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Learn How To Balance A Busy Career With A Hectic Home Life

Learn How To Balance A Busy Career With A Hectic Home Life

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Do you constantly find yourself getting stressed when you are trying to balance your home life with your career? You’re not alone and it can feel like a constant uphill battle. Particularly as you decide how much time you should focus on certain aspects of your life and where your priorities should be. Obviously, you want your kids to have a great life. But your career contributes to this by ensuring that you have the money to pay for what they want or even what they need. So, how can you balance both aspects of your life effectively? Here are some key suggestions to keep in mind. 

Get Help

First, you might want to think about getting help. There will be times when you can’t always be there for your kids. For instance, you might be working to improve your career by going back to school and that’s okay. You just need to make sure that you are investing in the right support. If you research the best childcare agency, you’ll find that they can support you in your personal endevours and give you the time you need while guaranteeing that your kids are well looked after. 

Flexible Work 

Next, you should consider how to ensure that your work is more flexible. One of the ways that you can do this will be by exploring freelancing. By freelancing you can take complete control of your work schedule and ensure that you don’t end up in a situation where you are working late hours that are unsociable and could stop you from spending precious time with your family. 

Freelancing isn’t the only way to ensure that you are more flexible with your work schedule. You might also want to think about looking at careers and jobs that will provide you with an increased level of flexibility. For instance, a lot of businesses are now providing you with the option to work from home rather than a central office location. This is great as it means that you won’t have to worry about a long commute and you’ll always be around for your family. 

Be Productive 

Finally, it’s possible that you are struggling to give the right level of time to your family and your career because you are not as productive as you need to be. If you are struggling to remain productive, then you are going to have issues with keeping up with goals and deadlines. So, how can you ensure that you boost your levels of productivity? Well, there are a few possibilities that might be worth considering here. For instance, you can think about using software to track your performance on a daily basis and ensure that you are meeting goals that you set for yourself. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the steps that you should take to guarantee that you can balance your work and home life more effectively. Explore the best options here and you should have no issues with feeling as though you are focusing on one more than the other. 

working parents

Switching To Remote Work: Finding Work And Dealing With The Change

Switching To Remote Work: Finding Work And Dealing With The Change

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Nowadays, more and more people are working from home than ever before. This is great news for mum’s, those with physical disabilities, and people who simply want to work from the comfort of their own property. There are lots of flexible jobs that you can do from any corner of the world now, and if you are proficient in the English language, proofreading and editing is an option that could appeal to you. In this guide, we are going to provide you with some useful tips on how to land a remote job in proofreading and editing, as well as some tips on adjusting to this way of life.

The different types of proofreading and editing jobs available

There are lots of different types of proofreading and editing jobs today for working from home, so the first thing you need to do is get a good understanding of the remote job market you are going to be targetting. Of course, there are editing and proofreading jobs whereby you’re going to be giving content writers’ work the once over to ensure it is of a good enough standard. However, you may also be applying for a high-level editing job, overseeing magazine and website work. Aside from this, there are developmental editors, who act as coaches for writers, ensuring a story is ready for publication, as well as commissioning editors. A commissioning editor can also be referred to as an acquisition editor and this is someone who looks for articles or books for publication. Other roles include critique partners and beta readers, with the latter being someone who gives their opinion on stories and writing. So, there are many different areas you can specialize in if you wish to do so at a later date, or even from the beginning if you are lucky enough to find the perfect opportunity.

How to find remote jobs online

There are many different websites that have been established to help people find remote jobs online. You can use the popular job search boards online in the United States, for example, CareerBuilder and Indeed. You would simply need to simplify your searches so that you’re only targeting remote positions. However, there are a lot of job websites that have been set up specifically for people that work from home. Freelancer and People Per Hour are especially recognized amongst the writing and editing community, offering a lot of one-off jobs, which you will need to bid for, so it’s more of a freelance market than a remote one. Nevertheless, these one-off jobs can often turn into long-term working relationships if you impress the client. 

There are plenty of other places where you can find remote proofreading and editing work too. FlexJobs is one of the most premier websites in the US, boasting 33,000 postings from 4,600 businesses, serving the remote, freelance, and part-time community. We Work Remotely is another platform like this. It is an online job board, which is constantly updating, enabling job seekers to look for job opportunities that are not restricted by geography. 

If you’re looking for a website that is going to give you support, as well as good job listings and opportunities, then you may want to consider signing up on Remote.co. This is a website that was established by the same person who set up FlexJobs. This website helps businesses to hire, train, and manage their remote employees. So, if you find an employer through this site, you can usually expect a greater level of support. They also have lots of useful pieces of information for employees specifically, for example, Q&As and an informative blog. 

Some advice on securing a remote job and being productive 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of some of the different options that are out there in terms of securing a remote job. The sites that have been mentioned merely scratch the surface. If you do some digging online, you will be able to see a wealth of other sites too if you do not have any luck.

However, merely finding opportunities is not enough; you need to secure one. So, how do you go about this? Well, like any job, it begins with a great resume, which has been tailored specifically for the job that you are applying for. Moreover, in the online world, your online footprint has a big impact too. If someone searches your name online, what are they going to see? You need to make sure that you have a professional image. LinkedIn is of huge importance, so if you don’t put a lot of time into this social media platform, now is a good time to get started. 

