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How To Switch Off When You Work From Home

So most people who usually work in an office are now working from home (thanks COVID-19), which presents new challenges for some. I’ve been working from home for almost 6 years and I’m so used to it now, but I do recall that I struggled at the beginning. It’s pretty easy to let your work leak into your free time, when the laptop is literally calling you from the living room. I developed some habits that helped me draw a line between my working day and my personal life, even when the physical divide was often only the next room. Here’s my tips for switching off when you work from home…

How To Switch Off When You Work From Home

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How I Survived Redundancy

This is a fairly personal post, and one which I’ve been pondering for a while. My redundancy situation was slightly unusual, in that I was 6 weeks pregnant when I got made redundant, which definitely complicated matters.

But let’s start from the beginning…

How I Survived Redundancy

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How to get back into work after the summer holidays

We’ve had the fun, excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas, New Year and Australia Day, and now it’s back to work, back to school and generally back to the day-to-day grind. At the end of January it’s a familiar refrain, one you’ll see lots of your friends on social media crying: “I can’t get motivated, it’s so hard to get back into work”. And of course the hot weather doesn’t help – who wants to be at work inside all day when you could be at the beach or a waterfront cafe, sipping frappes while breathing in the fresh sea air?

However, work calls, and we all must get motivated to get back into it. Here are my tips for starting the new year at work energised, inspired and ready to go…

How to get back into work after the summer holidays

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How to work from home with kids

Do you dream of starting your own business? Do you want to get out of the 9-5 rat race and spend more time with your family? Working from home could be the answer. But how do you actually get any work done when you have young children still at home, probably getting under your feet, let alone on your nerves? Read on…

How to work from home with kids

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The role of social media in a balanced life

Social media is still relatively new, in historical terms, and how it affects our lives has not been researched thoroughly to date. However, I think most people can intuitively feel when their social media use is getting beyond their control, and endeavour to use social media as part of a balanced life. In business, as in life, it’s important to have balance. Here are some ideas on how to use social media in a way that enhances rather than takes away from your real life…

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How to go on maternity leave when you’re a freelancer

Freelance life is the best. I may be biased, but it’s definitely enabled me to have a richer family life, a more balanced view of the future and it’s put work into perspective. I’d much rather be able to take my two year-old son to his swimming lesson at 9.30am on a Tuesday and then work for an extra hour in the evening at home, than work overtime for an employer in an office in the city. I love my clients, I love working from home, and I love social media. It’s a match made in heaven.

But what happens when life forces you to take a break?

In my case, I’m having our second baby in March, and there’s no employer paying for my maternity leave. So here’s what I’m doing…

Maternity leave when you're a freelancer

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What Keeps Me Creative

Often, I’m full of inspiration. Positively brimming with ideas and bursts of creative genius! But sometimes, just sometimes, it can be hard to rustle up the enthusiasm required to create a piece of content, or think of a tagline, or design an inspiring image. That’s where my creative touchstones come into play – those things I do, places I go to, sites I visit that help me get my creative groove back on. And here they are…

what keeps me creative

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Own Business

I like being my own boss. Actually, I love it. There are so many benefits to running your own business – you schedule your days, so your lifestyle can be family-friendly, and you have low overheads working from home. However, there are some things I wish I had been aware of right from the get-go, as they would have saved me time and hassle down the track…

5 things I wish I knew before I started my own business

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