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Office Desks: Simple Style Recipes for Your Work Necessities

 

If you work from home and your job requires a great amount of creativity, your mind is not the only piece of the puzzle you ought to take care of. You need to make sure that the environment around you helps you give birth to fresh ideas by stimulating you aesthetically, all while being functional and simple enough so that you can be fully focused on your job. One of the most important pieces of furniture in your study room or home office is the desk. During those long hours of work, for those of us who work from home, the world indeed is flat and it’s called the office desk – the place where you put all you need to complete the tasks that lie ahead.

home office desks

This is the main reason why when looking to buy office desks online or in your local store, first of all, you need to know the three most sought after styles simplicity wise: minimalist, Scandinavian and industrial. Lately, these three styles are what makes the world of interior design go round. The most important reason for that is the way in which they make a flawless fusion between what attracts the eye and serves a purpose.

With Minimal Effort to a Lot of Comfort
The best type of working comfort orbits around fine sleek lines. Minimalism centers around compact pieces, therefore, if you decide to buy office desks online, stores that are completely oriented towards this style will offer you many different solutions for storage. The key is in the drawers, which are always wide enough and usually one sided and the rest of the desk consists of as minimal amount of material as possible. This style is great for those of you who need to have a lot of books or paperwork around – there will be enough storage without making the desk an eyesore.

Nordic Offerings to Your God of Imagination

If you want your simplicity to say something more by revealing less, a Scandinavian style office desk might suit you best. Within this style no line is out of place or inessential. It doesn’t mean that the desk will make it to the top five noticeable items in the room, but it will give you just enough space to work, without taking a millimeter more than necessary. There is something so modern, yes prehistoric about this style and you’ll be delighted to see how easily it will blend with your existing décor. A nice color play of light and dark will help to furthermore develop that vibe. To achieve this, you can choose the astonishing contrast of black lacquer and natural oak. Expect to find many office desks in Scandinavian design, the drawers of which are an integral part of the surface of the desk, which is a genius space saving idea.

Visual Echoes from the Past

If you are in love with the industrial style, but you think that you cannot get just one industrial item, you are very wrong, especially when it comes to offices. An industrial office desk requires nothing more than a few items of décor to mimic whatever you are already pulling off with the look of the whole room. For instance, if the rest of the décor is vintage, you can just put a vintage vase or frame on the desk. An industrial office desk can do wonders for adding value to your room. These pieces are extremely durable and come with a special rustic charm.

Although there are many substantial differences between these three styles, the obvious reason why they are making such a big splash is the genius design. They prove that beauty and strength don’t have to overwhelm the room – exquisite interior décor flavors come in compact portions.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Home based Business

No matter how much we love our kids, we stand their tantrums and deal with ridiculous amount of poop without complaining (okay, maybe a little complaining and crying from time to time), we all want something that is solely ours. Be it a hobby or business, we need something to keep our sanity. So if you have had a long-awaited dream of owning a business of your own and can be run from home, here are five ways to help you minimize struggle and boost your home based business.

How to start a home based business

Starting a home based business

1. Focus on one product
Oft times mommies make a mistake and offer a wide choice of products. This may overwhelm customers. Focus on one product and aim to be famed for your expertise in the product.

2. Take it to the Web
You are more likely to reach more customers if you choose one ground- the web. Make a website and advertise your business online. In most cases, it is fail-proof. Social media is a marketing weapon if used right. You can reach friends, family and everyone else in your area is literally just clicks away.

3. Boost sales
Come up with offers that are impossible to say no to. Your first target should be your current clients – find ways to keep them coming for more. Give them a card which offer a free gift on 10 purchases or offer them discounts on bulk purchases. It would be good to hire someone for your public relations. Be careful when choosing the right company. Find the one that already worked with your niche. For example, if your product is connected to babies and children, I can recommend Konnect PR since they’ve been working a lot with companies in that niche.

4. Hire help
If you have too many orders and not enough hands, don’t send customers away or compromise of quality. You can always hire help. All your profits will drown if you get a full-time employ so instead hire interns or freelancers. You do not need to bear any benefits or additional costs or taxes. How cool is that?

5. Think big
Right now you just want a small business where you can do what you love, maintain a healthy home-work balance and make some money so you can buy those shoes you have your eye on. But see, your children will grow up and get busy with school and you will soon have more free time. You can actually make your home based business a big deal. Don’t discard the idea just yet- aim it and you will be there in a few years. If the money is the issue, think about no credit check loans. I didn’t have any savings when I started my business, and when it started to grow, I needed more money to make it work, so this helped me a lot to make my home based business successful.

The thing about the digital age is that anyone can do anything. So if you have a passion or a skill but can’t manage to leave home to make a career, make an office at home and cash your skill today!

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The 5 best podcasts for social workers

If you’re looking for social care jobs, or you just want to know what’s going on in the profession, it’s always a good idea to be aware of current issues and new developments. Podcasts are a great way to do this, allowing you to listen while you’re commuting or when you’re at home. I love podcasts! But how can you find out which ones are worth listening to?

Well, look no further because here’s the lowdown on five of the best podcasts for social workers out there.

The 5 best podcasts for social workers

1. The Social Work Podcast

Social work podcast pioneer and former jazz musician Jonathan B. Singer started his own website in 2007, and has since added this podcast to his list of achievements. It’s U.S. based, so there may be a slight bias towards things happening in America, but its aim is to cover “all things social work”, so much of the content will be universal. March’s episode features an interview with Dr. Richard P. Barth on the grand challenges for social work.

