How To Make Friends

Do you want to make new friends? If you do, you’re not alone. There are lots of reasons why people want to make friends, such as;

  • They moved to a new city and they don’t know anyone yet.
  • Most of their friends moved away for work or University.
  • They have been in a long term relationship for a long time and they let their friends drop out of the picture.
  • They feel like they have nothing in common with their current friends.
  • They used to enjoy being alone, but now they often feel lonely and they would like someone to reach out to.
  • Whatever your reason, it is easy to make friends if you try. Here 6 tips to help you make new friends.

 

1. Think About What Kind Of Friends You Want

Before you get out there and try to actively make friends, it can be useful to think about why you need new friends. Do you want someone to go out dancing with at the weekend? Do you want new friends because you are lonely? Do you want a friend you can go to the gym with? This will help you to decide where to look for new friends, so that you find the right people for you.

 

2. Spend Time With People Who Have Lots Of Friends

One of the easiest ways to meet new people in a relaxed setting is to hang around with someone who already has a lot of friends. Think about your current friends and acquaintances; do you know anyone who is a social butterfly, or who is popular in certain circles?

 

3. Look For Friends At Work Or School

The people you spend the most time with are normally work colleagues or classmates.  Do you already have a connection with one of your classmates or colleagues, such as a shared interest in spots? If so, make the effort to ask them to hang out after work. If that idea makes you feel nervous, you can take the pressure off by organizing a group hangout with your colleagues or classmates.

 

4. Join Meet Up Pages And Social Networks

Have a look online and see if your city has a meet-up page. Most cities do, and people can join these pages to go to meet-ups with other people with shared interests. For example, my city offers a meet-up page with different categories for different people, including “nights out and drinking”, “book lovers” and “freelancers.”

 

5. Don’t forget to keep in touch

We often meet people who we get along well with, but we don’t follow up on the connection. If you meet someone who you get along with, make the effort to get their number or add them on social media. This way you can speak further – you could even arrange to meet up.

 

6. Look Back At Your Old Friendships

Most people have an old friendship that has faded, but they would like to re-start the friendship. Think about your old friends; do you miss any of them? If so, take the initiative to get back in contact with them. It is likely that the other person feels the same way, so this is an easy way to form a friendship.

Do you have any other tips? Let me know with a comment!

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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!

4 Ways People Mess Up Telephone Interviews

Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Most people have been through a few, but there are many pitfalls to phone interviews that most people don’t consider.

Check out 4 ways that people mess up telephone interviews.

They Are Unprepared

Many people answer the phone to interviewers when they are halfway through cooking dinner or looking after their children, making the interview stressful for everyone involved.

It is better to not answer if you are busy, and to simply call back later. Interviewers will leave their name and number, so hold off if you are busy and give them a ring back when you can give them all of your time and attention.

They Forget The Important Details

This has happened to most people at least once – they have answered their phone to a job interview, and because they have applied for so many jobs, they have no idea who they are actually speaking to.

This can be tough to deal with, but a good way to do so is to keep notes on all of your applications. Note down important phone numbers, and when you get the call, it is much more likely you will know who is on the end of the line without having to ask.

They Sound Disinterested

As the interviewer cannot see your outfit or face over the phone, you have to use your voice to seem interested, enthusiastic and professional.

Many people struggle with either sounding disinterested or fake and over the top – a good way to deal with this is to take a deep breath to calm you down before you answer. Focus on being clear and coherent, rather than agreeable or excited.

They Don’t Do Their Research

When people first apply for jobs, they often do some research into the company and what they do. In interviews, they use this knowledge to make themselves appear interested and keen – but many people forget to do this during phone interviews. While phone interviews often seem much more casual, it is still important to seem like you are interested in the people you may be working for in the future.

Try to do some research into the company you are working for, and write it down. This way, if you receive the call, you can simply pick up the piece of paper with all of the information you need on it. Good luck!

Do you have any tips to help people improve their telephone interviewing skills? Thank you – as always – for checking out my blog and reading my posts! 🙂

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4 Signs That You Need To Leave Your Job

You Are Not Learning

You do not learn or advance at your job, you simply do the same tasks over and over again. While this can be pretty standard, it is important to find a job that mentally challenges you and can teach you new things. If you have felt this way for over a year, it is likely you will continue to struggle to learn from your job.

It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Stresses You Out

Challenging work has a solution, and when you figure it out your work will be easy. Stressful work often means you are overworked and/or have limited resources. Be aware of the difference, and know that while you can overcome challenging work, stressful work will often remain stressful.

It Is Only A Job – Not A Career

Can you see yourself advancing and moving up in your work? If you can, great! It is important to progress and feel like you are achieving. However, some jobs come with no chance of a raise or promotion, so it is important to assess which kind of job you have.

If you can’t progress and you love your job, this is less of a sign you need to leave your job. Ask yourself – would you be happy doing the same work in 3 years? What about 10?

You Do Not Feel Passionate About What You Do

You have passions, hobbies and interests, but none of them relate to your work. You do not feel inspired by your work, and you are normally bored at work. In this case, it is unlikely your job stresses you out – you just see it as a way to make ends meet. This is not a reason to quit immediately, but it may be time to start the job hunt.

Can you think of any other signs that mean it is time for you to change jobs? Thank you for reading! 🙂

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

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Debunking Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people misunderstand what life is like working from home, so today I thought I would debunk a few popular myths about working from home.

Myth: People who work from home work less hours than people who work in offices.

Truth: We wish! Not having set hours can mean you really struggle to switch off from work. While it is true that we save ourselves a commute, there is still a set amount of work to do every day. If you’ve been working for nine hours and you still haven’t finished, you can’t clock out and go home. You keep working until you’ve finished – so many freelancers actually work around 50 hours a week.

Myth: People who work from home waste time surfing the internet.

Truth: Freelancers rarely get paid hourly – so whenever we take a break to surf the internet, we stop getting paid. Sometimes we check social media or some adorable pictures of cats, but mostly we work – just like people in offices do!

Myth: People who work from home rarely speak to their colleagues.

Truth: With laptops, tablets, smartphones, email and Skype, it has never been easier to get in contact with your co-workers. None of my clients or co-workers struggle to get in contact with me through these methods, and I try to always reply within the hour.

Myth: Working from home is like a holiday.

Truth: We do like to watch TV and eat snacks – once the working day is over! While freelancers do have the option to work in their PJs, they don’t have the option to not work –unless they don’t mind not getting paid. The environment is more relaxed, but the workload is the same.

Can you think of any more myths about working from home? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear them! 🙂 🙂

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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! 🙂 🙂 🙂