I don’t know many people that aren’t looking for more ways to make money. The cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper, and unfortunately, wages aren’t always going up accordingly. So being able to make a second income is always handy – I call it my ‘side hustle’! You can, of course, start to sell things of your own that you no longer need, but I think that this kind of thing can be quite short lived. Sure you’ll make space and a little extra cash, but you’ll obviously run out of things to sell at some point! So looking for some more long-term ways to make money is key. Here are some ideas that I have been thinking about – hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas to get creative and make some more cash from home too.
Being a writer is a good way to make a second income. There are lots of opportunities through things like copywriting or ghostwriting. Many blogs and websites need people to create content for their sites and are more than willing to pay for it as, in the long term, it saves them time and money. So look online for different opportunities as a freelance writer; there will be more than you think! My first port of call is always LinkedIn so be sure to get yourself a profile on there, and always update your publications section to show off your writing achievements!
If you have got a hobby that can be turned into a way to make money, then looking to pursue that is a really good idea. I mean, you must already enjoy it for it to be your hobby, so wouldn’t it be wonderful to make it work for you?You might be quite crafty and want to make and sell things as gifts or be commissioned to create custom-made items. You just need to get yourself out there on platforms like Instagram (or a shop on Etsy perhaps) to get your name out there and known. You could also turn your photography hobby into something more lucrative by going on some photography workshops to hone your skills and can then start taking newborn portraits or some wedding photos for friends to make some extra money.Continue reading “Four simple ways to make a second income from home” »
When I read about this building earlier in the week, I knew I wanted to share this inspirational project with you all. The Sunlight House was built in January 2010 in Austria, and was the country’s first ever carbon-neutral house. It was the result of a contest for young up-and-coming architects to design the ultimate energy efficient home, and this stunning design was created by the competition winner Hein-Troy Architekten. Since completion, the building has been awarded the Austrian State Prize for Environment and Energy Technology. With its sloping roof and large picture windows, the house maximises the use of natural daylight to heat and light the house. As a result, the energy output of the building is less than zero and it therefore has minimal impact on the climate. Continue reading “Amazing architecture – the Sunlight house” »
So, you’re getting pretty serious in a relationship. Perhaps you’ve been with one another for quite some time now. You’re a serious couple; you know his family, he knows yours. It’s time to think about taking the next step. A lot of ladies might worry about the pressures and traditions surrounding a wedding and all the steps they’re expected to take along the way. However, if you want to say “I do” to the man, that doesn’t mean you have to say the same to a traditional relationship! Here a few rules worth breaking on the way.
Tradition 1 – You can’t talk about getting married before he’s popped the question
This is one of those head-scratchers. There are some women that would be put off a guy who broached the topic of marriage instead of trying to surprise her with the question. But that puts a lot of pressure on your fella. And not just because he might not entirely be sure that you will say yes! When you talk about marriage, you talk about the future. You talk about a lifestyle. You talk about careers. You talk about kids. You figure out what you truly want from life, which is often more important than the big question itself.
Renovating a whole kitchen space can easily be an expensive and time-consuming process. This may be the reason why many people end up neglected their kitchen interior, which can end up looking tired and shabby. I’ve been putting off tackling the kitchen so far, even though it’s definitely the most dated room in the house. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to your kitchen, even if you’re on a budget, that will update and refresh the room, and give it a new lease of life.
My mini kitchen makeover – seaside stripes
A Fresh Coat Of Paint
When the thought of re-tiling a kitchen fills you will dread, or if it’s simply not a feasible option for you, there are a few things you can do to achieve an updated interior space. A fresh coat of paint on the walls will go a long way and can lighten and brighten the environment. Think about using clean neutral hues – or stick with white – which will open up the space and breathe new life into a tired wall. A light backdrop will also allow you to add accessories and artwork of any colour or design, making it a versatile choice for your kitchen.Continue reading “Affordable kitchen updates for decorating on a budget” »
Over the half term holiday I went on a bit of a DIY spree. First I finished grouting the bathroom (I’ll post some pics of the end result soon), then I wallpapered my office and finally I installed fitted wardrobes in the bedroom. And that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you about today, because I surprised myself with this one – it really wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. You see, it turns out that you don’t have to hire a fitter or pay thousands of pounds to a do-it-all company – you simply need a little time, patience and to actually read the instructions to get the same fitted wardrobe effect in your bedroom.Sure, you can spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds on flatpack wardrobes from scandinavian furniture warehouses (you know where I mean) but no matter how many add-ons and extra storage solutions you add to your trolley, it’s still not really going to be a fitted wardrobe when you’re finished. The alternative (of spending thousands on a professionally measured and fitted design) doesn’t bear thinking about. I knew I needed to sort out some kind of storage in my bedroom. After all, the little tallboy and chest of Stag drawers we have been using held less than half of our clothing, and didn’t really make the best use of the space. I wanted to maximise the amount of storage while maintaining a spacious feeling in the room. I can’t bear the idea of being hemmed in by huge wardrobes (and I hate the clutter caused by boxes and baskets dumped on top of the furniture) so it needed to fit the space perfectly. Continue reading “My minimalist bedroom makeover – DIY fitted wardrobes” »
When the sun is shining, and the house is getting unbearably hot (and I’m scoffing Twister ice lollies just to keep cool) I take a look at my cats and feel sorry for them. Okay, I know they’re supposed to have fur but blimey they look really fluffy right now.And seeing as shedding season for cats is usually the Spring (in preparation for the hot, hazy summer) I’m assuming that my little balls of fluff haven’t quite gotten round to shedding their tufty winter coat yet. Indoor cats can shed (or retain) their fur all year round because they don’t need that protection from the cold wind; hence the reason that I regularly find cat-sized tumbleweed balls – or should that be tumblehair balls? – under the bed.
