Three Great Career Ideas If You Have an Independent Streak*

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As an independent person, you may discover that any job in which you have to work with a boss monitoring your progress is not going to get the most out of you. If you work best unsupervised, and you know how to stay independently motivated, you may find the traditional corporate structure a little stifling.

As an independent person, it can be difficult to decide on a career that will be satisfying to you. Whether you need a change, or you're just starting to look into career options, these tips for independent people will give you some helpful ideas as a starting point.

Be An Entrepreneur

One of the most common career choices for independent people is starting a business. Whether you launch your own online brand, or put skills learnt in your current role to use in your own way, what could be better for an independent person than getting to be your their boss? Answerable to you alone, you'll manage your progression and monitor your performance yourself. That means you get to say what matters to your business and what your goals will be. You may have existing skills that you’ve picked up in other roles or other unique experiences you’ve had life, which will put you in a strong position to launch your own business. For example, if buying your house made you realise that you have a feel for the property market, real estate training may be all you need to start your own real estate office.


The world of education is home to countless independent people, who get to follow their own interests, rather than adhere to standard business practices. A rewarding career as a university professor or a school teacher can provide plenty of opportunities to devote your energy to researching things that fascinate you, while paying the bills, too. Lecturing at a university usually means designing your own curriculum for your students, and basing your pedagogy on areas of particular interest. (There’s no chance of getting bored, when you can keep changing it up!) One of the main attractions of the education system for independently-minded people is that these institutions remain one of the only places where the work environment is unpressured, so that creativity can thrive.

Be a Private Detective

Many independent people are classed as introverts, personality-wise. Maybe you’d rather spend your work day in solitude, focused on a task that stimulates your curiosity and provides endless challenges. As a private detective or investigator, your time will be spent watching and pondering the habits of individuals, and working out what’s going on. Every case is different, so your own instincts and deductions will come to the fore in every unique situation. And the best part for an independent person? Your work is largely unsupervised. Of course, you may have a partner, but if they’re an introvert like you, they’ll probably be happy to work in silence.

Whatever type of work you like to do independent people don’t always land in the right job the first time around. These ideas could help you find your place. *Contributed by Sam Jones. Header image source - Pexels CC0 Licence. Second image source: Pexels CC0 Licence.

Considerations To Make When Starting A Business*

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If you are starting a business, then we know it can be a scary time. There is so much to consider before you can even make it to printing your business cards.

While some people are often like a bull in a china shop, the best way to tackle starting a business is slow and getting the fundamentals right. Today we are going to be looking at some of the most important things you may need to consider when starting your first business.

Getting The Legalities Together

When starting a business, some legalities and technicalities often go overlooked when it comes to getting things moving.

While these things are not purposely ignored, it is more a lack of urgency and in the long run, being complacent with these things can have serious ramifications a little further down the line.

The first and most important decision you have to make is on the structure of your business. You need to decide whether you are going to be operating as a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company. Setting up a limited company can get rather complicated, so people like the could be just the helping hand you need.

Another important legal consideration you will need to make and make sure you get perfect is your tax and national insurance. It is important to note, your business structure will have its tax and national insurance requirements, so getting professional advice should you not be sure is imperative.

You should also pay attention to health and safety laws; While these laws seem important, if they go ignored, this will eventually spell complete disaster for you and your company.

What Kind Of Business Will You Be?

Another vital thing that needs to be carefully looked at is the kind of business you will be. You will have to weigh up the pros and cons of how you will primarily run your business.

The choice will generally sit between two choices. You will either conduct the majority of your business face to face, or you will go eCommerce completely.

The better and more lucrative option nowadays seems to be to lean towards eCommerce. The trouble with this is that generally, people sway towards eCommerce because they believe it is an easier option.

Thinking that having an eCommerce business is going to be the easy option is where a lot of companies go wrong. It is important to remember that the entire eCommerce industry is projected to be worth $6.5 trillion by 2022, and that means there is a lot of fish in the ocean to contend with.

The truth is setting up an eCommerce business may prove to be more beneficial than a face to face business, but you will undoubtedly be taking a more significant risk, and your competition will be far greater.

Will Your Business Stand Out?

One thing that business owners forget nowadays is that their customers are people. This may sound like basic information, but the truth is that businesses the world over are removing humanity from their business model.

The best way to tackle this conundrum when starting a business is, to begin with, a business story. Nowadays, the key to success in business is, in fact, storytelling. While it may sound ridiculous, it's the best way to build a relationship with your future customers.

It is important to remember that when creating a story for the brand, it must be a genuine one. Consumers can easily see through a story if it's false, and this will only pay detriment to your brand.

Other ways to get the business to stand out are simple by involving your potential consumers before you start your business.

