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Teaching online is a fantastic way to reach people from far and wide. It allows a great flexibility for the teacher to teach when convenient and for the learner to be able to fit in the course around their busy lives. Teaching online may be new to some of you or you may be sceptical about how to make sure it’s engaging for your audience and they actually leave the course having learnt something. So here are our 3 tips to creating engaging Online Courses.

 

1. Vary your content types

So as you might recall those teachers at school that really got you to learn used multiple content in their lessons. Having the ability, to listen, read, watch and interact are great for mixing up the learning styles in your Online Courses, giving something everyone can benefit from. You can be sure to keep your learners on their toes by varying your content type, as they use different senses to interact with the content. HowNow offers you the ability to have multiple content per lesson so you can be sure to offer : Audio, video,  live classes, broadcast, text, quizzes, images, assessments.

 

HowNow formats

 

2. Encourage Discussion

Discussions are a great way to interact with your learners and for your learners to interact with each other. Having a Discussion forum will create the environment of a real life classroom with the ability for people to ask questions, share opinions and experiences. You can enable this feature when creating Online Courses with HowNow.

 

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3. Reward your learners

We all like to feel like there is something we are working towards. We might not be at school anymore but the feeling of having achieved something makes us feel accomplished and also motivates us to continue on our learning journey. Reward your learners with badges and certificates when they have completed courses ( this of course is available with HowNow). You don’t have to wait till the end of your Online Courses to reward your learners, you co do this along the way for each unit they complete. Or offer them something different- maybe special extra content or resources for making the progress they have in your course.

 

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It’s Stress awareness month and I think it’s important if we just stop for a second and take note of the horrible impact stress has on our lives. Right, ready to continue? Good, stress can be important for change and drive but when it reaches a level that is not manageable then, that’s when you need to stop for a minute and evaluate things. So what small changes can you make that will really help?

 

1.Mange your own expectations

 

Expectations is often what drives our stress levels up. This could be us expecting to get a job promotion by a certain date.  It could be expectations to deliver vast quantities of work by a certain deadline or it could even be hitting personal targets you have set.  Take a moment and step back to evaluate what is making you stressed. Ask yourself how much of this, is really in my control? Ask yourself, what can I realistically achieve in this time period?  Once you have established that then begin to manage your own personal expectations better. After that manage the expectations of those around you. Talk to those who are affected by the outcome of your goal and let them know how things are going and how you feel.

 

2. Learn how to relax

 

This may sound relatively simple but you would be surprised how many people struggle to relax when they are stressed. You have probably heard alot about meditation and mindfulness? It’s not just a fad that is on trend, it actually has scientific evidence behind it. So give it a go.

Also find other things that relax you which allow you focus on that activity alone and allow you to be free from intrusive stressful thoughts This could be playing sport, painting, playing an instrument. Try a few things out.

3. Look after your body

 

Now when I say this I mean think about the food you are eating when you are stressed and the level of sleep you get. So when we are stressed we tend to stress eat. Popping out for a muffin from M&S at lunch? or maybe it’s shoving down a galaxy bar and a packet of crisp for dinner because you’re going to be home to late to cook.  Get on those quick health meals – make your lunch the night before. Develop a sleep schedule and stick to it. Make sure you’re going to bed at the same each night and have a relaxing routine before bed. Sleep is often the thing that is most affected when we are stressed but the thing we most need when we are stressed to help us operate.

 

 

 

If you’re a teacher, an educator then you will want to listen to these 5 outstanding podcasts.  It’s always great to find a podcast or tv show or book that you can relate to and shares some of your own experiences. We have found 5 great podcasts that will have you keen to hear the next episode.

1.Truth for Teachers

This podcast is frequently ranked highly within the educational podcast space. Angela Watson the person behind this assassinating podcast covers the day and life of a teacher while giving you stories and advice to inspire you onwards in your own educational career.

 

2.House of Edtech

Chrisopher Nesi hosts this podcasts which investigates the technology within the educational sector and how it is impacting teachers and educators as they teach. You can expect some great stories from teachers and invators within this industry on how they believe technology can take you to the next level.

