How to Make Remote Working Work for You

This is a guest post by Belle Cooper, co-founder of Hello Code. The post first appeared on Toptal  – a service focused on connecting and hiring freelancers across the world (republished with permission).

One of the best parts of working remotely is the flexibility it provides. Perhaps the most obvious benefit of remote working for the employee or contractor is that you can work in a way that suits you. Very few on-site jobs provide the flexibility to work where, when, and how you want.Read More »

Creating a home workspace that inspires

I’ve been working from home now for 8 years. In the early days, I started working from our dining room table. It wasn’t long before I realised that wasn’t a long term solution (if you’ve ever sat on a hard wooden chair for longer than 30 minutes, you’ll know that it soon gets incredibly uncomfortable!). At that time we had no children so we decided to turn our spare room into an office space. I loved it – a light bright room, relaxing pale green walls and white furniture including a lovely bespoke glass desk. It was so bright and airy. Then boom! Two weeks having completed the new office, we found out we were expecting our first child. My home office quickly became the nursery.Read More »

Business trips: How to cope with leaving the kids

I’m fortunate to travel as part of my day job. I say fortunate now, but I remember the first time I left my children for a business trip to the USA. I spent weeks worrying about it. How would they cope? How would I cope? What if something happened to them? What if something happened to me? Quite often the thought of being away is worse than the reality but I’ve learnt over the years that there are things I can do to make the whole trip run more smoothly for me,Read More »

Work-life balance for parents – my top 10 tips

Finding work-life balance is very much still a journey of discovery for me. Since becoming a mum six years ago, I’ve had the sometimes very difficult task of balancing being a working mum, wife, researcher, writer and generally trying to fit all the pieces of our lives together in some form of organised way. Sometimes the pieces fit together nicely and sometimes I feel like I’m flailing around in the dark trying to find a pause button.

I know I’m not alone. Many of us struggle to find a balance between work and family life and, somewhere in between, trying to find some time for our own rest and relaxation. I am no expert at this (you should see my to-do list!) but I have learnt some coping strategies and techniques that work for me, so I wanted to share my top 10 tips in the hope that it might help others:Read More »

Returning to work: 3 things I wish I’d known at the time

When I returned to work after maternity leave the first time, I literally spent months thinking about it, worrying about it and feeling guilty. Surely my first priority should be my son? Why would I leave him for hours at a nursery for someone else to look after him? What would people think? I was torn between wanting to go back to the job I loved and doing what I thought at the time was right for my son. I remember vividly the first time I went to look at a nursery. I really just wanted to run from there crying because I felt so guilty about leaving my little boy.Read More »

Lessons and tips for working from home

I’ve been working from home now for 8 years and it’s been a learning curve. There’s no doubt that working from home can be a great way to balance work and life but it can also bring some challenges. I definitely don’t miss the commute, trundling along the motorway at a depressingly slow 20 miles an hour. And I do love the flexibility that working from home brings with it. But I have learnt that successful working from home takes dedication, discipline and some serious focus. If you have ideas of getting up late, working in your pyjamas and taking 4 hour lunch breaks, then the likelihood is that you’re not going to get much work done.

So what have I learnt along the way…Read More »