I’ve been self-employed and working from home for a good 3 years now. I started my own online book touring business up from scratch, gained a client base and continue to grow and grow and get evermore busy. I also make a small income from my blog, which also requires more working from home, on my laptop. I’m not complaining though. I absolutely love what I do and hope to grow even more over the coming years to make a solid monthly income which I’ve created all by myself. But it hasn’t always been easy and it still isn’t sometimes. Working from home takes a lot of discipline and there are an awful lot of distractions to interrupt with your work too. Today I wanted to chat about how to stay productive when you’re working from home something that I’ve certainly had to learn, work on and continue to work on over the past 3 years.
For the fashion conscious, there can often be a great deal of pressure to stay up to date with the very latest style trends and ideas. Of course, if you are into fashion, this can be exciting and interesting, allowing you to discover fresh new concepts, designs and developments, but it can also bring a downside – the financial aspect.
I work from home and I’m self-employed so it is very, very difficult for me to switch off from work mode sometimes. On occasion, I find myself thinking non-stop about stuff I need to do all day long even after I’ve been doing all the things for 8 hours straight and need to give myself a time out. “Regular” jobs finish at 5:30 or 6pm, why can’t I switch off then to? Not answer my emails? And not think about work related stuff? There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of people who aren’t self-employed who feel this way too. If you’re that way inclined; a Type A personality so to speak, it can be easy said than done when someone says, “just stop thinking about work for the rest of the evening”.
I’m an online business owner and naturally because of that, I’m self-employed as well. And I’m always open to talk about that area of my life; because it is such a huge and important part of it. Today, I’m teaming up with FSB to do a little Q&A to answer your questions about self-employment and owning a business. Although please do note that these answers are from my own personal experience and I cannot speak for anyone else and their own experiences. All business work in different ways but I think it’s a brilliant thing to do and would always recommend it; if you ‘re able to. FSB offer a ton of advice and tips for people looking to start their own business so if you need any extra guidance, their website is a great place to head to! On with the Q&A shall we? These are questions from Twitter and a link to the person who asked them.
Guys, guys, GUYS… It’s August and I have my first Christmas post up. Me… the person that hates Christmas – has a Christmas post up. In August. I’m actually really surprised at myself because I’ve been thinking about Christmas more than is normal for me lately – maybe because I am just so sick of summer, I’m willing it to hurry up and leave so we can get back into Autumn and Winter, fluffy jumpers and socks and Christmas shopping again. Anyway! I’ve mentioned before that I adore buying gifts for people. The whole process of finding the perfect gift is so special and I put so much time and energy into gift buying. I’d love to start my Christmas shopping earlier this year as well, so here is a small gift guide; sponsored by Uncommon Goods, so you can find all these gorgeous products on their website!
Through the Woods Tealight Holder
My mum absolutely loves candles – the more candles in the house the better! And you can bet during the evening, she always has at least one candle lit. This is always amplified at Christmas and that’s not surprising, as Christmas is the perfect time for lots of pretty candles to compliment the tree and the fairy-lights. I absolutely adore this tealight holder – tealights are so easy and cheap to get hold of and you can usually buy them in huge packs so you don’t run out for a long time. This tealight holder is absolutely stunning and although it’s not officially “Christmassy”, I think it could look so gorgeous lit up on Christmas Eve. This would be a perfect present for my mum! Continue reading “Gift guide for early Christmas shoppers *”
We all dream about winning the lottery. I know I do and despite a few lucky £40 wins over the year, I’ve never won anything more substantial than that. But that doesn’t stop me dreaming of course and I often wonder what I would do, what I would buy and how I would spend my money if I did win a substantial amount of dollar on the lottery. So let’s pretend for a minute that I have won a hella lot of dosh… Here’s what I would do with it.
Pay off my parents morgage and any other bills
Okay this is like a totally boring thing to start with and will probably make you want to stop reading (please don’t!) but after everything they’ve done for me over the years, I think the first thing I would do is pay off something for them and help them out. Maybe buy them a little holiday home somewhere too.
Book an extensive holiday for my boyfriend and I
I don’t mean just a 5 star stay in Tenerife; I would go all out. I’d spoil us both absolutely rotten and get first class, VIP, 5 star everything. Possibly a trip around Scandinavia in the best hotels. Or a cruise or something equally as exotic. I’m not a big ‘traveller’ and I much prefer shorter holidays in a specific place.
Pay for a VIP experience at a Formula 1 Grand Prix
If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I love Formula 1. I would love to go to a Grand Prix at some point but they are so bloody expensive. Like, so expensive! If I won the lottery, I wouldn’t just get tickets, I’d love to get the whole VIP experience and really make the most of it! Maybe meet a driver or two… 😉
Buy a house or apartment
I’d buy a place for myself, preferably an apartment and pay it all off so it was mine and I wouldn’t have to worry about rent or anything. How luxurious would that be? Oh and not to mention I would have a blast decorating it exactly how I wanted to. Could you imagine the home-ware hauls?!
Put some in saving
I think this is smart more than anything but (depending on how much I won of course) I’d definitely put a chunk of it in savings for the future. What’s the point in winning the lottery if you spend all your money in one go then have nothing left to look forward to?
Donate some to charity
I would absolutely donate a big sum of my winnings to a charity or a few charities of my choice. I don’t know how anyone could win the lottery and not want to help other people with all that money. I’d probably opt for Cancer Research and an animal charity of some kind – maybe Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
You’ve just won 10 million pound on the lottery, what do you do with it? I’d absolutely love to hear your answers to this so leave me a comment and let me know! Be as extensive as you like!
* This is a sponsored post. All content and opinions are my own.