Working for yourself

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    Are we more productive with technology?

    Thanks to the genius invention of the internet, we are becoming a nation of workers who would rather email than pick up a phone to make a call or write a letter. On average us British workers send and receive a staggering 10,000 emails every year but has it made us any more productive? One

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    Pros and Cons of Distance Learning

    So. I lost my job last year. When it happened, I thought it was the worst moment of my life – I work in a specialist sector in a declining industry and to say the prospects aren’t rosy is putting it mildly. At the time I felt like going to the local scrap heap and

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    How to become a childminder

    Are you thinking about how to become a childminder? Childminding can be an incredibly rewarding and flexible way to balance caring for a family and earning an income. Although its not all plain sailing (there will be days when you see more bodily fluids than you thought it possible for little bodies to produce), taking

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    Nursery school places- Free for 3-4 year olds

    Did you know about the free nursery school places that are available? All children aged three and four years old are entitled to 15 hours of free early years education a week, until they go into reception class or reach compulsory school age. It is available from the school term after your child turns three.

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    Comparing the cost of childcare

    Comparing the cost of childcare and choosing the appropriate option can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to be sure that your child will be happy and well cared for, but you have to consider the financial implications of childcare. For many parents this is one of their biggest expenses and for

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    Beating the morning rush

    Is beating the morning rush just a pipe dream? Ever blown up the microwave trying to ‘emergency-dry’ a school shirt (surely there was another clean one in the drawer)? Or realised halfway to school that you haven’t brushed your child’s hair, let alone tied it back? And if you get all that right, how about

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