The Beauty Of Blogging For A Business

You consider yourself to be a creative, innovative and motivated entrepreneur; these are just a few of the many reasons that you chose to set up your own business in the first place. What you haven’t yet realized are the powers that are available to you when you do become a business owner. Creating a business blog is not only an amazing way to invest in your business but it is always a way of investing in yourself. Blogging is a platform which gives you a voice to stand out from the others in your competing market. A blog can inform your target market on current topics and it is always an excellent creative outlet for you to utilize your writing skills. Setting up a blog doesn’t need to be a painstaking and time consuming task, you just need to go about things in the correct way and know how to use your blog in the optimum way.

Design and Development

Starting up a blog and coming up with an innovative design is one of the most exciting parts about becoming a business blogger. This is a chance to truly embrace your personality, creative flair and business brand so look into how WordPress development can help you achieve all of these things. Try and choose a color scheme which is going to reflect your brand message and ethos. For example, if you are a company which produces all natural, vegan beauty products then the color green would totally encompass your overall message. Make it easy for your potential clients to navigate smoothly through your blog. Insert a categories tab which groups together different blog posts which belong to a certain topic. A search bar is also a handy addition to every type of blog, so that your reader can find exactly what they want to read about.

Finding Your Niche

If you are unsure what type of things you are going to write about in your blog, then dive deeply into your original business plan. What makes your business different to all the others? What are you trying to sell to your customers? The answer will soon become obvious and you will have a niche topic that you can begin blogging about. It is so important to narrow your topic down into a niche category because it immediately wipes out most of your competitors. Your blog should aim to be the number one go-to for information on your chosen category so try and put a unique twist on it if you can.

Creating Content

Building and creating regular content for a blog can be extremely time consuming, but once you get the hang of it, it will soon become second nature to you. Are you running out of steam? Struggling to think of new topics? You could offer out a position as a guest writing on your blog; giving a platform to a creative writer who is interested in your industry. This will not only free up a chunk of time for you every so often, but it will also freshen up the angles on some of your posts, so that your readers stay intrigued.

Spark A Discussion

One of the best ways to engage with your target audience in a blog post is by sparking up some sort of discussion or debate. Be careful about bringing up more controversial topics as you don’t want to get any negative press from this. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to make your point of view and stances clear. Ask questions to your readers and leave the comment boxes open for discussions. Many readers love to scroll down the comments section on a blog post so that they can explore the contrasting options on a certain subject matter. Include social media share buttons on all of your blog posts too, so that Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular platforms can see and comment on your content. You never know when one of your posts could go viral so keep trying to make that strong impact.

You started up a business because of your drive, passion and knowledge of your industry, so let the world know about it. Start up your business blog today and you will soon notice an increase in your sales and online presence. There is a reason why most business choose to start up their own blog and that is because it absolutely works. By sparking interesting discussions, posting innovative content and engaging with your potential clients and customers you could be setting yourself up for a hugely successful venture.

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What Things Do You Need To Consider When Moving House?

Moving house can be a strenuous and stressful business with so much that you need to remember and so many things that you need to budget for. Whether you are moving into a rented property or whether you have bought your first house or have sold one house and bought another, the steps you need to consider when moving house remain the same.

Redirect Your Post

You need to redirect your post for the first few months, just in case. You always get the odd bit of post still trying to wing its way to your old address months after you’ve left the property and months after you’ve updated the companies on your new abode. Redirecting your post to your new address will help avoid this. I’ve had to do this a couple of times now but luckily a few of the moves have been from my parents house so I didn’t have to do this those times as they just passed me on my post.

Consider your budget

There are so many things you need to budget for when it comes to moving house like how much do removal companies cost in London or similar areas – you need to make sure you have the funds or else you will end up making multiple car runs trying to move everything in time. Knowing how much of a budget you need, how much time you need to do it in and what you need is so important so you know where you stand and you can hire the right people for the job and get it all arranged. Finalise details in the week leading up to your move so you are not running around on the day.

