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Talking About – Working From Home!

Intro

This may seem like a random post and you may feel like its going to be a rant about my job, how I don’t like this or that and many other things but in all honesty it is not this is a Job that is almost made for me, I get to work from home and I really enjoy it. It isn’t for everyone but they are Hiring right now.

As I am writing this my employer Sensée are looking to hire over 300 people across a number of contracts that they currently have, as part of that very large growth they have asked us as employees to reach out to our wider communities and talk about the job and how you can apply.

So Who are Sensée

Sensée are a Homeworking company. What does this mean? It means that most of their staff do not work from an office or a central location but from their own homes. Have you ever wished you can work from home? Well with Sensée you can just as I have been Since February of 2020.

With Sensée you are an EMPLOYEE, and I know this may seem like a weird thing to put in capital letters but when I was looking for these sorts of opportunities I came across a number of other “Work from Home” companies who work under a contractor or self employed basis. That means no employees rights, no sick pay, no holiday pay etc, I even saw one that charges you for the training required to do to the job.

With Sensée this isn’t true from the minute you start training you are paid the Real Living Wage. Once you have finished training you start to become eligible for incentives too. As an ethical organisation they only provide employment contracts with guaranteed hours. There are definitely no one-sided Zero-Hour contracts or Self-Employment rules that make life more complicated than it already is.

So What do I do with Sensée

I work on one of their many contracts, my role is with BUPA as a MSA (Member Services Advisor) this means that I take phone calls from members wanting to setup a Pre-Authorisation on the Medical Insurance Claim, or wish to query a claim that has already been made.

My role is demanding it requires a lot of different information, understating of basic medical terms and a good customer service mindset. However BUPA isn’t the only contract they have, they deal with everything from Track & Track, Breakdown Calls, Insurance Calls and More. Working with companies including Bupa, Allianz, Northumbrian Water, Staysure and L&G. 

What is working from home like?

Working from home is awesome for the right person with the right mentality. If you think working from home means you can spend the work day in your PJs if you see fit, your right though be aware meetings will likely be on webcam. If you think working from home means you don’t need to spend 20-30min in traffic every morning, your right but don’t think you can just roll out of bed 5min before work as you will need to log-in and setup your systems. This used to take me 20min now I can do it in 10.

What you can’t do however is sit in your living room watching the TV, or have family in your office while you work. You will be working from home but it is still work, you still need a quiet and secluded office. A lot of Sensée work involves insurance, data protection, GDPR and often all of the above so when your working you need to be alone and distraction free.

What about he Hours?

This is both the best and worst part of the job and let me explain why.

FREEDOM :- So you book your own hours within the contracts times, on my contract we work any time between 8-8 Mon-Fri and 10-2 on a Sat so I can book hours between these hours, there are certain mandatory hours but they are spread across the month so I need to work 2hrs a month on a Saturday for example. For me this is much better than I had in previous jobs where I would get told my schedule often 1 week before.

FASTEST FINGER :- Though you can book what you want that is if you are fast enough, booking system is on fastest finger first, so there are a number of people required for each 30min slot if you are quick you will get exactly what you want happened to me more often than not, however if you are slower, forget or there are less hours that week you may not and you may end up working something else. As long as your flexible this wont bother you too much.

4 WEEKS AHEAD :- When booking we actually do so for 4 weeks ahead, so even if you don’t get the exact shifts you wanted that week you have 4 weeks notice of what you will be working, again better than the getting told what your working 1 week before.

There must be downsides right?

Yes of course there is, firstly home working isn’t for everyone, as I mentioned above if you are wanting to work from home because you can’t get to an office maybe a disability, traveling issues, location then its a great opportunity for you to work, however if you want to homework because you think it will be easier, that you can have a break whenever you feel like it or watch TV between work etc you not going to enjoy this.

Home working with Sensée is still a real job, you will need a secluded and quiet work space with a door you can close and you will need some basic equipment (This changes per contract but I needed a PC, 2 monitors, a corded landline and a headset).

