How to Stay Healthy When Working From Home

If you’re a mother working from home and trying to juggle your job and your family, it will be important for you to look after yourself too. After all, there are lots of things dependent upon your health. If you’re put out of action because you feel unwell, you won’t be able to bring in an income and you won’t be able to look after your children. So, it’s important that you consider your health when you’re working from home. Here’s how to ensure you stay healthy in your home office.

Have a Dedicated Working Space

When you work from home, it’s easy to blur the lines between work and the rest of your life. There are distractions everywhere, and you may find that you’re just not able to devote the same amount of attention you would be if you were working outside of the home. However, working from home does come with more flexibility so to help you concentrate on your work, it’s best to have a dedicated working space. If you have your own office in the house, you’ll be able to close the door on everything else.

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Good Posture

Most people who work from home spend their time hunched over a computer desk. It’s important that you maintain a good posture while you’re working so you can avoid suffering from back ache. Doing some research into desk chairs will allow you to invest in a chair that’s right for you. Don’t be tempted to do all of your work from your sofa. Your back won’t thank you for it.

Move Around

It’s easy to get engrossed in your work and when you’re a working mother, you sometimes have to cram as much as you can into the time that you’ve got. But, if you’re sat at your computer desk for hours at a time, you risk poor circulation and headaches. It’s important to give your whole body a rest, including your eyes, by getting up and moving around. Leave the room for half an hour. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit in the garden for a dose of vitamin D. You’re sure to return to your work feeling refreshed and motivated.

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Stick to Your Schedule

When a distraction arises, how many times have you worked through the night to get things done? Many working mothers swap sleep for work in order to meet deadlines. Although it may seem like the only way to get things done, you aren’t doing your health any favours. Here are some tips for sticking to a schedule. You’re much better off going to sleep early and waking up early, instead of trying to work when your body is tired.

Stay Hydrated

Many people who work on screens all day put their headaches down to their computers. However, the majority of adults aren’t getting anywhere near as much hydration as they need in a day. Keep some bottled water and healthy snacks on your desk so you don’t have to make too much effort to stay hydrated and avoid headaches.

 

Fuel Your Business With The Potential You Need To Grow

It’s a common desire for every entrepreneur to support the business growth. Most entrepreneurs are not aiming to support growth, but to create a constant progression within their business. In other words, it is about taking your business to the next level, every single year. That might sound like pure madness, but in reality, you can regularly generate growth within your business once you give the company the potential to evolve. This doesn’t only mean that you only need to recruit the right kind of employees to maximize your business profits and results – although you do need to hire the best possible people for your needs, recruitment isn’t always necessary for growth. It’s important to keep your strategy up-to-date with your goals and to build a marketing strategy that remains relevant to your objectives. In other words, if you want to sell more, you will need to invest more time and money into your marketing activities, starting from a thorough monitoring of the current data to new tools to improve interactions with your customers. However, these steps, while being necessary, are not proactive. They appear as a reaction to your current growth level and present a way of supporting your business development.  But you need to use the right methods to drive growth from within. Here are some of the best way of creating the potential for business growth.  

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Become An Inspiring Leader

As an entrepreneur, you are likely to be managing your company – most entrepreneurs adopt the position of manager. However, some prefer to trust an experienced employee to manage on their behalf. If this is your case, please jump directly to the next paragraph. The position of leader is a difficult role to hold, as you need to be not only inspirational but also deeply down to earth to stay on top of your organizational and strategic tasks. If it’s nothing you’ve done before, it can be difficult to hold an executive-level position. If this is something that you wish to do, you can find studies to support your goal – the master’s degree in organizational leadership online is a great support to develop your leadership skills. You can also work directly with a personal coach if you prefer a one-to-one relation. What matters is to understand how strategic development and change management can be managed within your business. These skills are indeed essential to move your company forward and adapt to new market opportunities.

