Lifestyle

Could going freelance be the right lifestyle choice for you?

In recent years, freelancing has become more and more common, and the popularity of the practice seems to increase by the day. As a result, you may have wondered if freelancing could be the right choice for you also – and hopefully, the considerations above will help you towards making a decision in future.

Could going freelance be the right

Is freelancing possible for you?

As popular as freelancing has become, it is not necessarily compatible with certain careers. For the most part, you will need to be in a job that involves a large amount of computer usage; where you can still achieve your day-to-day tasks, but from your home office rather than a business office.

However, if you work in a non-computer based role (for example, retail), you could still consider freelancing as an expert consultant within your industry. This is a less conventional route, but could be an option if you have a significant, proven history of success.

Have you considered the downsides?

The upsides tend to receive the most attention when it comes to freelancing: the ability to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and so on. However, freelancing has significant downsides that you will need to consider:

 

  • Loss of employee benefits. As a freelancer, you won’t have a direct employer, which means you’ll lose employee benefits such as health insurance. You will, therefore, need to research and purchase self employed health insurance and similar matching benefits to ensure continuous coverage.
  • Loss of paid time off. Freelancing means that if you don’t work, you don’t get paid – there are no sick days or vacation days, which can be extremely challenging. Most freelancers account for this by setting up specific savings accounts that they can call into action if they are unwell or need to take time off, so you will likely need to do the same in order to ensure your finances are protected.
  • Lack of company. For most freelancers, loneliness is a real problem, especially for those who have been accustomed to working in bustling office environments. There are ways to handle freelancer loneliness, but it is something you need to be aware of if you are contemplating freelancing full-time in the future.

 

The above should not dissuade you from freelancing, but it is incredibly important to be aware that the change does have its challenges – just like any other way of working.

Are you prepared for the lifestyle change?

If you have always worked outside of your home, for an employer, then freelancing really can completely change your entire lifestyle. You won’t have to make time for a commute, work to a strict schedule, automatically be able to take time off on public holidays, and so on.

As a result of the above, it’s usually best to try freelancing before you commit full-time; for example, request a sabbatical from your current job or switch to part-time hours rather than leaving altogether. After six months, you will be well-equipped to decide if the freelancing lifestyle suits you.

In conclusion

Freelancing is not necessarily the best choice for everyone, even if it is often talked about as a “cure all” for all of the modern working world’s ills. However, becoming a freelancer can be wonderful – provided you are aware of the downsides and see these as a fair exchange for greater working freedom.

 

4 Easy Ways To Make Your Life More Eco Friendly

The importance of environmental sustainability is becoming more apparent than ever. More and more people are trying everything they can to reduce the waste they create and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Ways To Make Your Life More Eco Friendly

If you’re someone who has resolved themselves to making some significant changes to help the environment, then you’re taking on a difficult but rewarding challenge. Some of the switches that you have to make may seem daunting, but the changes become easier once you take your first few steps into the world of sustainability. The following are four easy ways to make your life more eco-friendly.

Use Less Paper and Plastic – Recycle More

When you cut out paper and plastic from your daily life, you contribute to saving the planet. With technology today, you hardly even need paper for anything. For those who can’t get rid of paper, because they use it at their job, try to recycle it as much as you can. While you’re there, it’s also a good idea to reduce your plastic consumption. Instead of getting plastic bags when you’re out grocery shopping, buy your own canvas bag that you can take with you to transport all of your purchases. Plus, canvas bags can typically hold more and are made of sturdier materials. If you do use plastic, recycle it when you can. Every small change can make a difference.

Start a Compost Pile or Bin

Compost bins have been a popular trend these last few months. They are a great way to reduce waste. They allow you to reuse items you’d usually just throw away, such as banana peels and the parts of vegetables you toss. The organic material you put into your compost in your garden will break down into nutrients that will help you grow your garden or keep your lawn green. Plus, it saves you more money. You no longer have to buy expensive compost when you’re making your own. You can also look at having rainwater tanks in your back garden, to collect rainwater to be reused.

Purchase the Right Light Bulb

Using less electricity reduces the energy you use and, in turn, reduces your carbon footprint. One way to use less electricity is to ensure all lights are turned off when you’re not in a room. However, people are forgetful, and lights will be left on from time to time. A more realistic approach is to be conscious of the light bulbs you buy to replace ones that have gone out. Instead of purchasing incandescent lights, buy compact fluorescent bulbs. These lights will last five times longer and use less electricity than the alternative.

Cut Down on Energy in Your Home

Besides switching the light bulbs you use, there are many other ways you can cut back on the energy used in your home. One of the easiest things you can do is adjust your thermostat based on the season. For example, in the summer raise the temperature so that it doesn’t turn on when it’s not needed. Alternatively, turn it off altogether. You can also unplug your appliances when you’re not using them and change the way you wash your clothes. When you’re doing laundry, opt for line-drying your clothes instead of the dryer if you have an outdoor space. Taking small steps like the ones listed above can help you keep the environment safe.

 

The importance of using eye creams

We are in the middle of renovating our forever home, the last couple of months has been all about talking to trades men, stripping wall paper, paint samples, lots of dust and stress to go with it. I’ve had a few sleepless nights, worrying about the spiralling costs, the colours of the walls and not forgetting the hours and hours on the internet research lamp shades, log burners, bathrooms and a million other things.

Safe to say that my skill has slipped down the list of priorities. At the moment my face is lucky if I remove all of my make from the day. I then might pop a blob of moisturiser on before chucking on a quick layer of foundation afterwards. Terrible, I know and I must get this sorted.

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Recently I have been looking at the importance of looking after you skin and especially using an eye cream. I have always worn a moisturiser and always containing a SPF for as long as I can remember. I am also very good about wearing all over sunscreen in warmer months.

The importance of using eye creams

Eye cream is something however I pop on when I think about it but I do not religiously wear it. So I have looked at why eye creams are very important.

No one wants to see those dreaded wrinkles appearing it’s one of the first signs of ageing. However, around the eyes is the first area of your face to show signs of ageing. The skin in this area is very delicate and lacks the oil glands that can be found around the rest of the face and body meaning skin around your eyes are also prone to being dry.

Did you know that the skin on your face and particularly around the eyes gets stretched out with all of the amazing facial expressions we make all day. That is means with all the stretching it starts to show those lines and wrinkles sooner rather than later.

As the skin over your eye lids is the thinnest on your body it’s extra important to look after your eyes. I have to say I thought that eye creams are just the same as your daily moisturiser.  However there are differences.

Eye creams are specially designed

Eye creams are specially designed to be used on the eyes, they contain less chemicals, fragrances and even preservatives that can cause eye irritations. They also feel different to moisturisers and are designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness that your eyes are often prone too.

Using eye creams, help to protect that thin skin of your eye lid and also around the whole eye area, keeping the area moisturised and nourished. It is also proven that using moisturising eye creams will help to delay the signs of ageing.

Eye creams also help to prevent dryness, and dry skin is well known to make those little lines start to appear before they should. Eye creams are designed to fill in those tiny little gaps between your skin cells which help to make your skin to smoother.

I always ensure that my daily moisturisers and fountains contain SPF and I like it to be at least 15, I wasn’t aware that you can also get eye creams that contain SPF. I will make sure that I only buy one that continues SPF in the future, it’s so important to help protect your skin from damaging sun rays.

I’m going to ensure that I up my skin care game, I ensure I protect my skin and also limit those little lines that are appearing around my eyes. Just make sure you always check the ingredients to see if there is anything hiding that you could be allergic too.

 

*This is a collaborative post.