Working for yourself

  • Balancing work and childcare costs

    Balancing work and childcare costs

    Childcare is expensive. Fact. Even if both parents earn a decent living wage the majority of one of these pay-checks will be sucked instantly from the bank account at the end of each month to pay the childminderor nursery. So what’s the point? How do you go about balancing work and childcare costs? Unless both

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    should having tattoos affect your job prospects

    Should having tattoos affect my job prospects

    As a teenager I was repeatedly told that if I ever chose to get a tattoo I’d never get a job. I’d never showed any interest in getting a tattoo – I’m terrified of needles – still, it was a warning my family wanted to give me regardless: get a tattoo, become a deadbeat. Of

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    Support for carers at work

    Support for carers at work

    Carers are often unsung heroes, diligently providing an essential service to loved ones or friends. Juggling this commitment with the demands of normal work can be incredibly stressful. The good news is that there are statutory rights employers are obliged to offer to carers. Such support for carers at work can be invaluable, and it

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    Spending your time wisely and being successful

    Spending your time wisely and being successful

    ‘I haven’t got the time!’ is a common refrain from many of us. When life is so full with work, kids, and home, the 24 hours in each day can seem to fly by in a blur. Where did that go? The key to spending your time wisely and being successful is to ensure you

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    Self employed and pregnant

    Self employed and pregnant

    The appearance of the thin blue line on the pregnancy test kick-starts a whole new world of financial challenges. Those in employment can look to their company for maternity benefits – the law provides strict guidelines and most employment contracts are very clear on the policy to be applied. For self-employed women the process and

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    summer childcare

    Summer childcare

    For family households where both parents work, the summer holidays present a massive childcare headache. Quality care for youngsters is at a premium, and places can be hard to find. Many parents find the issue so overwhelming they ignore it, and end up trading much-valued annual leave simply to be on hand for the kids.

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