Working from Home – Create A Working Space

Most people would find the idea of working from home a complete dream. It gives you flexibility when it comes to the working day, there’s no stressful commute, sitting stuck for what seems like hours trying to make your way into the city, and, if you so want it, every day can be a pj day – no-one is actually going to see what you are working in. Recent research has claimed that remote workers can be up to 13% more productive than their office based counterparts, it seems that it is no longer frowned upon to fit your work around your family – to be that little more flexible.

Woman On Laptop Running Business From Home Office

And yet, there are things to consider before you become a remote worker, with one of the main one being how to focus and not  get sidetracked by things that need doing in the home, or by something interesting on the television. Staying focused on the task ahead is very important, and so a home office, or at least a working space that is conducive to working is both practical and productive. You need to take the work as seriously as you would in a traditional work environment. Apple Home Improvements have produced their own guide to designing a productive workspace in your home, and are running a social media campaign with the hashtag #ProductiveHome.

 

I think they have got it just right with their tips, your space does need to be quiet, and yet also needs to be light if you are to avoid falling asleep at your desk. Making it pleasant with plants and features will mean you are happy to work there, whilst a comfortable chair to work in is an absolute must if you want to avoid back ache. Ultimately your space also needs to be yours, so those personal touches are something to be encouraged, but also avoid chaos with a good filiing system and pinboards for your targets and deadlines.

Working from home isn’t always perfect.  But the flexibility it can offer (I work around the school run for instance), the comfort of knowing that things like adverse weather or school holidays will not stop your working day, ensures that this is an option that will prove to be crucial for so many working parents, and a good working space will definitely help too.

Tips for your job interview

A job interview can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences of your life. It doesn’t really matter if it is for your dream job, or just a stop gap, the interview will have so much riding on it that you can’t help but be nervous and worried about saying the wrong thing.

TMI Resourcing is currently running a campaign looking at key tips for your job interview and have asked me to come up with some of my key tips. I can look at this from both angles, both as an ex employer who conducted many interviews, and from the point of view of being interviewed.

Here are some points that may help you cross the line and get that job!

Be Punctual

This may seem like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people have turned up late for a job interview. This is the worst possible start, because as well as the fact that lateness can equate to rudeness, it also leaves you ruffled, rushed and panicked before you have even got through the door.

If you are traveling by public transport, then do a dry run journey to see how long it takes, the same works if you are driving. In the unlikely chance that there is an emergency that will lead to a delay, inform the company at the earliest opportunity so they can interview around you.

Dress Appropriately

The first impression you make is the one you make without even opening your mouth. This is your appearance – what you wear, your make up and your hair. You need to look like you’ve made the effort, and for most jobs this means smart attire. If you opt for a suit, make sure it is pressed and fits well, a creased, rumpled appearance is not a good impression. Keep make up minimal, facial hair neat and hair clean.

Some jobs may not require a suit, particularly if you are working in a creative/arty environment, but again, look like you have made an effort.

Answer Those Questions

When the interview starts you need to make sure you are answering the questions. This means listening carefully and not jumping straight in with answers, but taking a minute to think. If you are unsure of the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it. Speak clearly and make eye contact when you are talking, and smile – you are not on death row, not matter how nervous you may be feeling.

Have some questions ready

Having a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview can show your interest and engagement, and can show that you’ve done some research about the role and the company. This may be the one thing that puts you ahead of your rivals.

Ask for feedback

If, at the end of the interview it doesn’t go your way, make sure you ask for feedback that you will be able to take into your next interview. Constructive feedback will be useful to you and help you to address any issues in a way that could make you the winning candidate next time around.

Good Luck!

The Benefits Of A Website For Your Small Business

So you have started up your own small business, and things are going well. You have established your niche, are slowly building up a loyal clientele, and you are beginning to achieve the targets you set out with. The only thing is, that this is all a little slower than you would have wanted and you are looking for ways to speed up the process, and get your name and brand out there. A question would be – do you have a website?

Why A Website?

A Facebook page for your business is great, but it cannot reach the numbers that a good quality website can. Getting your brand out there on the national, European or even worldwide stage is all about getting it seen and making it accessible to the masses. A website does this, giving you a web presence that can be accessed from just about anywhere, with the potential to reach thousands of new customers and clients.

But I Wouldn’t Know Where To Start.

If you think that a website would be a great idea for your start up,consider quality website builders. If that is not an option for you, there are companies out there who will create a bespoke website that totally meets your needs and that of your business, creating a design that reflects the aims of your brand. Silky Ocean Studio is one such company that has created a wide and diverse range of sites for both businesses and individuals including hair salons, actors and building services. They can then also maintain and update your website each month, leaving you with one less job to do. Click here to find out more about their services.

Mobile Friendly

These days it is all about the phone, and most websites can also easily be converted to an app that can be downloaded and used anytime, anyplace and anywhere. Even the most basic of sites can be made mobile friendly with the addition of a plugin, and this can mean that those who live for their technology can have your brand at the tip of their fingers.

Advantages Of Having A Website

You may just have a small shop or office where you run your business from, but having a website means that your business does not have to run 9-5 hours. It can be accessible 24 hours a day, welcoming new and potential customers all the time.

Your site can also say a lot about your business and can be used to promote your brand in other ways, for instance, a blog is a great way to introduce new product lines when they are in the production stages. You can also allow customers to add reviews and testimonials, and can encourage them to leave them online in order to improve your standing on Trustpilot and Google.

Finally, if your brand begins to spread its wings and grow, you can offer your services online. This can be through an online shop, or by offering online quotes for your services.

The Online world is right now, and the future. If you are not harnessing its potential, you could be seriously stunting your business growth.