Digital Nomads & The Remote Work Revolution (Infographic)

Contributed article in our business series. (Originally posted here.) Enjoy! – Kimberly

Back in 1990 barely anyone classed themselves as a freelancer or telecommuter. Sure there were independent contractors, but computers and the internet were almost exclusively an office based phenomenon, and those that did have cell phones could literally only make phone calls.

When AOL made home internet connections more viable, when email took off, and laptops and computers became faster and more versatile, the first remote office workers emerged. 15% of the working US population fit this mold by the early 2000s, and in 2015 this number is around 30%. This directly correlates with faster internet speeds, the use of software and apps, and the rise of mobile technology. Some experts likePieter Levels predict 14% of the entire world population will adopt some kind of digital nomad lifestyle by 2035!

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Should You Quit Your Day Job and Become an Entrepreneur?

dreamstime_xs_57497446Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you’re absolutely tired of your day job and it’s no longer fulfilling you, you may be tempted to quit and start on a brand new track towards entrepreneurship. But is this really a wise decision? Should you really quit your job to become your own boss and run your own company? Continue reading for a few helpful insights that will steer you in the right direction.

Are You Ready to Lead a Company?

Being an entrepreneur means more than just having a good idea; it also means actually putting that idea into action and making decisions as a leader of an organisation.

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Tips to Cultivate Willpower to Manage Finances & Build Wealth

WealthContributed article in our personal wealth series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In football, the best coaches and coordinators with the sharpest playbook and most advanced plays won’t win games if their team can’t execute the plays. Taking care of your finances and building wealth are similar. A plethora of free knowledge is available from the experts regarding building wealth and achieving success, but few have the willpower and discipline to do what it takes.

But the good news is that willpower is a skill, not some genetic trait. There are ways to train your mind and learn from the best to climb your way to the top.

Finance is a Mental Game

Whether you’re building your first savings account, paying off credit cards or building a successful business, finances are almost always a mental game. Think of financial success in relation to diet and exercise — you can read every blog, hire every trainer and take every supplement — but unless you can actually execute, there won’t be any results.Continue reading

5 Sure-fire Ways to Advance in Your Career

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Whether you are seeking to climb the corporate ladder within your industry or looking for a new position with another company, there are ways in which you can advance quickly with just a little effort. Becoming proactive in your goals lets you take the reins, and before you know it that coveted position can be yours. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to advance in your career.

1. Networking for Meaningful Connections

There are so many ways in which to network that surely you can find one in which to make the connections you are looking for. From social media to volunteering in a cause that is meaningful to you, there are ways to meet new connections who are able to help you advance within your career. These may be executives of companies within your industry or peers who know of open positions. Besides making an impact on your community, society today is oriented towards ‘doing good’, and your volunteer hours logged will surely impress your boss!Continue reading

The Ways Cloud SaaS Can Improve Efficiency

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Modern business apps offer more than just a helping hand with emails and fundraising, they are essential to entrepreneurs in order to manage business as usual, leaving you free to focus on business development and growth. Integrated, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are able to work on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones in order to handle tasks such as project management, video conferencing, internal communication and much, much more. In addition, the SaaS revolution has also enabled many entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground quickly. Instead of the need to code your own internal platforms to take care of processes, there is a variety of ready-made options to choose from. Here are just some of the ways in which SaaS is enabling startups to be more efficient and competitive.Continue reading

Mobile Device Trends that Affect Your Business

Mobile DevicesContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Mobile device users are doing more shopping from their smartphones and tablets, the latest Monetate Ecommerce Quarterly report for Q2 2015 indicates. With worldwide smartphone shipments reaching 1.44 billion, the average number of page views per visit from mobile devices rose from 6.22 in Q1 to 6.29 in Q2. This correlated with a 9 percent rise in conversion rates and a 3.4 percent increase in average order value, which rose to $118.26. As mobile commerce grows in popularity, businesses are adapting by adopting technological innovations that support consumer demand for smartphone shopping. Here are a few mobile technology trends that companies doing e-commerce business should pay close attention to.Continue reading

Effective Data Storage In Remote Environments

dreamstime_xs_32304795Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A major concern for organizations with remote locations such as offices and branches (ROBOs) is providing an easy to manage infrastructure while ensuring application reliability. The amount of hardware required onsite is vastly reduced which is a major benefit for hard to reach locations such as weather stations, wind farms and oil rigs.

The concern with these wasn’t just providing IT to a remote location but whether it would stand up to the rigors of bad weather and fluctuating temperatures.

Virtualization to the rescue

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How to Survive at Work After Minimal Sleep

dreamstime_xs_45529615Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Sometimes, a bad night’s sleep is inevitable, although none of us enjoy it. Whether it’s because you suffer from insomnia, or something has happened during the night that has kept you awake, there are a multitude of different reasons as to why sometimes, we just can’t manage to get a good night of beauty sleep. For many people who suffer from a night with minimal sleep, getting up and going to work the next morning is the worst part – and by the time the end of the day has come, they are literally falling asleep on their desk. Thankfully, we’ve put together a number of great ways in which you can stay awake if you ever find yourself in that position.

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How to Ensure Your Employees Remain Safe at Work

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In all types of workplaces, there are various types of equipment and machinery that is used to carry out necessary tasks. As all work machinery and equipment has the potential to cause damage and harm, it is important that all employees are fully aware of its correct and proper use and how to avoid accidents occurring in the workplace. All employees in a workplace should be responsible for ensuring that the equipment remains safe to use, reporting any faults accordingly, and making sure that nobody is at risk of harm from faulty or damaged machinery or equipment.

How to Make Sure That Work Equipment is Safe

Work equipment is any equipment used at work, such as forklift trucks, vehicle hoists, lifting slings, hand tools, vans and other vehicles, and display screen equipment such as computers. Some workplaces may also use equipment such as respiratory protective equipment and personal protective equipment. If you have control over any such work equipment, it is your legal duty to ensure that it is safe to use at all times. In order to do so, a number of measures can be taken including regular equipment checks and tests, carrying out risk assessments, following the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and use, and establishing and ensuring that a system in place for reporting any equipment faults. You can buy safety equipment from autobodynow.com.

How to Deal with Faulty Equipment

If you discover any work equipment or machinery that is faulty or damaged, you should immediately label it unsafe for use, and report it according to your workplace’s specific guidelines. Any broken machinery or equipment should be repaired as soon as possible and tested for safety before any further use. For example, a truck bed liner that is in need of replacement should be replaced as soon as possible, and the truck should be out of use until this is carried out.

Should Employees be Trained?

Legally, any work equipment should only be used by employees who have received adequate training and are authorized to do so. Allowing untrained or unauthorized employees to use work equipment can be dangerous, and could result in accidents leading to insurance claims or worse. Depending on the equipment being used, different levels and types of training will be required. For example, equipment such as forklift trucks or vans will often require employees to have passed a driving test, whereas more basic equipment such as personal protection equipment or display screen equipment will only require employees to undergo some basic training. It is also recommended that employees who use work equipment are enrolled in regular refresher training to ensure that they stay on top of how to use the equipment and the various risks involved with doing so. Any changes to equipment also require employees to be retrained in its use.

How do you keep your employees safe at work? Which work equipment and machinery are they required to use? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below.