It is also important to make yourself invaluable and to prove why you are the best person for the job. This can be difficult when work is being handled on a remote basis and you are not seeing the person face-to-face. However, there are some key qualities that all employers will be looking for when it comes to proofreading and editing work. Of course, they want to see that you have a keen eye for detail and that you are effective in your role. Nevertheless, they also want someone who is going to communicate well, meet deadlines, and be reliable. This is something a lot of employers worry about because you’re not in front of them, and therefore, they cannot see the effort you are putting in. It is up to you to put their mind at ease.

Finding a good work/life balance can be one of the difficult challenges of working from home. A lot of remote workers find that they are glued to their computer screen from morning to night. This is no good for anyone. If you live alone, it can also get lonely. A dog can be the perfect companion, ensuring you are not on your own and giving you a reason to leave the house every day. Head to https://chocolatelabradorretriever.ca/lab-puppies-for-sale for more information about this. 

As you can see, there are many opportunities available today for people that want to work from home. If you are interested in taking on a remote proofreading and editing job, follow the tips that have been provided above. There are lots of different companies that are looking for people to put the expert finishing touches on their articles and books before distributing them online or releasing them for publication, so you can capitalize on this. Good luck! 

car accident, health, wellbeing, working parents

Returning Back To Work

Back To Work

I’m feeling rather excited as normality will be commencing from next week. I was in a car accident back in June leaving me in rather a bad way, I had suffered nerve damage and had a loss of feeling down the left side of my body. I was in a wheelchair for months, I was having intense Physio every week for months and I was needing carer’s to come in and help me, I was also under a specialist being kept a close eye on.

Trying My Best

With all of this going on I done my best to not let it get on top of me or get me down, I won’t lie there was the odd days where it did get to me and I did find it extremely hard not being able to do day-to-day things that I was once doing before my accident, but I soon found the fight in me and I turned that emotion into determination and I done all the exercises set for me to do by my Physio and I done it for my kids and husband.

I am feeling so excited and extremely lucky to be getting back to how life was before my accident, It has been a very long road of recovery for me and a mix of emotions all round for us all but we have been building my strength back up for me to be able to walk again un-aided and it has taken a lot for me to get back behind the wheel of a car again but I have done it, I am here I want my life back to how it was before, I want to be able to get in the car and go to work and help provide again for my family.

Back To Work I Go

So from next week our life should start getting back to normal and words can’t describe how excited I am, I am feeling so lucky to go through what I have been through and to walk away with what is looking like an injured shoulder and nothing more serious, all I will be needing worst ways is Physio on my shoulder, but that isn’t going to effect my life, I am just feeling thankful that’s all I have walked away with and it’s nothing more serious.

My return to work will be built upon gradually, I will be returning back to work on a part-time basis to start off with and building back up from there over time as Ian don’t want me taking on too much to soon so we had a meeting with my manager who agreed so that is what will be happening.

So Lucky

I have been so lucky to have the support that I have had from my amazing friends and family, I couldn’t have got through it all without them there keeping me going and help keep my spirits up, especially Ian and my kid’s. What I am looking forward to the most is taking the pressure of Ian, he has been absolutely fantastic, he has been my rock through it all, the up’s and the down’s. Last year was a rollercoaster year for us so we have our fingers crossed that this year has something much nicer in store for us.

5 a day, family meal, food, Healthy food, vegetables, working parents

Beef and vegetable stir fry

Beef and vegetable stir fry
Being working parents spending time in the kitchen is very limited but we still like a nice healthy family meal in the evening, one of our favourites is a nice beef and vegetable stir fry as it is very quick to prepare and best of all it is all done using just a wok so not all the dreaded pans to wash up after.
What we done was pre heat the wok, put our beef strips in the wok with a drizzle of sunflower oil to brown off, chose our ingredients and washed them, we all got stuck in by chopping it all up while the beef browned, when the beef had browned off enough we started adding our chosen sauce, the one we like is the Chinese stir fry sauce then we started adding our vegetables Starting with the carrots and potatoes that have been diced, as these will need just that little bit longer to soften and cook, then we added the green beans that have been thinly chopped, after about 5 minutes, we gave them a few minutes then we added the rest of the ingredients that have also been chopped/sliced small and left simmering for about 10- 15 minutes for the last 5 minuets we added fresh egg noodles for the last 2-3 minutes we added the kale.
The vegetables we chose was
x4 Carrots
Handful of Greens
Handful of fine Green beans 
x1 Red onion
x3 Red rooster potatoes
1/2 White cabbage
x1 Tin chopped tomatoes
x1 Courgette
1/2 Red cabbage
Handful of kale
Meat used
 
350G Beef stir fry strips
Sauce used
180G Chinese stir fry sauce
Prep time
Five to ten minutes
Cook time
 
Twenty to twenty-five minutes
 
Herbs & Spices of your choice can be added if you wish
This is a recipe that can be adjusted to suit your taste
The meal dished up ready to eat  the kids enjoyed it and ate all their dinner even asking for more.
 
beef and vegetable stir fry
                           A nice tasty dish full of goodness !
What is your favourite family meal ?