1.23.2018

Is Retirement Really the Most Careless Period of Life?




Most people think that once they retire, the only thing they’ll have to worry about is how to spend their newly gained free time. It is true that for most people, retirement is the time of happiness and relaxation, but even though not going to work has its benefits, it also comes with problems that you might not have thought about. So, if you’d like to learn how to make the best of this golden period of your life, here are some issues you can expect and ways of dealing with them.

Health

It’s safe to say that your health will definitely not be the same as when you were in your 20s. You might have all the time you need to travel around the world, but you could also lack the energy to do so. Or, perhaps you’ve finally decided to take those French classes you’ve always wanted, but focusing on grammar and memorizing new words is much harder in your 60s than it would have been in your 30s. This doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of finally seeing Paris though; start thinking about your health in advance and make sure that you are as healthy as you can be at any point in life. Exercise, eat well, play games that improve and maintain your brain function, and you will be able to use the free time you get when you retire much more efficiently.

Finances

The finances might be one of the biggest worries when it comes to retiring. After all the traveling and treating yourself to celebrate your newly gained “freedom”, will you have enough money for a comfortable life? Many retirees today are living on a bare minimum and hardly making ends meet just because they haven’t prepared well, so it’s definitely something you should think about before you retire.
There are many online tools that can help you calculate your income, organize your finances, and save up for the future. Besides your basic income, you should also take into account any potential debts, valuable assets, and your social security. For example, when speaking of social security, you should think about when you will want to collect it since the amount you get varies depending on when you decide to use it.
Plus, since your resources will naturally diminish, you should also consider investing in a skill that you will be able to use even after you retire. Such a skill can not only become a source of income, but it can also offer you something to look forward to and dedicate your time to.


Loneliness

Even if you find yourself enjoying your life in one of the amazing luxury retirement homes, the chances are that you will still miss your family and friends once your job no longer gets you out of your home every day. Plus, as much as we all hate thinking about it, the fact is that the older we are, the fewer friends we have – some pass on before us, some become estranged, some are too busy to socialize, and some are simply too far to reach. The same goes for our family members – most of them are too busy taking care of the youngest family members to even think about the oldest.
That being said, there are always ways to connect and reconnect with your loved ones, and as a retiree, you should have plenty of time for that. Make use of technology and learn how to Skype, arrange fun events with your grandchildren, and catch up with your old friends, even if it’s just for a coffee once every few months. Once you get old, quality conversations are one of the best things you can have, so find people with whom you can share your thoughts and experiences – and listen to theirs.

Is Retirement Really the Most Careless Period of Life?

Most people think that once they retire, the only thing they’ll have to worry about is how to spend their newly gained free time. It is true that for most people, retirement is the time of happiness and relaxation, but even though not going to work has its benefits, it also comes with problems that you might not have thought about. So, if you’d like to learn how to make the best of this golden period of your life, here are some issues you can expect and ways of dealing with them.

Health

It’s safe to say that your health will definitely not be the same as when you were in your 20s. You might have all the time you need to travel around the world, but you could also lack the energy to do so. Or, perhaps you’ve finally decided to take those French classes you’ve always wanted, but focusing on grammar and memorizing new words is much harder in your 60s than it would have been in your 30s. This doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of finally seeing Paris though; start thinking about your health in advance and make sure that you are as healthy as you can be at any point in life. Exercise, eat well, play games that improve and maintain your brain function, and you will be able to use the free time you get when you retire much more efficiently.

Finances

The finances might be one of the biggest worries when it comes to retiring. After all the traveling and treating yourself to celebrate your newly gained “freedom”, will you have enough money for a comfortable life? Many retirees today are living on a bare minimum and hardly making ends meet just because they haven’t prepared well, so it’s definitely something you should think about before you retire.
There are many online tools that can help you calculate your income, organize your finances, and save up for the future. Besides your basic income, you should also take into account any potential debts, valuable assets, and your social security. For example, when speaking of social security, you should think about when you will want to collect it since the amount you get varies depending on when you decide to use it.
Plus, since your resources will naturally diminish, you should also consider investing in a skill that you will be able to use even after you retire. Such a skill can not only become a source of income, but it can also offer you something to look forward to and dedicate your time to.

