Working from Home: How to get started

These days, more and more people are starting to join in on the trend of working from home. There are various roles in which you can be a stay-at-home professional, and the opportunities and thrills can be just as great as any regular office job. Think you’re ready to take the plunge and start earning money from the comfort of your home? These steps will help get you started.

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1.     Land a job that allows you to work from home or start a small business

The first step to working from home is the most basic, but also the most important; find a way to actually be making money from there. You could find a business that will employ you while you work from your residential address, or alternatively, you could become your own employer.

Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to be fully prepared and ready once the time comes to make your move. Remember, it’s no use barging into your boss’ office and demanding he accept your resignation if you aren’t planned – otherwise the chances are you’ll be back in his or her office begging for your job back soon enough!

2.     Create a no-distractions work environment

While you may now be working from home, it’s important to make a clear and distinguishable difference in your work area from the rest of your house. Balancing a laptop on your thighs while watching TV is not going to be a successful work station; distraction is all around you.

Instead, find some space in your home where your concentration won’t be broken, be it a spare room, spacious lounge room or wherever is best for you, and set up camp there. Remove all distractions and set about making your work environment as professional as possible. By doing this, you give yourself the best chance of achieving success, as an organised workplace helps your performance considerably.

3.     Update your contact details

Now that you’ve successfully found your ideal place to work from and set it up accordingly, the final step before working hard to bring in the cash is to update your contact details specifically for work. While it may seem more convenient, using a home phone to receive business calls isn’t the brightest idea. For starters, if you aren’t the one to answer the phone because a family member swoops first, it’s extremely unprofessional to say the least.

Everyone in the house won’t be best pleased either, as your calls are blocking potential personal calls from coming through. For everyone’s sake, invest in a work phone and everything will be a lot smoother.

Similarly, create a work email address. Fast and easy, your new business email sets off a professional vibe and also stops you from getting distracted from those silly emails your mates are sending you; watching funny cat videos on YouTube is not productive!

There you have it folks, three simple steps to set up your working lifestyle from home to achieve maximum success. Good luck, work hard, never give up and reap the rewards!

The Three Key Steps to Purchasing a Home

So, you’re in the market for a new home. The hard work and tough decisions have barely begun, though, as now it’s time to go house shopping. Tours, walkthroughs, auctions, negotiations; the whole shebang. Luckily for you, one step for you will be simplified greatly in this article – the key factors to decide upon when choosing your dream house. Sit back, relax and read on!

1.     Landscape Design

Before you’ve even stepped into the interior of the house you’re looking at, you should get a general vibe of whether or not you like the landscape design of the front yard. Consider these questions when viewing the front yard: Is it visually appealing? Does it suit my space needs? Does it have room for my car or other vehicles? If the answer is no to any of these queries, then ask yourself if it can be fixed through DIY work or professional renovations. If the answer is again negative, it’s likely that this may not be the house for you.

The backyard’s landscape design is even more complicated to take into consideration, especially if you have pets or children. Hazard and safety risks have to be very few if it all in the design of the yard, as well as being spacious enough to safely house the pets and give the kids somewhere to play. It also may be the place where you want to keep some outdoor belongings or create a backyard relaxation haven. Bear this in mind when taking in the landscape design. If both years suit your needs you can finally step inside the house and take a look at what it has to offer.

2.     Room layout

A massive, seemingly basic factor that unfortunately, so many get wrong. First off, ask yourself the basic question of how many rooms you’ll need at the least, taking each family member and any future guests into your decision. Any more rooms than absolutely necessary can cost you a lot of dough, so make sure not to open your wallet for anything bigger than needed.

If the house in question contains the perfect amount of rooms, great, you can now take the design and examine it. Think about furniture such as desks, beds, cabinets and drawers that all will need to fit into each room. It’s a crying shame to see a much loved study desk be forced into the garage due to an unexpected lack of space.

Think smart and potentially save lots of money as well as safely accommodating all family members and their belongings by thinking long and hard about room design needs.

3.     Meet the Neighbours

Good news! The hard work is out of the way. You like the landscape design, the home has the necessary space and room design to comfortably house your family, and you’re almost ready to write the cheque to make it your own. But wait! You’re almost forgetting the most important piece of the property purchasing puzzle – the neighbours.

That’s right; your possible future neighbours are the biggest factor in deciding whether or not to purchase this house. Make sure to take the time to go next door and introduce yourself to get a feel of their personalities. While this may seem like an unnecessary step, you’d be very wrong. By checking out the neighbours, you can avoid potentially unwanted situations such as five noisy toddlers screaming at all hours of the morning, that annoying pitbull dog that never stops barking or the couple that argues non-stop being barely 20 metres away from you at all times.

If you sign off on the last step and still love the home, you’ve found your new crib! Sign that cheque and call the removalists my friend, you’re on your way to a brand new pad.

Five ways to spruce up your home with cheap accessories

Sometimes, it’s not the large things like furniture and room design that make a home special. It can be the smallest, most trivial things that can spring a house to life and make it feel truly magical. Make your house feel complete and lively with these cost effective items.

