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Refresh Your WFH Vibe for 2021

This new year feels different with the COVID quarantine still in broad effect. It’s hard to find a way to make things feel new while many of us continue to work from home. Here are a few recommendations from Desenio on how to refresh your office using new wall art and calendars as well as a some tech tips that may help you refocus for the new year.

The Minimalist

If you like keeping things simple and work best in a clutter-free environment, you likely identify yourself as a minimalist. Art prints that follow a neutral colour scheme will look great in your working space, and these modern and minimalist styles are perfect for your walls. Another step you can take to clear out clutter is cleaning up your phone and computer home screens. Free up space in your device’s memory and your mind by removing excess apps, programs, photos, and documents that no longer serve you and your 2021 goals. If you prefer to keep yourself digitally organized, try Notion a new interface that provides tons of flexible layouts to help you keep track of all of you personal goals, long term achievements, and workflows.

The Creative

Some might feel stressed out by your creative chaos, but as someone who prospers in a fast-paced environment, you love surrounding yourself with anything that might serve as inspiration for your latest project. To take your home office to the next level, add some abstract art to your walls with prints featuring organic shapes and figurative art. Use social media to your advantage and follow accounts that will aid in your creative process or try starting a journal to jot down your thoughts to help further develop your ideas.  Moleskin notebooks are a classic option for journaling but for those not sure of making an investment Muji has tons of inexpensive quality options.

The Fashionista

With a love for all things fashion, you know how to get things done in style. Your home office is likely a place where colour-matched desk accessories and coffee table books set the tone. Our black and white fashion prints of the season will make the perfect finishing touch to your fashionable home office, and look great matched with pink and metallic accents. If having a fully realized and consistent aesthetic is your dream and you have an iPhone or iPad, try the widgetsmith app to fully redesign your home screen into aesthetic perfection.

Whichever aesthetic you aspire to have, try use this time at home to focus on long term goals instead of short term New Years fads.

Travel with Virgin Limited in 2020

2020 has undoubtedly been a year like no other and sadly for many of us travel plans were squashed and much of the travel industry was put on hold. Through the global grounding of so many travelers we saw new trends emerge and as we start to look ahead to 2021, Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury collection of properties owned by Sir Richard Branson, has rounded up the trends it has spotted from around the collection. With new vaccines around the corner, we can only remain optimistic that 2021 will bring back some normality and we can finally make up for those lost holidays, making next year one to remember.

NEW OPENINGS:

Necker Island – After more than two years of construction, following the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Necker Island is now fully restored to its former glory and looking more beautiful than ever. With the BVI borders re-opening on 1 December, Necker is ready to welcome back guests. Those visiting in 2020 and 2021 will be amongst the first to experience the island following its incredible restoration that has included a brand new Bali Hi complex, two additional guest rooms and the installation of three giant new wind turbines, furthering the island’s commitment towards sustainability and renewable energy.

Moskito Island – Early 2021 will see the much-anticipated launch of Moskito Island in the BVI’s, situated just two miles from sister island, Necker. Home to the Branson Estate which is newly available for rental, next year will see the full launch of Moskito Island in what has already been described as “the most exclusive homeowners association in the world”. As the island sets to launch with brand new uber luxury private Estates for rental, it is most certainly one to watch for 2021….

Trend – As well as commercial travel, both Necker Island and Moskito Island are accessible by private jet, a form of travel that saw a 27% increase in bookings in 2020 following the pandemic outbreak and is likely to continue in 2021 as passengers opt to travel exclusively within their bubble.

STAY FOR LONGER AND WORK REMOTELY:

Son Bunyola – Another trend that has emerged from the pandemic is guests looking to stay away for longer and take advantage of a work life balance with new surroundings as their remote office location. In light of this the much-loved Son Bunyola estate, located in the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca with its three individual secluded villas set across a stunning 700-acre private estate, has created a long stay offer for guests looking to stay longer.