She’s not sure…
You see, my cats have always been indoor cats (no amount of coaxing with treats would encourage them to go outside unless they really wanted to) which is one of the reasons why our little fluffies ended up in the cat rescue shelter in the first place. They refused to go outside to the loo (well, would you?) so the previous owner gave them up because they didn’t want to deal with a litter tray. And lucky for me that they did, because now I’m the cat mummy of these two stubborn-but-loving creatures.
What do most people do when they take some time off work? Go away on holiday? Take a day trip to the coast? Treat themselves to a lovely meal? Or if you’re like me, spend all my time off indoors, decorating my home office. In preparation for going back to work. Hmm…The fantastic news is that the office makeover is going really well… now! It look a long time to prepare the room for decorating as there we two layers of wallpaper on the walls (more woodchip again, urgh!) and I even had to steam textured wallpaper off the ceiling. The radiator needed replacing and all the neon green woodwork had to be painted. And last week we were finally able to put up the wallpaper. Continue reading “My home office makeover – decorating & shopping for decor” »
Today’s blog post is all about make-do-and-mend and how you can use fabric dyes to makeover your wardrobe. Plus there’s a giveaway to win a bundle of goodies from DYLON worth £50 so read on to enter the competition below 🙂
We all have that special someone in our lives. It could be your best friend, your partner, a sibling, mum or grandparent. Someone who brings magic to our lives through the tiniest of gestures. A smile, a squeeze of your hand, getting up for that late night baby feed even though it’s your turn, being on hand with a steaming cup of coffee when it’s been a rough night. In the chaos of day-to-day life it can be hard to find time to do something special every now and then just to tell that special someone that we love them, or we defer our special gestures for birthdays, anniversaries or seasonal holidays.
Sometimes, it’s nice to do something special “just because”, but you don’t want to compromise your family’s finances with frivolous gestures. The temptation when we’re feeling grateful or loved up can be to overspend on our loved ones, but we all know this isn’t sustainable (and besides, it’s the gesture and not the expense that our partners value). So here are some little ways you can make that special someone feel extra special without breaking the bank.
Slip a note in their pocket
Everyone loves an unexpected gesture, and your partner will love putting their hand into their pocket and finding an unexpected note. This can be done at no expense by hand writing a few words (it doesn’t need to be War and Peace, just a sentence or two is enough to make their day). Or, if you feel like doing something really special check out these personalized thank you notes for an extra beautiful and elegant way to thank them for the everyday things they do that make you love them.
Modern life can be hectic sometimes. Believe me, after a week off work, I feel like I’ve been thrown right back in at the deep end and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Most people experience stress and (even though the causes of stress are unique to each person) a survey conducted in the UK may indicate some of the common causes. According to Mind the most stressful thing in most peoples’ lives is their job. This hardly a surprise; a job is necessary, and with lots of people not feeling secure in their current employment, it is quite easy to start to become worried about losing work and needing to find more.
Even if you are pretty sure that you’re going to be staying where you are for a while, you may then start to become anxious about how you get on with your employees or whether you will be able to complete all your work on time. Deadlines, meetings, and pitches are all great ways to raise your blood pressure! The second most common cause of stress is financial problems, which was cited by 17% of respondents. This is usually connected to work too; if you don’t have enough money, you will need to take on extra work. Dealing with work under circumstances of financial hardship is particularly difficult. Continue reading “Need to relax? How to make your evenings more peaceful” »
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