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How to work from home successfully with kids

Our article on making working from home more sustainable for you might have given you some pointers, but it’s not quite so easy when kids are involved. So that’s why we’ve come up with some tips to help you get all your work done AND not leave the kids feeling neglected. Tip 1: Create a daily schedule When the whole family knows what’s expected of them, it makes things a lot easier. Create a large flipchart-sized schedule for the entire day where you coordinate and plan mealtimes, chores, school and homework time, work time (for you), break time, play dates, …

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How To Make Running a Home Business Easy and Profitable

Running a business from home is one of the most stressful challenges a young mother can face because apart from taking care of your family, the company needs you. Also, customers don’t necessarily understand that you have a family to take care of- they will always demand excellent services.  When running a business from home, you’ll have fewer expenses, and stress might not be as high as renting a business space. Still, it would help if you had goals to achieve and enough profit to sustain the business and family.  To make it easier to run your business, here are …

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Don’t Let Stress Hitch A Ride During Your Commute

No matter what you do, you’re likely to experience some stress as part of your working life. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to reduce it. In particular, it’s worth taking a look at the commute. A stressful commute gets you into the workplace in a bad mood, affecting your motivation and productivity. Even worse, it makes you more stressed when you get home, too, affecting how you enjoy your free time. Here are a few tips to help with that. Leave early One of the best tips for both the start and end of the workday is …

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What does income protection cover?

In these crazy uncertain times, there has been a surge of interest in insurance products such as income protection. We’ve realised that we are not invincible, and anything can happen to compromise our earnings. It’s worth having some cover in place to safeguard us in difficult times – particularly if you have a family who relies on your income. Income protection requires a little monthly investment, so you might be wondering how it works and what it covers. Here’s a run down of all the basics… What is income protection? Income protection is a really important insurance product for anyone …

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Does your childcare cost more than your mortgage?

Yesterday is was all of the news that people were paying more on the cost of childcare than they pay on their mortgage and there were various threads on mumsnet and Facebook groups basically slating childcare providers and what they charge. I have written about this before but I was comparing Nursery costs versus Nanny versus childminder. If you don’t know, I am a childminder and I have to admit I do get incensed by people complaining about the cost of childcare. We generally charge less than minimum wage per hour, yet we are trained to professionally look after the …

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