Which Safety Equipment Should You Install In Your Workplace?

As an employer, one of your greatest responsibilities is ensuring a safe and secure working environment in which your employees are guaranteed their rights. Failure to do that can see you being held liable for accidents, injuries, and illnesses caused by the workplace. While simply purchasing the right installations for the premises is not the only thing that can make a difference, it can have a major impact. Here, we’re going to look more closely at the different installations worth considering, what kind of threats they can mitigate, and why you ought to consider them.

 

Prevent unauthorised access

The security of your premises can be just as important for the health and safety of your employees as it is for the protection of your assets. To that end, you may want to look at the possibility of installing a security fence, as well as reinforced doors that will prevent anyone from gaining unauthorised access. As for how you permit access, this can be done by, for instance, having a security guard at the door or by using an automated key card system.

 

Consider security systems

Beyond mitigating the risk of unauthorised entry, improving the security of your workplace may mean having the ability to react to threats when they do arise. A security alarm system can ensure that any potential intruders are not given the time they may want to ransack the place or threaten employees, especially if they get in contact with the police or a security team for you. CCTV systems can act as an effective deterrent against criminals, and can also provide evidence of criminal or suspicious behaviour that could help you crack down on it in the future.

 

Ensure good lighting where it’s needed

Lighting can be vital for good security, as well. Most criminals are opportunists, who will look for easy access when it’s provided, but decline to target more well-defended properties. Lightning draws attention and makes the chances of being spotted and identified all the higher. It can also make any worker staying late feel safer. Lighting is also vital in preventing workplace accidents, as well. Well-lit pathways are a lot easier to navigate, especially if there are any spills or obstacles that might be hard to see in the dark. Similarly, effective industrial lighting can make lifting and transporting objects much less risky, as well. Every part of the workplace that your employees access should be well-lit at all times.

 

Use labels and signage

Just as lighting can help your employees be much more aware of their surroundings, the appropriate labels and signage in the workplace, especially in industrial work zones, such as warehouses, manufacturing plants, and the like, can be crucial. Not only can good signage highlight safe walkways to take in places with moving vehicles, but it can highlight different types of risk, as well as what steps can be taken to mitigate them, such as which PPE your employees should be equipped in that area. Appropriate workplace signage means being aware of what the specific risks are in different parts of the workplace, of course, as well as the strong reinforcement of the rules that they put in place. You don’t want to spend money to put up signs only for no one to follow them because you don’t reinforce their message.

 

Consider the right flooring

One of the most overlooked contributing factors in workplace accidents, especially slips, trips, and falls, is the flooring that your workers are working and moving on. You might not think about it until a worker has slipped on it but, by then, it’s too late. Choosing the right flooring is all about thinking about what kind of traffic it can expect. Above everything else, you want to make sure that it’s not difficult for your team to get a grip on it with their feet. Of course, maintaining that flooring is just as important. Cleaning it on a regular basis and leaving out wet signs when the floor is wet, as well as establishing rules about not leaving objects in commonly trafficked walkways should be priorities.

 

Put safety rails in place

If you have any raised areas, even if they’re only raised by a few inches, then they are safety risks. Sometimes, you can mitigate potential injuries by highlighting ledges, whether it’s with bright tape or lighting. For balconies, stairs, or any other very high places, however, you are going to need safety rails in place. Safety rails can also be useful for any areas where people are moving alongside machinery or vehicles, to prevent people from wandering onto areas where vehicles might come around the corner. You can use galvanised tube clamps to further extend these railings if you expand the area that needs to be safeguarded, as well. Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common causes of injury in any workplace, and falls from a height are significantly more dangerous.

Provide equipment for safe lifting

If your team has to lift objects, whether they have to do it repeatedly on a regular basis, or they have to lift heavy objects, you should make sure that they have the equipment that can prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Aside from training them on the correct way to lift those objects, you should ensure that you have equipment such as harnesses and trolleys at the ready. These tools can help reduce the burden on the bodies of your workers, but they still have to be cognizant of the risks. For instance, while moving heavy objects on a trolley might not be as taxing, physically, they should still be mindful of their fingers and ensure they don’t get caught between the object they’re moving and any objects, walls, or doorways in the environment.

