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Upgrade your living space on a budget

By July 28, 2014 Lifestyle

If you’re lusting after a new look for your living space from a point of distinct pecuniary disadvantage, don’t despair. While the gorgeous oriental rugs and wood-burning stove might have to wait, you can initiate your own $100 makeover, but without a sheet of MDF, tacky feature wall or redundant woodblock ornament in sight.




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5 Outdoor Jobs that Break the 9-5 Grind

By July 24, 2014 Business

If you are over the monotony and constraints of working 9 to 5 in an office, the prospect of an outdoor job will probably interest you greatly.

The benefits of working outdoors are immediately appealing: fresh air, sunshine and the opportunity to be closer to nature. However, some people may feel threatened by the types of work that are typically done outdoors, but the good news is that many outdoor jobs can be done safely. For example, the job of a window cleaner working at heights may be perceived as perilous. Thanks to height safety specialist companies, equipment can be used, and strategies developed, to enhance worker safety. For more information and specific examples, get in touch with experts like Safe at Heights .

So, what are 5 of the best of the outdoor jobs that can set you free from the 9 to 5 grind?

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Top 4 finance jobs for your future

By July 22, 2014 Business

There’s an awkward moment in every university graduate’s life. It’ll usually happen on graduation day. As you clutch your degree like a lover, a relative or close friend will approach you and, motioning towards your new qualification, ask, “So what are you going to do with that, then?”

And you’ll be stumped, stammering worse than a teenage boy trying to speak to a girl he fancies. But if that degree you’re clutching is in finance, here are a few occupations you can consider for your future.

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For a truly taxing position, you could do worse than move into the world of tax. With a ton of tax recruitment sites available online, it’s a niche that’s being well catered for – and it’s a sector that’s continually strong.

But what do people in tax actually do? Essentially, they exist to minimise tax liability for businesses or individuals.

It might sound like dry work, but it’s actually stimulating in the same vein as a Sudoku puzzle. If filling out tax returns, balancing books and advising clients sounds like your cup of currency-based tea, give it a go.

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The university alternative: distance learning

By July 21, 2014 TSM Friends

As students campaign against budget cuts and staff culls at universities across the UK, it’s easy to feel disillusioned by the world of further education.

Indeed, with tuition fees costing upwards of £9,000 – and a recent admission from MPs stating that the current student loan system was unworkable – heading to university without owning a stash of gold can seem like nothing more than a pipedream.

Unless you can procure a student loan or bursary, then chances are that affording entry into university is a mite unrealistic. But, especially with ballooning fees, there are effective alternatives at hand – and they won’t leave you in lifelong debt.

The internet, for instance, has made gaining new qualifications a dawdle compared to those dark Ethernet cable-free lives we used to live. To try distance learning just a decade ago was the educational equivalent of those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey hitting a bone against some rocks.

You’d have to send and receive essays and materials via post, fidgeting with tiny first class stamps when all you wanted was to learn something. When you finally did procure your course materials or test result, you had usually succumbed to old age.

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