 

3. Inspiring Educators

Educators can often feel like the  heros overlooked for their hard work and their passion to share their knowledge with others.  Sung Lee who started this podcast wanted to give teachers aned educators a voice. You can oftern here guest educators share their stories of success and struggle in their classroom and out of it. A good listen and hopefully something which will inspire you.

 

Elearning Coach

This podcast will keep you up to date with the latest technology and trends in elearning. Find out how it can affect you and your learners. They cover a range of hot topics. You may find yourself taking the stairs at work so you can just listen to a bit more. A podcast, great for educators and course creators alike, so, if you’re thinking of teaching online get this one downloaded into your library.

 

The Bedley Brothers

These brothers were teachers of the year! Their podcast is 30 minutes long interviewing high profile guests about their lives. They deliver great little anecdotes and practical information that will help any educator.

 

Webinars are a great learning tool, as you can feel like your attending a lecture that you can interact with. There are many free webinars out there that people should really take advantage of. They are a source of wisdom and expertise for areas within your business. What’s great about webinars these days is that you can also participate – asking questions or voting on answers the speaker sends out to the audience.  We have gathered 5 free Webinars you should attend to grow your business.

 

1. Nail Customer Experience

Business Growth with Human to Human Customer Experience by Biz Launch and Oracle

Biz Launch are offering a great free webinar on how to grow your business with a human customer experience despite being an online business.  This webinar will cover how to execute a human to human customer service strategy online to stop your customers being lost to competitors in a few clicks.

 

Date for the Diary:  10th April.

 

2.Facebook Ad Success

How to measure Facebook ad success: key metrics everyone gets wrong- by Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a fantastic tool to use for scheduling social media posts, and anyalsing social media performance.  Facebook can be a tricky playing field for brands as it’s difficult to understand the metrics on your ads.  This webinar will take you through  the key metrics you need to watch and how to interrupt them.

Date for the Diary: sign up and access the video on demand

 

3. Smart Selling Through Live Chat 

How sales people can turn  intelligent live chat into smart selling tool by sales power with Intercom

Live chat is popping up (literally) on all sort of business websites at the minute. However, are you really using it to it’s full potential. I have experienced many live chat’s which will have a very long response time or could have captured more data. Intercom will be running the webinar which will show you how to use it as a strong sales tool for developing leads.

Date for your Diary:  May 2nd

 

4.Perfect Picture Posts For Instagram

Create Perfect picture posts for Instagram by Sproutsocial and Peg Fitspatrick

Instagram is a great place a brand can grow it’s business but it’s a tricky market to operate. If you don’t have great content and beautiful pictures then you will never grow properly on this platform. In this webinar they take you through how to create those beautiful pictures to really get your audience’s attention.

Date for Diary: Unknown – so sign up now and I am sure they will share the date with you

 

5.Get Email Marketing On Auto Pilot

Get new and repeat business on autopilot with email marketing by Score

Email Marketing is still one of the most effective ways to market your business and generate new leads and encourage existing ones to come back for more business.   In this webinar they will take you through how to get your email game on auto pilot so you can have repeat and new business coming to you.

Date for your Diary: May 1st

Happy World book day! This was an occasion I loved at school when we were given a £1 token to buy a book. However, being the adults that we are, we don’t get a lot for free.  So what are the books you should be reading? If you have ever spoken to a successful entrepreneur or side hustler, I bet you a lot of them would have said they read a lot. I guarantee you there is one book they would all recommend as it had an impact on them.  In this list below, we cover our favourite books as well the well-recommended titles. These suggestions should inspire, educate or help any side hustler to take their next steps. Here are the books you should read!

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This is a team favourite. Kahneman looks at the cognitive process of system 1 and system 2 in our brain and the way we make decisions. It covers three phases of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s career working on cognitive biases, prospect theory and happiness. It’s very dense in its knowledge and there is a lot of information to process. It’s a great read and probably one to come back too if you have read it before. This should be high on your list of books you should read this year.

