Category Work/Life Balance

Are we really that dysfunctional?

A few days ago a colleague sent me a newspaper cutting from the The Times, a piece written by

Happy Thanksgiving!

While today is the "Thanksgiving Day", in reality the celebrations go on until Monday when everyone is back at work - it is by no means a one day affair.Having had the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving with a friends family in Massachusetts in the late eighties, I have always been a little jealous when my U.S. friends and employees leave on wednesday by saying "Happy Thanksgiving". Because I know the scenes around every small and big dinning-room table, with good food and the much needed family time - especially in todays fast living society.Thanksgiving is now an almost four hundred year old tradition in the U.S. (1619 - Berkeley Plantation in Virginia), and the holiday was first established by President Lincoln, with specific reference to giving thanks to God.

Q&A: What are some social and economic issues small business face?

I'm going to expand this question "slightly" into - I hope Walsh does not mind:What are some of the social, political and economic issues small business face?I should remind you that when I talk about small business, I mean 1 to 5 people businesses, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professionals, contractors, freelancers, self-employed, sole-traders and virtual assistants.Social issues are clearly centered around the work-place, work life and private life.... I believe you can start a business with $20/£10 a month and grow your business, risk free (without loans) on the side, while still in employment, until the turnover is big enough to justify quitting ones day job.You may feel about a business on the side as you will, the fact remains this is going on as we speak, trends we see in the online usage patterns of our OnlineOffice, certainly support this theory.At the same time business failure is far less an issue, as the risk associated with these ventures is very small, with the right mental attitude of the entrepreneur towards failure, the learning effect of a failure can be enormous.

The Week Ender: Having a weekend.

Now that I given you a recommendation on a book to read over the weekend or made you ponder your time management, you may also just consider having a nice weekend with family and friends.... Why not pick up the phone right now, and get some family and friends together and celebrate Guy Fawkes capture - I'm sure you can come up with a story why it might be important to you, even if you live in the US, Australia or India - it will be total BS, but who cares?Even better is when you don't need a reason, just get together and have a nice weekend, I know I will!

Marketing for Small Business: Do Pro-Bono work.

I believe it can be better resources or money spend, than doing google ads, it is a good bootstrapping technique - and a win-win situation for you and the sponsored organisation.For example, the College StartUp blog has an article today about "5 ways to get “paid” for pro bono work", they talk about the marketing benefits you may gain by doing good. Every small business or start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants has something to give, which could make a difference.

Observations on Life

Anja Merret is hosting the "Blog Carnival of Observations on Life" and it seems to me some of the articles in there are really good, so go and have a look and see what takes your fancy. Don't bother clicking on my entry, if you have been reading my blog, you will not have missed this entry.

Home Based Small Business the Ultimate Green Gig

As you may remember I was part of the Blog Action Day for our Environment and I keep on finding great little posts about eco-friendly issues relating to small business, including home business - my personal favorite. Tony Clark writes a blog about working from home from his home-nest called "Success from the Nest" and has tips how to save energy in your home based business:"As a home-base entrepreneur, you have the unique opportunity to have a small impact on the environment, all while having a big impact on the world.Just another good reason to give it a go…"I think he is right, and remember all the green/eco-friendly benefits of working online for the environment and also for yourself.

Ready To Retire Right Now? Find Out If It’s Time To Quit The Rat Race

Does your work-life balance "s***"?Well here is a great article I think you should read, and don't forget the comments to this post on the The Digerati Life blog: "I thought I’d try retiring at 50, but I’m now actually aiming to do it in my forties......... I was happy enough that I didn’t want things to change, satisfied as I was with how my job and boss were treating me."You will find a checklist attached to the article, so you can check if you are ready to let go, improve your work-life balance, and have a more full-filling life.This is just what you need to read monday morning when you are in a dead end job - don't you love my blog?

Q & A: What are successful cost-cutting solutions in small business?

Let me give you some pointers here, but please remember you can always do more on the cost-cutting front in any small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants.... Or have it done on a results basis, doesn't cost you time and gets you money back.Do credit control - get your money in lower your bank overdraft cost and charges.This is only a short list of what you can do, but it's a start.

Small Business Checklist: Business Process Outsourcing

As many of you know by know I'm a sucker for bootstrapping for small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants, and outsourcing is a big part of my bootstrapping philosophy, so here a re a few pointers: To outsource, or not to outsource ....... or you new service provider makes you feel, as if they are doing you a favor, don't deal with them, you need partners and not people you feel guilty calling.Nobody answers the phone - put the phone down and do not call back.

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