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We’ve all been living with some sort of pandemic-induced restrictions for the best part of two years now. One of the positives  to come out of it all (depending upon your situation and conditions) was how work from home culture was quickly adopted.

Many businesses now offer work from home – or at least hybrid working – as standard. But the guidance on whether we all need to work from home or get back to the office is about to change. Here’s all you need to know.

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Accounting is one of the most arduous tasks a small business owner has to face – all you want to do is get on with the day-to-day running of things but each month you end up getting yourself lost in a mountain of receipts, bank statements, pay slips and credit notes.

The good news is, there is accounting software out there that can help, you just need to know exactly what it is you’re after to find the right software to suit your business needs.

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Portugal was one of pioneers of Europe’s exploration of the world in the 15th century, and although it has a long history of foreign trade, it is no longer the superpower it once was.

It’s currently the UK’s 13th largest export market in the EU, and 29th worldwide and sales of goods and services accounting for £1.8bn in 2011.

That said, its ties to its former colonies mean it’s still a gateway to a market of 250 million people worldwide, mostly in the Portuguese speaking markets of Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

Although there’s no time difference with the UK, the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, sits some 1,300 miles almost directly south of London and is around a two-and-a-half hour flight away – so a conference call is probably the most straightforward and certainly the most cost-effective way to stay in touch.

And here’s how to set up a conference call between UK and Portugal in just a few simple steps…

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We’re all well aware of the impact that Covid-19  has had on people’s physical health, but what effect has the pandemic had on people’s mental health? A new study has found that a quarter of adults have developed mental health issues over the last 18 months.

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The government has cut the length of time that people with Covid-19 have to spend in self-isolation from seven days to five days. The changes will take effect from Monday.

This means that if you or any of your employees get hit by Covid, you’ll not need to spend as long in self-isolation. Although the advice remains to work from home wherever possible.

We asked several business owners what they made of the the relaxed rules. Here’s what they had to say.

Coronavirus News Small business

On the face of it, working from home is the eco-friendly way to do the nine-to-five – no commute, no office energy consumption, and everyone is in control of their own energy efficiency. This also seems to have been proven by the fact that air quality improved massively when we were all locked down in 2020.

But the reality isn’t quite that straightforward.

Inspiration Work from home

This coming Monday (January 17, 2021) is Blue Monday – said to be the most depressing day of the year. The reason it’s so glum? It’s the perfect storm of bad weather, post-Christmas debt levels, failing New Year’s resolutions, low motivation and distance from payday.

Although there are no lockdown restrictions as there were this year, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 appeare to be rampant, so we could be in for another doubly miserable day.

If you work from home, your outlook can be even more gloomy as you’re stuck between the same four walls for the best part of every day, chasing invoices from work that you hoped would be paid before Christmas. If you’re suffering from work from home fatigue, our top tips to battle work from home burnout could come in handy.

Here are some top tips to help you beat the Blue Monday blues.

Guides & How-Tos Work from home

We’ve been banging the work from home drum for years now, but even we can see that it’s not for everyone – at least not full time. Since the pandemic kicked off, many workplaces have adopted a hybrid model where possible – that’s when employees work a couple of days at home and spend a couple in the office.

But if you’re having to work at home all the time, there’s a chance that you could be getting tired of being stuck in the same spare room and sick of staying at home all day. If this sounds like you, here’s how to beat work from home burnout.

Guides & How-Tos Inspiration Work from home

2G and 3G mobile networks are going to be phased out by 2033 to help increase security and support the transition to networks with faster speeds.

The plans were announced by Nadine Dorries, the UK’s Digital Secretary, ahead of a trip to Washington DC and New York to discuss how the USA and the UK can co-operate on a transatlantic data policy.

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British exports to Poland tripled over the last decade and Poland has a larger trade surplus with Britain than with any other country. Although Brexit could have serious implications on trade, if you’re already trading over there then you won’t want to sever ties, if possible.

It’s hardly practical to commute to and from Poland to stay in touch with contacts, and  a teleconference – or conference call – is a practical and cost-effective way to do so. Here’s how to set up a conference call using nothing more than a landline or mobile phone.

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