 

2. ‘Crushing it’ by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary V as you may know him is an internet sensation. He is a personality and inspiration in the world of entrepreneurs. In this book, Gary discusses the importance of a brand personality and discusses stories of other entrepreneurs successful ventures. One important area he focuses on is social media. While you may be thinking yeah I know social media, I have facebook, I use Twitter; His insight and guidance demonstrate how a business can harness it and leverage to grow it’s personality further through connecting with its audience.

 

3. One + One = Three by Dave Trott

 

This is a fantastic book to read for pleasure and for business. I had a great time reading this. It’s full of fantastic advice for business and approach to things such as creativity, problems and life which are all told through other people’s real stories.  You can read two very good stories for free on Amazon by clicking look inside. This will give you a great taste of the book. It’s packed with moving stories that are so influential and with funny stories, each bringing a moral lesson or piece of advice. A lot of business books are very hard to read as they are full of detailed knowledge and fully explained concepts. This book differs from the rest, it’s great for those with a short attention span like myself, giving you the gist of what it’s saying over a couple of pages.  A very very enjoyable read that may have you laughing out loud on the train.

 

4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

 

Habit? A familiar word in every businesswoman/man’s vocabulary.  We know the importance of habit but do we really understand the science behind it and what needs to be done to change habit?  In this best selling and highly recommended book by Charles he explores the power of habit and the impact it has on our lives. If you read this book you are likely going to do two things; break bad habits and start new ones. You will likely experience a higher chance of succeeding in this as you will now understand more about this behaviour and how it affects you. Get into the habit of reading and start with this one.

 

5. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

This book is the New York Times no.1 Bestseller. It’s a book by the incredibly talented and pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth who looks into the real backbone supporting people’s achievements.  As you can tell from the title of the book it’s all about grit and the common trait among the most successful people in the world is there power to push themselves and persist despite the challenges they face. Duckworth has studied the mindset and behaviour of many successful people from a range of careers, chefs, entrepreneurs, athletes, and workers alike to find the thing that drives them all and share that with you in her book. Read this fantastic article to find out more about her and her journey.

 

6. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris

 

From the man that brought you the ‘Four Hour Work Week’ which is arguably one of the most famous business books out there. This book is big, it’s a monster book of advice and tips from the very best mentors an entrepreneur could wish for. This book is full of extraordinary advice to help fuel your career, business and life. If you want to hear Tim talk about it then check out the podcast video of when Gary V interviewed him

 

7. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

A great book if you are about to start a business or in the early stages of one. A startup is an environment that is constantly changing. This is the exact mindset you need to have and will have, once you have read this book. Eric takes us through his thoughts and advice on how you always need to be willing to adapt to change. This may because of the market, trends or behaviours and sights. A strong believer that you shouldn’t develop a product completely before taking it to market and you should always be prepared to change and adapt to a constantly changing environment. If you get your heart set on one idea and are reluctant to change then this book could be the one to teach you a whole new level of perspective on your ideas and how they will succeed.

 

 8.  When to Jump by Mike Lewis

How many times have you thought I don’t like this job but it’s ok I will keep doing this.  This book helps give you the confidence to start pursuing the career of your dreams. There are many questions people face when thinking of a career change or thinking of taking a riskier but happier career choice. Mike helps you answer those questions by relaying stories of people who had made the jump and the sort of questions that went through their mind and how they choose to act on those thoughts. Is this your time to make the jump? order this book today!

 

9. Rise and Grind by Daymond John

Daymond John released a book called ‘Power of Broke’ in 2016. This book looked at how you can start a business from the ground up when you have virtually nothing.  ‘Rise and Grind’ follows on from that, as it looks at what it takes to succeed once you have a business.  Taking note of other entrepreneurs habits and stories he also draws upon his own career. John looks to give you the needed insight into the mindset and behaviours of a successful businessman. This book equips you with the knowledge and confidence to start practising what it takes to be successful even if you aren’t yet running your own empire.