Offer – Guests booking a stay of four weeks or more, will receive two free nights each week; a total of eight free nights.

This offer is valid on new bookings for arrivals from 10th April – 11th June and 11th September – 31st October 2021 in Sa Punta de S’Aguila, Sa Terra Rotja and Son Balagueret. Rates are from EUR 7,500 for a stay in Son Balagueret on a self-catering basis. Rates are priced per week and are calculated based on receiving two free nights, per week. A minimum stay of four weeks is applicable.

SAFARI AND CONSERVATION:

Safari is always one for the bucket list and Virgin Limited Edition offers two world-class game reserves offering some of the most spectacular game viewing there is; Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, located in the Western sector of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Mahali Mzuri, situated in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy of the famous Maasai Mara.

Today though safari isn’t just about the thrill of a game drive, it is very much about education and long-term conservation and nothing is more important to the Rangers and Guides at both Ulusaba and Mahali Mzuri. Guests on safari can expect to learn in abundance about endangered species and help in the work being done to protect them for our future generation. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture, visit the local communities that both  game reserves support and witness some of the hugely important work both camps are doing to educate, develop and protect the livelihoods of those communities.

Offer – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve – Guests booking a stay of four nights or more will receive the final night for free.

Valid for new bookings for arrivals from 2nd January – 30th June and 1st September – 21st December 2021. Stays at Safari and Rock Lodge start from ZAR 12,000 and Cliff Lodge from ZAR 22,200. Rates are quoted per person, per night, based on double occupancy and all rates include accommodation, all meals and drink (including a top quality wine list and champagne), twice daily game drives.

Offer – Mahali Mzuri – All new bookings of three nights or more will be treated to the final night for free.

Valid for arrivals from: 1st August – 21st December 2020 and 2nd January – 15th June 2021, 1st November – 21st December 2021. Rates from US$ 945 per person, per night based on double occupancy and all rates include accommodation, daily game drives and game drives at night in 13,500 hectares, all meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), conservancy fees and unlimited access to the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, visits to the local markets, transfers from the Olare Orok airstrip and all taxes and local levies.

A TASTE OF LOCAL CULTURE:

Kasbah Tamadot – Situated in the spectacular High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this award-winning Kasbah has gained a reputation for the incredible work it does to support the local villages that surround it. With 99% of staff locals of the surrounding villages, the hotel is renowned for combining luxury whilst immersing its guests in community culture. For a true cultural immersion, guests are invited to join the Authentically Berber Experience. This includes a 2/3 hour walking trek in the Atlas Mountains, tea in a local Berber house, one hour Berber cooking lesson, Berber bread baking and a visit to the Eve Branson Foundation set up by the hotel and Eve herself in 2005.

Offer – Guests booking a stay of four nights or more will receive the final night for free. Those looking to stay a little longer, will be offered two nights free when booking seven nights or more.

This offer is valid for arrivals from 15th October – 21st December 2020 & 1st May – 30th September 2021, subject to availability. Rates are from MAD 6,000 per room, per night based on double occupancy and include accommodation in one of the luxurious bedrooms, suites or Berber Tents, a daily breakfast of hot and cold dishes and all taxes.

PRIVATE RESIDENCES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

Mont Rochelle – 2020 saw an increase in demand for villa and private residence rentals, something that is expected to continue into 2021 as families look for privacy and seclusion away from the crowds. The stunning private Manor House at Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, set in the beautiful vineyards of Franschhoek, offers the perfect oasis. Made up of four deluxe suites, and a luxurious bunk room for children, as well as two private swimming pools, it offers all the creature comforts of a home while allowing guests to indulge in all the luxuries of a hotel stay. Groups of up to eight people are welcomed to kick back and relax while a dedicated team of staff take care of the rest; from arranging private dining and spa treatments to horse-back riding and wine tasting, no detail is overlooked.

Offer – Groups of up to eight adults and six children will be welcomed to make the Manor House their own for long stays of one month or more.