1.     Pot plants


Never underestimate the power of a simple pot plant. A great way to fill up some spare space on desks, drawers or in corners of spacious rooms, a pot plant could be just what you’re looking for to add colour and beauty to your house.

Coming in all shapes and sizes, you can cater your pot plant choice to how much room you have available, and the many different types of flowers and plants will have you mesmerised –  just don’t forget to water them!

2.     Paintings and Posters


Paintings and posters are a fantastic way to turn a plain old wall into an amateur art gallery. While you can certainly purchase a beautiful, expensive work of art if that’s what you’re into, you can find amazing pieces of work down at your local K-Mart or Big W for barely more than loose change. With a range of images on all different types of materials, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.

While posters may seem childish at first thought, they can actually be very uplifting and great looking when used correctly. Framing posters of celebrity icons, sportspeople, teams or a family portrait is ideal to perch up in a home bar, garage or guest room to give them a little more flavour.

3.     Incense Candles


Who doesn’t love a finely scented candle burning slowly in their home? Like the pot plant, you can easily place an incense candle wherever you have space (providing it’s in a safe spot where it isn’t in danger of spreading it’s flame of course) to liven up some spare places.

As well as looking great and smelling awesome, incense candles are proven to relax you and create a feeling of ease. With a huge range of scents and sizes available, this is a fantastic choice for your home

4.     An Old Fashioned Record Player

playerFor a touch of extra class, a record player is a grand selection. You can generally find a record player in good condition at many local op-shops and garage sales. Locate some classic records, or purchase some modern day favourites on vinyl if you prefer, and away you go!

Likewise to the candle above, the record player is not only is a brilliant way to fill up space, but playing music can have a very positive effect on your mood. I’m sure your guests will be amazed at how artsy you are with a lovely record player beaming timeless music as they step through the door of your home. Just don’t crank that volume too loud, unless you’re looking to be the most hated person in your street!

5.     A Bookcase

An awesome accessory to add to your living room, a bookcase triples as an ornament, a makeshift tabletop and of course a place to store your reading collection. To pay less, you can find a quality bookcase for a low price at many garage sales or council clean-ups.

Best of all, you don’t actually have to read the books you stow away there – your guests won’t know any better! All in all, a bookcase is a sound investment to make you appear more intelligent and create a look of fine taste in your home!

That rounds out the list! Follow this guide to be on track to creating a multi-layered, interesting crib in no time.

From basic to beautiful: take your home to the next level!

It’s a proven fact that an organised, clean home does wonder for the other aspects of your life. But what if you could do better than just organised and clean? What if you want an amazing home that you can not only feel comfortable in, but be damn proud of?

Well luckily for you, you’ve come to exactly the right place! If you want to take your house’s interior to the next level, take heed and listen up to these must-do steps.

Step 1: Don’t allow any freeloaders to crash at your pad


No, I don’t mean say “Get lost!” when your in-laws or parents need a place to spend the night (although perhaps it would be a good option…), I’m talking about a different kind of unwanted guest altogether; pests! I’m yet to meet a single person who can say they love spiders, cockroaches, dust mites, termites and any other creepy crawlies. Going on this basis, I imagine everyone out there would much prefer to live in a pest-free home.

Luckily the solution is simple: pest control! There are a few options when evaluating how to get rid of these tiny terrors. On one hand you could purchase a bug catcher and scramble madly around the house with a crazy grin collecting insects like a nutter. Or, you could decide to go with the much more effective (and saner) option and hire a professional to do the job for you.

I guarantee that investing in some quality pest control practices will hold you in good stead and ease your mind knowing there’s no multiple legged fiends writhing around! I have previously used these guys

Step 2: Brush up your home with some new paint


Sick and tired of staring at those drab, boring walls? Sounds like it’s time to spruce them up, and what better way to totally reinvent the look of your rooms with some new colours?

Stick a paintbrush in your hand and get to work. The beauty of self-painting is that your creativity holds no bounds and the look you end up with is all yours. Decide on what colour each room will be – you can match them up or go wild and create a masterpiece within your home with loads of colour or patterns through each doorway.

On top on making your walls look fantastic, painting can also be a great way to enjoy yourself, especially if you enlist some friends to help out. However if you’re totally sure painting just isn’t your thing, you can always recruit some more professionals to finish the task. Regardless of who does the painting, the outcome will be a new, sleek look for your home.

Step 3: Heat up your house with a fireplace

fire-690944_640Sick of freezing half to death in the winter and don’t want to spend a fortune on gas bills for a heater? A fireplace is your answer! After the initial payment to purchase your fireplace, you will find that it will actually be more cost effective in the long run – not to mention looking absolutely fabulous.

There’s just something about a good quality fireplace that adds a touch of elegance and homeliness to a living room. Try it out and you’ll soon see just what I mean.

Step 4: Make your bed and now lie in it



Fact: the average human spends almost twenty five years asleep over the course of a lifetime. That’s a lot of snoozing! To optimize your sleeping experience, be sure to buy a comfortable bed. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference to your mood, health and performance the following day, so taking all the necessary movements to create a lovely nest to cosy up in at night is a smart option.