 

Think about ergonomics as well

While the dangers of back pain in the office might not be quite as dramatic as dropping a heavy object or falling from a great height, they can be just as serious in their long-term health consequences. The single best way to ensure the musculoskeletal health of your office workers is to encourage them to take breaks from their desks, to stretch, and to stand when possible. When they are sitting, however, then the right ergonomic seating is going to do a lot of work to support their back and joints so that they’re not putting as much pressure on them throughout the day.

 

Provide PPE for your team

Assess every task done in your workplace and seriously consider what personal protection equipment, or PPE, is necessary for it. Whether it’s safety goggles, gloves, aprons, or otherwise, ensure you invest in the quality protective gear that will prevent injuries. Every workplace that requires the use of personal protection equipment should also have a PPE station. This is the place where these items are stored safely when they’re not being used. Otherwise, leaving PPE such as goggles and gloves in places where they might be crowded with other resources could see them getting broken or torn under the weight of all that clutter. A PPE station allows your workers to quickly identify the equipment that they need, and they also know where to return it when they’re done with it.

 

Have stations to improve hygiene 

Hygiene has received a lot more focus as of late, for obvious reasons, but it’s always been important in the workplace, especially during cold and flu season. Making hygiene stations, with hand sanitizer and wipes easily available to your team will make them a lot more likely to wipe down their surfaces and wash their hands of germs on a more regular basis.

 

Have the fire safety equipment you need

Fire safety is not optional. If you operate a business premises that has employees in it, then you’re likely to be mandated by law to have some level of fire safety provision in there. Working with a fire safety specialist, you can get a much better idea of what, precisely, you need, in terms of fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers, blankets, hoses, and the like. You should also consider installations like fire doors and signage pointing to fire escape routes, especially if you operate a larger building.

 

Make first aid kits accessible

Lastly, you can’t prevent every injury in the workplace, but you can make sure that your team is able to take the right course of action when they encounter one. Keeping a first aid station in the workplace, or multiple spread out across a larger building, is vital, and you should ensure that labelling makes it clear where they are. Take the time to check their contents on a routine basis to make sure that you won’t be missing any supplies when you need them.

 

Of course, in order to make the best use of the information above, you need to know the risks most prevalent in your workplace. Working with a safety consultant can help you develop a much better assessment of health and safety risks on your property, so consider doing that, too.

Time to Embrace a New Adventure at a Retirement Home?

Visualise yourself lounging in your favourite armchair, cuppa in hand, pondering if your next abode could be one where the dishes magically wash themselves. Moving to a retirement or care facility? Oh, it’s not waving the white flag; it’s more like raising a glass to a brand-spanking-new adventure – with lashings of tea and zero fussy taps. 

The Staircase Feels Like Everest

Do you recall those days of bounding up the stairs like a spring lamb? Now, if reaching the top feels like you’ve just scaled Everest (minus the applause), perhaps it’s time to eye a snazzy bungalow-style setup. Retirement homes are all about that stair-free life – and think of the joy in never having a standoff with the vacuum on the staircase! 

 

The Garden’s Turning into a Jungle

Remember when your garden was the neighbourhood’s pride and joy? Now, it’s inching towards ‘Jumanji’ territory, isn’t it? In a retirement haven, your botanical worries shrink down to that cute basil plant on your windowsill. Let the pros wrestle with nature while you revel in your green-thumb-free zone.

 

The Silence is Deafening

Are you longing for some peace and quiet in the past? Now, your home’s so hushed you can hear the fridge’s gentle purr. Retirement communities, though, strike that perfect harmony of alone time and buzzing social scenes. Always a chum around to grumble about the rainy weather with, isn’t there?

 

You’re Watching More TV Doctors Than Seeing Real Ones

If you’re getting your medical advice from telly shows more than actual docs, consider it a nudge. Retirement homes come with expert staff – who, I promise, are a tad cheerier than Doc Martin. Plus, there’s the reassurance that real, dependable medical advice is just a shout away – turning those TV medical dramas into pure entertainment rather than a study session.

 

The Microwave is Your New Best Friend

The era of lavish Sunday roasts has vanished. Seems like a distant memory, right? If your microwave’s working overtime while your oven’s on a sabbatical, it might be time for a culinary upgrade. Wave goodbye to beep-beep meals and hello to chef-prepared delights that look as good as they taste.

 

Your Family’s Visits Resemble Wellness Checks

If your family gatherings are starting to feel more like health inspections, here’s your hint. In a retirement community, their visits can transform back into those lovely, chatty catch-ups, minus the health questionnaire. Imagine the joy of chattering about the little ones’ shenanigans or plotting your next family escapade without the undercurrent of health concerns. 

