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October 05, 2020

Productivity Pals: A Freelancer's Best Friends For Happy & Productive Work Days

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The life of a freelancer brings with it a multitude of benefits. Especially in the current climate. At a time 

when we’re al;l getting accustomed to the mixed blessings of working from home, managing our time 

effectively and getting the most out of every day, we’re all picking up (whether we’re aware of it or not) 

the skills that make for a happy and rewarding career in self-employment. Why wait around for crumbs 

from the corporate table when you can seek out your own opportunities on your own terms? Why 

endure the inequities of corporate wage repression when you can take your skills directly to your 

clientele? Why wait for an opportunity to be promoted when you can increase your income in direct 

proportion to your hard work and endeavor? 


 

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But, of course, if life as a freelancer were easy, everyone would be doing it. You’ll need to establish a 

framework for consistent productivity. And without the safety nets that most salaried people take for 

granted like sick pay, paid leave and a regular fixed income, your ability to live and eat will depend on 

remaining consistently productive. And while we’ve already talked about some essential tools for 

freelancers, we also need to talk about the freelancer’s friends. The productivity pals. The little things 

that could make a big difference in enjoying happier, healthier and more productive working days. For 

instance…


Your windows


Natural light is such a relatively tiny and simple thing. But it can make a huge difference to your working 

days. The presence of natural light can make you feel calmer, happier, more energised, more creative 

and better able to focus. Is there any wonder why it’s called the “number one office perk”? So do all that 

you can to keep them nice and clean and streak-free. What’s more, if your windows have a view of your 

garden you get the added benefit that comes from being able to see plants and trees. Which brings us 

to...


Your garden


Don’t make the mistake of trying to plough through your workdays as quickly as possible. Inevitably 

you’ll get tired, you’ll get frustrated and your work days will actually be longer. Instead, try and space 

short but meaningful breaks out throughout your day. And, where possible, you should take them away 

from your computer and desk. Spend a little time in the garden. Breathe fresh air and spend time with 

plants. Relax in privacy with Taxus Baccata by Hedgeplants Heijnen and other awesome hedge plants. 

Breathe the subtle perfumes of nature. Maybe even take a moment for some mindfulness meditation

You’ll return to your desk feeling happier, lighter and more rejuvenated.    


Your kitchen 


You can’t be consistently productive if you’re chomping down chocolate bars and chugging back coffee 

after coffee. All this will create is dips and spikes in your energy levels as you ride the caffeine and 

sugar high, only to come plummeting down later. Your kitchen could be your greatest aid in the battle 

for productivity when you use it to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Nuts and seeds, green and 

criciferous veggies and berries are all great foods for keeping your mind sharp and preventing the belly 

grumbles that can derail your productivity. 



October 01, 2020

Career Options You Can Pursue Online

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We are spending more time online than ever. With many people spending the majority of their waking 

hours at home due to the pandemic, new opportunities to make money and pursue career options have 

emerged. Whether you’ve lost your job recently, your workload has decreased, or you’re keen to 

 follow a new path, here are some options you can pursue online. 


Trading

Trading has become increasingly popular due to increased accessibility via online platforms. In days 

gone by, you had to be a professional trader to get involved, but today, almost anyone can give trading 

a go. Before you lay out any money or make any transactions, it’s crucial to do some research, read up 

on different types of trading such as share CFDs and get a feel for how different mechanisms work. It’s 

also important to ensure you are aware of rules and legal restrictions. Make use of demos, explore 

different sites and consider working with a reputable, trustworthy, experienced trader if you’re a 

beginner. Trial versions enable you to see how things work before you part with any money. Trading is 

a popular side hustle because it’s a flexible means of making money that can fit in with existing 

commitments, but there is potential to turn a hobby into a full-time job. 


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Writing

Blogging enables anyone to be a writer, and it’s a great way to explore subjects that interest you, to 

engage with others online, to raise issues that matter to you and to generate an income. Writing can be 

cathartic, but it can also be lucrative. If you enjoy writing, you have a talent, and people seem to 

respond well to what you have to say, it’s worth considering trying to monetize your new hobby. You 

can start discovering income streams such as sponsored adverts and affiliate links, or you could 

advertise your skills to benefit businesses or other bloggers who are looking to enhance and diversify 

their content with guest and contributed posts. Building a following is key when trying to establish a 

successful blog and promote growth. Define your target audience, create original content that will 

appeal to the readers you’re looking to attract and take advantage of opportunities to build virtual 

networks on social media. 


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Coaching and consulting

Many people have used the unexpected break brought about by the Covid-19 crisis to develop new 

skills and learn. If you have qualifications, skills and experience, you could use them to boost your 

income and create new career options. If you can speak a foreign language or play an instrument, or 

you have expertise in digital marketing, accounting, web design, life coaching or personal training, for 

example, you could coach online, run webinars and produce course content and learning resources or 

offer virtual one-to-one or group sessions. 


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Statistics show that we are spending more time online than ever. Surfing the web isn’t just about 

whiling away the hours and checking what is going on in the world. It can also open doors in terms of 

new career paths and opportunities to utilize your talent, knowledge, skills and experience to increase 

your income. 

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