5 Ways to Stay Gluten-Free for Breakfast

Breakfast – hallowed as the most important meal of the day – is also easily the most gluten-filled. Gluten, a protein found in most grains – and a source of gastric distress for many people – seems to be ever-present among many breakfast foods. Given our fast-breaking world filled with biscuits, pastries, waffles, pancakes, cereals, and breakfast sandwiches galore, anyone gluten-sensitive or gluten-intolerant would cringe at their options (or lack thereof). 

It can be saddening to have to give up certain foods we love – how could we forget Grandma’s pancakes on Saturday mornings, or chocolate croissants from our favorite bakery? Thankfully, those with sensitivities needn’t fear – learn to spot a few gluten alternatives, and you’ll set yourself up for a dietary win. There are also many quick and easy recipes you can master that will help you feel full for the entire morning, without upsetting your stomach. To become better acquainted with ingredient do’s and dont’s while keeping your breakfast gluten-free, read on. 

Look for corn alternatives

Think Corn Chex for a safe cereal, or corn tortillas in a savory breakfast burrito. Yes, corn itself is a substitute; sometimes accompanying ingredients, however, are not. Be on the lookout for sauces and other foodstuffs packaged with corn that might contain gluten. 

Paleo? It’s a go

If it’s paleo-friendly, it’s automatically gluten-free. This type of diet aims to mimic those of our hunting and gathering ancestors (read: the Paleolithic Era), before the era of farming brought on new food groups: dairy products, legumes, and grains. Bagging grain-free granola is a great example of an easy snack prep, with ingredients that make going paleo and kicking gluten no-nonsense habits. Paleo wraps are also a light and easily-flavored food vessel to use instead of the bread in your wraps or sandwiches.  

Don’t hate on veggie-based

A more recent trend, vegetable-based alternatives are both gluten-free and low-carb. Many are mildly flavored and versatile, like cauliflower or broccoli, both favorable gluten subs. It also absorbs the flavor of other ingredients; get creative, and you can flavor it a multitude of ways. Chop or crush it, and you’ve got a white flour substitute for baking. Others use cauliflower to swap out the rice in sushi, stuffed peppers, and taco bowls. Most of us aren’t consuming our recommended daily servings of vegetables, so all the more reason to give this one a try. 

Some grains are gluten-free

Not all grains are created glutenly-equal: wave goodbye to wheat, barley, and rye, and say hello to buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and brown rice. Blander grains like these can easily be spiced, sweetened, or otherwise flavored for a more enjoyable meal. Herby quinoa patties (great with ketchup!) make a great light meal or savory side dish. Mix in pesto with either grain for a delicious warm dish (the pine nuts in pesto are fine to have). Speaking of nuts…

Go nuts

That’s right – all nuts are naturally sans gluten. (Seeds are, too!) Peanut butter and almond butter remain reliable and tummy-safe spreads on gluten-free toast for a filling snack. Just be careful with flavored nuts, as its additives could contain wheat. 

Opt for easy recipes

You don’t need to spend lots of time, money, and effort on meal prep to keep gluten off the menu at home. A recipe like this gluten-free overnight oats one, something you can top with a number of items such as fruit, seeds, coconut shavings, or spices, is a great example of an easy gluten-free breakfast – make a full batch for the week, and pack them in Mason jars for cute on-the-go storage. If you’re in a rush without time to make your usual wrap or sandwich, consider keeping hard-boiled eggs, non-messy fruits and yogurt containers for safe breakfast options to-go. Bags of grain-free granola or baking your batch into granola bars make a healthy snack option for when you’re busy and can’t make time to cook.

Dietary intolerances can be a nuisance at best, or terribly painful at worst – gluten sensitivities are no different. But with a bit of planning and meal prep, you can absolutely maintain a gluten-free diet and stay kind to your stomach, without sacrificing a ton of time in the kitchen or at the grocery store. Stay consistent, read ingredient labels, and your gut will thank you. 

It Helps to Be a Good Writer If You Are Interested in These Career Paths

You don’t have to be interested in writing as a career to take writing seriously. Writing is one of the top two forms of human communication. A case could be made for nonverbal communication preceding verbal communication. Those early drawings on caves could be considered a form of writing. We have always had a need to write things down.

If you need to leave a message, instructions, or your ideas on cake vs. pie for people who are not presently with you, then you will want to know how to communicate clearly in written form. If you have a lot of information to share that will have to be referenced later, writing skills are key. If you need to archive information, you have to be able to write well.