 

Letting Go: A Cupboard Full of Memories

The idea of letting go can make you feel like you’re leaving a part of yourself behind. But think of it this way: it’s not about shedding your past; it’s more like decluttering for your next big adventure. Imagine rummaging through your stuff and finding those long-lost treasures, the heirlooms, the what-was-I-thinking purchases. Each piece tells a story, right? But here’s the silver lining: deciding what to keep and what to pass on can be quite the hoot. And for everything else, that’s too dear to let go but can’t come along? Storage to the rescue! It’s like a safe little nest for your memories while you’re off making new ones.

 

In a nutshell, trotting off to a retirement or care facility isn’t about bidding farewell to a part of yourself; it’s about discovering a new, comfy community brimming with potential pals and hobbies (like aqua aerobics, anyone?). It’s all about enjoying those golden years with friends, top-notch care, and, of course, an unending supply of tea. So here’s to fresh starts.

Planning to Start a Business? Do These Things First

Earning a living and being a mom can be a tough combination. It’s little surprise that so many moms take charge by starting their own businesses. Being in control of your working life is a great feeling. It’s also tough, but the rewards more than outweigh the negatives. But aspiring to be a mompreneur is one thing. Knowing how to make it happen is the challenge. 

The more prep you put in, the better. Here are the essential tasks to do before you launch:

 

Write Your Business Plan

Writing a business plan is often overlooked. But this is a task that shouldn’t be forgotten. Make writing a business plan your first task. You’ll then find everything else falls into place more easily. Your business plan is something you will keep referring back to. The market research you carry out while writing your business plan will provide so many helpful insights. This can inform so many of your business decisions. 

Figuring out your business model and getting it on paper is always valuable. You can refer back to it again and again. A solid business plan always brings the best chance of success. If you plan to seek out funding for your venture, a business plan is essential. So, having one ready prepared is vital from the start.

 

Source the Best Equipment

As you’ve probably noticed, a new business requires a ton of research. One of the most essential things to research is your equipment. All businesses need equipment of some kind to operate. Whether it’s engineering tools, graphic design software, or a sewing machine, equipment really matters. 

Sourcing the best equipment will get your business off to a great start. This investment should provide you with years of use. So, putting the time into equipment research is really worthwhile.

 

Take Care of Your Admin

Sorting out the paperwork can be a daunting task for a first time business owner. It can seem like there’s a ton of it to get through. Getting a headstart on your admin is essential to prevent overwhelm creeping in. The sooner you get the paperwork sorted, the less pressure you’ll put on yourself before launch day. So, what admin tasks need to be done. Here’s a few of the tasks you’ll want to get sorted out early:

  • Registering for tax (if needed).
  • Organizing insurance coverage.
  • Choose an accounting system and start to track your spending.
  • Apply for any necessary permits to run your business.

Getting this paperwork sorted out early will help you feel much more organized. You can then focus your attention on preparing for your launch.

 

Final Thoughts

It’s totally natural to feel a mix of excitement and overwhelm before starting a business. But what you choose to do now can make a massive difference to your success. Getting as prepared as possible is going to make the entire process far easier.

Writing a business plan, tackling admin tasks, and sourcing your equipment will get you off to the very best start.

Keeping Our Cities Sparkling

Hello, you! Yes, you, the one with the latte in one hand and the smartphone in the other. Ever looked around your city and thought, “This place could use a bit of a spruce up”? Well, you’re not alone. But fear not! I’m here to guide you through some innovative (and slightly offbeat) ways to keep our urban jungles as clean as a whistle. Grab that latte, swipe away your 47 unread emails, and let’s dive in.

Adopt a Pothole

Yes, you read that right. What if we turned those pesky potholes into mini-gardens? Imagine cruising down the street, not avoiding potholes but admiring the array of petunias and daisies popping out of them. It’s like guerilla gardening but with a twist. Who knows, maybe you’ll start a trend!

 

The Great Gum Wall

“Gum on the sidewalk? Gross, but fret not! Enter the innovative world of gum removal machines – our unsung heroes in the battle against sticky pavements. Picture this: these high-tech marvels glide through our streets, effortlessly lifting the gum from the concrete, leaving behind nothing but sparkling cleanliness. It’s like watching a live show of urban rejuvenation. And while we’re at it, why not designate a Great Gum Wall, a place where people can creatively stick their gum, transforming a habitual nuisance into a vibrant, ever-evolving tapestry of community art? 