 

10.  Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

The man transformed our world. Everywhere you look you see something which resembles his apple empire, from phones, tech, and identity.  This book is so well written and carries rich lessons and insights from the man behind two of the world’s most successful companies ( Apple and Pixar).  These brands transformed their industries- so why not learn about the man behind it all. The book was written based on over 40 interviews conducted with Jobs as well an impressive 100 interviews ( or at least 100) conducted with family and friends of this incredible entrepreneur.

 

11.Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull the Co-founder of Pixar has written this book which looks at business through a very creative lens. Pixar is an incredible company and the man behind it has shared his insights for understanding the strive for creativity and originality in pursuing new twists on ideas.  The book looks at how to build a creative culture which is so important in generating new and wonderful ideas that make a company so successful. As a creative man and a storyteller himself, this book reads like a storybook and is the perfect companion for your nighttime reading. Then dream sweet dreams- sweet dreams of creativity and Pixar. One of the books you should read this year.

 

12.  The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

You may have heard of ‘The Talent Code’? well if you have this is the same guy who wrote that book. This one is about culture- you guessed it! What makes groups and organizations so successful? Is it the culture? Well if you think about it – culture directly affects your work. If you are in a supportive environment you are likely to feel more motivated and happy.  Daniel Coyle looks what makes the world’s most successful organization click. Exploring the Navy seals, looking at how such diverse group of people and talent work together with a single mind to succeed.  The culture code really ignites the reader with a passion to change and take control of their culture through the actions and behaviour they partake in.

 

13. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

 

This is a highly recommended book, especially among female entrepreneurs.  Unfortunately, women face increased challenges in business on top of the issues that everyone else has to struggle through.  Sheryl Sandberg examines the issues women face in business and the problems of progressing past them. She then gives the readers stories and advice on overcoming those issues.  After reading this you should feel empowered. Go fulfill your career ambitions and desires despite the many barriers that you may be faced with. A motivational read.

 

14. How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know by Byron Sharp

 

This is a book that is very popular among creative agencies and people within the strategery career. A thought-provoking book looking at evidenced based answers to the questions that marketers are asking.  Advertising is a very important part of any business. Sharp delves deeper into how and why it’s important to understand your audience. You will discover how crucial the consumer insight is in creating your marketing/advertising campaign. Pop this book on your reading list. Go on do it now.

 

15. Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules by John Hegarty

 

This is the last book on our list but by no means the least important.  A really fun book that will give you a few giggles whilst being very influential.  You could probably read this book in a day if you wanted. It’s full of short one or two-page anecdotes for approaching creativity and should be read by everyone. It might not be your typical entrepreneur book but your approach to creativity is important for any business to succeed.

Laptops and business laptops are so important, in your life. I know we like to pretend that we don’t rely so heavily on tech, but we do.  Laptops are so important for your personal use but if you’re a side hustler you’re likely using them as a business tool as well! My laptop screen is faulty so I have found myself looking into the best laptop’s out there. As a side hustler, you will want a strong performing laptop but also one that is portable and not going to cut into your pocket too much. You will want to spend a fair amount, as this could mean the tool for your source of income (teaching online). However,  at the same time if you’re running a business on the side you will have other costs you need to consider.  So hear our top picks of business laptops for the side hustler for under £1000.

 

1.Microsoft Surface Laptop available from Very (£799)

Covered in: Telegraph

CNET

Techadvisor

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I am sure you have heard of this one, it’s had a large marketing spend behind it, so I’d be surprised if you missed it. If you did, well here it is. A top contender for business laptops. This laptop has a slim design and is ultra lightweight at only 1.25KG. This certainly won’t break your back carrying it to and from work or when you’re out and about.  It boasts a long battery life and a lovely touch to its keyboard. The screen is touch – giving you the feeling of the tablet. The downside is that it only has 4GB of RAM for the price point it’s positioning itself at. What this means is that the computer has to work longer/harder to transfer data. Most modern laptops now have 8GB of RAM. This computer will be fast enough for most functions but if you want a high performing laptop that operates quickly then I would choose a laptop with higher RAM.