All of these needs are present in many jobs for which you will want to apply. You will have to be able to write with clarity. You will also need to be convincing. At times, you will have to be entertaining. This is not as easy in written form as it is verbally. So if you hope to rise through the ranks in the following fields, you best believe that the pen is mightier than just about everything else:

Project Management

It starts out with your application to university. You don’t just become a project manager without going through a lot of steps along the way. Your application has to be well-written. Applying for a good school may be the first time many people realize the importance of writing.

If you are taking the path of architecture, you might have to submit an architecture portfolio. You might think architecture is all about drawing skills. That is incorrect. NewSchool describes part of a good portfolio presentation this way:

Demonstration of an understanding of functional and experiential issues related to the design of architecture built environments, and/or artifacts, such as structural, environmental, and building systems; spatial generation, organization, perception, and design solutions; and specific project results reflection contextual and programmatic demands.

From there, the task of management involves even more written skills. At that level, you are doing more writing than talking. If your instructions are not extremely precise, the project tanks. You don’t have to do much writing as a construction laborer. But if you want to be the project manager giving the orders, you will want to double-down on your written communication skills.

Supervisor in Any Industry

If you are going to get up to and beyond middle management, you will have to do a lot of writing. This is true for just about every industry you can think of. Not only do supervisors have a lot of writing to do, they often have to get writing from their work teams.

Often, the rank and file worker has no idea how much paperwork is involved at the next level. They hate writing but they desperately want the promotion. Without strong written skills, you will not have a chance at that next level most of the time in most industries.

Politician

Every stage of the political process is steeped in writing. Law is drenched in ink. There is even more black ink than red tape. Just to get elected, you have to write campaign speeches. You have to write to your supporters. And you have to write fund-raising letters. If you get the job, you have to write proposals and endless revisions. You will have to write bills, and ultimately, laws.

If you decide to go into law and become a judge, you will have to write legal opinions. And those opinions will be read and scrutinized, pretty much forever. The most coveted positions of responsibility require a high level of facility with the written word.

If you hate writing, you are limiting your career potential. If you hope to become a project manager, a supervisor and beyond, or a lawmaker, you can get a leg up by improving your writing. 

How to Interpret The New Nutrition Facts Label of 2020

As the way that the world sees diet and health trends evolve over time, health officials are tasked with staying ahead of the curve. For each new wellness craze comes the requirement of the FDA to vet and regulate what is made available to the public. These regulations are just some of the governing factors that affect the way that food-based operations are ran. This ranges from the creation of the nutrition facts label all the way down to how businesses pack, store and ship food. In the past year, the FDA has made significant changes to the information that is presented to consumers on the nutrition facts label. Some of these changes give a better understanding of the food that we eat, and how it affects different aspects of our lives every day.

What’s Changed?

Most notably, there have been some visual changes. The text for some units on the label has become much bolder. However, there’s much more than meets the eye.

  • Serving size adjustments: in most cases, people are consuming more of the food they eat then they need to. Consider your favorite bag of chips for example. You tear open the bag, ready to finish it as fast as you can, only to notice that the suggested serving size is one-fifth of the bag. This was an ineffective method of limiting what people would eat, and as such, has been altered. The serving size has now been bolded and is placed in the centermost part of the label. One of the first things you’ll see is how many chips are suggested for you to snack on. In addition to this, food manufacturers have been suggested to update the portions included in each package to reflect more health-conscious servings.
  • Calorie Totals: the calorie total of whatever packaged food you purchase is now printed with the largest font size out of all of the information. In addition to this, more information about the nutrition behind the calories is included on every label. Information like daily value percentages for the recommended 2000 calorie per day diet and a more precise total of chemicals such as sodium and cholesterol.
  • Required Ingredient Listings: prior to these changes, sugars (including calories from sugar), vitamin D, and potassium were not required to be included on the nutrition facts label. The FDA decided that these were important ingredients to include on the label in order to establish healthy eating habits.

Why Were These Changes Made Now?

Food science and the understanding of a balanced nutrition are constantly evolving. In addition to this, the way in which the world eats has changed as well. As such, it is important for the FDA to make such adjustments though it may be difficult for all parties involved. On the other hand, for those that look to these labels as a means of establishing a healthy diet are receiving more information to remain healthier, it is something worth the effort of the FDA and all involved.