 

Flash Mob Litter Pick-Up

Imagine you’re walking through the park, and suddenly, a group of people breaks into synchronized litter-picking. It’s a flash mob, but instead of dancing, they’re armed with grabbers and trash bags. You’re intrigued, you’re amused, and before you know it, you’re joining in. Litter-picking has never been this fun.

 

The Recycling Lottery

Who says recycling can’t be thrilling? Each time you recycle, you get a ticket for the Recycling Lottery. Monthly draws, yearly mega draws, and prizes ranging from a free coffee to a weekend getaway. The more you recycle, the better your chances. Who knew being eco-friendly could feel like hitting the jackpot?

 

The Compost Confession Booth

This one’s for the deep thinkers. A booth where you can deposit your organic waste and, if you feel so inclined, confess your environmental sins. It’s cathartic, it’s eco-friendly, and hey, it makes composting a whole lot more interesting and teaches our future generations a bit more responsibility on food waste.

 

The Sidewalk Soap Opera

Last but not least, let’s put on a show. Local actors performing short, humorous skits about littering, recycling, and urban cleanliness right there on the sidewalk. It’s entertaining, it’s educational, and it’s a great way to engage the community. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of drama while waiting for the bus?

 

So there you have it, dear reader. Seven slightly zany, somewhat quirky, but definitely innovative ways to keep our cities clean. Remember, every little bit helps, and with a dash of creativity (and a pinch of humor), we can all make a difference. Now, go forth and be the clean city champion you were always meant to be!

How to Make Your Website Work For Your Business (and Vice Versa)

Have you got a website for your business? Are you happy with the amount of traffic it receives? There’s lots of things to think about when it comes to building a website for your business that drives more sales and ultimately makes you more money. 

All businesses are different, and this means that building a website isn’t cut and dry. You need to tailor your website to work for your business, so let’s look at how you can make your website work for your business.

SEO

SEO overrules everything when it comes to driving traffic to your website. Invest in tools such as ahrefs to perform keyword research for your website to help rank higher in search engines. There is a bit of a caveat to this; while it’s a good idea to try and rank for keywords with a high search volume, it’s also important to consider your competitors.

Take some time to research who is ranking for the keywords you want to hit and ask yourself – are you really going to beat them? If the answer is no, then it’s probably a good idea to use an alternate version of your main keyword(s).

It’s also important not to keyword stuff on your website. While it will help you rank higher in some aspects, it can also damage your reputation. If your content isn’t top quality, users are less likely to stick around which in turn can affect where you rank. Creating SEO driven content for your website is going to be a major player when driving more traffic. But more on the content side of things later…

 

Lead generation

Lead generation is also something to take into consideration when it comes to your website. Whatever the purpose of it, perhaps a platform to sell your goods or even an informational website with call to actions, lead generation can play a huge role in how much traffic you receive. 

Using an external company to provide you with high performance leads is a great way of ensuring the traffic hitting your site is the right traffic. You want users that are going to be interested in what you have to offer. In turn, this will mean your traffic becomes quality traffic because users will stay on pages longer, interact with features, and even take that next step to making your business money – however that may be achieved.

 

Content

Content is another key player when it comes to making your website successful with plenty of visitors. Briefly mentioned above, content that is anything less than high-quality simply won’t do you any favours.

You need to attract an audience and retain their attention. For example, if you’re selling garden equipment on your website, you can create high-quality articles and videos with instructions on how to use your equipment, hacks for those who don’t know what they’re doing, and anything related that users may find interesting.

The great thing about high-quality content is that it can work both ways. Customers may return to get information from you even after buying your products. On the flip side, content that’s ranking well can lead people who didn’t set out to buy anything to your website and make a sale – so make sure your content is the best it can be.

Pairing great content with your SEO skills is also going to help your content rank and therefore drive more traffic to your website. Higher rank in search engines leads to more sales, so pay close attention to your content!

 

Backlinks

Backlinks are a great way of pulling traffic from high ranking websites to yours. Think of popular websites like BuzzFeed. If you manage to get a relevant website with a high DA link back to your website through their content, you will gain more traffic.

Quite often you’ll have to pay for placements like these, but it’s worth the ROI once the traffic starts rolling in, especially when more and more websites link back to your website. If you don’t have a large budget for this to begin with, consider starting with lower DA websites and work your way up.