To involve people, it is essential to get out there and do some much-needed market research. This will be beneficial in a few ways.

First it will allow you to determine your demographic before you open the doors to your business. Having a predetermined demographic will enable you to target your market from day one specifically and can save you a ton of cash.

Finally, this allows you to build a relationship with your customers and take their input. You can use their valuable contribution and make it a part of the product.

Simple techniques like this have shown that customers who feel involved in the business are more likely to use it.

*Post contributed by Sam Jones. *Image Credit - Pexels - CC0 Licence

Tips To Give Your Garden A Makeover*

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Many of us may not pay much attention to our garden. You can either be a lover of gardening or someone who will do very little of it. However, every garden deserves a bit of love and attention, so here are some tips to give your garden a makeover;

Install Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lights are essential in your garden, especially during the colder months where the nights get darker earlier. Even on a cold night, it might be nice to wrap up in a blanket and watch the stars with a hot chocolate. Find some outdoor lighting that can help illuminate your garden, like these as an example You might want to position them in order to highlight certain areas of your outdoor space or maybe to light the way up a path that you may have in your garden, and that leads to a nice seated area to enjoy.

Refresh Your Furniture
A little refresh can certainly be needed every once in a while, and that can be the same for the furniture outside. As the furniture outdoors is open to more of the elements, you may find that some of it have rusted due to the weather or become faulty or broken. So replace any furniture where you can and opt for more durable items. Ideally, ones that aren’t made out of metal which would be prone to rust. Any outdoor seating should be weather-proof, and if the cushions aren’t, then it’s good to find somewhere to store these for the days where it might be raining.

Invest In Decking
Decking can make an outdoor space look very attractive, and it can add another level and dynamic to your outdoor space. This can be an area where you relax on some sun loungers or enjoy a BBQ with friends. Pick the right material that’s going to be durable and requires a very low amount of maintenance. Be sure to think about the spot that it’s going in too. You want somewhere that gets plenty of sunshine if you’re a sun-worshipper that is. Remember that it shouldn’t take up too much of your garden that it makes you feel cramped.

Clear Out The Dead Plants
Dead plants are likely to crop up at the end of every season, so it’s a good time to just have a clear around your garden because simply doing this makes a difference. Take an afternoon to dig up and pull out all the old plants and replace them with new ones that can flourish in the new season. Flowers and plants are the one thing that is going to make a difference in your space and will help bring out the best in your garden. You’ll also enjoy it more when it looks more attractive and colourful.

Your garden deserves a makeover, so don’t deny a spring clean on it every now and then. It means you can make the most of it too.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header image source Pexels.

3 Things You Must Do To Land That Promotion*

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If you've got your sights set on a promotion and you want to make sure you don't get passed up for it, then there are a few things you need to make sure you do. Below you'll find three things that can help you to climb the career ladder and make more money, - take a look! 

1. Have A Meeting With Your Boss

Start by having a meeting with your boss to let them know that this is something you're interested in. If they don't know then they might not even consider you for the position. You will want to let them know why you're so interested in the promotion, as well as present them with evidence that shows them you're a great candidate for it. This won't always guarantee that they will choose you, but they will appreciate how straightforward you have been and will likely consider you for future promotions.

2. Change Your Mindset

If you're going to land that promotion, you should work on changing your mindset to that of somebody already in a higher position. This might sound woo-woo, but people like Tony Robbins swear by this kind of thing. How would you dress, think, speak, and act? Step into that mindset now!

3. Work On All Of The Skills You Need

Work on all of the soft and hard skills you need to succeed in the promotion. Work on them like you know you've already got it. The infographic below can help you!

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It's Time To Start Treating Your Garden Better!*

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A lot of people tend to make the mistake of treating their garden as if it's little more than a piece of outdoor decoration. It's understandable why this happens, after all, most of the time people talk about gardens almost exclusively in terms of how they look. You might talk about keeping your home tidy in terms of being comfortable but generally, people talk about keeping their gardens tidy because they don't want to look at something overgrown and unkempt. Of course, making your garden into something that you actually enjoy looking at is incredibly important, but that shouldn't be your only priority. For one thing, if you only ever think about the way it looks then it's going to feel like much more of a chore to keep it tidy. However, if you think about your garden as yet another place for you to spend your time, then you're far more likely to want to keep it well cared for. In order to help you reach this stage, here are a few simple things that you can do to make your garden into the kind of space where you actually want to spend your time.