How Can Consumers Properly Utilize This Information?

More information about the composition of the food people consume gives more insight into how to create more healthy eating habits, have a more positive mood, and increase overall well-being.

  • Knowing when certain foods should be eaten: now that more information is included in the nutrition facts label, you may stray away from a handful of chips before bed once you realize just how many added grams of sugar there is in the bag. These details were previously hidden from the consumer but were probably hindering someone’s sleep schedule without them realizing.
  • Using Foods as mid-day pickup: If you’re feeling sluggish in the afternoon, or just need a kickstart to your afternoon workout, the new label gives people a better understanding of why a few almonds may be better for them than their favorite granola bar.
  • Tracking your Intake: if the information was previously unclear, now is a better time than ever for consumers to be conscious of how much they’re actually eating on a daily basis. The easier the data is to access, the easier it becomes to track and better establish long-term healthy habits. This is ultimately the goal of the FDA as they make changes to the label over time.

Though the information seems to be as clear as it can be at this moment, it is ultimately up to consumers to decide what to do with it. If you’re presented with many options at the store, using this information to make the healthy choice can set someone down the right path of establishing a healthier life through healthier habits. Take some time to become familiar with the new information presented to you through these labels and put it to use for the health of you and your family.

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Author bio: John Hinchey is VP of Sales for Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers. He has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse automation.

Chronic Illness Medication and International Borders

It’s always interesting to get the point of view of the side you feel is against you on matters such as being stopped by customs and immigration officials, when trying to enter an international border. Generally speaking, officials in these fields are only too happy to provide clarity on matters such as chronic illness medication, which is justifiably an essential part of travellers who do indeed suffer from chronic illnesses.

So what does the “other side” have to say?

The war is on drugs and not on you

So here’s the deal. If you travel internationally with your chronic illness medication in tow, you need to be objective about the fact that you automatically become a different kind of traveller. It’s best to have more of a positive outlook on the subsequent situation, which might otherwise make you feel like you’re being selectively targeted.

The war is on illicit drugs and not on you, and while you’re not carrying or dealing in illicit drugs, remember that chronic medication is often of the kind of strength that it can be used recreationally and traded illicitly. So you should come to terms with and plan for the fact that your transition through international borders is likely to take longer than that of the typical international traveller.

Provide official proof of illness

When travelling locally, you’re not likely to be asked to present a prescription for the chronic illness mediation you might be carrying, but things change when crossing international borders. This is because of issues around regulations in the manufacturing and sales of medication, among other things. Local governments and customs officials have a list of responsibilities that includes upholding international copyright and quality control laws, which is why medical tourism exists.

Certain drugs and medication for chronic illnesses might extremely expensive in one country whereas it’s cheap or even free in another country, which opens up a gap for what is effectively an illicit trade of that medication. That’s why official proof of illness is required to save you from perhaps having your expensive medication seized.

Often just an official prescription from your doctor will be enough.

Moderation is essential

The general rule of thumb is to only travel with as much of your chronic medication as you’ll need, but obviously this has to be within reason. So moderation is essential as carrying too much of a drug that might be regulated in one or more of many ways in the country you’re trying to enter might have it seized, especially if you can buy it within the borders of that country.

Regional laws differ

How can you take cbd oil on a plane in UK but would have what can be serious legal issues if you tried to do the same thing in a place like many countries in Asia? The simple answer is that laws differ in different regions and different countries. In some instances they differ by state too, like in the USA.

Chronic ailment treatments are also not all legal, so as much as something like CBD oil might be effective, in the case of the UK its legal status would depend on its THC content.

Five Tips for Planning the Perfect Late-Autumn Cookout

Even though the weather is getting colder as we move into fall, there is still time to get together with family and friends for one last late-autumn cookout. However, because of seasonal availability, menu items may have to be adjusted in the fall, and there are a few other things to consider as well due to the colder weather. Here are five tips for planning the perfect late-autumn cookout:

Keep the Menu Simple

The simpler you keep things, the easier the setup will be going forward. Many of the foods typically served at summer cookouts, like corn on the cob and watermelon, may not be available in the fall. Because of this, try to keep the menu as simple as possible. Consider having just two meat choices, like chicken hot dogs and beef hamburgers, along with a couple of vegan alternatives, salad, and dessert.