Identify The Weaknesses And Strengths To Address

Every company has weaknesses and strengths. The best approach towards these is to be able to identify them rapidly so that you can apply your findings to your strategy plan. Indeed your business strategy is designed to maximize your opportunities and minimize the market and competitive threats. In other words, it’s best to know how the market is evolving and what your competitors are doing is you want to remain competitive. Thankfully, being competitive doesn’t mean that you have to be the best. All you need to do is to identify what makes your company unique and to use it as a differentiating point. As always when you design your business strategy, you need to remember that you have a choice of who you choose to serve – aka your target audience – and how you choose to serve them – aka your services. Competing for the market doesn’t mean that you have to embrace the entire audience group. You can be selective in your offering to concentrate your efforts where they are the most profitable.

Find Exciting Partners

In the business world, there is no indication that you need to be alone to succeed. You can also choose to build partnerships with the best-suited companies to approach the market from a different angle, or to provide a more competitive offering. However, when it comes to partnership, the main question that most entrepreneurs ask is: How do I find the right partners for my business? It’s a tricky question, but you need to focus on the essentials to get it right. Start by establishing a trust relationship, whether it is a known supplier or maybe with a company that you already know through personal networking or even via your employees. This will make it easier to build a partnership. But whether you manage to find someone that you already know or whether you are forced to approach unknown companies, you should always do your research in advance. Finding out whether a potential partner is credible and experienced is key to defining the potential success of your relationship. Additionally, whether you choose to partner with an individual expert or with a company, you need to ensure that your skills and offerings complete each other. Otherwise, you are not in a position to make it work effectively.  

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Business Decisions: Outsource vs. DIY

When it comes to getting your business off the ground, many people find themselves in the same situation: it’s all down to them, and them alone. A one-person band has to be everything that a fledgling business needs, from the head of technical development to a marketing whizz – you’ve got to be everything that your business needs.

There’s one upside to starting your business with a heavy emphasis on doing it yourself, which is that you save a fortune in costs. No, you might not have quite the expertise of someone who has been working in the industry in question for months, but you can muddle through. You can make it work, do the best you can, get the business off the ground and then consider outsourcing…

… Except, what if your “muddled through” efforts mean that you’re never truly going to get the business off the ground?

It can and does happen. So many corners are cut in the process of starting a business, that wannabe entrepreneurs cut so deep there is nothing left for them to offer. While you might not like the idea of digging deep, sometimes, you’re going to do far more harm if you try to DIY something that really belongs in the realm of the experts.

This musing leads us onto the simple question: which areas of business startups can you outsource, and which can you afford to DIY?

Web Design

We all know your business is going to need a website to make its way in the modern world, but can you do it yourself?

Outsource. Not only is it relatively simple to find affordable web design for small business, outsourcing this aspect will also save you a lot of time and effort. Get your website wrong and your business will sink in the cut-throat modern business world; so don’t risk it.

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Marketing

You can have the best business in the world, but if no one knows about it, then it’s still going to fail. Spreading the word is the job of marketing – is it something you can manage for yourself?

DIY. You can afford to DIY marketing as there’s plenty of help you can find online, as well as making use of your existing connections. Ask your friends and family to help spread the word to get initial business rolling, then you can consider outsourcing the marketing at a later date.

Security

Security isn’t just about locks on doors anymore; it’s about the safety of all of your files and the business information you keep online. This is a very niche field, which is why you should…

Outsource. Unless you know the absolute ins and outs of digital security, then this isn’t an area for you to dabble in. Don’t leave it to chance, because an insecure business is barely a business at all. Protect yourself and bring in the pros.

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Customer Service

From the moment you have engaged customers, you should be trying your best to make sure that they’re happy and want to stick around. So what are your options?

DIY. No one knows your company and how to fix any problems that are encountered along the way better than you do, especially in the initial phases of launch. You can handle this side of the business for yourself.

It’s Time To Get Creative When Promoting Your Business

Very few businesses would say bringing in new customers wasn’t right at the top of their list of priorities. After all, if no one knows about your business, then it’s never going to be able to grow and improve. In fact, if that’s the case then can you even really call it a business at all? However, thanks to the internet and the sheer number of new businesses that have cropped up because of it, it’s become more and more difficult to get the attention of potential customers. A lot of customers find that the number of different businesses vying for their attention at any given time is so large that it’s overwhelming, which leads them to not really take anything in. The key is to be able to stand out from the crowd, but how can you do that? The answer is simple: get creative. If you’re using the same old marketing techniques as everyone else, then it’s no wonder that your business is fading into the background. With that in mind, here is some inspiration to help you get more creative with your marketing.

