The kids are back at school! What now?

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Olivia Bufton
25 Mar 2021 @ 11:03 am
in category: Contracting Life

Parents around the country rejoiced when Boris Johnson announced that schools would be opening again with effect from 8th March. Trying to balance home-schooling and running your own business has undoubtedly been a struggle for many of our contractors, but now that the schools are open again, it does feel like normality is not a million miles away.   

You’ve now had a few weeks of peace and quiet, but have you considered changing your working practices and adapting to the change of circumstances again? The last year has been very much a case of in and out, with lockdown rules tightening and loosening over the last year, so you aren’t alone if you are feeling a little lost. Now that the kids are settled back at school, we’ve pulled together some ideas to ensure that you are working productively, and also making the most of the free time that you now have (with and without the kids).  

Try to get back to a routine  

Now that home-schooling is finally over (hopefully for good this time!), it’s a good opportunity to try and get back to your normal working hours, or at least as normal as they can be with the covid pandemic still lingering. At the very least, try to get some sort of routine in place, now that you don’t need to worry about attempting to teach algebra or having to frantically google what onomatopoeia is. With working from home still on the horizon for a little while longer, it’s good to have a routine in place for your wellbeing.  

Having set hours to work each day can also help with productivity. It means you can stay focused and get cracking when you’re working, and enjoy any downtime without feeling guilty.  

Contact your clients 

Once you’ve got your updated working hours sorted, it may be a good idea to contact your clients and let them know your new working hours. You may also now have some extra time to pick up new projects, so it would also be a good chance to let your clients know you are available for more work if this is the case. With lockdown measures easing, more and more businesses are restarting projects and ramping up the work, so they could just have something in the pipeline ready for you.  

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Have some time to yourself  

When the kids were at home, you probably didn’t have much (or any) time to yourself over the last few months. Hopefully, you’ve now got a bit of peace and quiet in the day, so as well as work, it’s important you take some downtime to relax. The last few months have been very much go go go, so take some time to have a long bath, watch that movie you couldn’t wait to see, or finish the DIY project you had on the go. Maybe even book off a sneaky midweek day or two off to relax and recuperate, or meet up with a friend for a coffee and a walk. 

Cherish the time you have with the kids  

Although many contractors (and some of the parents at Kingsbridge HQ) have admitted home-schooling was a struggle, the one benefit many told us about was the extra time they spent with the kids. Now you don’t have to worry about being teacher and parent again, you can cherish the time with them even more. It’s fair to say that we’ve all done enough craft projects and zoom quizzes to last a lifetime, but with further lockdown measures easing at the end of March, and now that spring has sprung, you can plan some more exciting outdoor activities. From the end of the month, the rule of 6 comes back for some activities, so you can go for some nice walks, enjoy a picnic in the sun, or have a few friends round in the garden.  

Get your insurance sorted  

Now normality is resuming, and work is hopefully picking up for you again, it’s important to make sure that you have your insurances all set up in place. Kingsbridge’s business insurance is a comprehensive package policy that includes Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Occupational Personal Accident Cover, Employers’ Liability and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability. 

There is also the option to add additional cover if required; such as Legal Expenses, IR35 Protect and Cyber cover. Get a quote today by clicking here, or contact our friendly team on 01242 808 740.  

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