Rates start from 35,000 Rand per night based on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Rates are inclusive of accommodation and access to all the luxury facilities at Mont Rochelle including the spa and two restaurants Miko & Country Kitchen, a dedicated villa manager, daily breakfast and daily housekeeping. There is also the option for guests to have their own chef or stay on a half board basis. Terms and conditions apply.

The Lodge – Perched high in the Swiss Alps of Verbier, The Lodge will be re-opening this December as Switzerland relaxes its quarantine conditions across most countries.  Groups looking to make the most of the winter season can do so in complete privacy from their own stunning luxury alpine lodge.

Offer – Guests can book the nine impressive bedrooms and suites exclusively from CHF 150,000 for a seven night stay and for the first time The Lodge is also introducing new rates for smaller groups whereby guests can book up to six rooms from only CHF 110,000, or, up to four rooms at CHF 90,000 for a seven night stay. Stays of less than 7 nights are also welcomed in selected weeks of the season, as another first for The Lodge in 2021.

Rates are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all meals including a light lunch for those guests not eating on the mountain, all drinks including a top-quality wine list and house champagne, a dedicated team, inclusive of a 24-hour driver service within Verbier, plus all local taxes. Not to mention full use of the indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and a friendly team of experienced staff including Michelin-star trained chefs.

INTIMATE WEDDINGS:

Restrictions around the world saw wedding plans change drastically in 2020. Larger weddings were reduced to much smaller numbers, a change that has been embraced by many as they adapt their plans and look for a more intimate celebration. The Virgin Limited Edition collection of retreats lend themselves to privacy and seclusion; the ideal combination for couples celebrating their honeymoon or those looking for an intimate setting to say, ‘I Do’. From elopements and small ceremonies, to a private ceremony in the African bush, intimate nuptials in amongst the vines, or even a romantic soiree on a secluded beach of a private island, couples are sure to have a wedding that dreams are made of.

Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to re-open so many of our properties this year and begin to welcome back our much-missed guests. As we look ahead, we are very excited to be re-opening Necker Island and The Lodge as well as launching Moskito Island. While travel has been limited for so many of us in 2020, it is fantastic to see so many new trends and travel habits emerging. We hope that 2021 will see us welcoming the world back to our properties and our local communities; offering the opportunity to reconnect, celebrate milestones that have passed or simply just to get away from it all in a place that feels a million miles away from reality.”

No one wants to think that travel may not be an option next year, but if that is the case Virgin Limited Edition is offering guests the opportunity to postpone bookings for no fee, and refundable deposits so they can keep on planning and dreaming of their next escape with confidence.

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The Beach Body

Kupah James has the raw and positive energy it takes to be motivational. Although he grew up in Boston, he now resides in LA as a Celebrity Group Fitness Instructor. With over 15 years of experience, Kupah is also a Private Party Dj (Global). With best friend and business partner, JENI Lin they created the very popular #BodyWeightBootKAMP – a 45min total body circuit for all fitness levels.

If you don’t find him amongst small groups of people motivating and coaching you can catch sneaking in afternoon naps and binging streaming services…before/after napping (LOL). His long term goal is to travel the world bringing #BodyWeightBootKAMP to each and every shore!

Health During the Holidays

With the 2020 holidays approaching, here are some activities you can #MakeMoves with first thing in the morning to get your mind right for the ensuing “craze that is the holidays.” Let’s agree, we are searching for a quick “win,” nothing super complicated and “thinking” should not be in the cards. Load up your “GoTo” workout, the one where you kill it and always feel your best every time.

If you’re feeling a more chill holiday workout, something meditative like a yoga practice, a long walk, a light jog or meditating can be helpful. One of these exercises can calm your nerves and allow you a moment of calmness. You can take this peaceful time to celebrate making it to another festive season. 

If you’re looking for help with the holiday feast, we all know we don’t want to ruin our appetites. By making sure we get a “healthier” breakfast in the morning, hopefully, we can avoid extra guilt come dessert time. Drink lots of water and if your a coffee person grab one to help suppress your hunger until “DINNAH,” lol. If you really want to balance out the equation, ease up on the carbs 24-48 hours before it’s time to dig in. Bon appétit!