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Anyone who’s ever been to a trade show will know that it can be really tricky to remember which booths you actually went to and who you spoke to. Because of this things tend to blur together and leave them without much of a clue about your business at all. Because of this, you should think about ways that you can stick in someone’s mind long after the trade show is over. Giveaways are one of the best things to do this. By sending someone away with something that has your business’s name on, you’re going to be able to make sure that you stick in their mind in a significant way. The best thing to do is make sure that it’s either something unusual or something useful. If it’s something unusual like a toy or a fidget spinner, then people are going to perk up and take notice. If it’s something useful, then they’re going to end up using it again and again, cementing your business in their mind. It could be something small like a pen or pencil or something big like an umbrella. Check out www.dynamicgift.ca/umbrellas to see the kinds of things that they offer. That way you can be sure that people are being reminded of your business every single time it rains.

Go viral

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This is a phrase that is often thrown around a lot in modern marketing circles despite the fact that a lot of businesses seem to be totally in the dark as to what it really means. What happens is that they tend to look at a piece of online video and say “that’s viral, let’s do that.” Of course, what happens then is that people online can see that you’re not doing something original and will see through your marketing in an instant. The key to viral marketing is incredibly simple: make something that people will want to share. Going viral is essentially a modern form of word of mouth promotion. Whether it’s a blog post, a video, or anything else, the key is to make it something that people will want to share without you having to force it down their throats.

The Thin Line Between Digital Savvy And Digital Privacy

The 21st Century is a universe of digital technology. Are you disappointed with the service you’ve received at your favourite restaurant? Make a public complaint on social media. Are you about to hire someone new for the job? Check their profile on LinkedIn. In other words, people live in a world of data. While it is essential to join the digital movement to maintain your social status and be in a position to interact with companies, people, and public services, there is a need to understand the impact of data sharing. Digital savviness is about using data to resolve a problem. Digital privacy is the red flag that marks the thin line between online savviness and exposure. Whether you are working with business data or creating personal data, today more than ever you need to find that line and respect it.

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Are You Personal And Confidential Data Private?

Data privacy is not a new term. But you’d be surprised to know that while most people have heard of it, not many follow its recommendations. In truth, if you want to find out how private your personal or business data are, you can take a little test online. It is designed to find out whether your data are safe or whether you are putting yourself at risk by exposing a little too much. Consider this scenario: If you share your holiday plans online with no privacy settings – in other words, if anyone can see when you are going on holiday – then you are unintentionally letting potential burglars know when the house will be empty.

Is It Safe To Share Personal Data Online?

This naturally leads to the big question: is it actually safe to share anything online? Yes, it is, depending on what you share and on the benefit you can get from it. This is especially true for personal apps: the employee assistance program app, for instance, is designed to provide emotional support in difficult personal situations. Consequently, the app is linked to your absence requests in order to display the most relevant content for your case. Similarly, fitness apps monitor your efforts and can provide recommendations and encouragements based on your performance. In other cases, online chats with a service provider will also require you to identify yourself by sharing personal data – aka your password, your name, or your postcode. But these chats are secure. Besides, the chat assistant will need the identification step to help you further with your query.

What Happens When You Share Too Much?

While it is safe to share personal and confidential data in a secure constellation, it’s different when you share publicly. Oversharing is a risky business. If you don’t want your employer to know about your partying habits, then it’s best not to post pictures. But the risk is even higher when others can share information about you, such as a parent posting pictures of their children or a friend posting a video of you. This kind of exposure is not only invading, but can also damage your reputation, your private life, and even your safety. If you are worried that you might be sharing too much, have a look at Deseat.me, a web app that can delete your digital presence. It’s especially useful as you can list accounts to keep and those to delete permanently. No more unnecessary digital exposure!


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