Don’t be afraid to say yes when guests ask if they can bring a dish, as this will make things easier for you. You could even make the cookout potluck. Alternatively, consider winter-friendly barbecue recipes for a cookout go-to for everyone to enjoy.

Even though it’s getting chillier outside, most people still prefer cold drinks.  Keep plenty of canned beverages stocked in hard sided coolers with ice.  While sitting next to a warm fire with friends, drinking a cold one is a great way to cap off a late-autumn cookout. Just make sure to have a designated driver if that cold one happens to be alcoholic.

Schedule a Rain Date

Even though weather forecasting in the internet age has made planning activities a lot easier, a weather system can still sometimes come out of nowhere. If the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse on the day or your cookout, having a rain day already coordinated will save you from having to reschedule with all your guests.

Make it Kid Friendly

Unless it’s an adults-only event, be sure to make plans for any children who may attend. Make smaller portions for the younger cookout guests, and be sure to have plenty of soft drinks on hand for them. Keep bandages, wet wipes, and similar products on hand in case of a bump or scrape. Have some toys available to keep them occupied when they start getting fidgety. A whiffle ball and bat is always a good idea so the adults can join in too. Don’t forget s’mores are still a big hit with the kids.

Make Your Guest Comfortable

Be sure to have comfortable places for everyone to sit to encourage guests to hang around after eating. If all you have are lawn chairs, just adding some pillows will make a huge difference. Also, because of the cooler temperatures, be sure to have a few coats, jackets, and even blankets handy. A portable propane or kerosene heater is available for rent by most retailers at very reasonable daily rates.

Make Cleanup Easy

To help you get things cleaned up as fast as possible after the party, stick with disposable or recyclable paper and plastic products as much as possible. While it might not seem like the most sustainable option, many party supply companies offer eco-friendly disposables for consumers to use. Made from recycled materials, these products make cleanup easy without any guilt.

Summary

Keep these five tips for planning the perfect late-autumn cookout. What might be the last time you eat outside with family and friends this year will be enjoyable and memorable enough to carry you through the long winter months ahead. Then, when the snow melts and green returns, it’ll be time to enjoy outdoor cooking once again.

How to Get Into the Mood to Write Every Single Day

As a writer, you’re well aware of the role that the mood plays in a piece of writing.  

You know how to weave a scene of emotional complexity through your words. You also understand exactly how to evoke an array of feelings in your readers. But what you may not be as well aware of is how to set the mood and tone for your day. 

Here are some suggestions to get in the mood to write every day:: 

Perk up Your Mood 

Although the idea of drinking coffee to improve your mood and kick start your brain into top gear is a default strategy most high-performing people rely on, you may have considered it a bad habit and quit drinking coffee. 

Here’s the thing: coffee is good for you. You’re not injuring your health by drinking coffee but improving it.  

According to Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D., research nutritionist for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee. But coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.” She is referring to studies that have found coffee drinkers are less likely to develop coronary heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and strokes. 

Still, we need to add a few disclaimers. Coffee is excellent for you if you don’t consume it with an excessive amount of cream and sugar. Black coffee is the best. If you do need to add cream, use a healthy nut cream, and if you do need to add sugar, find a healthier sweetener. Also, refrain from drinking too much of it as it can overstimulate you. And, of course, drinking it in the evening could affect the quality of your sleep.  

Incidentally, if you love coffee, but would like to have more choices on what to drink, then a coffee subscription might be perfect for you. 

Get Unstuck 

While it’s understandable that you experience anxiety in these uncertain times, you may be someone who has battled mood disorders for as long as you can remember. These moods prevent you from becoming a far more productive and prosperous writer. 

If you’re frequently plagued by bad moods, you’re not alone. Many famous writers have had serious mental illnesses, affective issues, and personality disorders. Leo Tolstoy suffered from depression. Ernest Hemingway suffered from bipolar disorder and may even have suffered from psychosis during his later years. And psychiatrists diagnosed Ezra Pound with Schizophrenia. 

Sadly many brilliant writers–like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath– 

committed suicide.

Of course, there isn’t a causal link between writing and mood disorders. Correlation is not causation. Mood disorders don’t nudge people to become writers and don’t flush out neurosis from the subconscious mind. In truth, a large segment of the population suffers from mood disorders. It’s just more easily noticed if someone becomes famous.

If you have a mood disorder, you must see a psychotherapist. Managing it through suppression or expression will not make it go away. You can’t write your way into a happier life. If you need help to get to a cheerful place, then ask for it. 

