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Document Archiving For Those Who Work From Home

All businesses, including those run from home, need to practice effective document archiving. This is the storage or preservation of information. More and more organisations are placing their documents onto digital files, as this gives them the ability to store a greater amount of data with ease, and they can increase the lifespan of documents. Nevertheless, there are lots of documents that will need to be kept in paper format. It is important to be able to deal with both options effectively. With that being said, read on to discover more about the rules of business document archiving.

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  •    Audit your documents – There is only one place to begin when it comes to archiving documents, and this is to audit your documents effectively. You need to determine what documents you need to keep in their original format, what documents can be scanned, which documents you can keep online, and which ones need to be thrown away. You don’t want to take up valuable storage space for documents that you do not actually need, which is why this part of the process is so important.
  •    Get up to speed with the law – There is legislation in place regarding what type of documents businesses need to keep in their original format. Therefore, it is important to get up to speed with this so that you do not end up throwing away something that could be important down the line. If HMRC want to carry out a tax investigation and you have thrown out your vital documents and records, you could find yourself in deep water. Nevertheless, there are many documents that you are allowed to keep in digital format these days, and thus this is something that is worth keeping in mind.

  •    Choosing a location – When it comes to the physical storage of your documents, it is vital to choose a self storage location with care. A lot of people opt for an offsite solution for a number of reasons. Not only is this ideal for those that have outgrown their current office space, but it can be a lot more secure as well. Nevertheless, you do need to think about accessibility, as you will want to ensure you can easily get your hands on your records whenever you need them.

  •    Know retention rates – It is also vital to ensure you get to grips with retention rates. If you get rid of anything earlier than you should, you could find that you get in trouble in terms of non-compliance. However, you will also want to make sure you get rid of any documents whenever you can. This will free up some space and it will reduce the chance of a data breach if you do not hold onto documents for longer than you need to.

All things considered, if you follow the four points that have been mentioned above, you will have a much greater chance of achieving document achieving success for your home business. This is something you need to approach with a proper plan of action to ensure everything is organised and handled efficiently.

5 Tips for a Wedding on a Budget

Last summer, it was reported that UK wedding costs had reached an all-time high, with the average rising to just over £30000. If you are engaged or thinking about getting married soon, numbers like that might fill you with dread. The engagement ring is one thing, but the idea of spending that much on one day might seem a little much.

While it would be lovely to spend that kind of money and have whatever we want, the reality for most of us is that if we wanted to splash the cash in such an extortionate way the only option would be to get into massive amounts of debt, which isn’t always a great way to start married life. Or even an option for all of us.

But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful wedding on a much smaller budget. Many people manage to do it on less than £5000, without spending more than they can afford, or regretting their choices. Here are some great tips to help you to get married on a budget.

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Prioritise

If you’ve always wanted a band, look here, to find one. If the honeymoon means more than the wedding, go for it. If you want a big meal, or something a little different food wise, have it. Just make cuts elsewhere. Break your budget down into sections, assigning money to every part of your wedding. Spend less on the things that aren’t important to you, and more on your priorities.

Don’t Be A Slave to Tradition

You don’t have to have flowers, just because it’s the tradition. You don’t have to have wedding cars or fancy invites. You certainly don’t need save the date cards or centrepieces. Don’t feel like you have to have everything that everyone else does. If these things are important to you, that’s fine. If they’re not, they are great places to save money.

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Venues, entertainers, caterers and even hairdressers could charge you more on Saturdays in the summer. Weddings in the winter and mid-week are often much cheaper than summer weekend weddings.

It’s also worth skipping the word “wedding” when you speak to suppliers. This little word could inflate costs massively. Just tell them that you are planning a party if possible.

It’s Who You Know

You probably know loads of people that could help. It’s time to call in favours or to ask people for help, instead of wedding presents. Ask yourself if you know anyone that could bake a cake, or DJ your reception. Are there any photographers on your friends’ list that could give you a discount?