As I alluded to above the hours booking being Fastest finger first can be a little annoying from time to time but they are working on a new system to make this better. In fact Sensée are working on a number of things right now to tackle the biggest challenges of Home Working with a recently launched Pilot called the Buddy Scheme and their Employee Assistance Program which offers 24/7 support with experts from Health Assured.

So How do I Apply?

To Apply you should head over to This Link which will identify that you were sent from me and go through the recruitment process. You will be asked to do some assessments and if you pass an interview will be arranged during that interview they will discuss which account they think would be the best fit for you, the next steps and if you are successful they will arrange a second interview with someone from that contract.

Don’t Just Take My Word for it.

Here is George a Home Based Team Leader at Sensée.

TLDR;

My Employer are hiring, if you are interested please apply through THIS LINK, it is an opportunity to work from home with a flexible working pattern.

If you are interested I wish you the best and please feel free to reach out to me here or my other socials if you have any further questions. You never know I may see you on Live Desk.

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Recipe Box Review #1 (Hello Fresh)

INTRO

I am sure by now you have heard about Hello Fresh, Gousto, Simply Fresh or the various other Recipe Boxes that are out there at the moment in the various different formats that there are. Myself and @TheMsRogue have decided to try a few of them, We ordered a Simply Fresh Box which is still in the cupboard but that works different to the rest as its just the spices and you still need to buy the ingredient individually but then we had a promotion for Hello Fresh so we have decided to try and review them all. First up is Hello Fresh (We will come back to Simply Fresh I guess).

PROS

Decent Menu Selection – There is about 30-40 different recipes to select from each week with a variety of different options including but not limited Veggie options, Vegan Options, Quick Meals, Light Meals and Much Much more. We struggled to choose instead of struggling to find one we wanted though this may vary depending on your own tastes.

Eating Fresh Meals – With the worry of shopping for the exact items, portioning and finding a recipe out the way this box makes it a lot easier for you to make that meal at home and to eat fresh on the regular cutting down on that junk food and the want for takeaway. Ultimately saving money.

Everything is Portioned out – The exact portions of things or very close to them is included in each box, this saves you the hassle of having to weight out the portions, saves on waste and just makes the whole process much quicker and easier.

Good Introductory Offers – Many Introductory offers from the website, affiliates and friends and family to entice you to sign up though these are INTRO offers so if you have signed up before you would be unlikely to use them again. As an example I got my First box for free and £10 off the following 3 boxes. Example you can get £20 off your first box using this link -> £20 First Hello Fresh Box with Hello Friends (P.S I get £20 off for each friend that signs up using this code too)

Needs very little in extra ingredients – Oil, Water, Salt & Pepper is about all I have seen as things you are asked to add to the boxes, and they are usually in your kitchen anyway.

Portion sizes are accurate – Meals are filling and a Portion for 3 has actually been feeding 3 of us even with me having a larger than normal appetite.

CONS

App Needs a Lot of Work – Though it is very pleasing to the Eye and they have done a lot of things right with the app, there is a lot of aspects that I really didn’t like. When meals cost more it isn’t very clear it could do a lot more at making sure you understand you are picking a meal that will cost you an extra £5.97. Looking at the recipes on your phone defaults to 2 portions even if you are purchasing more this should default to your sub, even if you change this setting clicking out the app and back in changes it back to the default and its not very clear on how to change it.

Can’t pick meals until signed up and paid – This is a minor one but it did pester me that I couldn’t pick my meals before signing up and paying for my first box (Ok I just paid postage) but you could sign up and then find there is nothing on that week that you like (though maybe unlikely based on the large selection) it isn’t a risk I like for a company this large, let people pick before paying.

Changes, Cancelations & Skip Weeks have to be done 4 days in advance – So this did mean I ended up getting a box I didn’t want because I wanted to skip a week but did it 1 day too late and once you have missed this deadline you have no choice but to have the box, nope failing to pay won’t even stop it they WILL send you the box and chase you for payment.

If something goes wrong they give you a Credit – This may sound like a weird con that they give you credits for things going wrong, you may be thinking isn’t that a good thing, Yes except if you have paid for the box and your missing an ingredient that you then have to go out and buy I feel it would make more sense to refund, and that credit can not be used against any boxes that have already got a discount so not real a credit more like a promotion if it can’t be combined right? This did irritate me a little it is however their policy and in all fairness not a lot went wrong we had a burger bun missing and some worchestire sauce which we got a credit for and the first box was slightly damaged in delivery so it may have just fallen out.