Keeping a Daily Routine

With so many people working from home, parks and other creative spaces, how does one maintain a good routine if your living space becomes your workspace as well?

A couple of ways to maintain a good routine are using your smartphones/devices, friends/roommates/spouses, or an accountability coach. All devices come with apps, timers and reminders to help keep you on task. For me, I’m always on the go so I use food reminders to help me with my routine. Sometimes I’m so busy interacting with clients I forget to eat, so I created a reminder just to chug a protein shake every couple of hours. ICONIC makes a perfect pre-made protein shake, so it’s even easier, no excuses.

Do you have people around you that you can lean on for “check-ins” and support? Asking a friend, relative or spouse could be a great way to “stay the course” and build on an existing relationship. 

Accountability Coaches do just that, hold you accountable with calls, texts, meets and quality time invested into the things you SAY you want to do but allow distractions to get in the way. Sometimes a person you’re close to might not be the best for this job, rather finding an objective, trained professional to work with your motivations might be best. 

A Critical Muscle to Tone

It is critical to develop a strong healthy back simply because your back is essentially the most important part of your skeleton next to your skull. It bears the weight of your upper body while stabilizing your balance and “kindly” houses your Central Nervous System (CNS). Your CNS allows signals from the brain to travel throughout your body. If that isn’t reason enough it’s also a major component to posture, and everyday activities like walking, running, sitting and lifting. 

Some of the primary benefits of a back workout are the strengthening of the shoulder and increasing stability. Many shoulder injuries can be treated simply by strengthening your back. Another benefit to back workouts is the positive effect on your posture and balance. Not to mention, a well developed back will aid in your quest for that Super Hero Body that many of us dreamed of as little boys. 

The best exercises depend on someone’s personal goals. With that said, some essential exercises would be – in no particular order – Back Loaded Squat, Deadlifts both (Sumo and Romanian are common), Back Rows, Rear Flys, Single Arm Row, Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups and Lat Pull Down. These are all great exercises, just to name a few. 

A common mistake of back exercises is having a “poor” form. I could never express how important form is to the overall development of any muscle group and the back is no exception. Especially in the Back Squat, Deadlift and Pull Up. Those are three that I often see performed incorrectly and I can’t help myself but to speak up and try to help the best way I can. An injury is nothing to shake a stick at, so when performing these exercises, and others, please “respect the rep” and choose form over everything.

Something to consider which I believe gets overlooked is a post-workout routine. A good stretch of the muscle group you just worked on can be vital in your recovery. A protein shake that feeds the muscles with proper nutrition and the tools it needs to maximize your workout can also be necessary. My personal favorite post-workout shake is by ICONIC, it comes in a variety of flavors, a powder or pre-made, and is grass-fed. 

How often a person should add back exercises to their routine depends on the individual goals, injuries, limitations, etc. However, once someone wants to add back exercises, they can add them immediately. If someone is “newer” to fitness it might not be a bad idea to try some workouts using strictly bodyweight before adding a load, just to perfect form and technique. A great source of BodyWeight workouts can be found on my YouTube Channel, and are streaming for FREE. As far are frequency, 2x or 3x a week seems pretty reasonable unless there are specific goals in which case it would be situational. For the common fitness person, this number would be adequate. 

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5 Popular Activities during Lunch Break

Spending lunch breaks in the best possible way could be one of the best things one could do for his or her body. Although this could be challenging as it’s time for eating but it is important to shape those feeding habits. Some of the common activities include funny traits like eating whirl typing during lunch breaks and so on.

The major – have a lunch

The real definition of the word lunch-break in the diet if I may say. This is an exclusive time where you are supposed to re-energize your body so as to be able to handle the remaining part of the day with ease. 

