Life hacks, financial management & career counselling

Our most valuable life hacks, including financial management and career counselling lessons from our own lives. The most useful knowledge is learned through experience – real life and trial and error. We turn our experiences into life hacks for you. Read more about us.

How to be happy on social media – Life Hacks – photo of woman with Facebook eyes

How to be happy on social media

Social media can be a force for good but also seems to make some of us unhappy. How can we use it in a way that works well for us – and makes us feel happier? … more

How to manage your time better – part 3 – Life Hacks & Career Counselling – collage of clocks

How to manage your time better – part 3

In part 3 we offer 10 tips for effective meetings and look at how time management can help you to manage stress … more

10 tips for managing stress – Life Hacks – relaxing at home

10 tips for managing stress

We’ve all been there. The overbearing pressure that makes us feel frustrated, angry or helpless. If this sounds familiar, check out our 10 tips for managing stress … more

How to manage your time better – part 2 – Life Hacks & Career Counselling – collage of clocks

How to manage your time better – part 2

We look at how to stay on track with your plans, how to say no to others, and how to be as productive as you can … more

How to tell if a job is right for you – Career Counselling – arty workplace photo

How to tell if a job is right for you

During the job recruitment process both sides are usually trying to make a good impression. How can you see through the ‘sales pitch’ to the reality of what lies beneath? … more

How to manage your time better – Life Hacks & Career Counselling – collage of clocks

How to manage your time better – part 1

Whether it’s the pressure of unrelenting demands at work – or just keeping family life on track – managing our time skilfully is one of the best ways of fighting back … more

How to adapt to change at work – Career Counselling – picture of eye changing

How to adapt to change at work

When change is the only constant, how can you ride the wave and grasp new opportunities? Our top tips for making the most of changes at work … more

How music makes you happier – Life Hacks – photo of violinist

How music makes you happier

Music can raise your spirits and keep you going when things get tough. But how does it work? We look at the evidence and help you get more music into your life … more

How to complain successfully – Life Hacks and Financial Management – photo of beer being poured

How to complain successfully

When things don’t go to plan how can you get them put right? We share our best tips for how to complain successfully and get the outcome you want … more

How to encourage more flexibility from your employer – Career Counselling – photo of woman doing yoga with sunrise background

How to encourage more flexibility from your employer

Flexible working can be a win-win for you and your employer. How can you encourage your employer to allow more flexibility? Part two of two … more

How to make flexible working work for you – Career Counselling – photo of woman doing yoga with sunset background

How to make flexible working work for you

Flexible working is becoming common in certain sectors. How can you make it work for you – and your company? Part one of two … more

How to reach your goals in four simple steps – Life Hacks

How to reach your goals

Want to make positive changes in your life? Many people fail to reach their goals. We show you how to achieve yours with our simple four step approach … more

Fake News – Life Hacks – photo of clown reading newspaper

How to spot fake news

Most of us confidently believe we can sniff out a fake news story. But can we really? Judging by the number of fake stories shared on social media, it’s clear many do slip through. So what are the things to look out for to avoid being taken in? … more

How to be rich with less money – Financial Management – money vs experiences

How to be rich with less money

We’re not going to claim we don’t need money, or even that it can’t contribute to happiness. But how much do we really need, and how much difference does it make what we spend it on? … more

How to quit a job – Career Counselling – taking a leap

How to quit a job and not regret it

When you spend so much of your waking life at work, does it make sense to stick with something that’s not right for you? Should you stay or should you go? … more

How to buy a used car – Financial Management – close up photo of car

How to buy a used car

How do you find a great deal on a used car – without being taken for a ride? It can be a risky business, but we show you how to stay safe and see your money travel further … more

How to start a new job – Career Counselling – first steps

How to start a new job

It can be an anxious time when you start a new job, but it’s also a great opportunity. So whether it’s your first role, or your twentieth, we help you set off on the right track … more

How it feels to be a new dad – Life Hacks – photo baby holding dad's finger

How it feels to be a new dad

The idea of becoming a father will instil different emotions depending on your current path in life. New dad Tim describes his experience – and how changing nappies has changed his world … more

How to manage a home budget – Financial Management – balancing act

How to manage a home budget

When you’re struggling with debts, or saving for a wedding, or to buy your own place, how do you manage your finances? We show you how to keep control and reach that goal … more

How to worry less – Life Hacks – photo of worried face

How to worry less

If you’re a worrier you are not alone. You keep good company. But worrying can be unhelpful and sometimes even harmful to your health. The good news is that asking yourself a few simple questions can help you worry a little less … more

How to survive your daily commute – Career Counselling and Life Hacks – station

How to survive your daily commute

The average person spends the equivalent of 20 full days commuting per year. So how can that be reduced or avoided – and what can you do to make the most of it? … more

Remembering Passwords – Life Hacks – password dialog boxes

How to remember passwords

Remembering passwords is hard. We’d rather not have to deal with them at all. We show you two simple techniques for generating passwords and remembering them too. Never get locked out again! … more

How to haggle for a great deal – Financial Management – bargain being reached

How to haggle for a great deal

Whatever you’re buying, or if you just want to keep your bills down, we share our top tips for getting a bargain. How to plan, what to say – and when to walk away … more

How dogs can improve your health – Life Hacks – photo of dog playing

How dogs can improve your health

As any dog-owner will tell you, dogs are great companions and a huge source of comfort to many. But the evidence is mounting that dogs can also have health benefits for those that spend time with them … more

How to thrive in a big company – Career Counselling – it's in your hands

How to thrive in a big company

Sink or swim. Survive – or thrive. When joining a big company for the first time, it can feel like those are your choices. We explain how to thrive in a big company environment … more

About the power of compound interest – Financial Management – picture of Albert Einstein

About the power of compound interest

Einstein is reputed to have described compound interest as the eighth wonder of the world. We explain how compound interest can work for you – or against you … more

How to handle responsibility – Career Counselling – getting your ducks in a row

How to handle responsibility

Maybe you’ve been promoted at work or perhaps just have new responsibilities. How should you get your ducks in a row to make sure you are successful? … more

How to ask for a raise – Career Counselling and Financial Management – pitch meeting

How to ask for a pay rise

When you work hard and feel you are not paid your true worth, how do you ask for a raise? We show you how to prepare and pitch your case to increase your chances of success … more

How to borrow money responsibly – Financial Management – credit cards

How to borrow money responsibly

Most of us need to borrow money from time to time, whether it’s to buy a home or just to get through a lean period. But how can we do it without getting into hot water? … more

Social Media Safety – Life Hacks – collage

How to stay safe on social media

Nobody can doubt that social media has changed our lives. But lack of knowledge or carelessness can lead to problems. So how can we share our lives online and stay safe at the same time? … more

Where do my taxes go? – Financial Management – photo of money

Where do my taxes go?

Have you ever been shocked by how much of your hard-earned income you have to pay over as tax? And do you wonder what, if anything, you get in return? If so, you’re not alone. We dig deeper for our UK readers … more