Loneliness

Even if you find yourself enjoying your life in one of the amazing luxury retirement homes, the chances are that you will still miss your family and friends once your job no longer gets you out of your home every day. Plus, as much as we all hate thinking about it, the fact is that the older we are, the fewer friends we have – some pass on before us, some become estranged, some are too busy to socialize, and some are simply too far to reach. The same goes for our family members – most of them are too busy taking care of the youngest family members to even think about the oldest.
That being said, there are always ways to connect and reconnect with your loved ones, and as a retiree, you should have plenty of time for that. Make use of technology and learn how to Skype, arrange fun events with your grandchildren, and catch up with your old friends, even if it’s just for a coffee once every few months. Once you get old, quality conversations are one of the best things you can have, so find people with whom you can share your thoughts and experiences – and listen to theirs.

Goals

As you reach a certain age, it’s inevitable to start thinking about what you’ve achieved in life – and what you haven’t. One of the scariest thoughts any person can have is thinking about the person they could have been if they haven’t made certain mistakes or passed on certain opportunities because they thought there will always be “next time”. This is why the most important thing to do when you reach a certain age is accepting yourself. There is no point in thinking about the past when you can’t change it, and you will still have plenty of time to work on yourself when you retire. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, so don’t get discouraged.
As long as you are able and willing, you can keep learning new things, seeing new places, and meeting new people. Therefore, regardless of how close you are to your retirement, keep in mind that the only true way to be happy with who you are is to let go of your past mistakes and start enjoying your present.

As relaxing and liberating as it might sound, retirement is a period that comes with certain worries in terms of finances, health, redefining one’s identity, and socializing. This is why it’s important to think in advance and be well prepared for this change of lifestyle. If you stay positive, motivated, and healthy, you can rest assured that your retirement will be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. 


Goals

As you reach a certain age, it’s inevitable to start thinking about what you’ve achieved in life – and what you haven’t. One of the scariest thoughts any person can have is thinking about the person they could have been if they haven’t made certain mistakes or passed on certain opportunities because they thought there will always be “next time”. This is why the most important thing to do when you reach a certain age is accepting yourself. There is no point in thinking about the past when you can’t change it, and you will still have plenty of time to work on yourself when you retire. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, so don’t get discouraged.
As long as you are able and willing, you can keep learning new things, seeing new places, and meeting new people. Therefore, regardless of how close you are to your retirement, keep in mind that the only true way to be happy with who you are is to let go of your past mistakes and start enjoying your present.


As relaxing and liberating as it might sound, retirement is a period that comes with certain worries in terms of finances, health, redefining one’s identity, and socializing. This is why it’s important to think in advance and be well prepared for this change of lifestyle. If you stay positive, motivated, and healthy, you can rest assured that your retirement will be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. 

1.22.2018

The true benefits of networking for yound professionals


When you develop your career and competency to a point where you are more than able in your own skillset, a small shift can happen. Instead of continually thinking about networking and building connections in your field, it can feel as if this should happen automatically as of now. This is a negative attitude to take, because it doesn’t help matters in the least. Of course, it’s easy to see why someone would think that way. Surely becoming super-competent in your job role means people should seek YOU out right? Well, this isn’t always the case.

The true benefits of networking for professionals are hard to list in a small article. However, the most pressing are easy to explain. If you find yourself in this position, the following encouragement can help you:

Support Network

It’s always beneficial to have strong contacts no matter what industry you work in. This might mean you become privy to information before it becomes publicly known, or you are afforded insights hard to get elsewhere. It might mean you are introduced to notable people in your profession you would otherwise struggle to meet, or considered for job roles or contracts you would otherwise struggle to gain. It might be that your general freelancing network will grow as your reputation precedes you. No matter what profession you work in, knowing people in a positive context will always blow back positively towards you, but it does require some forms of social maintenance.