 

2. Lenovo IdeaPad 720s available from John Lewis (£829.95)

Covered in: Telegraph

Techadvisor

Lenovo Ideapad 720s image

This laptop is very aesthetically pleasing. It offers twice the RAM as the Microsoft Surface Pro only weighing a little more at 1.6KG. It is not touchscreen, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all.  The screen rotates 180 degrees, if you ever find that useful. It has a long battery life of 14 hours which is great if you left your charger at the office or at home and find yourself working somewhere else.  The webcam that is included in the laptop is 720p at 30fps which is all you need unless you are streaming yourself on your laptop while skiing downhill. Which would be highly impressed but unlikely to happen. The downside is that it’s only 14 inch which means you don’t get the same large displays of the standard 15.6-inch laptops. Maybe this isn’t important to you as you might prioritize transportability. It’s one the best business laptops and one that should be heavily considered for the side hustler.

3. Lenovo Yoga Book available from Currys (£429.99)

Covered in: Telegraph

Another laptop from Lenovo. This laptop is a bit more affordable than its competitors but I guess it’s more of a tablet than a laptop. So, with that in mind, I would say this is a great laptop for those that want something closer to a tablet. For those that want something much closer to a laptop, this one is not for you. positives – It has a great build quality to it and is only 10.1 inches big so they weren’t kidding when they called it a book. The RealPen which comes with the book acts as a fantastic stylus but alsoooo- wait for it: as a pen. No really, I mean you can add a ballpoint nib onto the head meaning you can write on the flat keyboard as though you were actually writing. Great for the artist and designers out there.  But yes I did say flat keyboard, which is odd and not for me as I quite like to feel the keys go down and hear that click. However, saying that it means it can be more versatile. Great book/laptop but the keyboard might take some getting used too.

4. Acer Swift 3 available from Tesco Direct (£599.00)

Covered in: Techadvisor

If portability isn’t everything, then this has almost everything else and is at a great price.  It has an all metal body which is probably what makes it a bit heavier but it’s different. The screen is full HD and the battery life is 10 hours – not as good as the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s but good enough.  It also boasts 8GB RAM giving it a strong performance.  The touchpad on the keyboard has very high reviews of recommendation on this laptop because of its smooth feel and light but defined click. What is fun about this, is a fingerprint reader which feels more normal now as most phones have that function and entry point. A good midrange option for our business laptops list.

 

5. Asus Chromebook flip C302CA available from John Lewis (£499.95)

Covered in: Laptop Mag 

Another laptop which is kind on the eyes. The screen bends all the way back so it folds back onto the keyboard which is handy if you want to use it as a laptop. This one is great for meetings as you focus on the display and use the touchscreen to change anything rather than use the mouse. Also great if you’re traveling on the train or relaxing at home and want to watch something without the keyboard getting in the way. It weighs less than 1.2KG making it fantastic and portable. The screen size is only 12.5 inches which is one reason it’s so light.  The biggest flaw for me is it has no USB Type A ports which are the usually USB port you would find on a laptop. However, this is a great contender if you are on the move a lot.

 

6. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 available from Currys (£809)

Covered in: T3

 

This entry from Dell is a good quality laptop with a speedy yet powerful performance. On the small side of 13.3-inch screen. However, this one has the needed ports making it functioninal for your personal and work life including an HDMI connection port.  You can also log into this with your face – that’s where we are at these days.  This is a 2 in 1 machine operating as a tablet with a keyboard that folds all the way back. The battery life could be better only running at about 5 and half hours, well below its competitors. The RAM is decent at 8GB.

 

7. HP 250 G5 available from ebuyer (£449.99)

Covered in: Techadvisor

This is one the most affordable business laptops that you will find. It has an impressive 8GB of RAM considering the price point. This laptop has no DVD drive, however, most people are streaming through Netflix these days then putting on a DVD they got for Christmas.  This is the heaviest option in our list at 2.14 KG but it has a 15.6-inch display, so it’s a given. While it may not suit the side hustler who is often on the move, it will serve as a strong machine to set up your workstation at home or at work with. While this device is not the best, it’s the best for the price range of under £500. We thought we would include a lower cost model as not everyone can fork out the money for a higher performing portable laptop just yet.

