Loadshedding solutions for home office workers (that won’t break the bank)

A friend who lives in Melbourne, Australia complained recently on Facebook that he had been without electricity for several hours, in a curfew. His laptop died on him, and there he was in the dark with only his thoughts for company.

I smiled slightly but did not comment.

After all, there is no real joy in claiming the high ground on the question of being without power, and all the tips I could have given him were useless as sitting in the dark probably won’t happen to him again for months or even years.

Here in South Africa of course we all know what it is to be without power – that state of being for which we all grudgingly use the Eskom euphemism: loadshedding. Continue reading

Two years on: My business gets a rebranding

Big businesses do rebranding exercises; small businesses can too…

When I first started freelancing in December 2016, I described myself as just that: a freelancer.

But I soon learned that saying I was a freelancer was either not understandable, or made me sound like someone who “just worked from home”.

So I started saying I run a small business, or sometimes “I am a journalist”.

And when in November 2018 I made enough money in one month to cover all my expenses I thought: okay, now this is serious. This really is a business, and that’s not just something I say because that’s the general advice on all the entrepreneurial websites.

At about the same time, I was due to get new business cards printed. I looked at my existing cards and thought they looked a little tired. When I first started my business (see what I did there) I went on to Fiverr, found a designer, told him I wanted something minimalist and then used what he did for two years.

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