Furtherance Of Knowledge

No matter how educated you are, you always have something to learn. For example, we consider people involved in the medical industry to be incredibly learned, and that’s true. However, like anyone workers in this field can benefit from up to the minute reports and statistics, as well as communicate opinions recreationally about the best practices, preferences for certain tools and developments, alongside an internal sharing of news.

You’d be surprised how many industries offer this form of network both in person and online. For example, a pharmacist using a dependable pharmacy forum can find and discuss the latest developments in medication, and stay hyper-aware of the trends overtaking the industry. This furtherance of knowledge is critical to build, and thoroughly useful in all parameters.

Events

Heading to events displaying the latest and greatest products in your industry are fun to witness as a guest, but even more fun with backstage access. With the right network in your industry, the skillset you have will be celebrated in terms of the general company you keep. This might mean being given backstage access to certain product reveals, being invited to talk at events of your choosing, or generally being considered to help with brand promotion and paid as a result.

Networking is immensely useful for all skilled practitioners, as evidenced by this article. It requires upkeep, but it can add a value and immense understanding to your work. If you’re hoping for a way to revitalize your perceptions around your career, or you’re simply looking for a novel crowd of people to communicate your findings with, investing in your networking opportunities could be more than worth your time.

The compounding importance of hiring right staff


When it comes to developing your personal business interests, what you do is just as important as who you do it with. This latter factor can influence business deals you make, the ability you have to delegate authority, and the trustworthiness of the hands you place your business in. Every employee and partner, from the top of your hierarchy to the bottom, acts an as ambassador for your growing brand. This is why, from the very beginning, hiring the right staff is absolutely critical. We have further elaborated on this, as well as described the temperament of employees you need in essential roles, in the following article.

HR

A human resources manager or worker carries a very significant job role. Without it, your firm would quickly fall into employee dissatisfaction and disorganization. Employees need to feel that their grievances are being appropriately considered, and confidentially so. This means you need to stock this role with people who pride themselves on their care for people, but also people who can be firm, fair and make the necessary compromises when need be.

This role can be learned, but it does require a deft social hand to execute its responsibilities effectively. Anything less can quickly stain the morale of your workforce. We’d recommend placing your potential recruits through a stringent social exam. For example, placing a plant in your interview waiting room in plain clothes and having them strike up a conversation with those waiting can help inform you of how this person approaches socializing with a stranger. This can be immensely valuable and lend specific insight into their personality.

Payroll

Payroll staff need to run like clockwork. This is because they have a very heavy responsibility on their shoulders. You can run the best firm in the world, but if employees fail to be paid on the correct days due to a miscalculation or ineptitude, then the blowback will come strong and fast. Because payroll roles require a surgical degree of time planning, calculative skills and strong, immediate communication capacities, we’d recommend using payroll recruitment consultants to match you with the correct candidates from all over the world. These staff, if competent, are worth their weight in gold, so be sure to offer competent salaries to secure the great talent you need.

Ambassadors

While all staff act as ambassadors to a degree, some are more public and expressive in their role than others. For example, your support staff will interface with the public often, and so keeping their script, or the parameters in which they are trained tight and respectable is very important. However, social skills and general politeness does also matter.

However, ambassadors aren’t always those people who are completely socially adept. Sometimes, that’s not enough. A functioning, deep and historical knowledge of your brand is also essential for these staff members to contribute positively towards your overall offering. For this reason, we’d suggest hiring competent staff, and regularly training them in these matters. It’s easy for even the most competent employee to forget necessary details like this, but with the right training staff (preferably outsourced,) you can turn staff from any department into an excellent member of your team you would feel proud to have working your floor at a trade show.

Follow this advice, and your staff is sure to be competent, and a dynamic force to be reckoned with.

Finding income around the house

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We would all love to have an extra bit of cash in our pockets, and many people are sitting on near-goldmines without even realising it. Our homes are full of items, toys, books, and appliances that may not be of any use to you anymore, but there is always someone, somewhere who will be willing to pay cash for it, no matter what it is.