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Keep Your Number Small

When it comes to a wedding, people cost money. Every person that you invite costs you money in food, invitations, favours, and drinks. A wedding with 100 guests is much more costly than one with 50.

When it comes to your guest list, don’t fall into the “If I invite her, I have to invite him” trap. You don’t have to invite anyone. It’s your wedding. Instead, ask yourself if you’d buy them a meal usually, if not, do you really need them at your wedding?

Finding Time for Yourself as Mum: A Guide

Do you struggle to find time for yourself during the day? By the time the kids are in bed are you too tired to do anything? It can be hard to make your kids and partner understand there are times when you need to be alone. It’s also easy to fill your schedule with so many activities, commitments and caring for others that you forget about yourself.

To stay balanced, positive and happy it’s vital for every mum to take a break every now and again. You’re probably thinking, “Well, that’s easier said than done.” An understandable reaction, however, there are things you can do to solve the problem.

Start Small

Rather than stress about finding several hours for yourself, start small with five minutes here and there. Spend time simply looking out of the window. Lay down on the floor and let your mind wander. Sit in the backyard and enjoy vaping with the latest best vape starter kit. If you start small, you’ll soon find yourself with a couple of hours to spare for yourself.

Make a Schedule

Planning out your day means you’ll be able to see what time is free and allocate some of it for yourself. Getting up in the morning and going to bed at the same time will help with your routine. Choose to lay on the bed and read a book, take a nap, or plan your next home decorating project. Don’t be tempted to wash the dishes, do the laundry, or any other kind of housework during your allotted time.

Why not try introducing a different sleeping schedule and see if that makes a difference? If your kids are late risers, get up earlier than them and enjoy the peace and quiet before the house wakes up. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done when there are no interruptions. Likewise, at the end of the day, if you kids go to bed early, stay up a little later and enjoy some “you time”.

Develop a Support Network

You’re not the only mum struggling with the challenges of motherhood. Find some other mums you can relate to and plan some outings together. You’ll be sharing the responsibility of caring for the kids, so you’re all going to benefit from some “me time”. If you’ve got other mums, you can call on you’ll be better placed to take some time off for doing something you like.

It’s not just other mums you should look to for support. Ask a family member to come and take charge of the kids for a couple of hours. You might have a neighbour you can trust, and there’s always your partner you can call on.

Spending time with your children is one of the greatest pleasures of being a mum. It’s also important, however, that you spend time relaxing and de-stressing, in order to be the best mum you can be. You can’t be at their beck and call 24 hours a day, or you’ll burn out before you know it. Learn to take some time out for yourself and everyone in the family benefits.

13 Things To Consider Before Bringing A New Pet Into Your Home

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Although it may not seem like it, bringing a new pet into your home is an incredibly big decision to make. There are lots of different things you need to consider before you bring your pet home as you need to ensure it’s going to be in the best possible environment it can be. If you’ve never had pets before, it can be hard to know what sort of environment this is.

Whether you’re going to be getting a dog, cat or even a hamster, here are 13 things you need to consider before you welcome them into your home:

  • Why Do You Want A Pet?

The first thing you need to think about is why do you want a pet? There are lots of different reasons for bringing a pet into your home, but if it is something you don’t think you’re going to be able to commit to looking after for as many as 20-25 years, then maybe it isn’t the best decision for you.

You may want to consider taking part in programmes like Borrow My Doggy to test the waters. You’ll be able to get a good idea as to whether or not it’s something you can fit into your current lifestyle, without having to bring a pet into your home permanently.

  • Can You Afford To Get A Pet?

Another important thing you need to consider before bringing a pet into your home is whether or not you can afford to give them the life they need. Having a pet can be expensive when you consider all of the food, toys, insurance and medical bills you will need to pay for. Try researching the average monthly cost for the pet you want, then see whether or not it will fit into your budget.

  • Will Your Landlord Allow It?

