With the dawn of a new decade, the inclination to reflect on the past seems stronger than ever. People are looking back, not just on the last year but on the last ten.
In January 2020, The Homeworker turns one so with just twelve months to reflect on, here is a look back what went on in 2019.
From magazine issues to interviews, to podcasts and awards ceremonies, the past year has been hugely eventful. Looking back lets you see how far you’ve come and what you’ve achieved, which you can miss or dismiss when you’re in the thick of the day to day and barely come up for breath!
A sign of the times and of how much homeworking is growing: in 2019, The Homeworker got mentions in The Guardian, the Evening Standard, Underpinned and on various other websites and blogs. I was interviewed on podcasts, wrote for Thrive Global and spoke at an event in London on the future of work and homeworking.
I’ve linked to some of the podcasts below.
Issue one of The Homeworker magazine launched.
In January 2019, we took homeworking and dug into all aspects of it: your healthy morning routine, organising your desk and home workspace, overcoming imposter syndrome, getting comfortable on camera and curbing desk time snacking with mindful eating practices.
The inaugural issue was received so well and you let us know with some wonderful messages and feedback.
It was followed by issue 2:
The money issue explored your self-worth. We heard from renowned money mindset coach and Chillpreneur author, Denise Duffield Thomas. We looked at how to set your prices, become more abundant, write your most effective to-do list, and we profiled some fascinating home business owners who gave us their lessons around self-care, juggling parenthood, achieving your goals and managing multiple businesses or passions.
Issue 3 of The Homeworker was all about communication
Issue 3, the communication issue, was a bumper issue full of tips around communicating effectively on social media, how to do your own PR, finding your story as well as how and where to share it. It looked at the art of communication and how it should be done both personally and professionally to avoid problems and upset. We explored healthy conversations, the power of using your voice, as well as an exercise to help you combat your negative self-talk.
It included articles on communicating with your body and tuning into and recognising the symptoms of stress and seeing which foods can help with particular symptoms and ailments.
Issue 4 of The Homeworker magazine looked at creativity
The final digital issue focused on creativity, something as homeworkers we need to find in ourselves when so reliant on our own talent and potential. It discussed unlocking your creative ability and how to think more creatively. We also talked about selling online and how you can model big business as a homeworker. We talked to artists and creatives about how they find inspiration and how to overcome creative blocks in your own work.
As part of the issue, we included the first Homeworker independent gift guide. A lovely guide full of Christmas gift ideas created and designed only by independent businesses and those based at home. With over 50 lovely, quality items, we were proud to support the #shopsmall initiative.
Supporting Flexible Working
In November, we exhibited at Flexpo – a fantastic expo promoting flexible working and the importance of offering flexible working conditions.
We met a lot of lovely people, spread the word about The Homeworker magazine and supported the initiative, which we will be covering in greater depth in 2020.
I met Anna Whitehouse of Mother Pukka fame. Stay tuned for more on this in future issues!
The first print issue launched, The Homeworker: The Complete Guide
The Homeworker: The Complete Guide rounded up the year’s content. We included some of the best pieces from issues one to four, freshening up our profiles and including extra content on working in isolation and combatting the effects of loneliness.
The print issue is now stocked at Magazine Heaven, a specialist magazine store in Northamptonshire and we are getting ready for distribution in the UK and the US in the year ahead.
The year rounded off with being shortlisted for The Launch of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors alongside GQ and`The Week magazine.
I got to attend the awards ceremony, dubbed the Oscars of the magazine world, and had the honour of mingling with some of the heavyweights of the publishing industry.
Fun in the Facebook Group
Over in the Facebook group, we’ve had some great interviews and benefitted from the wisdom of lots of experts sharing tips from their industry: from social media to PR, from websites to admin, from mindset and productivity to goal-setting.
We have featured many of these people inside the magazine as well and you can find some of them in The Homeworker Directory – a new resource we created where you can outsource the help you need.
Check out the roundup of some of our live interviews.
There are still things I can do better and improve on. There are ways I could work better and take care of myself more.
So as 2020 dawns, will you be skidding into it, champers in hand, singing party anthems at the top of your voice or will you be in bed by 10 pm so you’re ready to go for a morning run and start your juice cleanse?
However you kick it off, I hope it’s a good one!
Wishing you much success and I hope The Homeworker continues to be a part of your journey and will be here supporting you along the way.
Louise Goss on Working From Home: The Happier At Work Podcast
Emotional Wellbeing while Working From Home with Louise Goss: The Mental Health Revolution podcast
The Truth About Working From Home with Louise Goss: The Good Life Well Lived podcast
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