2. Social Care Ideas Factory

A podcast from a Scottish based collective with lofty ideals. They want to promote “brave ideas that ensure people reclaim and retain fuller lives at home and in their communities.” With a philosophy that ideas can “change lives” they gather and connect academics, practitioners and graduates to inspire new ways of thinking.

3. Social World Podcast

Run by David Niven, the former Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. It focuses on social and traditional media, and particularly the way they can be used by the profession, and the way they perceive social work. It often uses individual cases and examines how they play out in the public sphere, and examine how this affects the profession.

4. Podsocs

The podcast for “social workers on the run” is produced by Patricia Fronek, a senior lecturer at Griffith University and president of the Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research. It covers topics of interest for all practitioners, students and academics. Although it’s based in Australia, there’s an emphasis on interviewing guests from all over the world.

5. inSocialWork

A podcast series produced by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. It features regular conversations with prominent professionals and researchers and keeps you posted on engaging trends.

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April 2016 Blog Income Report

 

Do you remember my blog income report from December? I earned little over 100 dollars and I was over the moon because of that.

Well, I continued to work hard this year and last month income report shows that.

April Blog Income Report

Money is not why I am doing this. I have been blogging more than 10 years now. It is something I enjoy. I love writing stories that help and inspire others. I also enjoy reading stories that help and inspire me. I am happy to say that I found some amazing blogs that I read every day.

So, now when I said that, I can go back to money. So, even though money isn’t a reason why I blog, my dream goal is still to do this as a full time job. And because of that, I am working hard to earn as much as I can on my blog.

April 2016 Blog Income Report

How much did I make?

Until recently, I just had two sources of income on my blog. Those were Amazon Affiliate and Google Ads. Two months ago, I decided to start accepting sponsored post and reviews on my site. I know some bloggers earn enough money to support their families just by doing sponsored posts. I don’t see a big issue there, as long as you stay honest. If you’re doing sponsored post for things that you don’t actually believe in, your readers will get that soon and you will lose them.

When it comes to sponsored posts, my favorite platform so far is Linqia. Really easy to register and use.

But back to my income report…

Here is what I made in April:

Amazon Affiliates: 36.57 USD
Google Ads: 8.43 USD
Sponsored Posts: 292 USD

Total income: 337 USD

I know this is not much, but for me this is a great deal.

I have found lots of inspiration and new ideas through reading blog income reports from other bloggers. I wanted to provide the same feeling to those of you who are reading this and have some doubts about earning money through writing. I don’t plan to earn bunch of money here like some, but it’s good to see that I earn some extra money by doing something that I absolutely enjoy doing.

How do you monetize your blog?

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December 2015 Blog Income Report – 103.49 Dollars

 

I love reading blog income reports from some extra successful blogs like Retired by 40 or Sarah Titus. I don’t ever expect to make that much money from blogging, but it’s kinda inspiring, don’t you think so? If they could make it, maybe I can too.. That would be my new motto.

Well, because of all that, I wanted to share with the world my income report from last December. This blog is 9 months old, and this is the first month that I actually made some money. Nothing much, but enough to make me proud.

Blog Income Report

December 2015 Blog Income Report

How much did I make?

I just have two sources of income on my blog. Those are Amazon Affiliate and Google Ads. I didn’t have any sponsored posts or reviews so far, but I know some bloggers earn enough money to support their families just by doing sponsored posts. If that is your thing, go for it! Just stay honest…

Back to my income report…

Here is what I made in December:

Amazon Affiliates: 94.99 USD
Google Ads: 8.50 USD

Total income: 103.49 USD

I know this is not much, but enough to cover blog expenses for next year.

I have found lots of inspiration and new ideas through reading income reports from other bloggers. I wanted to provide the same feeling to those of you who are reading this and have some doubts about earning money through writing. I don’t plan to earn bunch of money here, but it’s good to see that I earn some extra money by doing something that I absolutely enjoy doing.

New Goals for 2016.

1. Finally finish my ebook.
2. Continue writing income reports to inspire others.
3. Help others make money while working from home.

How was your month? Do you earn anything from your blog. I would love to hear your blog income report!

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How Successful People Teach Their Kids About Money Infographic

Do you ever look back on your childhood and wish we would’ve been taught more about money? Well, I know some people graduated from college that have no idea how to manage their money. Like my brother, for example (Hi, Ivan!). My daughter is only two years old, but she already loves saving money. She loves to play with the pile of coins and after a while, she love to exchange it for a prize (a lollipop, a book she likes, a chocolate…). She feels very proud when she saves enough money to get something she wants.

I know she is just a toddler, but we started talking about money with her from an early age. Talking with kids about money value can be a little awkward, especially if they still don’t fully understand the concept. How to teach kids about money then? There are lots of tips and tricks you can use to help kids understand that. Learning to handle money is a really important skill and I believe it’s never too early to start teaching them about value of money.

We all know how important financial skills are, so it’s a bit surprising that our children don’t learn anything about it in schools. As a parent, however, you have an obligation to teach your child important financial lessons. To help you a bit, we will share some money lessons from successful people in this simple infographic. It’s interesting to hear what some of the world’s richest people have to say about the one thing they don’t really have to worry about and how do they teach their kids about money.

The earlier you start teaching your children to save money, the better off they’ll be in the future.

How To Teach Kids About Money

How To Teach Kids About Money

Quote Sources for infographic:
Business Insider
Time
Forbes
Huffington post