Should you check emails outside working hours?

French employees have been given the right to ignore emails outside office hours – but what if your office hours are all over the place? So France has done the decent thing and passed a new law that forces companies with more than 50 workers to give staff the right to disconnect from their emails […]

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Competition – win a pair of Georgiana Scott Hoop Station earrings

We’re very excited to have teamed up with the celebrity favourite brand Georgiana Scott to offer one lucky reader a free pair of gorgeous Hoop Station earrings. Treat yourself to a Christmas present you really want that will update and invigorate your working wardrobe, whether you’re in an office or WFH. The Lago di Como […]

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Flexible working – Louise Harris MBACP counsellor

What do you do? I’m a self-employed counsellor who works with a range of issues across three practices for Harley Street Counselling & Training. I’m based in Harley Street, Marylebone W1G, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Rochester, both in Kent. I set up self-employment under the name of Freedom Living Counselling and got work for Harley Street […]

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Entrepreneurs: Rebecca Newenham, founder of Get Ahead VA

Rebecca Newenham, founder and CEO of Get Ahead

  What do you do? I run the virtual assistant agency Get Ahead VA. I started the business in 2010 after recognising a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy. Now my team of over […]

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First week as a self-employed SAHM

So, after months of deliberation, preparation and strained nerves, I’ve finally done it. I’m now officially self-employed (after spending a few minutes on HMRC’s website). So here’s where the journey begins – the challenge of finding flexible work, of being there for the boys and not missing out on any more of those (ahem) precious […]

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Finding a flexible career: Julie Read, founder of Portfolio Oomph

As more parents, particularly women, are finding it difficult to juggle family life with full-time careers, we talk to people who have left their 9-5 jobs to set up new companies, and more flexible ways of working. What do you do?I run an online hub called Portfolio Oomph that advises students who are applying for art college.  The […]

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When should mothers take a career break?

Everyone thinks the first few years are the hardest, but could we need a second maternity leave once our children become teenagers? “Babies are easy, anyone can look after them, it’s when they get to teenagers things really start to get difficult, I took two years off work when my daughters were 13 and 15 […]

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Flexible working: Melissa Mitchell, CEO and founder of VOLO

Struggling to juggle your career with childcare? Is your 9-5 incompatible with family life? This series talks to inspirational parents who are finding new flexible ways of working and finds out what it’s really like making it on your own What do you do?  I’m the founder and CEO of Volo Group, a social enterprise that uses […]

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Five tips for new investors

Pink piggy bank - investing as part of your future.

Investing as part of a portfolio career A few years ago I had a go at investing in some shares. I didn’t put much in, but I wanted to learn how to do it, and also have a bit of fun. I made a little bit but lost most of it. Lesson learnt. But with […]

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