Most people go by the word at this time and do a favor to their bodies by going for lunch, most people go to favorite places where they will get served with the foodstuff of assorted varieties. It is advised that at this time you get your meal and relax a bit before continuing with daily chores.

Get in touch with your friends

This one of the best times to catch up with most of your old friends who you might have missed for some long period of time. Meeting such people will keep reminding you of the small duties you might have left on the way and it shall be high time to talk of the same. These will remind you of accomplishing such missions which are positive to your side.

Have a rest-watch your favorite blog

It is also a good time for you to take a rest after lunch of course. Then it is equally important for you to keep a keen eye on your social activities including what you do on the internet. At this time, it is recommended that you spend your time effectively and one way of doing this is by going through your blog posts. 

You may update a post or even go through a few of your past postings to see how people responded to that and so on. This will help you to keep a good track of your blog posting.

Try your luck and spin some slots

In other words, gambling could as well utilize your lunch break well. You can land on any reputable casino and register to start enjoying this nice gambling feeling. Slots are the best in this short period of time and could earn you some cash even at casinos with 5 dollars deposits in a short period of time. You may land huge prizes here like a number of cash prizes and free spins. 

All these come together with numerous promotions and tournaments which can make the experience more than what you had previously expected.

Be healthy and go for a walk

You may decide to add extra years to what you have by simply having a free walk as part of your exercise to enhance your health status. The lunch hour break could be utilized in a way you might decide to go for a nature walk and so you will be keeping your body fit. This also keeps your brains fresh and energetic to handle the remaining part of the day with ease. You can also try to check some entertainment in Wellington or in any other city. 

Constant exercises keep our bloodstream flowing hence allowing sufficient exchange of oxygen in the blood, this gives us extra energy to work and remain in good health condition. By the time you resume your duty, you will be set to work as the time you have spent walking must-have in a way or the other freed up most of the issues you could be having in mind

Conclusion

Lunch breaks could be spent in the best productive ways as discussed above to achieve good health standards. All these could have a positive effect on anyone practicing it at a time. Our health is more important than anything and so our bodies require the best we can offer.

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Sparbar Home Boxing Workouts

2020 and the coronavirus pandemic brought us a work-from-home boom. The pandemic has undoubtedly spurred the working-out-from-home lifestyle. And just when your boss drives you nuts over the daily Zoom calls and general WFH stress, you can find yourself punching the sh*t out of your Sparbar.

The Sparbar is a human-sized, height-adjustable fitness device that works as your boxing coach. It comes with a horizontal punching bar with target markings that will rotate 360° to punch back. With the Sparbar, people can easily find themselves boxing at home. In recent years, there has been a growing hype around boxing exercises and now Sparbar offers these intense exercises at home.

Users can simultaneously learn defensive skills while having fun at the convenience of your home. More specifically, Sparbar teaches core offensive and defensive skills, hand-eye coordination, footwork, balance, speed, stamina, accuracy, timing and power.Sparbar became the most trending home gym experience during lockdown with sky rocketing sales, even celebrities like Kevin Hart and Anthony Joshua are training with this innovative fitness practice.

“Boxing is one of the best sports in the world, and what we find is that more and more people are moving into boxing to find that mental and physical connection in a workout,“ says London-based founder Jasvinder “Jazz” Gill.

Sparbar is not only revolutionizing combat sports, but makes boxing as a sport accessible to everyone. Learn more about elevating your workouts at https://sparbar.com/.

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Bow Anderson – Heavy

Rising singer-songwriter Bow Anderson releases at home live videos of her songs “Sweater” and “Heavy.” Simply accompanied only by a guitarist, her butter voice is gorgeous in this stripped-down version of the two hits. Bow, the bold, frank, Scottish pop artist, seamlessly blends her passion for the bombast of 1960s soul music with modern R&B in “Sweater” and “Heavy.” Her first single “Sweater” has already amassed over a million streams on Spotify, and “Heavy” is Bow’s newest release. Now, you can enjoy the live versions of Bow’s hits at home.

