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03/01/17 Work #

3 Big Ways to Continually Improve Your Skills at Work

3 Big Ways to Continually Improve Your Skills at Work

Going to work for five straight days each week can become monotonous. You can feel like you’re running on a treadmill and it can take all of your energy to just get through the workday — only to do it again the next day.

If you’ve reached that point, it’s a good sign that you need a vacation. But vacation time can be hard to come by, and there’s never enough of it.

A better solution, I think, is to keep yourself refreshed by continually improving your work skills. Doing this has two big benefits: job satisfaction as you enjoy improving the work you do each day, and a better chance at a pay raise.

Just like exercising and regularly and eating well, improving your work skills is a process that needs to be done regularly. Here are three of the biggest ways I’ve found to improve your skills at work continually:

Sharpen the saw

This skill is from the Stephen Covey book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It’s a great book and one worth reading for your personal and professional life.

Sharpening the saw means renewing yourself in four areas:

  • Physical: Eating, exercising and resting well.
  • Social/Emotional: Making connections with others.
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing and teaching.
  • Spiritual: Being in nature, meditation, music, art, prayer or service.

These are all big steps, but can be done continually at work and away from work to put balance in your life.

Take for example, self-development expert Trevor McClintock, who writes on his blog about how taking care of yourself will lead to being more productive. Making time for social interaction in your workday is important, McClintock writes, as is having time to daydream to spark creativity. Continue reading

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11/04/16 Travel , Work # ,

How I Side Hustled Across the Country on Fulfilled by Amazon

Amazon

This guest post about making money on Amazon is by Tyler Philbrook, a personal finance blogger at I Am the Future Me who I met at FinCon16 in San Diego in late September. I also wrote a post on his site, so after you read his story here about how he made money to attend FinCon, go over to his site to read my post about what got me to get going on starting an emergency fund.

A little over a year ago I got the opportunity I had been waiting for. I was GIVEN a ticket to FinCon16, a financial blogger conference that I wouldn’t be able to go to.

When given the ticket I became sick to my stomach. I should have been excited, but I knew I was going to have to turn it down.

I have a lot of credit card debt, and didn’t want to go further into debt to travel across the country.

Instead, I committed myself to getting there no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifices I would have to make I would come up with the money.

One of the MANY side hustles I did was sell on Amazon with FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon). Continue reading

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06/03/16 Minimalism , Work # ,

Why My Websites Are Taking Summer Off

Why My Websites Are Taking Summer Off

Summer is a great time to take a vacation. The weather is great and it’s difficult to get motivated to work when there are nice, sunny days outside to enjoy. Taking summer off — meaning the entire summer — isn’t an option for many people.

But taking summer off is something I’m doing with my websites this year. The reason is simple: Fewer readers and fewer advertisers.

I’ve owned this site and two other personal finance sites — Add-Vodka.com and BeforeYouInvest.com — for about a year and a half, and I’ve seen monthly drops during June and July in readership and advertisers.

For those reasons I’m not going to add any content to the sites during those months. I may add a post from time to time if something timely comes up, but for the most part I’m taking summer off as a writer/editor of my sites.

I expect readership will drop during the next two months, but hopefully it will get back up to normal and beyond in August when I return to regular posting.

Taking summer off, mostly

Personally, I’ll still be working this summer as a freelance writer and editor, working for clients that I’m grateful to have. But I’m still planning on taking some time off this summer by getting ahead on my workload each month. Continue reading

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05/23/16 Travel , Work # ,

Doing Work on Vacation is a Horrible Idea

Doing Work on Vacation is a Horrible Idea

Doing work on vacation can sound like the best of both worlds: You’re relaxing at a beach, for example, while getting some work done on your laptop so that you can afford the vacation you’re on.

It’s also a way to let the boss — if you have one — know that you’re a serious worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty to get work done whenever needed.

If you’re doing some work on vacation you’re not alone. A survey found that 61 percent of people do some work while on vacation. Another survey found that 35 percent of millennials worked every day of their vacation.

As a freelance writer who works for myself, I’ve found other entrepreneurs who take pride in cramming in some work while on vacation. I know a freelancer who is traveling in Europe now with his family while setting aside a few hours each day to work.

There’s always some work to be done, whether you work for yourself or someone else, and time off from work is more time to get work done. Continue reading

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02/25/16 Work # ,

Why a Virtual Office is Essential for Any Start-Up Business in 2016

write-593333_1280The office environment is changing. There has been a worldwide increase in the number of start-up companies forming, especially after the global economic crash, which has impacted the ways people work, with many more people telecommuting than 10 years ago.

This has led to a rise in the number of businesses using virtual offices. There are many benefits they provide, especially for new start-ups, but they can also be useful for existing small companies. If you’re still unsure, check out these reasons your start-up should make the most of virtual offices in 2016. 

Cost-Effective Choice

Running a business is no cheap endeavor. Aside from the largest expense of renting office space there are all the overheads and other hidden costs such as employee benefits, insurance and more to consider.

If your company doesn’t need office space all the time or can’t afford it in the business area desired, then using a virtual office from Landmark PLC is a cost-effective option. All the overheads are included and you only need to pay for the space when you use it as well.    

Creates a Professional Appearance

Having a professional business address in a prestigious area instantly adds a lot of credibility to your company. Virtual offices usually include reception services too, so all incoming calls will be put through a secretary on the front desk, and allows you to have a corporate mailing address.

This all combines to form a professional image even though your business may still be mainly run from home.

Increases Productivity

A lot less time has to be spent doing essential admin jobs, such as cleaning and looking after the office. This allows more time to be spent getting on with trying to grow your business.

Human resources management is also mostly taken care of too, as the company that owns the virtual offices will employ staff for the front desk, cleaners and in some cases even for dealing with taxes and other legal issues.

Includes all Required Amenities

Everything your company could need will be included with a virtual office. Along with the actual space and essentials like chairs and desks there will normally be meeting rooms available, catering services for entertaining clients, video conferencing equipment and much more.

Lower costs that include everything your business will need mean virtual offices are a must for all new start-ups entering the world of business in 2016.

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Hi, I'm Aaron Crowe. Welcome to CashSmarter. I'm a personal finance freelance writer who enjoys spending my money wisely and using minimalism to make my money last longer while increasing income.