SOME OF MY MEALS

SUMMARY

All in all I loved having a Recipe box, I am not going to stick with Hello Fresh Quite Yet I want to try the other ones but even at full price 5 meals for 2 people or 4 meals for 3 people is <£42 a week, this may seem like a lot but when you break that down to 10-12 portions that is sub £4 per person much cheaper than take away and you get the recipe cards and the knowledge to keep so there is nothing stopping you buying the ingredients yourself too. That said the convenience of having it all delivered at once on a set day each week and all you need to do is pick your meals (or not if your happy to receive random ones) each week its a really good proposition.

Would I recommend it? Yes but only if you have the time and want to cook, these are not ready meals you just chuck in the oven or microwave you still need to dice, slice, coat, fry the ingredients they still take 20-45min to make a meal, you will need to multitask and you may not like the end result but if you enjoy that experience of trying new things and love to cook but don’t like the trying to shop for all the different ingredients for all the different meals, so you end up with all your cooking tasting the same so you can get through that garlic root you bought then these boxes are for you.

Is Hello Fresh the best? I don’t know yet, subscribe to my blog for updates as once I have tried them all I will compare.

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The world of Crypto, Coinbase & NiceHash

So recently myself and TheMsRogue started putting her PC to work while I was in work and she didn’t have access to her PC. What did this mean? Well we went out and grabbed NiceHash Quick Miner, wacked that on her PC and whenever she isn’t on her PC it runs.


Now this isn’t any super miner and we are not making £100s a day or anything like that, in fact we are making about £15-£30 a week and if you take the extra power draw into account also then you are talking about £10-£20ish a week profit. However that is PROFIT off a PC that would be sitting there doing nothing anyway. Once we have raised this money NiceHash is an exchange and a Wallet but we transfer our money into CoinBase which is an awesome and versatile way to buy, tell, trade and hold your Crypto Portfolio. Even better at the moment they have a few ways to get in total about $60 in free crypto, firstly you can get $10 simply by signing up with the link https://www.coinbase.com/join/may_u84b and depositing $100, secondly if you setup a recurring buy of $50 for 2 months or more you get an additional $5 and lastly if you watch some videos and answer some basic questions about other crypto you get everything from $3 – $10 in that respective currency which you can HODL (the Crypto term for Holding for interest) or you could simply trade into a more well know currency like BitCoin, Ethereum or Dogecoin.

Now let me be clear about Crypto – It is a gamble just like all stocks you can see the value of it drop dramatically out of nowhere and just as quickly as it rose it can fall, also Crypto is not going to make you a millionaire overnight however if you have the resources to set your PC to mine in its off time, and the will to move crypto around a little when you can see the peaks and troughs you can turn that little extra GPU power into a weekly shop once a month or a good night out for the family now and then, or even keep it all saved up for a holiday in a year or saw. The options are endless. With Coinbase there is a small fee for converting (selling) the crypto into a Fiat (£ and $) but it it free to withdraw and the options are endless.

If you do want to give either NiceHash or CoinBase a go I do ask nicely for you to use the links I provided I do get a return either a cash incentive or a % reward however I can honestly say that these recommendations are NOT based upon those rewards at all, my opinion is unskewed by the reward and I am not making a recommendation for you to follow in my footsteps just simply telling you my observations to date.

Cezz – Over and Out.

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Pokémon Go Referral Program

Weather is getting nicer and stay local restrictions are being lifted in the UK, do you want to motivate yourself or your kids to get our more and enjoy the sunshine?

One option that has worked well for our family has been the dreaded Pokémon GO – it’s had some amazing updated since it initial release back in 2016 with hundreds of different pokemon, Team Rocket Grunts and Leaders and much much more…

If you join or return to Pokémon GO using my referral code 3T6XT6HXY, you’ll instantly get 100 Poké Balls, be able to earn special bonus items, and more. https://pokemongolive.com/launchapp

If Pokémon isn’t your thing there is also a Harry Potter game which is very similar for those Wizarding Fans.