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How to Increase Productivity Quickly and Efficiently 

So much to do, so little time. It is a common feeling amongst many, leaving us feeling like we never get round to completing the tasks that we need to. Being more productive doesn’t just happen overnight; it does require making some adjustments to how you manage your time. Maximizing productivity isn’t simply putting all your time into the tasks at hand, but managing the way you go about handling them. 

Remove Distractions from the Situation

Distractions could be anything from your smartphone, the TV, or anything around you that is taking away your full ability to focus. Switch everything off so you can think clearly about what it is you need to put all your attention on, decreasing chances of your mind wandering to other things. 

Don’t Multitask too Much

Multitasking often causes more stress than is realized and makes tasks take longer, and sometimes can affect how well assignments are completed, making your workload even bigger than when you started. It is much more productive to keep your full attention on one responsibility at a time, rather than trying to do multiple things at once. If you really struggle with managing your time, you can get support with the use of lots of different time management tools. Setting an alarm on an alarm clock is also a simple way to keep track of your time. 

Plan Your Day

There is no need for long lists of what you need to get done. Determining the most important things you would like to achieve by pinpointing 2 to 4 main objectives that are important is a straightforward way to make a to-do list. To-do lists are a productive way to help you stay organized and keep track of things you need to complete and have completed. Preparing this the night beforehand is the best time to do it, as it will eliminate any stress of sorting it out in the morning. 

Tidy Your Work Environment 

Whether it is where you do most of your work in your home or in your work environment like an office, keeping your workspace tidy and organized is scientifically proven to help your brain focus and feel less irritated. Removing clutter from the space you are working in or living in will benefit your mental health and increase the ability to be more productive. Although knowing where to start can be difficult, there are many simple ways of how you can declutter your environment quickly and efficiently. 

Complete Similar Tasks Together

Save time by bundling similar tasks together. Things you need to do like writing emails, making phone calls or similar forms of housework should all be put into one bundle to complete one after another. 

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

If you do not get enough sleep, your productivity levels are more likely to drop. Lack of sleep causes less energy, affects your ability to focus, and makes it more difficult to be creative and solve problems. Getting sufficient sleep isn’t easy for everyone, with many common problems causing sleep deprivation. Just a few of these problems could be sleep disorders like insomnia, stress, or discomfort. To improve your sleeping habits, you could consider investing in a better mattress for your body, as this is often the reason that can cause insufficient amounts of sleep. There are several good options to choose from when purchasing a mattress that suits you to enable a better night’s sleep. 

When it comes to increasing your productivity in an efficient way, take time to think about the steps you will take and what will suit you best. Don’t worry about rushing everything and feeling stressed about managing everything all in one day. 

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How to Build Your Brand from Your Bedroom

Under the current, (very) uncertain financial conditions, the prospect of starting a business might not be the most appealing. With some experts predicting an economic downturn worse than anything we’ve seen since the Great Depression during the 1930s, cutting back on all non-essentials and saving as much money as possible seems the obvious & sensible strategy.

However, for every recession, some businesses thrive and several entrepreneurial possibilities will typically develop. To build a recession-proof business and to start a business during the current financial crisis, minimizing overheads is a great place to start.

Work from Home

Many of us have now experience the ‘forced-experiment’ of working from home and have hopefully, made adjustments so that it is a viable option in the future. Whilst during the pandemic your clients may forgive you for having a barking dog or a crying baby in the background, this will most likely be deemed highly unprofessional again in the near future.

By using a telephone answering service from the likes of Moneypenny and a virtual office address from the likes of Apso you can portray your business in a highly professional light. Combined with a professional website, having a ‘bricks and mortar’ office address and a landline telephone number can make a business run from your bedroom, appear to be a highly reputable establishment.

In addition, having a professional receptionist who knows your business down to the important details and provides a great customer service can make your business seem ‘bigger’ than it is. 