Change Your Mood, Change Your Writing Life 

Rather than disciplining yourself to write every single day or procrastinating over it, consider some practical ways to improve your mood. Not only will this make you a happier person, someone who is less of a grouch, but your writing, too, will flourish. You’ll find it easier to come up with interesting ideas and effortlessly tumble into flow states when writing. You’ll probably exceed your own self-imposed daily writing quotas within the same dedicated block of time. 

How Being a Writer Can Enhance Your Career Goals

Some people become writers because it was always a dream of theirs. Some get into writing because it aligns with their educational background and professional experience. Others, however, writing merely to earn some extra income. While these are all great reasons to become a writer, these aren’t the only advantages. If taken seriously and done regularly, writing can be used to reach your ultimate career goals. 

Let’s say you were interested in becoming an architect, appraiser, property manager, or landscaping professional. You’re already enrolled in one of the best architecture programs to obtain a degree that will give you the educational background you need to get hired. Maybe you already have a degree and have an entry-level job in your field of choice, but you want to climb the ranks. In any of these scenarios, writing can help you get where you want to be. Here’s how: 

Research and Industry Comprehension

Whether you’re writing articles for your blogs and digital platforms or you’re completing posts for clients in your field of interest, the research required to write compelling pieces works in your favor. As you research information and create articles, you become well-versed in areas that you wouldn’t otherwise know anything about. This newfound comprehension can ultimately help you to climb up the ladder or excel in your academic studies. 

Branding

In the world of business, your brand is everything. Whether you plan on going into business for yourself or you plan to move up the ranks in an established organization, how others perceive you and your level of industry comprehension go a long way in increasing your chances of getting hired or generating business on your own. 

Therefore, the more you write, post, and gain a following, the better it is for your personal brand. It sends a message to your target audience that you’re an expert in your field, which encourages them to want to do business with you. Your personal brand and reputation benefit employers in bringing that positive light to their brand, which encourages people to do business with them. 

Networking

If there’s one thing that most people are aware of when trying to advance in their careers is that it’s not so much what you know, but who you know. A connection with the right person could take you to places where no degree or amount of experience would get you. As a writer, you’re always networking with people from all walks of life. One post could create a relationship with a CEO of a company that’s willing to hire you or, at the very least, mentor you as you continue your career journey. 

Quality References

Trying to tap into a career field or business industry with no prior experience is often difficult. This is common because employers and customers have no one to reference to find out how great you are. If you were writing on the side, however, acquiring references would be a lot easier.

The clients you write for are automatic references. They can vouch for your ability to conduct business, complete quality work, make timely deadlines, and utilize specific platforms and software. As you write more and build an audience, when you’re ready to start your business, these followers will often be the first to patronize your business. 

Source of Income

If you’re really good at writing and acquire clients willing to pay you a decent rate, you can generate a significant amount of money. This money can then be used to invest in your career journey. You can use it to pay for your college education or training. It can be used to purchase the necessary licenses and certifications you need to advance in your career. Depending on how much you’re making, you can even use the money to fund and operate your business until you start generating capital. 

Writing doesn’t have to be the end all be all (unless that’s you’re goal). By becoming a writer, you can use the skills and experience you gain to advance your ultimate career goals. The more you understand an industry, build a positive brand, network with the right people, and accumulate the money you need to invest in your professional future, the easier it becomes to get where you want to be in life. 

How to Start a Financial Writing Career

Financial writing is a lucrative career. To find the right footing in this industry, you will require adequate preparation and a passion for writing and the economic world. Here are some other tips for anyone who wants to write finance articles.

What does financial writing involve?

Financial writing involves writing predominantly about the money and finance industry. To pursue this occupation, you will require a degree in a relevant money field and journalism. They include technical writing, economics, business, and finance. To fully launch your career, you will require a professional portfolio of content that you have published.

A financial writer generates content that pertains to the money industry. This material involves educational material acquired from textbooks and financial learning guides. It also covers writing commentaries and analysis of the financial market.

Therefore, a financial reporter will perform research, interview concerned interest groups, and produce material about the economy. Additionally, he/she may also write about an economic beat related to entertainment, real estate, government, agriculture, and others. 