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D&D again…

Meet Golau My new D&D character, he will be joining a new campaign tomorrow evening... Updates to follow as and when the campaign depelops.

This weekend will be the start of my second ever game of Dungeons and Dragons and I am super excited, I was estatic before the first game but after a few weeks life got in the way and it became difficult to get everyone together.

This weekend is a new smaller group of people and is the start of a whole new campaign so out goes my Dragonborn Druid Balazar and in comes my new character Golau he is a Tabaxi Warlock with a Patronage to The Genie Efreeti.

Watch this space for more updates as the Campaign grows.

Over and Out

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First Sale for TheMsRogue.uk

Random celebratory Post, My amazing wife has recently gone back to her crafty routes but this time instead of making jewellery she is making Epoxy Resin Products and I know I am Biased but they are beautiful.

Recently Sold over at https://themsrogue.uk/shop/

Why am I celebrating then? Well a few reasons. Firstly it’s amazing seeing my wife happy again doing her crafts, it gives me something to do as I get to design, manage and maintain her store and even more so today she made her first sale and that is a GIANT milestone.

Now this is just the first sale and at this point we are still at a loss from materials that have been purchased Vs the amount sold but it really is a great stepping stone, it’s proven the site works we have got to experience the pathway with PayPal and most importantly it’s made Rogue very very very happy.

I have no investment in this project, if it never makes a profit it doesn’t matter as long as it’s making Rogue happy but money coming back from the items and not drowning in resin bookmarks, dice and bookshelves is definitely a plus.

Want to check out more look through this gallery or even just head over to the store at https://themsrogue.uk/shop/

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Potato vs Food – Piñatas Reaper Burrito

Even their packaging makes it clear that you probably do not want to do this, Yet I still Did!

What the hell was I thinking? Tonight I decided it would be a smart idea to go and take the Piñatas Carolina Reaper Burrito Challenge. What is this Challenge? Well it is an idiotic task of eating a Burrito filled with Carolina Hot Sauce along with other hot sauces and “other hot stuff” and yes that is how they describe it.

So what does this challenge involve?

Well it’s fairly straight forward, Pick up the Burrito or get it delivered if you live close enough. Open it up and eat it. Oh but wait there is some rules :-

  • No Water (That’s just cheating)
  • No Sharing (Fair enough)
  • Must be eaten in one sitting/session.
  • Film it and Share it on Social Media Tagging Pinatas

Now Firstly, A++ for Presentation here guys, it is spectacular, you open the box and you are presented with a foil wrapped Burrito, with the same Reaper Sticker, some Nacho Chips and a Pot of Sour Cream.

You unwrap the Burrito and tuck yourself into what is going to become clear is torment.

Now my advice if your going to do this is probably don’t live stream it, number of reasons you feel like you need to draw it out a little and you start talking to people which also draws it out. These are BAD Ideas the longer you give this spice to develop in you mouth the more pain you are going to be in, I can tell you that first hand.

Now the very first bite was snappy, More heat than I expected but the next 2-3 didn’t seem as bad as my pallet started to become accustomed to it, but then the talking started and the delaying started and wow that heat built quickly.

By about 1/3 of the way in, I was crying, I was sweating and honest to god my face was hurting. It was a seriously hot Burrito.

Now we must not forget my friends but also enemy the Nacho Chips, I thought these were going to be my friends along with their accompanying dip of Sour Cream, The chips though we’re not plain chips but Doritos Flamin Hot and the Sour Cream was no match for everything else going on.

All in all I sat for 20min and ate a Burrito and people came and watched and laughed at my pain, I cried my nose was running and my face melted yet I still very much enjoyed the experience. Would I do it again – No Thank You. Would I order for the Guys at Pinatas though? Hell yes the food was actually REALLY tasty if it wasn’t so spicy and TheMsRogue really Enjoyed her Create your own Burrito and Churros so the whole experience was a win, if only they were a little closer to us I could see us ordering weekly.

Want to see the torment? Feel free but I warn you there is Plenty of Profanity and it is intended for Mature Audiences only.