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Work out a route

You need to work out a route from your old property to your new property for both yourselves and your movers. It may be straightforward or may require some pre planning but knowing how you are going to get from A to B is vital.

Do your final checks

As you come to the last few days in the house before moving, do your final checks. Make sure everything is all packed away, your freezer food has been completely run down, file away important documents and make sure you have began to notify people of your change of address.

Record final details of your utilities

When moving house, you will usually be changing utility providers, at least for the first week or so until you settle down and move to a provider your prefer. When you are leaving your previous house, record the final readings of your utilities such as gas, electric and water so you can arrange for a final bill to be sent to you and the people moving in can start afresh.

I’ve moved house a couple of times now in my life and we are soon hoping to move again as we need a larger property for our family. I need to remember all of the above things when moving as it is inevitable I will probably forget something – I am just that type of person! Having a checklist of things you need to remember when it comes to moving house is vital – that way, all of the important stuff is covered.

Do you have any tips on things you should do when moving house? Is there anything that I have forgotten to add onto my checklist?

 

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On-The-Job Skills That Can Become Full-Time Careers

It’s easy to think that the route to learning essential skills for employment is simple. You go through formal education, you select an area you want to specialize in, and then you focus on developing specific abilities and skills related to your chosen career niche. When you have reached a certain level of aptitude in this regard, you enter into the workplace, and put those skills to use.

While the process of acquiring employment-related skills can be this linear, the learning process rarely stops when you enter employment. Many people find that their skillset increases the longer they are in the job, and sometimes in rather surprising ways. In terms of your future career options, learning to maximize on the additional, vocational skills you have learned can be key to delivering the working life that you want to achieve.

Below is a comprehensive look at some of the skills you may have learned while on the job, and which may be essential to helping to decide your further advancement in life. No matter your chosen job or niche, you are more than likely to have picked up at least a few of the following additions to your repertoire…

Organizational skills

When you have been working in any job for a period of time, it is inevitable that you will have picked up a few organizational skills. Whether it’s the management of the entire calendar for your workplace or having control over a specific project, these skills can be used to enhance your resumé and improve your job prospects in the future.

How to make the most of organization skills: If you have found that you are particularly adept at management and organization, then retraining by taking an online project management Masters could give you a wide range of future career options. If you want to remain in the same role, then utilize your organizational skills as a discussion point in your next performance review— you could request more responsibilities, or the opportunity to be involved in larger-scale organizational projects.

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Diplomatic skills

No matter your chosen career, the need to establish good diplomatic skills is something most people will pick up over the course of their working life. Whether it’s helping to control disagreements in the office or assisting customers to help solve any problems they are experiencing, diplomacy skills are vitally important to the modern workplace.

How to make the most of diplomatic skills: If you find you have a natural ability for helping people build bridges and move on from issues, then you may want to consider retraining— working as a negotiator or in dispute management may be a natural fit for your abilities. If you’d prefer to stay in the same career, be vocal about your achievements and your ability to work with people to solve issues or calm customers down. Diplomacy is definitely a quality that is well-appreciated at management level, so you may want to consider tailoring your resumé to reflect your abilities and apply for more senior positions.

Writing skills

It’s likely that you write more in your line of work than you think. Sending emails, preparing reports, communicating messages to other staff members— it can all begin to add up into an impressive command of the English language. Being able to write well in a business context is a fairly uncommon skill, so if you have received praise for your ability to do this in the past, it’s worth wondering if this is something you may be able to capitalize on in future.

How to make the most of writing skills: While there are qualifications you can take to enhance your writing skills, these are far from necessary. Instead, you could look to make the most of your prior experience, working freelance alongside your day job. If you are writing material as part of your current work, then it’s fair to assume that other companies need writers to do produce the same text for them, so there’s no harm in reaching out and “blind pitching” your services— your experience in your normal job should help you to attract clients. Alternatively, you could look to retrain; most writers tend to specialize, so you could look into formal business writing full time, copywriting if you have a flair for sales, or even editorial-style writing if you want to share your opinion.