While durability and comfort are priorities when selecting your place of rest, looks also play a major role in creating the vibe for your house and bedroom. Good looking pillows, bed sheets and bed covers are paramount to a successful home.

Now that your bed is all fine-tuned, you can spend your next eight hours in dreamland (or more for some of you sleepyheads!) in a blissful trance. Just make sure you’ve completed Step One of this checklist about pest control beforehand, as it’s another fact that the average person swallows up to eight spiders per year while asleep. Yikes…

That wraps up the “how to” list for improving the inside of your home living area. Paint the walls to create a new look, add an amazing fireplace into your living room, invest in a comfortable bed, and above all else hire some PEST CONTROL! Seriously, do it… I’m still quivering at the thought of accidentally eating a spider while sleeping. Complete these tasks and you are now the proud owner of a beautifully decorated home.

A Beginner’s Guide to Mastering the Backyard

Ah, the humble backyard; the home of many family cricket matches, sizzling BBQs, relaxing drinks with friends and a place to keep the pets (or the kids if they’ve been naughty!). Although many adjectives spring to mind when discussing the backyard, “stylish” and “fashionable” never quite seem to be among the most common. That’s about to change with the introduction of this article to the World Wide Web: follow these steps and transform your overgrown snake breeding ground into a little slice of paradise!

Step 1: Invest in a pool

As any Australian knows, summer means unbearable heat. To combat this, why not invest in a pool to cool off? While a pool not only adds a picturesque landmark to marvel at in your backyard, it provides a beautiful place to swim, frolic and take a break.

Ranging in designs, size, price and accessories, you can totally customize your pool to suit your needs. You can even add a waterslide to please the kids or yourself for not nearly as much money as you might think one would cost ­ just don’t sue us when someone gets injured trying to show off!

Now, I can already hear the flipside of this argument already from a large percentage of readers: “It’s hard enough to own a house in this day and age, how on earth do you expect us to buy a pool?!”. Don’t worry guys, a sensational pool can still be achieved regardless of your financial situation or living arrangements. Not enough room for a pool? Buy a blow up! Can’t swim? Floaties will fix up your problem!

At the end of the day, some type of pool is better than no pool at all, so start planning for the summer in advance and act now. If worst comes to worst, you can always grab a shovel from the garage, dig a hole and use the hose to fill it up with water. Sure, it might be muddy and a little inconvenient, but it sure beats travelling to the beach and then spending hours picking sand out of every little nook and cranny of your body afterwards.

Step 2: Make the grass greener on your side

Unless you live in a unit, villa or just don’t have grass in your yard for some reason, it goes without saying that the lawnmower m ust be used often and well to maintain a sleek looking garden. While this might sound elementary, it never ceases to amaze how careless some can be of their grass!

If you fall into the category of being a negligent grass­parent, it’s time to venture into the shed, locate that old mower, ensure it stills works (if you fail this step a quick trip to Bunnings might be in order), and use some good old fashioned elbow grease to tidy up your yard and have it looking spick and span in no time.

If you want to be extra loving to your grass, bust out a pair of hedge trimmers and neatly clip the edges of your pasture into an even line.

And finally, if it hasn’t rained for a while, be sure to water your grass! Nobody likes brown, dead grass, so be mindful of this and make sure your grass never goes thirsty.

Step 3: Create a relaxation area

This is a crucial step towards achieving a heavenly backyard. Your yard has to be somewhere that you and your guests enjoy going, and what better way to make it feel special by creating your very own relaxation central.

Start by adding some matching furniture into part of the backyard, preferably on a deck under cover to combat the elements. Enough comfortable chairs and/or lounges to seat you and your backyard’s visitors should set the vibe nicely. Next, a coffee table is always a valuable feature to have on hand. You never know when you’ll need to place some snacks or drinks down, so a classy table can do no wrong.

The third and final part of creating your winding-­down hangout is totally up to you. Now that you have a beautiful place to sit and chat, tailor the area to your taste. Enjoy listening to music while chilling out? Have a record player or speakers nearby to play some tunes. Like to have a drink after a hard day at work? A fridge with your favourite beverages somewhere in the vicinity of your outdoor arena is paramount. Whatever your favourite R&R activity, be sure to cater to it. Be creative and have fun!

Step 4: Get some friends!

Congratulations! You are now the owner of an amazing backyard fit for royalty with your exquisite pool, rich green grass and a relaxation point that could de­stress even the most wound up of people. But there’s one catch ­ you have no one else to show it to!

This is where friends come in! Find them anywhere; on the street, in a bar, at a sports match – anywhere people are sure to turn out in numbers. Strike up a conversation with someone who catches your eye and eventually slip in a casual invitation to attend a get together at your backyard wonderland.

If they accept, you’ve done it, you’ve made a friend! If they don’t accept (and start to look at you funnily) don’t fret. Walk away, hop onto the wonderful place that is the internet and find a site where you can hire friends for money. Sure, the friendship might not be genuine, but hey, at least you can boast to your new “pal” about your luxurious backyard.

And there you have it folks; four simple steps to becoming a master of the backyard domain. The next time someone brings up backyards into the topic of conversation, you can now be proud to be able to describe yours as stylish and fashionable!