And if after all that you for some strange reason still want to go try this challenge head over to Piñatas they are based in Swansea, South Wales.

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A fun night playing Pokémon Go

Wait what is this 2016 all over again? Me, Rogue and the kids spent a night playing Pokémon Go tonight, it’s not the first time we have recently but it really is worth writing a post over just because well it was fun and it was something we got to do together.

Tonights adventure didn’t involve us walking around but instead we drove to a beauty spot, parked up put lures on the pokestops and just sat in each others company enjoying the experience together.

Yes yes I know driving somewhere sort of defeats the point of the original game but I also know that this was a really fun family activity that ended up only costing us some fuel and kept everyone happy for hours.

We shared in the delight of catching a new Pokémon we have never seen before, we all excitedly watched as we did evolves and we shared the wonder when one of us caught a new shiny pokemon.

All in all we had an awesome fun time and we will do it again when the weather isn’t nice enough to go out for a walk and play.

Now back to 2020 after the throwback.

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Discord Integration Mk1

So Mk1 of the Discord Integration should be active which should mean that when I publish this post that is will post details of it to Discord #Announcements Channel for everyone to see.

I may change this integration hence Mk1 because I would like to have a ping group on the server for this sort of content if anyone did want to be notified of new blog posts that way.

For now however I will keep it as this one as long as it works.

Further plans :-

Separate push to discord notification for any sales, reviews or comments.

Watch this space.

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Random Ramblings of a Potato Part 2

New Week and a New Rambling, I am coming into this post with no idea what I am planning on writing about and I hope your cool with that just got some time to play with and wanted to talk to you lovely people.

What have I been working on?

GitHub - owncast/owncast: Take control over your live stream video by  running it yourself. Streaming + chat out of the box.

How about I tell you about some awesome bits of software I have been playing with recently, First and most recent is OwnCast its a nicely built script that allows you to run your own RTMP Video Streaming Server that can take the inbound stream from OBS or any other RTMP streaming app and then broadcast that to a website Twitch.tv Style. Its Customisable, Adjustable and honestly much lighter than I expected considering it has to transcode video to multiple different quality figures and broadcast that to multiple “Viewers”. I am expecting to do a test stress of this new server soon and if it is successful I may use it for “Private” streams in the future, for now though you are better finding me on Twitch.

Previous to that it was this exact website, this site is built on WordPress, and since I made my first WordPress website back in 2006 it has REALLY come a long way, it has even come a really leaps and bounds since just a few years ago, Additionally I have fallen in love with WooCommerce and Printify. WooCommerce makes it very easy to run a ecommerce store in your wordpress site, with control over pricing, shipping, vouchers and much much more. Printify allows you to have drop shipped merchandise without any risk of holding stock etc, even better Printify integrates beautifully with WooCommerce with all items syncing across including images, descriptions, pricing and even shipping costs really taking all the stress out of starting a web store.

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Lastly is less software and much more a service and that is Linode, Linode are the hosting provider for many of my servers (Though I have on with another company) and Linode are not the cheapest provider out there, this is for a reason though, their quality of service is outstanding, I have never had unexpected downtime with them, when there is extended maintenance planned as there is on one of my servers later this month, they migrate you to a server that isn’t going to be down and get you back up ASAP! Their one click apps allows you to spin up some pre-configured websites in a flash and honestly their customer service has been amazing.

What is coming up?

I have some more streams planned, Raft with TheMsRogue has been great, and I think I am going to make Friday nights my Jackbox Party Pack Nights. I am often up late on Fridays to watch LTT WAN Show so I will try and start my Jackbox nights a little later and run them until WAN Starts.

I am going to continue working on this website I have some more Merch Designs being commissioned now so they should be up on the site soon.

As Mentioned above we will be doing a stress test on the OwnCast Installation.

Updates from last post?

Work is still great, my systems are working and I get to get fully hands on with everything. Excited for moving out of training next week and dealing with real calls.

Kids are Excited for next week when they get to go back to school and meeting their friends.

Rogue is great.

And I am Done with this post. Can’t believe you read another one, can I recommend you speak to someone about this!

BYE!