Headlines

While your content needs to be kickass to keep people on your website, you should also be thinking about your headlines. They need to also be SEO optimised, but clever and interesting enough for people to want to read more.

Quite often, asking a question in your headlines is a great way of enticing readers in because it’s likely they’re looking for the answer. For example: “Is an IVA Worth It? 5 Pros and Cons” – notice how keywords are being used while still offering an answer to the reader’s problem.

So, when titling content on your website, consider how you can entice people in while ensuring it remains SEO friendly and interesting! Quite the task!

 

Navigation

The navigation of your website will also play a role in how many visitors you keep and those that will return. While it’s great to have a fancy theme on your website, if it’s not simple enough to use people will find an alternative.

It’s possible to have a great looking website without making it too complicated. Outsourcing a website designer might be a good idea so you can have a slick theme that people will find it easy to navigate around.

 

Guest contributors

Finally, another great way of driving more traffic to your website is by welcoming guest contributors onto your website. This is where external people contribute content to your website to help promote either themselves as a writer or a product they’re affiliated with. The great thing about guest contributions is that they will share the content on their social media accounts, which will drive traffic to your website and perhaps more followers too!

If you choose to go down this rule, a good idea would be to create some editorial guidelines so the contributed content fits with your brand and tone of voice. Regular contributors could mean a healthy chunk of extra traffic to your website!

Can You Start an Investment Firm from Home?

Can you start an investment firm from home? Yes, it’s very possible, and some investment managers run home operations. However, there are some very well-defined caveats to this. Of course, you will need some investing experience and knowledge, and marketing never hurts.

 

Licences, Qualifications and Compliance

There are a few licences and qualifications you will need to start an investment management company. These vary from country to country, and there are also international certifications. Some qualifications include being a Certified International Investment Analyst for international operations. And you will need to adhere to Global Investment Performance Standards, or GIPS performance for short before prospective clients begin to trust that you know what you are doing.

 

Using Your Experience

Experience is vital for starting an investment firm. Attending courses either online or physically can help you gain the valuable experience you will need to begin your new venture. If you can’t afford to attend these, as some are very expensive, it is highly recommended that you learn using online tools and platforms such as Betterment, Ally Invest and eToro. Some of these offer virtual trading with real stocks, so you can gain valuable insights into how the business works.

 

Pricing when You Start an Investment Firm

Investment can be a great self employment experience. But you can’t work for free when you begin your venture. However, investment managers typically aren’t paid a flat salary and work on commissions. So, raising capital is vital when starting out. It is never a good idea to use your own money. To raise client capital, you can network, reinvest or borrow from banks. You can take your cut, which is around 1%, so if you return £100,000 a week, you pay yourself £1,000.

 

Market the Business Well

Like any new business, marketing is key. Yet marketing is a challenging thing these days because there are many talented marketers using online channels. Online or digital marketing is a new frontier because most people use the web to find services these days. SEO, PPC and inbound lead generation are all specialist methods of online marketing. You can take the time to learn these, but it is best to hire a reputable marketing company to implement them for you.

 

Choose an Investment Niche

Like developing a blog, you can beat some of the competition by focusing on an investment niche. There are many different types of investing, and you can attract clients based on the niche you target. For example, you can appeal to the Millennial market by focusing on startup investment. Or generate clients from Gen-Z by offering investment services into crypto and NFTs. Offering a secure future with long-term investments will also appeal to a young crowd.

 

Summary

You will first need the right certifications to start an investment firm. Raising capital and taking your cut are also vital considerations. And you can attract clients by focusing on a niche.




How To Ensure Your Home Tutoring Business Is A Success

While there are many different home-based businesses you can start as a mum (without having to spend too much time away from your children), a tutoring business is one of the best.

After all, it gives you full control over your schedule and day while also giving you the chance to share your knowledge with the next generation of learners – whether you’re tutoring them in maths, science, or music! However, all businesses come with their risks and challenges – which means you’ll need to be willing to put in the work if you want to succeed.   

With that in mind, here are some top tips to get you started! 

 

Set up the perfect workspace.

Whether you will be tutoring online or welcoming local students into your home, it’s important that you set up the perfect home office

If you resolved to work from the dining room table, you’d likely find that you’re surrounded by distractions that impact your ability to work effectively. Instead, set up a separate workstation for your tutoring business to the benefit of yourself and your students.

