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[ 2 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

By Dan Kieran, co-founder and CEO of Unbound
For small business owners the internet provides wonderful opportunities to build a following and engage directly with fans.   Yet, although growing a fanbase is much easier than it would have been in the past, we are now in an ‘age of free content’ which makes it much harder to earn money through creativity, except through ever more intrusive advertising.
However, content creators are much more interested in how to monetise quality content that their fans love than in bombarding them with advertising. One way …

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[ 7 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

By Dan Kieran, co-founder and CEO of Unbound
Publishing is being changed radically through technology.  In the past the publisher was the gatekeeper, acting as an intermediary between authors and their readers.  Technology is now allowing authors and content creators to go direct to the readers themselves, without the intermediary function.
This is how I see the publishing industry changing in the near future and the opportunities this will provide:
Smaller publishers will increasingly provide award-winning books
While large publishing groups continue to use their old approach, they’ll continue to overlook potentially game-changing and …

active mums, fashionista mums, work, working from home »

[ 30 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

Striking a balance between feeling cool and looking stylish for work during summer is easier said than done. With the recent spate of hot weather, travelling on the Underground and other railway networks at this time of year can be a laborious, uncomfortable affair. Many of us reach the office feeling anything but fresh-faced and squeaky-clean.
The real dilemma lies in dressing for warm weather without showing too much skin. As a result, we can end up staring blankly and bewildered at our wardrobe’s contents because nothing seems to fulfil that …

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[ 20 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

Previously only parents of children under 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled) or carers for dependant adults had the right to request flexible working arrangements from their employers. With new UK legislation the same entitlement now applies to all employees, providing they have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks 1, 2.
However, it’s important to be aware that, just as before for parents and carers, the new legislation only enables employees to make a request. It does not require employers to grant it, though they must …

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[ 19 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

Starting a family can sometimes spell disaster for your career, but it needn’t. Of course having little ones running around is going to make an enormous change to your lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to define you. Working parents need to learn to work smarter, not harder. Stress, fatigue and eventually burnout aren’t good for you or your family, so focus on manifesting these healthy habits, to see both your career and your home-life improve.
Get Some Sleep!
This is number one on the list for a good reason, because it tends …

business mums news, freelancing, Headline »

[ 15 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

The workforce is changing as more people swap the security of a 9-to-5 job for the flexibility of freelancing, with key demographics and industries leading the self-employed sector, according to Instant Offices.
In fact, the number of female freelancers has grown by 55% since 2008. New mothers choosing to take up freelance work rather than return to full-time office employment post-baby has shot up by 79%. Comparatively, the number of men freelancing has grown by 36% in the same time frame.
Millennials and UK workers facing significant lifestyle changes, such as motherhood, …

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[ 3 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

You have showcased an impressive C.V, navigated your way through the interview stages and celebrated receiving a job role.  However, the hard work has only just begun as you approach the task of negotiating a salary.  Discussing money can seem somewhat taboo in the UK as an air of awkwardness will inevitably ensure.  The prospect of a salary negotiation can fill interviewees with dread as the discussion can reflect that of a poker tournament rather than boardroom.  Here, the debt advisory service Scottish Trust Deed present their 5 need to …

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[ 25 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

Businesses of any size will know full well that unscheduled employee absences are just something they’ll have to deal with, but there are ways to manage the situations effectively. Absences can lower morale, create mistakes, increase stress, and reduce productivity. There are definitely certain actions to take that don’t overstep employees’ rights, yet will decrease the inconvenience that sick days can bring.
Offer duvet days
This idea has been trending in recent years, whereby an employer will offer around 4-5 days every year for employees to take when they are either hungover, …

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[ 16 May 2019 | No Comment ]

The proliferation of digital devices means that we’re constantly connected to the office wherever we might be, making it difficult to switch off from work and increase stress levels even more than it should. Last year, the Office of National Statistics released figures that revealed three million UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, a rise of a quarter of a million since 2001
Whether it’s a two-week holiday or a twenty-minute respite at lunch, Lucinda Pullinger, Global Head of HR at Instant Offices explains why it is important for workers to …

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[ 3 May 2019 | No Comment ]

According to experts, remote work will become one of the major business trends of 2019. The concept of the office has changed over the last decade as employees seek a better work/life balance, and it is expected that 50% of the workforce will be able to work remotely by 2020. The biggest benefit felt by employees regarding remote working is their ability to manage and structure their own time – 65% of employees believe they are more productive working from home. Additionally, the widespread use of the Internet means that …