’ve set up your own business! It’s something that you created with your own two hands.

Making Your Passion Pay

This is the hardest piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve got to the point where you are relying on this thing that started as a way for you to communicate your passions, it’s now essential that you work at making this viable. Technology is the key component, especially when you have got to the point that you need to branch out and actually hire people. Hunting for the best VPS (virtual private server), anti-virus software, and various items of technology have become part of the essential processes to ensure that your passion is financially viable. And from there, you see this exercise in creativity expand into such a behemoth that you can’t quite believe how much things have changed.

We have to invest in our true passions, and when we are struggling with the 9 to 5 daily grind, the creativity we put into something like a side hustle or a part-time project can ignite a spark in us we didn’t know was there. Our true passions in life can get quashed, and the necessity to earn money becomes the priority, but if we don’t invest in our true passions, how will we know if it makes an investment for us?

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The Fiscal Fight Against Disability Debt

Whether you were born with a disability or have recently been disabled following a recent illness or injury, good money management is of paramount importance. The cost of disabled living can be demanding even for those lucky enough to still be able to carry on with their jobs and careers after their disabilities manifest. If left unchecked, this can lead to a disability debt spiral which can be ruinous to one’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Financial wellness is one of many areas in which the disabled find that they have to work a little harder than their able bodies counterparts, especially when disability insurance claims are rejected or insurers place caps on how much you can earn while claiming. Whether you work on a freelance basis or for an employer, here are some ways in which you can improve your financial health and ease the psychological, emotional and logistical stranglehold that disability debt can have on your life and work…

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Talk to a lawyer if your disability insurance claim is rejected

It can be an extremely dispiriting experience when one’s disability insurance claim is denied. It can even lead the claimant to question whether they are suffering from a bona fide disability. In ,many cases, however, just because a claim has been rejected doesn’t mean that a claimant does not have legitimate grounds for a claim. In most cases it helps to have an attorney check over your claim and / or launch an appeal on your behalf. Check here to see how a dedicated long term disability lawyer can help you. When you know that you can claim that to which you are entitled this can ease the financial pressure on you and contribute enormously to your psychological well-being.

Find ways to save every day

While those in the disabled community face specific expenses and financial difficulties which their able-bodied counterparts do not, sometimes using the good old-fashioned saving techniques available to all of us can make a big difference. Clip coupons, look for voucher codes, take advantage of introductory offers, do free trials and find ways to save on the little things every day. All of these little savings add up to make a big difference by the end of the year!

Remember your tax deductions

Remember that when it comes to your taxes, disabled people may qualify for tax deductions, credits and income exclusions which may ease the burden placed upon you when saving for your taxes. It’s worth hiring an accountant to ensure that you claim for every expense incurred in your professional activities. Indeed, there may be many things which they can help you with that you were not aware that you could claim for. At the very least it behoves you to take a look at the IRS website and see what you may be entitled to.

Managing your debts

Finally, managing your debts is an important aspect of financial wellbeing. The simple truth is that for all but the most privileged of us, living debt-free in the 21st century is an unattainable pipe-dream. Debts can quickly spiral out of control when they all have different interest rates, all come out of your bank on different days of the month and can wreak havoc on your credit rating.

Consolidating your debts makes them much easier to manage as it replaces them with a single monthly payment with a set interest rates. Because a consolidation loan buys out all of your previous debts, it can also seriously boost your credit score!

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Home Uncomforts: Making Working From Home Work For You

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There’s a lot to be said for working from home. Not just in the fact that it’s a great way to gain some control over your life (not least minimizing the travel time to the office), but working from home can be a considerably more difficult approach if you are not someone who can thrive in an office environment. The whole working from home scenario can work for you, just as long as you follow a few fundamental approaches…

Finding The Right Career

Usually, the standard career option for those that exclusively work from home revolves around writing in one way or another. But, it’s not just this one route. A lot of people decide to set up a business, especially if they are struggling to make ends meet in a freelance capacity. While selling items out of your home may seem like a lot of effort for little return, there are ways to set up solid businesses via options like the Amazon FBA approach. You can visit this site to get some more information on this. On the other hand, you may have other reasons that you would rather work at home. In which case, there are options for you to work from the comfort of your own home, just as long as you have a decent internet connection.

Learning How To Thrive In Your Environment

Even if you have a job that requires a lot of focus, it can be very difficult for you to maintain this, especially when you work at home, on the couch, or even at the kitchen table. This means that you’ve got to master the art of discipline. Learning how to maintain some sort of focus isn’t just about removing immediate distractions, but about getting into a working frame of mind. The best way for you to do this is to, in effect, treat it as a job. Giving yourself a structure, like the one that’s imposed on a typical 9 to 5 job is one of the most beneficial ways for you to do any work. Because, if you don’t, you’ll find yourself doing a little bit of work now and then, and before you know it, it’s taken you 15 hours to do something that would normally take 7 or 8. This is why you have to impose some sort of structure on yourself because even though you are working at home, the novelty of being at home soon wears off. Not just in the fact that you are bored with your immediate surroundings quickly, but having no one to talk to can be incredibly isolating. This is why you have to set yourself self-imposed boundaries and challenges because this task of getting the work done by a certain time will keep you going.

A lot of people look at working from home as a very luxurious prospect. When in fact, it can be quite the opposite. We all have reasons that we need to work from home, but it can still prove to be a very difficult setup. You can make working from home work for you.

 

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