Keeping the lawn flat

No one likes an overgrown lawn. Often, keeping your lawn trimmed can take a yard from feeling messy and uncared for to looking neat and tidy. However, one of the biggest issues that people tend to run into is that, if you're letting your grass get too long then it can become clumpy. When this happens, you start to get lumps in the soil which means that, if you're trying to sit or lie down on your lawn to relax then you're pretty likely to end up with a lump of dirt poking into your back. By keeping your lawn neatly trimmed it will not only look better but will stay flat, allowing you to actually feel comfortable when it's time to get outside for a spot of sunbathing. It the kind of job that a lot of people put off because they associate it with a whole lot of hard work that they have to put in time and time again. However, the truth is that it would actually be a whole lot less of an annoying job if you were to make it a regular part of your home maintenance routine. Rather than having to fight with overgrown weeds all the time, just running the mower over the lawn once a week is incredibly easy and lets you actually enjoy a part of your garden that could otherwise be the source of a pretty hefty amount of stress.

Injecting some color

The biggest mistake that a lot of people make is that they don't think about color in their garden enough. After all, if every room in your home was the same color get bored of it pretty quickly, wouldn't you? Sure, having a garden that's full of greenery is wonderful, but why not make things a little more exciting? You don't need to become an expert gardener to do this; there are plenty of flowers that don't need huge amounts of care but can inject a huge amount of life and color into your garden. Similarly, why not throw a lick of paint on your garden furniture or your fence? That way you can bring even more excitement into your yard without much effort.

Making a space to relax

The very best thing about a garden is having a space where you can get out in the fresh air and just relax for a while. So much of modern life is so busy and fast-paced that it's important to take that time for yourself every once in a while. This is why it's so important to create a space in your garden that's dedicated to being able to kick back for a while. Something like a flat roof patio is perfect for creating this kind of space because you don't have to worry about keeping it maintained and you can often enjoy it regardless of the weather. High-quality patio roofing is often the best way to make sure that your garden is the kind of place where you actually want to spend your time all year round, not just when the weather is beautiful. Having a space where you, friends, and family can get together and enjoy each other's company while also enjoying the great outdoors is one of the very best things about a well kept back yard.   


Of course, nothing brings that relaxation to an end faster than realizing that your neighbors are poking their heads over the fence to eavesdrop on what you're doing. Even if they're not doing it intentionally, knowing that they can see everything you're doing in your garden, even if you're just sitting down with a drink and a good book, can make things really awkward for you. Because of that think about fencing and hedges in your garden. Sure, you don't want to feel too closed in but having that extra layer around your garden is great for making it feel like a much more private and comfortable space.


Of course, the problem with a garden compared to any other part of your home is that it's not just going to stay the same. Unless you're making a mess in your home, you can be sure that stuff isn't just going to end up out of place or all over the floor. However, if you leave it alone for too long, your garden is going to end up becoming overgrown and unruly. You need to make garden maintenance a regular part of your cleaning routine. By doing that you can turn it into a habit until you reach the point where trimming the weeds is no more of an effort than running the vacuum over the floors every week.


Of course, if you're going to keep your garden neat and tidy then you need the right tools. Just about everyone needs a lawnmower, a spade, a garden fork, and home hedge clippers at the very least. With those tools, you need somewhere to store them. After all, leaving them out in the garden not only makes it seem untidy but exposes them to the elements as well. It's a good idea to invest in a small garden shed so that you have somewhere dry to store your tools when you're not using them. If you want you can even at a coat of paint to the shed so that it can help to reinforce the pleasant personality of your garden.

Dealing with patio weeds first

Weeds are the bane of many gardeners' lives. They grow faster than you ever expected, they take over spaces that were once occupied by other, more desirable plants, and they can be a real pain to get rid of. However, if you really want to make a difference to the way your garden looks, you should focus on those weeds growing through the cracks in the patio. Weeds in your flower beds might be annoying, but they can often blend in with the rest of the garden. Clumps of weeds growing up through the patio can be a real eyesore. Don't assume that just yanking them up is going to do any good, especially if you can't get to the roots. There are plenty of weedkillers that you can spray on, leave for a few days, and then come back, able to pull them up with no problem at all. Not only that but many weedkillers prevent them from regrowing nearly as fast as they normally would. Weeds are always going to come back, but if you catch them quickly enough, you can stop them from becoming a major issue. 

The best thing to do in order to change the way that you think about your garden is to treat it like just another part of your home. That way, rather than seeing gardening as some extra task that you'd like to avoid, you can treat it as an extension of the tidying and cleaning that you do indoors on a regular basis. Not only will this take a lot of the stress out of keeping your garden looking nice, but it will give you even more of an incentive to get out and actually spend some time in it. After all, your garden isn't just the thing outside your home, it's a part of it. Not only that but you should remember that your front garden if you have one, deserves just as much attention. After all, it's often the first part of your home that you will see when you come home, so why wouldn't you want to make it as pleasant as possible?

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header image source Pexels.


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