Space to Live and Space to Work: The Challenges of a Home Office

There are many advantages to working at home…and a few disadvantages. A basic problem is the fact that the same territory has to double as workplace and home. This can cause issues when one family member (usually a parent) is treating it as a workspace and another (often a child) is treating it as a home. How can you make the ground rules for your home office, and how can you make them work?

Where?

Somehow or other, you need a distinct space in which to work. It needs to be conducive to a working atmosphere, and sufficiently distinct for everyone (including you) to know that when you are in your working space you are working.

If you have a separate room, you have the ideal arrangement, but not everyone has that luxury so you may have to create a space within the normal living areas of your home. Wherever you choose, devise some sort of physical barrier to make it discrete – a bookcase or sofa back, for instance. Position your work area where there is as much natural light as possible, without stealing light from the family.

What?

The equipment that you put into your working area needs to carry the same message of separateness.

As well as having a business-like desk and chair that you can work at comfortably, you need to keep your equipment separate from items used in the household, for privacy, and for safety

Even if you use a laptop in preference to a desktop computer, you will want a decent screen and keyboard to work at. If you have small children, be sure that the whole area is safely toddler-proof. Your computer and other sensitive equipment should be completely protected from little fingers, ideally with a desktop enclosure like these from RS Components. If possible, use a separate computer for work and home use.

Ideally, have a separate phone line. Apart from managing your expenses, this will avoid customers having confusing conversations with your 3-year-old or interrupting your meal times.

When?

Disciplined time-keeping is even more important at home than in an office. You and your family need to know when you are free to attend to domestic matters and when you are not. Stick to your timetable and don’t, if you can avoid it, carry work across from your desk to the kitchen table.

If you are also caring for children during your work time, you have to be flexible about their demands for your attention, and break your working time into much smaller sections. One tip is to set them up with their own “offices” where they can play with suitable office materials while you are playing with yours.

Home Sweet Home

Working from home is a blessing and a challenge. There is much to be said for setting your own structures and your own goals. There are also many hazards along the way, especially when you share the space with a family. For most people, making clear distinctions about time and space is the only way to manage the conflicting demands.

How to Bring Customers to Your Restaurant

Running a restaurant can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever for restaurants to get their name out there and start building up their brand. Of course, brand awareness doesn’t mean much if you can’t also maintain your restaurant’s quality. With that in mind, here’s a couple of simple improvements that any restaurant can make to ensure that customers are always coming back for more.

Improve the Decor

Although one of the most often overlooked components of a restaurant, especially for ones that have been around for a long time, the decor is nevertheless an important component of a restaurant. After all, no one wants to eat a place that’s in poor condition. If they can’t keep the restaurant in top condition, what does that say about the food? Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to make a restaurant look cleaner and more enticing.

An outdoor restaurant furniture Canada supplier, such as Rodo, can help make your restaurant look more inviting with brightly colored umbrellas or tablecloths. Indoor restaurants can similarly make an effort to color the walls and tables appropriately.

Communicate With Your Audience

Unfortunately, simply having a website isn’t enough in this day and age. If you want your restaurant to get more popular, you’ll need to actively communicate with your potential customers. Blogging can be a great tool for establishing a dialogue and maintaining it, ensuring that your customers repeatedly check back to your website for more information. Of course, it’s just as important to regularly maintain your website as it is your restaurant. If you haven’t checked back on your website in several months, then that’s something you should seriously consider doing. Consumers typically go on the Internet to check out new places to eat. If your site doesn’t have any activity on it, then they might assume the restaurant isn’t even active anymore.

Although there are plenty of important things involved in the running and maintaining of a restaurant, perhaps the most important is remembering to be diligent. As long as you’re routinely keeping an eye on areas to improve, then there’s no doubt that you’ll see a marked improvement in your restaurant’s quality. Whether it’s by updating your physical location or your digital one, there’s always something that can be done to ensure that your brand is being displayed appropriately.

A New Fitness Regimen We Should All Have

Sometimes, there are things we know we should do but put off again and again.  We always have excuses. We have more urgent things to do. There are more important things that require our attention. I am so guilty of this! (Although I really have my hands full right now! Promise!)

One thing that I have been putting off was starting my journey to financial freedom. Last June (my goodness! That was months ago!), I received a financial journal from Avida Land.  I did browse through it when I first got it but never took time to really delve into it. I realize now I should have made time for it sooner!