 

What’s a domain name some of you might be thinking and why do I need to buy one? You know the famous ‘www.’ then the name that follows that such as amazon.com? Well, it’s that thing that you write in the address bar to go to a website. It’s a great way to grow your brand, come across professional and be taken more seriously by your customers. Also, if you own and register your domain name that is consistent with your brand it will stop competitors pulling away search traffic from your site. We’ve done a bit of research on how much it will cost you and what you will get from each domain provider. Have a look below to find out where to buy your domain name.

 

1.GoDaddy

Probably the only one you have heard of from the heaps of advertising they do especially at the Superbowl. GoDaddy is great at helping and educating you on how to go about buying your domain name. it’s probably the go to for where to buy your domain name.

.co.uk is £0.01 for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £9.99 each year.

.com is £0.99 for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £13.10 each year.

With .com you also get the following extra’s free of charge: Parked Page, Domain forwarding & masking, Total DNS control, Change of registration, Getting started guide, Status alerts and Domain locking.

.club is £7.99 for the first year and £12.10 each year after that.

.pro is £3.63 for the first year and £14.21 each year after that. ( this domain used to be limited to certain professions but now anyone can buy this domain)

 

 

2.123 Reg

This claims to be the no.1 website for the domain names in the UK. They also offer you a free forwarding email and a free two-page website for free to get you started. GoDaddy offers you the chance to start with a free website but you have to pay pretty soon after that. So let’s get down to costs – all costs also include free DNS control:

.co.uk is free for the first year if you register for 2 years or more. After the first year, it’s £9.99 +20% VAT.

.com appears to be £11.99 for the first year +20% VAT.

.club appears to be £7.99 for the first year +20%VAT.

.Pro appears to be £2.99 for the first year +20%VAT.

 

 

3.1&1

This website includes a range of features you can sign up to as well as purchasing your domain name.  They Include a free 2GB mailbox email address, private registration and SSL certificate when purchasing your domain name.

.co.uk is £0.99 +20%VAT for the first year and then £9.99 +20% VAT every year after that.

.com is £0.99 + 20% VAT for the first year and then £12.99 +20%VAT  each year after that. This domain also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

.club is £0.99 + 20% VAT for the first year and then £14.99 +20%VAT  each year after that. This domain also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

.Pro is £14.99 +VAT  each year. This also includes a one-off ICANN fee of £0.11.

 

 

 

4. Names

You get a free website for the first year when you sign up then it’s £14.40 each year after that.

Names also give you a free email account and webmail, Domain and email forwarding as well as advanced DNS control. What they do offer which other domain buying websites do not is an offer with Shutterstock which gives you 40% off packs of 5 or 25 images. This could be great if you’re thinking of buying images from here. However, we have a nifty little guide to where to get fantastic royalty free stock imagery. Check out our guide here.

.co.uk is free for the first year. When purchasing a two-year registration it costs £16.78

.com is £17.99 for a 1-year registration.

.club is £11.99 for a 1-year registration.

.pro is not available from this site.

 

 

 

Hopefully, this has outlined some sites that can get you your domain name at the price and deal which suits your business.

You may have been flicking through your own library of images thinking nope not that one or that one, as you try to find beautiful photos for your business’ website, social media or blog. Fear not, the days of searching Shutterstock and Getty and discovering just how much you need to spend are over. There are a fantastic wealth of royalty free stock images you can access out there. You would be surprised by the quality – it’s outstanding. Explore the sites we have below; to give your business the professional look you need without emptying your pockets.

1.Unsplash

This is the first place I was made aware of when I was stuck in the same spot as you. It’s shocking how good these photos are and how generous people are with sharing their love of photography through royalty free stock images. I know a couple of contributors who love the idea their images could help a young business.

Example image- Photographer: Samuel Scrimshaw

Person standing on top of a mound near a cliff

 

 

2. Pexels

This is another fantastic site that has extremely high-quality content for you to use completely for free; regardless if it’s personal or commercial. Feels a bit like daylight robbery right? They have a great feature on this site where you can see the top photographers that are trending right now, allowing you to select images more easily. What’s nice about this feature is that these top photographers who are donating so much free imagery to this space can receive donations. So, if you feel guilty for using 15 of their images- although you shouldn’t, as they’re putting images out there to share; you can make a donation to this photographer to support them in their work. Think of it as a token gesture.

