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Top Ten Tips for Working From Home

6 Jan

Working from home is a dream shared by many – the thought of that extra time in bed, no road rage, no waiting for the bus – it’s easy to see why! With the growth of the Internet it is becoming easier to work from home at least some of the time. But it’s not always everything it’s cracked up to be – whilst you might at first love the idea of extra time with your family, it can be hard to concentrate and achieve what you need to with children around. Here are our Top Ten Tips for making working from home work for you.

1 – Create a workspace for yourself. It doesn’t have to be an office, it might just be your kitchen table. Get everything you need ready and remove anything that’s not work related. If you’ve got family members at home, make sure they know that this is your work area and they shouldn’t disturb you there.

2 – Get dressed as if you were going to the office. Working in your pyjamas might sound like a dream come true, but it can be hard to get into the right mindset when you’re not dressed the part.

3 – Set aside proper time for work – don’t just squeeze in what you can when your baby is taking a nap – set yourself proper hours and stick to them. Make sure your family know your hours too and don’t disturb you when you are in work mode.

4 – Wash up before you start. Whether you’re working from your kitchen table or an office two floors away, when you’re struggling with your work, housework can suddenly look like a very attractive prospect!

5 – Take a lunch break. Set a proper time for your lunch break and use the time to relax and switch off from work. Try to get out for a walk if you can.

6 – See people! Working from home can get lonely so arrange to meet a friend for a coffee, go for a networking meeting, or go and meet a client as often as you can.

7 – Choose your hours to suit you and your customers. If you know you work best in the morning, get up early, work, and then enjoy your free time in the early evening. If you struggle to get up, start later and enjoy that lie in! But remember that you need to make sure that your hours fit with your customers’ needs.

8 – Be organised. Keep a To Do list and take great pleasure in crossing things off it when they’re done!

9 – Set yourself targets and reward yourself when you meet them. It might just be treating yourself to a biscuit once you’ve sent that tricky email, or it could be buying that jumper you’ve had your eye on for ages after you’ve made a big sale.

10 – Make the most of working from home! Remind yourself why it appealed to you in the first place and make sure you are still getting that benefit. So if you wanted more time with your family, make sure you are spending that time with your family and not just working longer hours. If you wanted lie ins, don’t start work before ten unless you have to. If you wanted to save on travel costs then make sure you’re not spending the same money driving around visiting customers all the time.

If you’d like some support creating your own flexible business opportunity that allows you to work from home, call us on 0800 043 2440.

Still struggling to make working from home work for you?  Find out if there is a Work Hub nearby.  Work Hubs offer desk and private office space on a regular or ad-hoc basis and often have great rates.  Being in a buzzing work environment can help give you the motivation and focus you need to achieve what you want to.  Visit www.workhubs.com for more information.

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Totnes Work Hub

24 Apr

The Totnes Work Hub provides office space which can be hired on a regular basis, or as a one off.  They have a range of hot desks, private rooms, and training rooms to choose from depending on your needs.  If you have a small business or are employed and working from home, Totnes Work Hub, and others like it across the country, can provide you with an office environment without the stress or expense of having to find your own permanent premises.

Whilst working from home is a dream shared by many, it can be difficult to motivate yourself at times, or you may need to meet a client in a more professional setting, or just want the hubbub of being in an office with other professionals.

Totnes Work Hub has 14 Hot Desks available on a daily basis from 9am – 5pm.  They cost £15 a day to hire, and this includes access to printing, coffee, meeting rooms, and Wi-Fi.  They are currently running a special offer where you can trial a hot desk for a day for FREE.

Phone 01803 861080 or email info@totnesworkhub.co.uk to book a desk.

At Opportunity Plus South West, we have a number of customers living in the South Hams area, and we hold appointments and run courses at the Totnes Work Hub.  We will be running our new Exploring Enterprise workshop on 24th May and 22nd July from 9.30am – 4.30pm.  This free one day course is for anyone thinking about working for themselves, and wondering if it’s right for them.  If you already have your business idea, you may prefer our free 3 day Business Start-up course which is running from 9.30am – 4.30pm on 3rd June, 10th June, and 8th July.  To book your place on either course, call us on 0800 043 2440.

Flexi-Mum Project

22 Apr

We are delighted to announce that Flexi-Mum, a pilot project set up by Opportunity Plus South West to support Mums of all ages to develop and improve their work-life balance, has been supported by the Big Lottery and has received an Awards for All grant.  This funding will allow us to inspire Mums of all ages and backgrounds across Devon and Somerset, and beyond, to pursue their goals, and make the most of their local resources.

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We started running Flexi-Mum as part of the second phase of the main Opportunity Plus South West project.  A large proportion of our customers seeking business start up support in the first phase of the project were Mums looking to start their own business to gain more flexibility, or to top up their part time employment income, often using new skills and passions they had discovered since becoming a parent.  Flexi-Mum is designed to support Mums (with children of any age) with the specific difficulties they can face.  This includes things like:

  • Returning to employment after maternity leave
  • Starting your own business
  • Seeking new, flexible employment
  • Volunteering
  • Retraining
  • Choosing to take a career break to focus on parenting

We have been out and about meeting Mums across Devon and Somerset to discuss their needs/worries and have come across a range of inspirational stories and ways of managing work-life balance as a working parent.

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With the funding we have been awarded, we will be publishing three magazines as part of this project, to inspire and motivate Mums.  If you would like to write an article for the magazine, please get in touch.  We are looking for a range of articles, and would love to hear your ideas.  This is a really exciting opportunity for anyone looking to get into any kind of journalism, or wanting to promote their business, or just share their story to inspire others.

You can find out more about Flexi-Mum by following us on Facebook, joining our Facebook group for peer support, and reading our blog.  If you would like to discuss your own situation, call our friendly advisors on 0800 043 2440.

View the Fleximum advert.