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Writers and editors: symptoms of vicarious trauma

Writers and editors who work with traumatic material (i.e. stories involving descriptions of traumatic events) can suffer 'vicarious trauma'. That is, although they are not the victim of the trauma...

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Writers and editors: rules for managing vicarious trauma

If you are about to launch into an activity or project that involves working or dealing with people who have suffered or are suffering from violence or abuse, you are at risk of suffering vicarious...

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Recovering from vicarious trauma: an editor’s case study

Recently, I woke up to discover I was falling slowly into a pit. I have been there before, several times. The difference now is that I know its name: vicarious trauma. And I know its causes a...

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Four tips for work-life balance when working from home

If you are your own boss and/or work from home, you can keep your work and life in balance by sticking to these simple rules: 1) schedule in regular time off and stick to it; 2) when at work, opera...

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4 rules for staying healthy (especially for freelancers)

There are only four things you really need to look after to stay healthy: ensure your body gets enough water, food, exercise and rest. 1.  Water No matter what type of work you do, it's impor...

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The ‘closed door’ policy for home-based businesses

Most freelancers, or owner/operators of sole trader businesses, work from home. If they work from home and are service providers - e.g. editors, book-keepers, writers - their workplace is usually ...

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Taking a Claytons Break

Most freelancers, sole traders and small business owner/operators rarely take a total break from their work because they are worried about losing potential clients and jobs while they're not lookin...

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Debriefing and confidentiality

Maintaining confidentiality If you're working in a position where you've got access to your clients' private information it's essential to maintain confidentiality in regard to your clients and th...

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Using Facebook versus being used by Facebook

If you're reading this you're probably on Facebook. You may use Facebook for personal, social reasons or you may have to use it for business reasons. But are you a Facebook-user who controls how...

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Healthy bodies for constant computer-users

Whether you're a writer, editor, proofreader, scribe or typist, if you work full-time sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen and you want to live a long life, you need to stick to four im...

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