How to learn to write about finance

So how do you get into financial writing? Like any other kind of writer, to pen financial articles, you will require some vital qualities. Some of them include the following:

  • Develop a thick skin. Never quit even if it might seem challenging.
  • Develop your financial writing passion.
  • Network with other financial writers who are already practicing actively in the field. 
  • Make sure you write every day. To be an excellent writer, you need to practice daily.
  • Seek opportunities in the financial writing field aggressively. It is only through this that you will get your first real prospect and an eventual big break in your business writing career.
  • If the opportunity takes too long to emerge, you can always create your website or blog. Read widely about the finance industry and find ideas for your website or blog.

Tips on how to gain financial writing experience

Getting finance writing experience may seem challenging as a beginner. However, if you follow the tips above, you should get on your feet within no time. The following writing tips will assist you in getting into this niche successfully. If you have already launched your career, you can sharpen your financial writing skills: 

  • Write regularly and post the articles or pieces to a blog (see our tips on blogging). Create a cordial relationship with your readers and audience.
  • Target audience: Identify and communicate with your target audience. Consequently, the information that you are disseminating will reach the desired market.
  • Feedback: Use reliable feedback mechanisms to determine what your readers or audience think about your writing and the topic you are addressing. By doing this, you will be able to analyze what you write and determine the issues that your audience requires. Additionally, you will gauge your writing and find out if you are improving in your career.
  • Endeavor to write clearly and concisely. Write factual articles and produce informative reports. Make use of catchy headings and subtitles.
  • Study the experts. Here is Wikipedia’s list of American finance and investment writers to get you started.

Where do you get ideas? 

To get ideas for your financial writing, you have to immerse yourself in the money world. Here are a few ready-made article ideas ripe for the picking:

First, if you own a home, chances are you have gone through more than one situation in which you’ve gained knowledge that would be useful for the readers of financial publications. Did you acquire a HELOC credit union? Did you file a homeowner’s insurance claim because of hail damage? Any and all of your experiences are fodder for the keyboard.

Second, check to see if any financial- or economic-related conferences are going to be held in your area. If so, see if you can get press credentials to attend. A publication might be more receptive to your query–even if you’re still somewhat inexperienced–if they know you live in the area and can attend without racking up expenses.

Third, try to maintain a small investment portfolio for yourself. This will be like having your own personal ATM–not for withdrawing money, but for withdrawing ideas. 

What is a typical financial writing salary? 

A full-time financial writer earns a decent income. However, this depends on their experience and the organization. As a staff member, you might make between $19-$28 dollars per hour. As a freelancer, it can be feast or famine. 

There are various kinds of financial writing, and they also contribute to the amount of money that you will earn from your writing. These categories include specialized financial writer, a finance technical writer, investment writers, business writers, content writers or editors, and senior financial writers. For instance, an investment writer is likely to earn the most from their career. Senior financial writer, a content writer/ editor, a business writer, and the specialist writer will follow–in that order.

How to Become a Tech Writer

Every writer’s dream is to get published in major publications. However, getting published in the cut-throat tech publications is not necessarily an easy task; you need to write compelling content and have a strategy. That sounds easier than it is, but here are some tips on how to get published in tech publications.

Have a Roadmap

Writing is like any other business venture. You need a well-laid strategy. Before writing and submitting articles, have a plan for your work. You need to determine why you are writing and what your end goal is. By identifying your target audience, you will be able to write relevant content, hence getting your work published in tech publications. Having concise goals will help you save time and resources.

The First 3 Tips Are: Research, Research, Research!

The tech world is quite dynamic. What trended yesterday might be far from trending today. Therefore, you always need to research current issues. A tech publication will drop your work as soon as they realize that you didn’t do your due diligence. Tech publications also have strict guidelines that you must abide by.

To stand a better chance, do some research on the publication’s audience. What do their other articles look like? What is their tone? From there, you can align your work to fit their needs.

Connect with Your Audience

The essential thing as a writer is connecting with your audience. While you should strive to come across as knowledgeable, ensure that you don’t sound intimidating. Also, ensure that you seem reliable and trustworthy.

To do so, ensure that data follows all your statements and opinions. Tech publications are keen on data and statistics. Besides, ensure that you use data from reliable sources or unbiased research.

Always Proofread… More than Once!

Even if you have been in the writing industry for years, you can never be too careful. For your work to be published by a tech publication, you must strive for perfection. Any tech publication will drop your work if it is poorly drafted, or plagiarized. Besides submitting authentic work, you should ensure that your work looks impressive, and is an exciting read. For instance, choose your words carefully. Avoid using weak descriptions, and avoid redundancy.

