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Make 2018 Your Year to Shine! 3 Golden Rules to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

Read time: 3 Minutes Congrats! You’re now on the home straight to making it through the Winter Blues. You barely recognise your kitchen cupboards without the stockpile of tins of Roses and come to think of it, your waistline is beginning to thank you for it. But let’s be honest – it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The temptation to sink back into old habits hasn’t exactly kept itself at bay. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Over a third of resolutions have been put back on the shelf before the end of January. Sound familiar? Luckily, we’re here to offer you some top tips for making sure your New Year’s Resolutions become much more than that. Keep calm and carry on We’d like to offer a helping hand so you can become an even better you! Below are our 3 Golden Rules for keeping on track for the whole year. 1. Join a group We’ve all heard of the old saying “the more, the merrier!” Well, this is the key to transforming your newly-pledged resolutions …

Freelance work - how does it count for pensions?

Ladies! We strive for workplace equality… what about in retirement?

Read time: 4 Minutes Retirement – for some of us it feels like years away, for many others it can’t come soon enough. No matter what stage of your life you are in, if you aren’t already making plans for how you’re going to fund your golden years then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about it. According to the Irish times, nearly two-thirds of women have found themselves with a much lower pension entitlement than expected. While reasons for this vary and the rule to qualify for a full state pension are complicated, factors such as working abroad, self-employment, being a stay-at-home mother or carer have had a huge impact. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission found the gap between men and women’s pensions currently stands at 38%.  However, the existing gender pay gap, along with the fact that a larger percentage of women work part-time or take career breaks due to family commitments, have resulted in women retiring on average with over a third less than men. These statistics show that many Irish …