Another big advantage of using a virtual receptionist app or service is that you can often opt for a 24/7 or out of hours service. This can allow you to capture calls around the clock, meaning that you’ll never miss a sales-lead again.

Use Accountancy Apps

Please note that in some countries, you can get a fine for filling in a tax return and other legal forms incorrectly. If this is the case, it may be wise to invest in a local accountant or hire a tax return specialist from a website such as Upwork.

Whether or not you use an accountant, using an accounting or finance app can still save you lots of time and potentially money. By using an app, for example, you can cut down substantially on admin time that may have previously required an additional member of staff to hire.

The fact that you can access your financial data on your mobile phone, regardless of your location, makes it a lot easier to manage your operations & spending. With the right app; you will also be able to archive receipts and create invoices on the go – giving you fewer things to remember to do when you get back home or back to the office!

Quickbooks and Freshbooks are the leading industry apps at present. To quickly run through what you could expect to do with Quickbooks:

– Create & send highly professional invoices

– Scan receipts & attach them to expenses forms

– Instantly access auto-generated reports such as profit & loss, balance and cash flow

– Run a Payroll

– Accept Online Payments

– Simplify Tax returns

Being able to simplify tax returns is a big benefit. This can save you a lot of money, as a freelance accountant will have to spend less time putting together your forms, meaning that they can charge significantly less.

Develop Brand Ambassadors

By brand ambassadors, we don’t mean the ones that you might find on social media with tens of thousands of followers – we mean utilising your customers & clients. By going above and beyond, providing a great value service and/or product and offering referral promotions, you can often turn existing clients and customers into lead-generating assets. Many businesses make the mistake of chasing new clients and not looking after their current clientele. However, by making your current clients feel special and highly valued, you can often gain many clients passively, by word of mouth.

One way to find brand ambassadors is to do a search online and find people who’ve already shown some authentic love or admiration for your brand. Search using your company name, relevant hashtags or just look for posts that you’ve been tagged in. You can also use software for this if necessary – for example, Brand24 or SocialToaster. Finally, if you have a signup process online, you can ask people if they would be willing to share products with their network and friends. This can also work if you have a newsletter or ask for feedback at any point.

Social Media Advertising

Before you commit to spending any money on advertising, make sure you research for several hours first. People waste millions of dollars each year by putting adverts live without delving into the strategies that work and don’t work for each industry and niche. Hiring an agency can also be very expensive and for something that is not highly technical or difficult to learn. Commit to 2 or 3 hours of research – which pretty much involves watching videos on Youtube at x1.5 speed!

If you do choose to do paid advertising on Facebook, focus on getting the right audience, be as specific as possible and create a tailored set of adverts. Remember that people are not actively searching for products or services, they are just scrolling through their timeline – so you’ll usually need to ‘warm them up’ with a free eBook or offer. If budget allows, test several formats of advert too, make video one of them.

The worst thing you can do with Google, Facebook or any other advertising, is jump in and put campaigns live without learning the tips and tricks that a very important when it comes to making a profit. Done correctly, however, social media advertising can be highly cost-effective.

Here is a great tutorial about Facebook advertising to get started with.

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Gracey x Ruel “Empty Love”

The UK’s pop dream-girl GRACEY has dropped new single “Empty Love.” Featuring Australian star Ruel, the track is out today via Interscope. Written by GRACEY earlier this year after a frustrating, lengthy period of rest after vocal surgery, “Empty Love” is an upfront and honest commentary on the often-damaging pressures that come with social media. Told through the eyes of a 22-year-old girl with the world at her feet, the single is a straight-up pop anthem that doesn’t try to pour glitter on the truth, but instead deals in stone-cold relatable and deeply personal realities and sounds even more magnificent for that exact reason.