 

Put together some exciting lesson plans

Whether you’re trying to keep your students engaged or win over prospective clients, your lesson plans will play a key role in your success moving forward. Therefore, they should be as bold, exciting, and engaging as possible. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by using videos in your lessons, as opposed to simply talking. This is particularly beneficial for students who may be visual learners. 

Find out more about Video Production Leeds here, and take your lessons and tutoring sessions to the next level while doing so! 

 

Run a blog alongside your business

Running a blog alongside your business is a great way to attract new customers, as it helps to put your business on the map. For example, you can use SEO best practices to ensure that your blog ranks highly on different search engines, bringing you the kind of exposure you deserve.

However, you should not merely post blogs for the sake of posting – always ensure you have something interesting and relevant to say. For example, you could post tips for helping students who are falling behind in class and round off the blog with some self-promotion. This way, you’re building an audience that is composed of those who are most likely to use your services. 

In addition to blogging, you should also make sure you have a strong social media presence. After all, if you’re looking to work with teenagers, they’re more likely to come across your brand on social media than anywhere else. However, you may also benefit from hiring a social media manager who can take care of this task on your behalf! 

 

Be open to learning, too!

While you’re unlikely to tutor a student on something you know very little about, you should also remember that you don’t know everything either. That is, you should always be willing to learn more about the topics you tutor in or experiment with different teaching methodologies and practices. This will help you to take your business from strength to strength. 

3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Protect Your Identity in Your Online Business

Have you ever considered the importance of protecting your privacy when you’re browsing the web? What about when you’re working? In the digital age, launching and running an online business offers a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs; who doesn’t love that? However, for various reasons, some business owners choose to conceal their true identities. Sure, this may seem unusual, but there are valid motivations behind the decision to maintain anonymity.  

You don’t always need to show your face or openly give out your name or where you’re from in order to have a successful and authentic business. While sure that personal connection helps, at the same time, that personal connection could even put you at risk. So, here are some reasons why it might be protected to protect your identity or even be full-out anonymous while running your business!

 

There’s That Thick Layer of Security

While yes, it helps to have openness as a business owner, you need to be careful with how much info you give out. Unfortunately, some business owners are unintentionally giving out enough information to where their identities could be stolen. Something that’s essentially a nightmare to ever deal with.  

It’s honestly going to help you learn how to delete your digital footprint since this can even attract bad actors and potentially damage your business or your life. In general, by concealing your identity, you can protect yourself from potential threats, such as cyberattacks, harassment, or unwanted intrusion into your personal life. Think of it this way: anonymity acts as a shield, safeguarding you from any malicious intent.

 

Less Risk and More Flexibility

A face and name often get tied to a brand, strongly tied down to the point where there’s even a lack of wiggle room. So, by operating under a pseudonym or concealing your identity, this is going to provide a degree of flexibility. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs can pivot, experiment, or rebrand without personal repercussions or public scrutiny. This flexibility is going to hands-down allow you to adapt to market changes and even make some strategic decisions with drastically less risk.

 

You’ll Have More Peace of Mind

Stalkers, harassers, hackers, attackers, you name it, can destroy your personal life and your business if they have enough info on you. Sometimes, a person doesn’t really need any info, maybe just your name, where you’re from, and maybe some personal relationships you have. It’s terrifying how much and how fast one person can instantly change your life and business for the worse. 

So, concealing your identity from these sorts of people will immediately keep your business and your life safe. You’re going to have peace of mind that no one is going to sabotage you.  In general, this anonymity is going to offer peace of mind and alleviate the stress of being in the public eye. Honestly, running an online business can be demanding, and removing personal scrutiny is going to allow you to focus on your work without the added pressure of public exposure.

 

How To Hire Your First Employee

When working from home for yourself for a while, you build up recognition and a client base. At a certain point, most freelancers and small business owners want to expand – and that means making your first hire.  

 

Making the right hire the first time only happens when you make sure you have put the time into the preparation. New employees bring new excitement, fresh perspective, and, of course, the ability to grow your business. You’ll do well to work with recruitment agencies, but you still need to prepare – so how do you get it right? 

 

Budget 

Double check the business budget – do you have enough to pay the person for the duration of their contract? Can you fulfil your financial obligations even if you have a client pause or cancel a project? Do you need someone full-time, or would part-time be enough? 