If you’re renting a home you may find that your tenancy agreement states you’re not allowed to have pets, so it’s important to check this before you bring a pet into your home.

You could also ask your landlord or estate agents personally. You may find that you’re able to pay an additional deposit as insurance for any pets causing damage to their home.

  • Will They Fit Into Your Lifestyle?

Depending on what kind of pet you want, you need to consider whether or not they will fit into your current lifestyle.

If you’re looking to bring a dog or cat in your home you will find that they’ll need much more attention than most other pets. This means that if you have a busy lifestyle where you don’t spend much time at home, then it may not be the be best pet for you and your family. If you’re looking for a pet that will fit into a busy lifestyle, you may be better suited to a rabbit or hamster.

  • What Pet Will You Be Getting?

It goes without saying that one of the most important things you need to consider is what kind of pet you’ll be getting. Make sure everyone in your family has a say in the decision, taking everyone’s opinion into account. Most of the time you’ll find you’re all on the same page, but when you’re making such a big decision it’s important everyone has a say – including your kids!

For a guide on deciding what pet to get, you can visit this handy guide here.

  • What Breed Do You Want?

If you’d like a dog, then it’s time to decide on a breed. This may be a simple decision but if you’re unsure it’s definitely worth doing your research as different breeds have very different temperaments.

  • Where Will You Be Getting Them From?

There are a lot of different places to get pets from including a pet store, a local home or from a rescue centre. Depending on where you choose to go there may well be different procedures to follow, so it’s important you do your research beforehand.

If you’re thinking of rescuing a cat or dog, make sure you’re preparing your home for a pet that may be a little bit more timid and scared based on their previous living conditions. Whilst this is an incredible way to help an animal in need, you need to ensure you’re offering them a living situation they feel safe and comfortable in. For more information on rescuing a pet, you can visit this site.  

  • How Will You Introduce Them Into Your Home?

Once you have decided what pet you’re getting and where you’re getting them from, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to start introducing them to your home. There are lots of tried and tested methods to ensuring your new pet doesn’t feel too overwhelmed, and that they settle in within the first few days.

Whilst it will definitely be a stressful experience for them moving into their new home, doing everything you can to make them feel comfortable will certainly make the entire process go quicker.

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  • What Changes Do You Need To Make In Your Home Before They Arrive?

If you need to make any changes to your home to help accommodate your new addition, it’s better to do them before they arrive. This could involve tidying away any cables, covering up and small holes and ensuring the doors are secure – basically anything that will keep them safe and out of harm’s way.

  • What Essentials Do You Need To Buy Before They Arrive?

There are lots of different things you need to purchase for your new pet before they arrive including a new bed, a stockpile of food and lots and lots of things to make them feel at home. Making sure you have the essentials (especially a bed) in place when they first arrive will help them get used to them straight away.

  • What Toys Will You Be Purchasing For Them?

If you want your new pet to feel comfortable from the moment they arrive, make sure you have lots of toys for them to play with. You’re better off buying a selection of different things, to begin with, letting them choose which their favourites are themselves. For example, dogs may want a mixture of rope toys to pull on, balls to throw about and chews – like this fun deer antler chew – to help them teethe.

  • Are You Well Stocked Up On Pet Food?

Making sure you’re well stocked with pet food will ensure you’re pet is getting everything they need. It may be hard to find a brand and taste they like at first so getting a couple of different varieties may be a good idea. Once you’ve discovered which one they like best you can purchase that brand moving forward.

It may also be worth stocking up on lots of different treats to help house-train them. They’re great for positive reinforcement and letting them know they’ve done a good job!

  • Have You Booked In Their First Vaccinations?

Most pets will need vaccinations to help ensure they’re fighting away illnesses, especially if you’re bringing them into your home at a young age. As soon as your new pet arrives make sure you book them in for an initial checkup, arranging any vaccinations they may need. For cats and dogs, it’s also important you’re protecting them against fleas and worms – something every veterinary surgery will offer.

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