Keeping your sentences concise will help keep the reader hooked. Also, focus on keeping the sentences simple. When writing for tech publications, using jargon might be inevitable. However, only use jargon when you are sure that your audience is familiar with the words. Otherwise, using big names might turn off readers. If you find yourself googling a word’s meaning, you should probably avoid using it.

Although it is a tech publication, you should still pay close attention to grammar. Read through your work before publication, to ensure that all punctuation marks are in place, and all spellings are right.

Where to Find Ideas

One of the great things about the field of tech writing is that ideas are all around you. Are you looking at a handful of apps that all do the same thing? Download them all, try them out, and write a guide to help others pick one. When your parents call you because they can’t figure out how to send emojis, you’ve just been handed another article idea: “How to Explain Emojis to Your Parents.” Maybe, during your day job, your boss asks you to find out if your company could benefit from setting up a chatbot. As you’re researching and reading the literature (maybe it’s a Facebook messenger guide you’re reading), you should be thinking somewhere in the back of your mind: I could turn this into an article! Technology is all around you. Therefore, ideas for writing in the tech field are all around you. With practice, you’ll develop a radar for this type of thing.

The tech arena is quite broad, and there is so much to write about. Hopefully you love technology; it has been said that when you love something, it doesn’t feel so much like work. Do you love apps? Write about them. Are you into web development? Write about web development. If artificial intelligence is your thing, write about it. That way, you can create a strong, confident voice, which will hopefully help you become a published tech writer.

Affording the Work From Home Lifestyle

Working from home is a growing trend among the working class. It offers many advantages compared to the typical 9 to 5 office employment. While there are also some disadvantages, you can work through many of them and enjoy the freedom that comes with this lifestyle.

Making Enough to Support Your Lifestyle

The idea is to work from home and make the same amount or more than you did. Venturing out on your own pursuing your passion is your dream. Thankfully, many professions now support the work-from-home platform. Consultants, real estate agents, bookkeepers, and graphic designers are a few. Many people also have lucrative careers as writers, editors, and tutors.

Making Use of Your Resources

When you work from home, not every month is fruitful. If you have a tight month you can bring in additional money from other sources. Clean out the basement, garage, and attic and have a yard sale. Go through collectibles and inherited items such as antique furniture, antique rings, old coins, or stamps and check their value with an appraiser. 

Saving for Paid Time Off

Unlike a typical job where you work for a company when you work from home, you are the boss. This means that it’s up to you to establish a savings account to enjoy time off. Taking a portion of your weekly earnings and allocating it to a savings account will ensure that when you need down time, you can get away.

Healthcare and Retirement

Healthcare is something you need not only for yourself but also for your family. With healthcare costs rising, it can be difficult to secure a plan that provides all the benefits previously enjoyed. However, there are ways to find adequate coverage. Most states offer affordable health care plans for those who work from home, work part-time, or have no benefits through their employer. Medicaid is another option available. For your retirement, a personal 401K or Roth IRA is something that you can set up now and contribute to weekly or monthly. This way when you reach your retirement age you’ll have a sizable nest egg. 

Unpredictable Income

Most people that are self-employed have months that are lucrative and months that fall short of their goals. One way to remain in control and maintain a healthy credit report is to take the average for the year and divide it by 12 months. This way you’ll have the money each month to keep your bills current and avoid paying additional fees for late payments. 

Saving on Expenses

When you work from home your commute is a few steps down the hall. If you’ve previously had a commute of 30 to 45 minutes, you’re saving $50.00 weekly on gas. Additionally, you won’t need to change the oil very often and your tires will last for a few years instead of one season. You also don’t have the morning coffee stop or lunch out which can add another $50.00 or more easily. On top of that, you no longer have to update your wardrobe with professional attire, another huge savings. All in all, you can save $500.00 and more in a single month. 

Available to Enjoy Living

When you work 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, you have to alter your life. You no longer have to schedule doctor’s appointments late at night or over the weekend. You have time to attend school functions, family events, and make dinner on your schedule. If a child becomes ill, you are there to tend to their needs. You can spend your lunchtime any way you want. You control your life. 

Working from home provides many opportunities that you won’t have working in an office. However, before you give notice, make sure to factor in things like healthcare, vacations, and retirement.