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Your Mindset and Progress

Do you see a problem or an opportunity?

Most of us have heard (too many times, in fact) the phrase ‘half empty or half full’. Right? It’s often used to see what type of person you are: whether you are an optimistic person or a pessimistic one; whether you are realistic or unrealistic. 

Can I introduce a new dialogue? Well, it’s new, but not shiny brand new. Let’s talk about ‘opportunity over problem’. Take a look at the picture for this post again, but this time look very carefully. What do you see?

How to make a second income

5 Money Hobbies Ideas for a Second Income

I’m creating this post because one of my lovely followers on Instagram asked for some help! And I am all about helping whenever I can.

I am going to talk about creating a side hustle – this is extra income or what I like to call a ‘money hobby’. If you have a full-time job, this is for you. If you have a part-time job, this is for you. If you have no job, this is for you, too. A side hustle is for everyone whose eyes happen to glance on this post.

How? Because if there is one (of the many) key learning outcomes from this pandemic, it is that you cannot depend on just one source of income for life.

No matter how amazing your career is, it would help if you had a side hustle.

Learning from the big C

Podcast – Learning From the Big ‘C’

She’s like the new recruit at work that just blows his own trumpet and makes everything about him: Corona! You know the type – acts like he knows everything under the sun about not only the job, the industry but the world! He makes everyone believe his hype and that what he says is gospel…

We won’t get not the politics, the medical evidence, conspiracy theories or anything like that here! Not because I want to sit on the fence on those issues – I really don’t. But it’s because I want to focus on the learning outcomes. This is the one area we have some control over.

Homeschool Working Mums: Use the '2-Minute Rule'

Homeschooling Working Mums: Use the ‘2-Minute Rule’

The two-minute rule is a time-management strategy that can dramatically improve productivity. Forget long to-do lists that create overwhelm (or self-importance!), if you really want to get things done, try this rule. You’ll eliminate procrastination and accomplish more every day.

The ‘2-minute rule’ can make an enormous difference in your life – especially if you have a penchant for procrastination. It is ascribed to productivity king, David Allen, author of the renowned Getting Things Done book.

start an online business as a multiple income stream during lockdown

Product Pricing: The Difference Between Digital and Physical Products

If there’s one lesson, we have all learnt from Coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown it is the ever-increasing importance of having an online presence and having a digital product of some sort. 

You only need to go on any social media platform, from Facebook to Instagram, from Pinterest to YouTube, to see how those brands with a digital product or service are able to sell this flexibly. For many, this digital delivery has not only supplemented their income but has caused a skyrocketing of their profits.

start an online business as a multiple income stream during lockdown

What Can You Learn About Pricing From Your Competition?

In the second part of our series on starting a business during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond, let’s take a look at how to price your products and services – using the competition!

When you’re trying to decide how much to price your products, there’s a lot you can learn from your competitors. While ultimately, several factors will impact how much you should price your products, your competition can certainly help point you in the right direction.

The benefits of blogging

Why Starting a Blog Could Help Reduce Your Anxiety and Stress Levels

Let’s face it, things aren’t exactly plain sailing at the moment. There’s so much to worry and stress about, it’s a miracle we get anything done at all. From worrying about your health and the safety of your loved ones to going back to work, getting a refund for your holiday or even having a baby or suffering from another health condition. When the stress and strain continues to pile itself onto you, it’s only a matter of time before you buckle under the pressure.

Of course, it makes sense to reach out to your GP or your family and friends if you’re struggling with anxiety and stress. But did you know there are other ways to combat your mental issues and give your wellbeing a boost? Blogging is the perfect outlet for voicing your worries and concerns and relieving the pressure you’re under. 

start an online business as a multiple income stream during lockdown

Business Startup 101: Finding Your Unique Selling Position

Are you thinking of launching a new business? Do you wish you had an extra stream of income before Coronavirus struck, placing most of us in lockdown?

It’s not too late. This is the first of a three-part short series to help you get started.

One consideration that many working mums who want to start a business may grapple with is how to price products or services, to help determine a unique selling position in the market.

Using LinkedIn: A Must for Employees and Employers

Spread Your Wings: LinkedIn Quick Tips During Covid-19 Lockdown

Now more than ever, having a strong online presence can be the difference between sinking or swimming. With the lockdown in the UK looking like it may drag on further still, an ability to reach out to professionals online.

LinkedIn is a must for employees and business owners alike. Not only is it an effective networking tool, but it is an excellent way of staying engaged with what is going on in your industry. Here are just a few of the things you can use LinkedIn for:

4 Ways to Make Returning to Work After Maternity Leave as Painless (and Stress-Free)as Possible

4 Ways to Make Returning to Work After Maternity Leave as Painless (and Stress-Free)as Possible

Returning to work after maternity leave can have mixed feelings. I know this for sure because my sentiments were quite different after each of my two maternity leaves.

For our first child, I remember crying all the way to the train station. It was nothing, in particular, just the thought of leaving him with anyone, compounded by the guilt at even thinking about heading back to work, leaving my first fruits with complete strangers.

Do you have the right skills and attitude to be a WAHM?

If you’re new here, let me just start by defining WAHM: it is a ‘work-at-home mum’. WAHMs can be self-employed or work for an employer – there are so many options available these days. However, the primary requirement to be called a WAHM is to, well, to work from home.

My first experience of working from home started about 13 years ago, shortly after returning to work from maternity leave. I had applied to work flexibly at work, and the editorial director was so incensed by the audaciousness that she made me a full-time homeworker. I would show up in the office once a fortnight just to stay connected to my work colleagues and to attend meetings.

Podcast: How to Have a Tidy Mind

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In today’s podcast our founder and editor, Joycellyn Akuffo, discusses having a tidy mind with Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind (www.atidymind.co.uk).

Find out how to to get you sanity back in times of digital overload, long work hours and just a lot of juggling, starting from the inside out!

What Does Super Mario Have to Do with Business Failure?

‘Failure’ should not be a dirty word. It really shouldn’t. But for many, the fear of failure can be the main reason why there is no motivation even to try, to take that first step. It really shouldn’t be.

Let’s have that determination to keep taking another step and never to give up. The courage to keep trying is why I use the example of playing Super Mario (you’ll understand it better when you listen to the podcast!)

Podcast: Has LGBTQ in Schools Gone Too Far?

A recent petition on Change.org asked for parents to take back control of sex education.

It seems that some parents have lost a lot of the insight into what’s being discussed about LGBTQ in schools. Should parents take back the control, or is a petition taking too far?

How to Deal with Criticism at Work and Elsewhere

How to Deal with Criticism at Work Without Losing Your Cool

Hands up if it grates you when you know someone really needs to know something about the way they work or their actions, but you can’t tell them because you know their reaction will leave you feeling like a villain.

Learning how to respond to criticism, and how to deal with the negative things that people say to us is a sign of maturity and personal development. Not everyone comes out of the womb with this gift – but it doesn’t mean we can’t cultivate it or develop it.