Example image – Photographer: Bruce Mars

Man sitting on floor using his laptop and phone

 

 

 

3.Pixabay

This site is great as it has over 1.3 million photos up for use. This is fantastic as it has videos- a great resource for you to have. They also have vector graphs and illustrations! This site just keeps on giving! Definitely, pay them a visit.

Example Vector Graph- Creator: Gordon Johnson

Vector Graph of House

 

 

4. Kaboom Pics

This site has a range of photos which you can search by category. Most photos also come in different sizes and come with a downloadable colour palette.  More beautiful free images; not much more to say.

Example Image- Photographer: Kaboom Pics

Coffee Cup

 

 

5.Picjumbo

This site was created by Designer and Photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. This site has a lot of photos with really useful category breakdowns to help you find that perfect image quicker. If you like a particular photo it allows you to see more similar photos that may have been taken at the same photoshoot. So, this allows you to handpick the images that do it for you. Who knew there would be such a selection of royalty free stock images.

Example Image- Photographer: VIKTOR HANACEK

A man waits for a subway train in Prauge

 

 

We live in a visual world, judging something by its cover ( even though you’re constantly told not too) we instinctively do it. Research has indicated you only have 7 seconds to make a strong first impression. Check out these sites and find the image that best suits your needs.

P.s our title image is from by Nursultan Rakysh on Unsplash

It’s Wednesday and you’re already fed up with your working week. Are you ready for a change? It’s time to start your own business. Have you been thinking about it, but still not sure you’re there yet? We, think you might be ready to take the plunge if you’re showing the signs below. Read below to see if you might be ready.

1.You’ve calculated the risk

You’ve already tested the water – you know what works. You may have even started your side hustle or maybe you’re making a few sales on your blog. Perhaps a number of people have said you need to take this passion of yours full-time. Start up’s are a risky business. Which is why researching your market, audience, challenges and potential rewards are key before you get started. You may already have expertise in the area you are going into or experience from an existing profession. This will lower your odds of failing as you’re more aware of your industry and market. You know it’s riskier than staying in your current job but where’s the fun in that?

2. You’re done with being a cog in a not so well oiled machine

Time and time again you hear of people who are not happy in their job. They feel like a cog in a machine, simply churning over the same work day in and day out.  Large companies who are unwilling to change for fear of disrupting their processes are not going to progress at the rate you are.  Start your own business and be your own boss- it can be so rewarding. Take control of the decisions you make, test out new ideas knowing that if it doesn’t work it’s ok- just go back to the drawing board. Your career is in your hands. You control how far you progress. You’re only limited by your own drive to succeed.

3. You want to love Monday mornings

You won’t be hitting that snooze button when you’re running your own company. Monday mornings will actually feel empowering as you can get back to working on what you love and start making progress. Think about it – you work for an average of 50 years of your life and spend about 40 hours a week working. So, why not love and enjoy that time and look back on your life thinking you lived it well, rather than counting the clock till you can go home each day. Make money from something you love.

4. You want to learn

If you start your own business it’s a constant learning curve as you discover all the things you don’t know (but need to figure out) in order to go forward. If you’re keen to start teaching yourself the tools you need to progress in your venture, then you’re ready. There are loads of great resources to follow that will teach you snippets of expertise to fill in the gaps that you currently have. To name a few, entrepreneur Tim Ferris and Hubspot are great to look into.

5. You’ve accepted failing is part of the journey

There is a difference between failing and being a failure. Failing is inevitable, it’s part of the path to learning. Your company fails when you have failed to acknowledge failing is something that needs addressing. Opportunities can arise when certain parts of your business may fail as you can assess areas you may have previously overlooked. In the words of Winston Churchill who, if he had given up when he hit failure, it would have resulted in us living in a very different world today – “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Start your own business.

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