4 things you need to do if you hate office politics

Four things you should do if you hate office politics

Do you hate office politics at your work? Lots of people hate the competitive or gossipy feeling in their office, but sadly sometimes office politics are unavoidable. They can help you to move forward within your career and form relationships with your co-workers, and you can end up feeling left on the sidelines.

Check out 4 ways you can make office politics work for you.

1. Learn everything you can about your work

How does your work measure success? Who are the most influential people in your office? What style of management does your work use? This useful information will help you to gain the right skills to navigate your way through office politics without making any awkward mistakes.

2. Know when to fight and when to fly

Sometimes you will encounter conflict in office politics. This is totally fine – the real art is knowing when to stick up for yourself and when you should back down. You don’t want to make enemies, so weigh up the pros and cons of getting involved. Ask yourself these questions; will you irritate someone? How influential is that person? Would it benefit you to get involved, or could it create negative reactions?

3. Take notes from both the people who are best and the worst at playing the game

Some people are terrible at office politics and some people are great at playing the game. Take notes from the people who play the game for their own gain, but also watch the people who get involved to stave away boredom. This will teach you what to do and what not to do.

4. Help others when you have the time

Many think the best way to play office politics is to help the most influential people and ignore the least influential. This is actually more likely to damage your plan; your boss will notice if you only help him out, and the less influential people could get a promotion at any point. Instead help anyone who needs it if you have free time; this way the majority of the office will like you (and also owe you a favor!)

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We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

How To Start A Successful Freelancing Career

Are you trying to break into freelancing? More and more people are becoming their own boss and setting up work from home.

No matter what kind of freelancing you want to do, here are four useful tips to help start a successful freelancing career.

1. Check Job Boards Every Day

Often freelance work is snapped up straight away, with good work offers disappearing almost immediately. Give yourself an advantage and check job boards every day – multiple times if you have the time!

2. Apply, Apply, Apply!

The bigger your net is, the more fish you are likely to catch. Break down the time you apply for jobs so you don’t become disheartened; spend half an hour every morning sending out a few applications.

Don’t pin all your hopes on one application – there are hundreds of jobs available for freelancers, so keep looking for something similar!

3. Be Flexible

You may only want to write about music, business or travel, but it is beneficial not to be picky about the work you take on to start with. Every piece of work you take on will advance your portfolio, give you a reference, or put some money in your bank account – so try to be willing to write about anything initially!

4. Respond Quickly

Respond to job leads and emails straight away; companies expect freelancers to always be on hand, and you can seem unprofessional if you don’t reply, and in a worst case scenario you could even lose the gig. Reply straight away to anyone who seems interested in your work – the interest could pass in a matter of minutes!

Can you think of any other useful tips for people who are starting their careers as freelancers? Comment your ideas below J

Spring Clean Your Job

Do you want to inject some life into your work? Working from home can often become repetitive, and you can feel like you’re stuck in a rut.

Here are three ways to give your work a spring clean.

1. Give Your Home Office A Spring Clean

If you work from home, you probably already have a home office or a set space in your house where you do your work. This space probably once inspired you and helped to get the creative juices flowing, but as time passed you stopped noticing your environment.

Get those feelings back by spring cleaning your work space. Give everything a good clean and treat yourself to something useful for your work, like a new filing tray in your favorite color. This can help you to bring back some of your work space inspiration!

2. Add Something Different To Your Day

No matter what your job is, doing the same thing over and over again can leave you feeling bored and restless. Push yourself creatively and start looking for new job opportunities. For instance, if you’re a writer, you could try blog writing, writing fiction, or starting a book. It is very likely your skills are transferable, so try your hand at something new!

3. Take A Relevant Class

Even if you love your job, you probably hope to keep advancing further in your field. If you’re feeling a little bored when you’re working, take matters into your own hands – find a class that could help you move up to the next level.

For instance, if you’re a full time blogger, consider taking a class on photography, or social media marketing. The class could prove extremely useful to your career, and you will be motivated to advance your career with a new skill under your belt!

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

This Is What The Schedules Of Successful People Look Like

Hey guys!

Last week I wrote a piece for Lifehack on how to make your schedule more productive and successful. I know most of my followers are interested in anything that can improve their working day, so I thought I would post a link to the article here. Happy reading!

This Is What The Schedules Of Successful People Look Like:- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/this-what-the-schedules-successful-people-look-like.html

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Tips To Help You To Keep Your Clients Happy

One of the most important parts of a successful freelance career is to keep your clients happy. They give your job purpose and put money in the bank – so how can you keep them happy?

Check out four tips to help you to keep your clients happy.

1. Communicate With Your Client

Communicate with your client every day that you work on the project, if possible. It will reassure the client that you are putting in the time and effort as you work, and it means they can input into the project whenever they want to,

Remember you are providing a service – checking in regularly means that you will create a result that both you and your client will be happy with.

2. Don’t Over Promise

Don’t make promises to clients that you are unsure if you can keep. Don’t claim to be an expert if you are not – let your credentials do the talking. If the client is speaking to you, it is likely that they believe you have the qualities needed to complete the job.

Ideally, you will make fair and reasonable promises, but provide unique and above average results. These clients will remember you, and likely come back – but if you promise more than you can deliver, they may not be interested in your services again.

3. Remember The Client’s Needs

Every time you work on the project, re-read the client’s requests. Freelancers can occasionally get distracted with their own personal vision – one which may not suit the client. Re-check every time you work on the project and you will create something perfect for the client – rather than yourself!

4. Be Honest

During your initial conversation with a client, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Lots of freelance work is objective – you could write an article or pitch that some clients will hate and some will love.

Tell them that you can’t guarantee they will love you work, but you are going to try your best to provide something perfectly suited to the client.

Do you have any other ideas to help create great work for clients? Comment your ideas below – I always love to hear cool ideas from other bloggers! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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How To Send Efficient Emails

If you work from home, emailing is often one of the main forms of communication used. Sending vague emails or not making your point clearly can lead to confusion, and having to waste time clearing up confusion.
Here are three ways to make your emailing super-efficient.

 1. Be Specific

If you are not specific, your co-worker or client could completely misunderstand you, causing trouble later down the line for both of you. Don’t worry about seeming pedantic – the person who you are emailing will probably appreciate the clarity.

Instead of saying “Send me the files from last week”, for instance, say “Can you send me the invoice files for our new client.”

 2. Prioritize Your Emails

Emailing throughout your working day can slow you down, but some emails need responding to immediately. If you are emailing about a big project, reply straight away; you will seem focused and professional.

However not all emails are equally important. Set aside three times during your working day for solely replying to emails – before you start, before you break for lunch, and when you finish are great times.

If you simply need to confirm a meeting that is happening in a month, save it for during these times – and reply to all emails within 24 hours.

 3. Don’t Be Afraid To Use The Phone

Sometimes sending an email is not the right choice. Often we get used to sending emails, and we actively avoid using the phone.

However if you have various ideas that need discussing, emailing is often a bad choice. You can spend your whole day emailing back and forth, when you could have instead spent 15 minutes on the phone. Don’t waste your time – bite the bullet and pick up your phone!

Do you have any other advice or tips on how to send efficient emails? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂 🙂 🙂