IT skills

There are precious few jobs that don’t, in some way, involve using a computer. If you have had to get to grips with customized software or have had to learn about the ins and outs of cloud computing as part of your job, you will be pleased to learn that these skills are incredibly useful in the modern marketplace. You don’t have to be a tech maven to use your newfound IT skills to improve your career prospects in future.

How to make the most of IT skills: If you have discovered a passion for IT, then retraining could be a wonderful choice. IT is generally an under-subscribed industry; there are more jobs than there are qualified employees, and the industry is generally considered to be well-paid. Alternatively, you could harness your IT experience to potential freelance or switch to working as a digital nomad— if you’re comfortable with technology, there’s no need for you to be restrained by an office environment. We’re at a point in history where remote working is becoming more common and accepted, and being able to rely on your own IT nous and skills is an essential requirement if you want to leave the office environment behind.

In conclusion

By making the most of the additional, work-based skills you have picked up over the years, your opportunity for career advancement could increase almost exponentially. Whether you consider a complete career change as you have discovered an aptitude for a particular skill, or you just want to enhance your prospects in your chosen field, knowing how to capitalize on these added skills is a key tool to help you advance your professional life in future.

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How To Boost Your Credit Rating

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I am not going to lie – my credit rating is currently quite shocking. I’d always prided myself on having an awesome credit score – I was always the one out of the couple with good credit but as the years have gone by and we’ve had unexpected expenses and things happen, my credit rating has taken a right battering.

This obviously isn’t great considering we want to get a mortgage in the not too distant future. Getting a mortgage will already be fairly difficult due to the fact I am self employed – at least I will have three years of books made up by the time we eventually apply for one and hopefully Steve will be in full time work at a local school alongside his studies to become a teacher.

Noticing how bad my rating is, I’ve been looking into some ways to boost it and get it back to fighting fit. Do you know of any ways to boost your credit rating?

Register on the electoral roll

If you want to get credit in the future, your name needs to be on there otherwise it can prove incredibly difficult.

Check It Regularly

This may sound incredibly silly but checking your rating regularly is very important. Whilst it is a little unlikely, sometimes things appear on our reports that are wrong and if you aren’t checking your rating often enough, it could be a while before you notice them and get them removed. These mistakes can have a big impact on your score.

Pay on time – and avoid defaults and CCJ’s.

Paying on time is vital – and whilst it can sometimes be inevitable that a bill gets missed, try to get back on track before you end up with a default or a CCJ on your file.

Consider a credit building credit card

Something most people consider when they have a poor history is getting a credit builder credit card from a provider such as Vanquis. Something to remember is that the interest on these will be slightly higher than other cards but these are great for building up your credit as long as you remember to pay on time.

Reduce your debt

Finally and perhaps the most obvious – reduce your debt. By cutting down on your debt, your credit score will increase. Find innovative ways of cutting down on your debt – take on more hours or do overtime at work, sell off anything items in the house you no longer need, do some side hustles to bring in some more money and apply every penny to your debt. Make a budget and stick to it, throwing every single extra penny at debt. Meal plan – this is something we have started to do again and one such item on the menu is this Instant Pot Pork Chops I found on Recipes From A Pantry.

Try and pay much more than the minimum payments each month and your balance will soon be going down and your credit rating up. One thing to remember though is to not pay everything off in one go – I recently found out that if you pay everything off in one go and have no credit at all, it can have a negative effect on your credit score for a while afterwards before rising again. We plan to reduce all our debts down to a certain amount each eventually and to then pay the minimum payment on each (of about £5) until they are paid off – so they all get paid off at different times. We will then keep one card for emergencies – maybe get it turned into a joint card.

Do you have any tips for increasing your credit score? I’d love to hear them!