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The journal includes very specific actions we can take on our path to financial freedom.  It starts with a guide on how to determine whether you are financially fit.  Once you have figured out where you are financially, you are then guided on how to make your own roadmap.  It also lists several investment options and advice on how to choose which one is most suitable for you.  As you go through the journal, you are encouraged to make a commitment to achieve your long-term financial plans.

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Taking the First Step

As with everything we do in life, it all begins with the first step we take.  In this road, our first step is to determine where our finances lie by creating a Cash Flow Statement and a Statement of Assets and Liabilities. Sounds daunting, right?! Good thing the Avida financial journal has made this easy by providing step-by-step instructions on how to make them.  What wasn’t so easy was finding out that we’re not in such a good state.

Thus, I now feel compelled to start a new fitness regimen – a financial fitness regimen!

 

What I Should Do!

The same way we discipline ourselves in the way we eat or exercise, we must also learn how to discipline ourselves financially.  This is my focus now.  We really don’t spend much on unnecessary material things and don’t splurge on expensive branded clothes and accessories, but we do spend a lot on food and leisure activities. Before I move forward to finding investment options, we must make sure we have enough to invest in them.  So, this is my  mantra now:  SPEND LESS THAN WHAT YOU EARN

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By cutting down on some unnecessary expenses and going back to our habit of setting aside a portion of our income, I think we could get back on track soon.

My Fitness Regimen

So far, here’s what I’m committing to do:

  1. Allot a portion of our income to savings. Set them aside right away!
  2. Eat out less often.
  3. Make a budget and stick to it!
  4. Do a weekly review of expenses.
  5. Find other sources of income. (business ideas anyone?)

With my new financial fitness regimen, who knows, maybe we could have more than enough for that dream house we’ve been pining for.

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Easy Ways for Moms to Make Money from Home

As a stay at home mom, you know that taking care of your little ones is a full-time job. However, it can sometimes be challenging to cover all of your expenses on one income. If you are looking for some extra cash, you don’t have to leave your baby and head back into the workforce. Instead, try out some of these ways to make money from home.

Offer Babysitting Services

You’re already spending time at home with your kids, so you might want to consider watching other children in your home, too. Some moms choose to open home day cares to do this full-time, but you can also choose to babysit for just a few hours each week. Your children will enjoy having extra companions to play with, and you can earn some extra cash by playing games, making snacks and ensuring that everyone gets a good nap.

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How Can I Keep My Business In A State Of Constant Growth?

Although most business owners want their companies to remain in a state of perpetual growth, there are typically at least a few periods in which sales and expansion come to a frustrating plateau. During these times, it’s important for you to utilize growth strategies to ensure that your company keeps moving forward. Here are three expansion techniques that can help make it happen:

1. Optimize Your Broadband Products And Services

These days, many if not most businesses make at least some use of the Internet. As such, it’s very important that your internet access is faster than the traditional dial-up access. To make it happen, you should find a company that can provide you with excellent broadband products like the hybrid combiner. To ensure that you find the right company, make sure that the team of professionals you select have extensive industry experience. Werlatone is a broadband company that has been in operation since 1965.

2. Enhance Your Internet Presence

In addition to optimizing your broadband products and services, make sure that you get in the habit of enhancing your Internet presence. This strategy is powerful because it will enable you to demonstrate the value and power of your brand to Internet audiences across the globe. The best way to attain an optimized Internet presence is through the use of professional digital services. Industry experts are skilled in utilizing customized, cutting edge marketing services to help you connect with and then convert members of your target audience. Some of the digital services industry professionals can offer you include web design and development, search engine optimization, online reputation management, social media optimization, and responsive web design.

3. Develop A Strategic Plan

Planning is oftentimes the key to success in life, and this principle holds true for the world of business. As such, it’s important for you to take time to develop a strategic plan that outlines your business mission, goals, and how you will accomplish your central objectives. There are many components that your strategic plan could include, and which elements you incorporate should be contingent upon your distinct needs. For example, some businesses find it helpful to include a section where they list their SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.)

If you’re serious about ensuring that your business overcomes plateaus and keeps a trend of constant growth, now is the time to make it happen. Utilize the growth principles and procedures outlined above to keep your business in a state of constant expansion.