4 Factors You Need to Remember When Starting a New Job

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Even if your home business has proven successful, you may have reached the point where you need to consider other ways to make money. As much as freelance work, blogging, or working from home has been good to you, some people find it unsustainable, and they need to look at the traditional workplace when considering their next job. But, if you’ve been out of the office for longer than you can remember, you need to think about how things have changed, so here are four factors to remember. 

3 Transformation Tips For Homemakers Post-Lockdown

With the news that all social restrictions will likely be lifted in June, we’ll finally be able to invite our friends, family, loved ones and neighbours into the house.

Personally, we’ll be so excited to see everyone, we’ll probably be inviting the postie, the binmen and the fella from the local takeaway who shoves kebab leaflets through your door too! 

So whilst you’re preparing for those post-lockdown reunions, showing off your homemade biscuits, banana bread recipes and handcrafted DIY work, why not put a little love into your home to transform it into a welcoming haven for your loved ones? 

Flex your creative muscles and take a look at these three simple tips to ready your home for entertaining once again

The Strange Story of Snowglobes in Hot Countries

The story behind Snowglobes in Hot Countries

Hey Owlets,

“Take only memories, leave only footprints”. If you’ve been anywhere on the internet before then you’ve probably read that hundreds of times, and you’ve probably ignored it just as many times. You only need to look at the main shopping street in any touristy area to realise that selling souvenirs is a HUGE business. You can get souvenirs of just about everything - if you go to Spain you’ll most likely come home with a fan or some castanets, visit Paris and you’ll probably have a mini Eiffel Tower on your keys for the next few months, or Big Ben or the London Eye, or maybe even a bulldog if your holiday of choice was London. I’ll admit, I do like to buy a fridge magnet from every country I visit, but my main souvenir of choice is something much more unusual - snow globes. Given that it’s both a very specific item and, for the most part, I only visit hot countries you’d think they would be nearly impossible to find, but they’re surprisingly common, and it’s all down to a story I heard by chance in Italy a few years ago.

Cherriful: Review + Giveaway

Hey Owlets,

The last year has made us all a lot more conscious of our impact on the environment. Scenes like the clear canals in Venice and fish coming back to waters that were previously too polluted to sustain life have been a massive wakeup call for everyone that we just aren’t doing enough to support the planet. I like to think that I’m a “middle line” kind of person - I try to choose more sustainable options if they’re readily available, convenient and don’t cost too much more, I bring my reusable coffee cup on walks, don’t use straws and carry a water bottle with me wherever I go. If I’m honest that felt like I was making a difference and I was pretty pleased with myself, but recently I’ve started to think that there is more I can do. Each person will go through an average of 11000 disposable period products in their lifetime - each of those is going to landfill along with their respective packaging. That’s a sickening amount of waste to produce when you stop and think about it.

Enter Cherriful.

5 Time-Saving Tips for Running Your Business from Home

If you’re running a business from home, whether it’s single-handedly or with a remote team it can sometimes feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. There’s a lot of work involved such as networking with other businesses, reaching out to clients, dealing with your supply chain, and so on. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can boost productivity. You first need to upgrade your workspace to a more ergonomic set-up, then focus on prioritising tasks. Make the most of the latest tools and software to help you as well. Here are five time-saving tips.

My Dream Office

Hey Owlets,

It’s no secret that working from home has been rough for a lot of people. I must admit that a year ago I was feeling a little too relaxed having boasted that I’m used to working from home and that I can work anywhere. Well after over a year of working from the same place, it’s fair to say I’m about as done with this as the rest of you. When we first moved into our little one-bed home I was more than happy to have my desk in the living room - it looked pretty and made the most of the sunshine coming in through the window. With blogging full time I’ve quickly outgrown it and now my thoughts have turned to buying a home in the future I’ve already started dreaming of my perfect setup, so I thought it would be fun to share my future dream office with you in case you’re already in the process of creating your ideal workspace at home.

How to Change your Career

Hey Owlets,

This past year has highlighted a lot within our working life - the struggles of working from home, the awful commute to your current job, things you love about what you do or maybe there’s some parts of your job that you’ve grown to absolutely loathe. If you work full time up until retirement then you will have spent an average of a third of your life at work - that’s a lot of time to spend wishing you were somewhere else.

I’m a firm believer that you should love your job because it’s where you spend a lot of your time, but as a teenager you probably took any job that would hire you and then found yourself stuck in that career path - I know that’s what happened to a lot of my friends. Once you’ve gone down the rabbit hole it’s difficult to climb back out and change career, but it’s not impossible. I’ve helped a couple of my friends to change career, so keep reading for some tips to help you land your dream job.

How to Shop more Sustainably in 2021

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Hey Owlets,

Being in lockdown throughout 2020 gave us chance to see the negative effects of the things we do every day without thinking. Having had chance to step back and watch the world heal for a while, you may be wondering how you can continue to make your own positive impact on the world by way of making small, affordable and easy swaps in your day to day life. 

One of the biggest sources of pollution and waste comes from the fashion industry. It’s estimated that by 2050 the fashion industry will use up to a quarter of the world’s carbon budget, making it the most polluting industry after oil. When you buy from a big fast fashion brand you might be getting a brand new wardrobe without taking a big chunk out of your bank balance but the reality is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the benefit to your wallet and the brand’s profits has to come from somewhere. The cost is usually mistreating workers, unfair pay and questionable environmental practices. So, if you’re wondering how you can shop more sustainably this year, here’s a few suggestions.