How To Spend Less Time Cooking To Be More Time With Your Family?

Fabulous read is on fire! Our next Hertfordshire Community guest is Maria Calzada Oliva – originally from Spain, currently living in Welwyn Garden City; Hertfordshire. Maria is an inspiring woman and a mother of three children, juggling household and running her own business as an independent Thermomix adviser.

Healthy food. Less time cooking. More time spent with family.

What is Thermomix?

Thermomix is a smart-looking ingenious must-have kitchen appliance which saves you time with meals planning, writing shopping lists and cooking! Have you heard about Cookido? It is an international platform full of healthy recipes you can schedule for your weekly planner! Once you purchase and welcome Thermomix at your home, this platform is available to you for FREE for six months, and then there is a fee of £30 for a yearly subscription.

It’s an amount fair to ask as you’ll have access to over 50,000 healthy recipes and you can look forward to regular monthly additions. This intelligent kitchen helper generates your shopping list according to your scheduled weekly planners -> more time with your family and less time in the kitchen! All you need to do is shopping and eat your fancy meal!

Healthy dinners and effortless cooking with Thermomix. 

Thermomix reminds me a bit of a medium-size magic box which you fill with all sorts of healthy ingredients, follow simple instructions on the appliance’s screen and wait for your fresh and hearty meal to be ready. With Thermomix, you can focus on other day-to-day tasks without being worried that your meal may get burnt!

Still not convinced to purchase Thermomix?

Welwyn Garden City residents are lucky to have Maria in town, and that is when her exciting journey as an independent Thermomix adviser begins. Maria demonstrates in your own kitchen what magic can be done and gives you a chance to run the show! Before she meets you, you receive an attractive menu with a list of ingredients to purchase. Once you schedule a day and time in your diary to meet Maria, your Thermomix journey can begin too. This experience is perfect to organise for a group of friends or just for you. Why not browse Cookido recipes for free for 30 days? Get the idea of what your next dinner may look like!

Thermomix demonstrations are also available online! Maria will invite you virtually to her own kitchen to introduce her Thermomix and will answer any questions you may have!

Example of a menu to cook with Maria:

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Maria is sharing regularly on her Facebook group her Thermomix culinary art

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Why hiring remote help might be a good idea?

Sales departments focus on turning leads to sales. Customer service team members strive to provide a first-class service, but what happens when you are only ONE PERSON working from home? Or if you are an office-based business owner that only needs help from time to time? Or you might not be in a position to release funds to hire a new team member. Getting help doesn’t always need to be expensive, though!

First, there are tons of articles on how to organise your day effectively – time management is crucial indeed. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. It depends on so many circumstances.

When time management tips don’t work for you, you may want to consider welcoming onboard remote workers. Are they reliable, though? True. Office-based employees make their presence to the office by 09:00 am every day, report back to you whenever you request, but does that make them necessarily more reliable? Not really. It’s natural to feel a bit sceptical about hiring your first remote help, but it doesn’t need to be any different from hiring a person to the office.

Make a clear list of tasks

Social Media Management – you’ve heard about content planning so many times. They say sit down, plan your social media content for a month, schedule your posts, once a day respond to questions and engage with your potential clients -> job done. Are they kidding? There are so many projects you are juggling at the same time. Who’s got time for this?

Remote workers do! They are creative and love anything around Social Media Management.

Data Entry – Admin tasks can be very daunting. If it’s data entry that is stopping you from generating more leads and sales, rest assured remote workers can undertake any of these tasks so you can focus on other aspects of your business!

Sales strategy & Competitors Analysishow do you respond to your clients? What are the “buzz” words you use to attract your audience? How can your product benefit your clients? You may have written a business plan when you first started running the show, but the market place has been changing all the time. Listen to your clients by creating a survey and investigate what successful competitors do. Time consuming? Hire a remote worker to help you with that!

Customer service strategy The quality of product/service and client experience are pretty much the main reasons why clients decide to buy from you. It’s vital to have a strategy, and your unique voice which builds a brand persona that everyone will love. It can be stressful to work on various projects when other tasks keep you busy. Here we come again – hire a remote worker!

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Cheap is not always the best. Too expensive, it’s not necessary. Taking your time to make the right decision is your money spent wisely!

How to recruit a remote worker?

Start working on the recruitment process. It’s essential to think about what attributes and skills your candidates should have. Please make a list and review each candidate’s application carefully. What’s next stage? Whoever scored the most will be invited to a Skype interview! Have you heard of Munro Fraser five-fold grading system?  It’s is a recruitment method, which you may find helpful when recruiting a couple of candidates. I have created one for you below for inspiration!

Profile of the candidate:

Have clear interview questions. We’ve listed five questions for inspiration, but we recommend at least ten questions.

Grading system. Who is the winner?

Remote workers can help you to offload tasks that make you stressed. My tip would be hiring a remote worker who can’t wait to learn about your products from the inside out. And hiring a remote worker who is eager to support your business. Also hiring a remote worker who shows what they have accomplished!

All the best with hiring!

With love, FabulousRead


How to stay sane when working from home?

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many employees work from home until further notice. For some, it’s a dream, and for some, it’s a nightmare. We are going to share a few tips, how to stay sane and productive.

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Sit down and plan your day. Start with a routine.

08:00 – coffee time
08:15 – stretching/exercising
08:30 – breakfast
09:00 – opening your emails/prioritising your inbox/respond to emails
10:00 – stretching your legs, time for a snack
10:15 – make a couple of phone calls, work on your projects
Noon – prepare your lunch -> have a lunch break
13:30 – carry on working
15:00 – take a break, have a snack
17:00 – have you finished all your tasks for the day? If not, prepare a to-do list for the next
18:00 – end of your working day!
18:30 – meditation/relaxation

I highly recommend reading an article from Kathryn Vasel, CNN Business In this article, you find pretty much anything that you need to know to stay sane when working from home!

Whatever reasons for working from home, FabulousRead wishes you all the best due to these difficult times.

Please take care!

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Coronavirus & Business Continuity Plan Tips for Solopreneurs

Are you a Solopreneur being affected by the Coronavirus outbreak?

In this post, we are going to share insights on a business continuity plan, which you may need to start drafting – if you have not done already.

Solopreneurs may not always have a dedicated team who prepares their sales strategies or incident management plan. They are juggling it all on their own along with other commitments. Their business may often be their main stream of income, and now it’s being affected.

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What is business continuity planning?

It’s a document that prepares you for the hell that can affect your business. TM Law talks you through the importance of having a business continuity plan, and in simple bullet points help you to plan yours: TM TEAM; Why business continuity plan should be your priority in 2020

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How to write a business continuity plan?

FSB shares an excellent article about creating a business continuity plan, which is worth reading to give you an idea of how to start yours.

FSB are describing themselves as being business experts who provide advice and financial expertise to smaller businesses. Their website is here: FSB – HOW TO CREATE A BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN

I hope these difficult times will pass soon.

Take care everyone!

With love, Fabulous Read