Month: May 2017

The distractions come thick and fast when you’re working from home – daytime TV, housework, knocks at the door, and cold callers on the phone all do their best to break your concentration.

And then the cat seems to need feeding every five minutes – while there’s no doubting having a pet around the place can help alleviate the loneliness that can come with working from home, they’re not always great for productivity…

…but they’re nothing compared to having a baby around the house while you’re trying to work – so, if you’re a work from home parent, is it time you considered taking on a nanny?

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Costa Rica is one of Latin America’s most stable countries – its population of just under 5 million has an open economy that is focussed on agriculture, industrial production, services, and tourism.

There are many well known UK businesses that are now established over there, including  AstraZeneca, Glaxosmithkline, and Land Rover.

So if you’re planning on exporting to Costa Rica, here’s everything you need to know…

Around the world Conference calling Guides & How-Tos

It’s probably safe to say no two offices are the same – although jobs may be the similar, and environments comparable, the people that make up each workforce will be different, and bring with them their own personality quirks that give each workplace its own character.

But, as anyone who has ever watched The Office will attest to, there are some constants in pretty much every office – the office joker, the jobsworth, the over-friendly boss, the list goes on.

And then there are those things you’ll never hear in any office. Ever.


With a population of 48 million people, Colombia is the third largest country in Latin America, and it’s economy is the 28th largest in the world.

The UK has recorded investments of around £11 billion in Colombia since the turn of the millennium and is the country’s second largest investor, after the United States.

And although still relatively small, UK exports to Colombia increased by 126% between 2009 and 2012 and the total UK exports of goods to Colombia reached £303 million in 2012.

The UK’s main exports to Colombia include:

  • Whisky (accounting for as much as 16% of total UK export to Colombia)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Machinery
  • Chemicals

So there are definite investment opportunities out there and the structure is in place for UK businesses to make a go of it in this South American powerhouse.

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Updated, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

If you’ve started up on your own, you’ll be conscious of the need to keep overheads low – and working from home can work out a lot cheaper than renting out office space.

And having employees is no reason to rent out separate office space, you can simply kit them out with a laptop and a smartphone and some other essential tools for remote working and they’ll be able to do their job just as well wherever they are.

If you need to collaborate on anything you could arrange to meet up at your home office, a coffee shop or conduct a meeting via conference call.

There comes a point, however, when you outgrow your home office – the trouble is though, you may not be aware or willing to accept you have.

So here are five telltale signs you’ve outgrown your home office…

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