Searching around your home for things you may have forgotten even exist is an excellent way of finding quick cash. But it isn’t the only option. There are a plethora of possibilities to making extra money on top of your regular income that don’t even require you to leave the house. A treasure trove of passive income techniques awaits.

COLLECTABLES

Growing up in any era, from the 50s to the 90s means that there is probably some sort of collectable that is hidden away in the attic. These can range from classic diecast model cars to stuffed animals or records or comic books.

There are so many things to collect that there will no doubt always be somebody looking to buy. If you have boxes full of classic comics, for example, consider researching services such as Dylan Universe Comics which will take your old comic books and give you money back on them, depending on rarity and condition.

Additionally, while Beanie Babies didn’t become the jackpot everyone expected to, old toys from classic lines is something else. Typically, they will go to people who are itching to complete their collection or wanting to share their childhood with their own children. Finding anything from Lego to video games and everything in between is a surefire way to possibly make a large amount of money for little time at all.

ART

If you have a passion for art but have so far treated it merely as a hobby to pass the time, you might be surprised to discover that you can carry on enjoying your hobby as well as making money from it, too.

While you may not consider yourself talented enough to find any buyers (not with that attitude, anyway), you will never know until you try. Platforms such as Etsy and Facebook or Instagram can provide you with the ability to showcase your art and, as long as the prices seem fair, you might just find someone willing to splash out and give you a bank account buffer.

The same goes for photography. People are always looking for interesting snaps of everyday life, and not-so-everyday life, for use on their websites, their leaflets, or merely as something to hang in the living room. Like painting, you may be able to find someone who wants to use your photography, as long as you get paid for allowing it.

ELECTRONICS

Technology is evolving every day. Smartphones and tablets and music players that were once considered revolutionary just two or three years ago are now outdated. However, that doesn’t mean that they are worthless.

While most people might only want the latest Samsung or iPhone, there are some people who don’t care what sort of model they have, as long as it works. Selling your old electronics, from TVs to CD players, or even refrigerators and freezers, can bring in a hefty wedge of cash for something that might just be collecting dust in the garage.

A lot of the time, this is used to supply the less fortunate with a reliable piece of equipment where they don’t have the money to splash out on the latest technology. Not only will you be able to free up some space and make some money, but you will also be able to help those in need.

CLOTHES

Many people grow out of their clothes and donate them to charity or give them to a younger relative. However, if you feel that your ever-so-slightly out of season dress or jacket is still worth something, then researching places that will pay cash for clothes - so long as they aren’t torn or stained - is another option.

Typically, these places can be found around town or at local shelters. This is particularly true in the winter months, where you can sell old jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats that will then go to the homeless or at-risk individuals who maybe cannot afford to buy brand new.

While it is perhaps nobler to merely donate, there is nothing wrong with getting money back on your investments. Don’t treat it as a charity, but instead look towards the bigger picture. Some people are too proud to accept charity as it is, and so just knowing that your unneeded clothes will be put towards a good cause, or even recycled, should be good enough.

BOOKS

If you are someone who loves to read, you almost definitely have a house full of books that you have read once and never touched again. It can be hard to get rid of books, as often they hold sentimental value, but with the amount of availability of books nowadays, you can always buy another copy if need be.

Selling your books on Amazon Marketplace or similar platforms is an excellent way of making money as books, particularly college textbooks, will always be in demand, no matter how obscure they might be. You could have an authentic first edition lying somewhere, and you don’t even know it. The type of person who wants that edition is also the type who will pay top dollar (or pound or euro or peso) for it.

Furthermore, providing books for others is nothing but a brilliant thing. You get to inspire them with the same stories you grew up reading; they might just have their lives changed by what they read in what you sell. Everyone needs a good book in their life, so selling ones you won’t look at again is a fantastic idea.

Going on a hunt throughout the attic and in boxes that have been stacked away out of sight and mind could very quickly lead you to finding something that can bring in just a little extra cash. We’ve all spent a lot of money over the holiday season and so finding ways to get your finances back on track is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. 

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