 

Legal obligations

You’ll need to prepare a contract or written statement of employment (get it checked by a solicitor). A minimum level of paid holidays, although you can be more generous if you like. Understand how many breaks per day and how long the minimum is, investigate SSP, and when it applies. Payslip and deductions are all on your lap, too. 

Without an HR team, it can be a good idea to find software that can handle this for you. 

 

Applicants 

Without the right job spec, the people applying aren’t going to be the people you need. Think about the qualifications, skills, and characteristics that you need and want. Are you looking for a lot of experience? 

Perhaps a starter who is willing to learn would be better for you. Be honest about the type of projects you have and the size of your company. You can even talk about your visions and future goals – so you have someone who aligns with your needs and the shaping of the business.

Make sure that your job description is accurate and clear, and be honest about the demands of the job – if you’re a 24/7 person, you’ll need someone who matches your energy. 

 

Top of the Top

When you work with a recruitment agency, they will filter the applicants against your criteria – but it can be good to give them some freedom to select a few wildcards. Sometimes, while the experience or qualifications don’t quite fit – the person is a good match. Chemistry matters just as much as the skills to do the job. 

Always have an initial chat before the main interviews; this will give you an idea of the person and how they will fit with what you do. It will also give you the opportunity to ask a couple of questions about knowledge and filter out anyone who may have inflated their experience. 

Check references before making an offer. 

 

Onboarding

Welcome them to the company and give them clean instructions about the start date, pay, benefits, and more. Then, be sure you plan something for their first day and week that eases them into the work – but without being too soft about it. Once you have your first employee hired, it gets much easier to hire in the future. 

If you are wondering if you really need to hire or you might be better off outsourcing some tasks, here are a couple of tasks that are often better given to freelancers: 5 TEDIOUS OFFICE TASKS WORTH OUTSOURCING.








Empowering Mumpreneurs: 5 Essential Tips for a Thriving At-Home Business

Balancing an at-home business while being a mum is no easy feat. It requires all your dedication, organisation skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks throughout the day. Naturally, there are more than one key to success. In fact, success is a combination of many things, including your ability to nail the market trends asap. 

But one aspect of mumpreneur success that is often forgotten is the ability to treat your home venture like a real business. 

Take break & prioritise self-care

Being a mum and an entrepreneur means you wear multiple hats. You’re a master juggle, but even the best jugglers need a break to recharge. The same advice is also true for entrepreneurs who work in an office location. Every leader needs to know when to take a break at the end of the day. As a mum, you are constantly wearing two caps: entrepreneur and mother. Remember, it’s perfectly fine and professional to take breaks, both for your sake and your business.

This recharges your energy. Think of it as hitting the refresh button for your brain. Breaks not only boost your productivity, but they also help you stay sane!



Outsourcing because you don’t have to do it all

Mums, you’re superheroes, but even superheroes have sidekicks. You don’t have to do everything yourself. In fact, this is the fastest way to burnout. That’s where outsourcing comes to the rescue. Whether you’re hiring a virtual assistant to handle administrative tasks or an accountant to manage your finance, there are many benefits to delegating responsibilities to experts. 



Invest in professional supplies

Running an at-home business is still running a real business. Treat it as such. This means you are allowed to invest in professional supplies that can enhance the quality of your work. Whether you need glue spraying cans for your craft business or a professional software licence to streamline your processes, don’t skimp on the tools of your trade. 

The good news? These investments can come with tax advantages! So, not only you’ll be boosting your business, but you’re also making smart financial moves. 



Time management to maximise your productivity

Efficient time management is crucial for mumpreneurs. You don’t have the luxury of having a lot of undisturbed time, so you need to create a schedule that maximises your productivity. 

It’s not uncommon for mums to share their business schedule with their closed ones in order to avoid unwanted interruptions. This will allow you to make the most ofy our work hours without impacting family time. 

 

Network and seek support

Mums, you’re not alone in this journey. There’s a whole community of mumpreneurs and entrepreneurs out there, ready to support and uplift you. Networking is your secret weapon. Connect with other like-minded individuals, share experiences, and seek advice when you need it. 

There is absolutely no shame in asking for help or seeking a mentor: it is a sign of strength that will help you grow as an entrepreneur. The connections you make can provide invaluable insights and guidance. Besides, they can give you the motivation you need to keep your at-home business thriving. 

Remember, you’ve got this and you’re not alone. Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship is a remarkable journey. So, hopefully these important reminders can encourage you to rock your at-home venture!