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Own your own home-based business? If so, it can be said that Monday through Friday, your home office is your sanctuary. Whether you are a freelancing creative, customer service extraordinaire, or other small business owner, we have scoured the internet for the six best home offices.
But first, what does it take to have a great home office? Below are the five factors we took into consideration:
- Efficient Furniture
When it comes to your workspace, seating arrangements and desktop are key. Comfort should also come into play. After all, a home office is an extension of your home.
- Clutter-free Workspace
The general rule of thumb is if you don’t use it every day, it doesn’t need to be left out. Investing in simple, inexpensive storage that can keep your wires out of sight is a great hack.
- Stimulating Supplies
Experts say most companies give their employees small desk toys to stimulate creativity and production. A few toys may not only be whimsical touches but may also increase the effectiveness of your productivity and that of your workers.
- Natural Light
Good sources of light encourage energy and focus. Natural light is even better. It boosts your mood and helps your body adjust to a better sleep pattern when it comes time to turn in.
- Personal Touches
Whether it be adding an accent wall, artwork, or inspirational quotes – adding personal touches to your home office can enhance your motivation. The real fun of a home office is that YOU are in control of its interior design. Feng Shui away!
To view the images and see the complete list, read the full article on the Arise Home-Based Business Blog.
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Nurses have more opportunities, resources, and authority than ever before. Nursing offers the flexibility to balance family life with a career that offers ample room for advancement.. Nurses also have greater job security, and can even travel around the world as part of their job.
1. Schedule Flexibility
You can work days or nights, or in positions with a regular nine-to-five schedule. You can work three 12-hour shifts in a row and have a long weekend to spend with your kids. If you need to make time for a doctor’s appointment or a Little League game, you can easily rearrange your schedule by talking to your supervisor or finding someone else to cover your shift.
2. Great Salary and Benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an associate’s degree a registered nurse (RN) makes $65,470 per year. Nurse practitioners make an average of $96,460 per year. With a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, there is the potential to earn a six-figure salary. A nurse educator at a traditional nursing college can make up to $140,000 a year. Plus, nurses of all skill levels receive great health and dental benefits and can also receive life insurance or retirement pensions.
Everyone knows the major job interview no-no’s: showing up late, asking about salary and benefits, being unprepared to ask questions about the company. Yet there are other, more subtle ways that women sabotage themselves in job interviews, often in an effort to seem pleasant and agreeable. The problem is, these mistakes don’t impress interviewers, and often lead to lower offers.
Here are five of the most common mistakes women make without even realizing it.
1. Complimenting the interviewer’s appearance
You might be tempted to say that you love her glasses or her shoes, but don’t. Mentioning an interviewer’s physical appearance can appear unprofessional, and create the impression that you aren’t serious. Focus your compliments on professional achievements and save the “I love your shoes!” for after you get the job.
2. Saying “I don’t know” or “I’ve never”
When an interviewer asks about something you don’t have experience with, it’s natural to want to admit it. Employers value a willingness to learn so instead of highlighting your inexperience by saying, “Well, I’ve never been in a situation like that,” or “I don’t really know,” answer in a way that affirms that you want to — and can — learn how to handle those scenarios.
The fact that women are underrepresented within the information security industry is well documented. Recent surveys indicate that women comprise less than 15 percent of the current workforce and among those who do work in the field, turnover is high.
However, many Cybersecurity companies are making positive changes to help attract and retain women in this rapidly expanding field. Overall, companies are welcoming to women, but it’s often the culture and expectations of working in such a male-dominated field that are keeping women away. Organizations making great strides toward filling more security roles with women are addressing some of the most common barriers to female achievement in Cybersecurity.
While women are better represented than ever in the business world, there is no denying that there is still work to do in terms of achieving equality. Hundreds of studies have looked at gender imbalance and identified areas for improvement, and studies by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of California, Berkley suggest that a significant portion of the blame for the inequities — extending from MBA programs to the corner office — falls on one key difference between men and women: ethics.
Overall researchers find women tend to value ethics more than men do in business, and are not as likely to compromise ethical principles, even if it means less success for them or their company.
Understanding the Goals of Business
For generations, the underlying goal of all MBA programs has been to teach students how to maximize company value, whether in a mom-and-pop shop or a multinational corporation. In the wake of a number of high-profile scandals, many business schools are placing a greater emphasis on ethics, and training students to engage in ethical decision-making that accounts for all of the moral implications of potential actions.
The New York Times reports that average amount of space per office worker in North America dropped to 176 square feet in 2012, from 225 in 2010, and that real estate experts say there is no doubt that workers are being shoehorned into even less space. This means that everyone will get to hear those loud calls about how long your mother-in-law will be staying or why the $1,500 medical bill the collection agency insists you owe should really be covered by insurance, the paper says.