Kiddyproofing the Home – What Not to Forget

Every stage of childhood comes with new challenges and struggles for parents. These challenges are definitely worth it but being prepared as a mom or dad is often difficult when things keep changing so rapidly.

For young kids who are beginning to crawl, walk and run around the house, the transition can be a difficult one for many. Items get knocked over, carpets get destroyed, and all sorts of havoc is constantly happening throughout the home.

While this can be frustrating to say the least, it pales in comparison to the potential risks that toddlers and young children face from everyday objects in and around the home. Most parents understand the need to lock cabinets and keep potentially toxic items out of reach, but there are many other threats as well.

Today, let’s look at some necessary aspects of child-proofing the home that you might not have considered.

 

  • Securing the Windows

 

Many parents rightfully worry about their young children wandering out of the house through an open or unlocked door. But what all too many forget about is the equally dangerous situation that windows can present.

Besides the fact that they are giant panes of glass, windows that are not secured can pose a variety of risks. First of all, there’s the risk of a child opening them and falling out. Next, there’s a risk that an unsecured window that opens inward (for cleaning and such) could fall inward and injure a child.

But there are other risk factors as well. Corded blinds are one such example: when not properly secured, a curtain rod could come loose, or a child could be caught in them, presenting a potential choking hazard. As such, purchasing ready-made or made to measure curtains that eliminate the risk of choking and/or injury is essential.  A good idea would be to look online for ideas for replacing blinds with curtains, for example these grey curtains which come ready made.  Grey curtains can also be in keeping with an office feel if the blinds you want to replace are in your at-home study.

 

  • Evaluating the Bathroom

 

Another potentially dangerous area in the home is the bathroom. While it is commonly known that securing lower cabinets in the kitchen is a must-do, the same is true in the bathroom. Not only may there be poisonous items under the kitchen sink, but there is danger in the form of sharp edges inside the cabinets.

Another danger area is the toilet. The toilet lid should be secured with a toilet lock to prevent potential drowning by curious young toddlers who might wander into the bathroom. Perhaps a better solution for those who are not yet toilet-trained is a lock on the bathroom itself, preventing your child from entering it in the first place.

Of course, there are many other risks in the bathroom as well. Items such as razors, soap and medicine should be kept well above the reach of young children, and counters/surfaces should be kept as clear as possible. This is because young children are notorious for climbing onto surfaces whenever possible; one wrong move and a potentially fatal injury could occur.

 

  • Anchoring Furniture

 

In virtually every room of the home, furniture can be found that might present a risk to the health and life of a young child. Many people think about sharp objects and poisonous substances when child-proofing the home, but bigger, blunter objects can be just as dangerous.

Items such as stand-alone cabinets, chairs and book cases all pose serious risks when not properly anchored. There have been numerous deaths caused by furniture tipping over on children who were attempting to climb them. As such, it is vital that these items – tall, top-heavy in nature and/or heavy in general – must be anchored to either the floor or to the wall with some kind of reinforcement.

Other potential risks include televisions and electronics, which may tip over when grabbed in the wrong manner.

 

  • Electrical Appliances

 

Last but not least, any appliance that draws electricity is a potential risk to young children under the wrong circumstances. These items can pose a risk in more than one way.

First of all, the accidental mixture of electrical appliances and water can be deadly if the items are plugged into an outlet. Secondly, an appliance – or even the outlet itself – can be dangerous if the child begins playing with the cord at the point where it meets the wall. Another risk is the cord itself; choking and/or potential hanging disasters are all too common when children become trapped in cords caught around their necks.

As such, ensuring any cords are properly secured – as well as the outlets they’re connected to – is an often-forgotten but imperative part of child-proofing the home.

With young children the home, all sorts of precautions have to be taken. In terms of protection, it is vital to focus on removing as many potential threats as possible. While it is never possible to eliminate every danger, focusing your attention on obvious risks can drastically minimise the chances of injury or death. Hopefully, you’ll find these less-discussed child-proofing actions to be useful in further securing your home for your little loved ones!

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