Make money from your home

In the new sharing economy, if you have something you’re not using, chances are some clever soul has created a business that links you to potential customers. Always read the small print and check what might affect your insurance. But once you look on these sites you’ll be surprised how many of your neighbours are already using them.   Rent your parking space If you … Continue reading Make money from your home

Know your rights to sick pay

Citizen’s Advice issued a statement in February, saying that some employers are tricking their employees out of sick pay.   The most common tactics they see are: The cancelling of shifts after an employee has called in sick, so that it looks as if they weren’t meant to be working and therefore no wages appear to have been lost Reducing hours or wages so that … Continue reading Know your rights to sick pay

What not to do

We all have financial bad habits. Grief can throw us so far off our game that we don’t even see them. These three ways of thinking are common.
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Let’s work together

In tough times our social capital is every bit as important as our financial resources. But it’s a mistake to think of them as separate. There are lots of old and new ways of connecting with others that also boost your bottom line.
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How to bankroll your next move

It might be easier than you think to broaden your horizons. Whether you want to gain a specific vocational qualification or try something just to prove you can, there is a world of free and funded opportunities.   For example, did you know that top universities offer courses online for free? Or that there are countries where the colleges and universities don’t charge tuition fees? … Continue reading How to bankroll your next move

A personal finances First Aid kit

At the worst possible time and incredibly unreasonably, you are forced to become an amateur accountant. This is ridiculous but it is happening. Also, it’s going to last for a while. Let’s use it as an opportunity to sort out the basics and prepare for the future.   In our First Aid kit we’re packing essential sources of information, important documents, plans for funds and … Continue reading A personal finances First Aid kit

How to complain

Done sensibly, complaining helps you tone up your self-esteem while you help companies manage their reputations.   Why you should complain more   Good companies, like good people, welcome the chance to correct mistakes or make amends   You send a powerful message to yourself that says ‘I can do this’. If you are wronged and say nothing, you are telling yourself that you can’t … Continue reading How to complain

Insights from a career coach

Bereavement can make us create dramatic changes in our lives. A drop in household income can make some changes essential. I asked one of the UK’s leading career coaches, Corinne Mills of Personal Career Management, how best to handle big career moves at a time like this.
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Cutting car costs

Whether you’re locked into a battle with teens over getting rid of a second car, or just really don’t feel up to taking up cycling right now, read on…
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Politicians talk funeral poverty

Stories of families being unable to afford funerals have hit the headlines. The campaign for Fair Funerals has won awards and the support of a national newspaper. But what are the politicians doing?
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Templates to help with writing all those official letters

For problems with debt, housing, refunds, insurance companies or pensions, somewhere there is a letter template to help you find the right words.   The website of the Money Advice Service has a series of letter templates that you can download. These include death notification letters to banks, building societies, mortgage providers and pension providers   There are a surprising amount of letter templates … Continue reading Templates to help with writing all those official letters

Breaking the spending habit

My spending habits were starting to bother me. I wouldn’t say I’m a shopaholic but I’m definitely a comfort shopper. I decided to read up and share.
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