“Empty Love” also comes with a powerful accompanying music video which features both GRACEY and Ruel, from either side of the globe. It was created by GRACEY with two of the most innovative and exciting new London creatives – director Aidan Zamiri and visual effects specialist Dan Moller. Utilising a seamless blend of self-shot footage, 360 cameras and augmented-reality effects to bring the track’s narrative to life, the video (which has been shot by GRACEY in her bedroom) comments on the way our digital selves are crafted, presented and examined online. Working remotely from their own homes (be it in London or Australia), GRACEY Aidan, Dan and Ruel have collaborated to create an important visual statement about our on and off screen lives, shining warped and augmented light on what we share with the world and what we chose to keep private.

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As the world continues to turn in ever inexplicable circumstances, one thing is sure; GRACEY’s seemingly unstoppable rise to becoming one of the most exciting new British talents is now well underway. For starters, her collaboration with 220Kid “Don’t Need Love” is currently gallivanting up the UK charts, after being A-Listed at both Radio 1 and Capital. Then from her own isolation, GRACEY has also quickly builtherself an impressive following on TikTok with the help of her 2020 single “Alone In My Room (Gone)” which itself has naturally become a popular soundtrack to stories of lockdown.

GRACEY was recruited at 16 as a top-line writer for Xenomania and she’s now emerging as an artist in her own right. With that comes its own pressure, and her brilliant songs tell the honest truth about heartbreak, social media and the fears and anxieties that come with bearing your soul with the world. Signed to Interscope, she is making a name for herself in the UK and on this side of the Atlantic Esquire has taken note including her “Different Things” single in their “Best song of 2019” list alongside Billie Eilish and Yola.

Her debut EP Imposter Syndrome dropped last year and featured the single “Different Things.” Cut from the same cloth as Sia and Lorde, the track is a forward-thinking and vividly atmospheric raw depiction of a relationship stretched to breaking point. It put GRACEY on the map as a solo art artist to watch in 2020. She recently spoke with Billboard about the effects of the Coronavirus shut-down on her just-kicking-off career.

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The Recent Rise of Online Design Work

In the few short years since it has become possible, online work has risen from niche means of employment to a broad and viable choice. With the capacity for far greater convenience than traditional methods, improving technology and working infrastructure is continuously opening new doors for newcomers and established home workers alike. In America alone, around 4.3 million people work from home at least half the time, and this number is only rising.

One of the major obstacles in this form of work, which we want to address in this article, is how people tend to pigeonhole the opportunities that online work represents. Looking through the lens of online casinos and studying the individual components lets us see just how many jobs are available from this one sphere, with similar concepts applying to many other online industries.

Online Casino Games

Visiting a modern online casino immediately gives the impression of substantial variety. When looking through slots and casino to play games, for example, customers are faced with hundreds of entries to choose from. These include a wide range of themes, graphic and music styles, and bonus games. These elements require contributions from many individuals with highly specialized skills, all of which can be employed from home. Games will require designers, programmers, and security experts. Similarly, experts will be required for designing, maintaining, and advertising the website, alongside professionals who can assure everything is operating up the required standards.

Dozens of even hundreds of people are needed to contribute to one specialized website like an online casino. From working within the website directly to consulting on important manners or creating the software and services on which games rely – enormous human contributions are necessary. These jobs are possible to do without ever stepping outside the door.

Preparing an Environment and Building Skills

It should be noted, for the uninitiated, that getting involved in distance work can require more than just sitting at a computer. This is a pitfall that many new workers fall into, in their belief that working from home inherently means a more casual experience. Just as with any other type of job or career, a professional and dedicated environment is key for making progress and staying focussed.

This begins, as any standard career would, with resumes, interviews, and sometimes taking lesser jobs to build experience for something more long-term. It’s also the case where a learning-curve can put workers on a slow start, but again getting used to the change will usually only take a matter of weeks. This is not too different from traditional jobs.

Whether you do choose to get involved in the rapidly expanding area of online casinos or any other type of online work or not, it is important to know that the tools and resources to help you are established and vast. Offering the potential for great flexibility, convenience, and challenges, there is a reason why this sector of the workforce is growing by the day. If you find the traditional system isn’t for you, then consider investigating the online model, and you might find your place alongside millions of others.