Olivia Poglianich on the Rewards and Realities of Nomad Living

‘Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today…’

For anyone who hears the old and famous song New York, New York, you know it’s a call to the Big Apple. For Olivia Poglianich, her experience was different. As a native New Yorker she knew she had so much of the world within her hometown – but still the road called her. 

Just a few years after graduating from Cornell University with a Bsc in Communication, Olivia set off travelling. Not because of the absence of what New York held, but because of what the rest of the world offered. But never was there the intention to be away from the Big Apple for too long.

Like so many new plans made on the road, Olivia’s decision to move into being a full time nomad was one that developed over time. Initially the thrill of travel was her key motivator. In December 2017, Olivia set off on what was supposed to be a 3 week holiday to New Zealand. It was to be only 3 weeks with a full time job lined up and awaiting her back at home.

But before too long Liv realised she was a traveller that required Click to continue reading

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How Do I Actually Hire You? The Path to Getting a Ghostwriter

The ghostwriting industry is often befitting of the secretive job title. Many people don’t feel well-versed in understanding what exactly a ghostwriter does. Those who know how a ghostwriter generally works will still often be unsure what steps are involved to acquire one.

For those who feel they are yet to understand how the process works, let’s go through it step by step in detailing a typical content creation process from start to finish. But first, there’s an important question to address…


Why Hire a Ghostwriter Anyway?

For some writers the idea someone would ask ‘why should I bother hiring you anyway?’ might just be unsettling. Maybe shocking even. But at the end of the day, professional ghostwriters need to speak the language of business. And that means if a prospective client asks an enquiry about the value of your work and how it can benefit them – you need to provide a solid answer.

When it comes to the enquiries and conversations I have with prospective clients, I’m always ready to answer this question, and do so by outlining the following factors.

There is a greater need than ever in the online world for a personal profile Click to continue reading

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7 Essentials for All New eCommerce Stores

One of the great things about the day and age we live in is the capacity to start something instantly. Whether it’s a song you’ve streamed, an online course to learn with, and even an eCommerce business via sites like Amazon, eBay, or Shopify. Beyond any aspiration for money or fame alone, many creatives are drawn to starting an online business as it offers them the opportunity to just simply create.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a ‘business-first’ approach to starting a new venture, but a founder of a new enterprise who holds a creative passion for it will often find progress occurs faster. Ahead of someone who just analytically identified a ‘growth opportunity’, a ‘developing trend’, or some of those other important but technical terms, that can fast take the life out of a party. The trade-off to this passion can often come with the particulars.

So rather than see a good new eCommerce idea stall on it’s way to market, may the following serve to assist those who’ve a good product in hand; and just now need to put the pieces of a great eCommerce store around it..… Click to continue reading

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Travelling as a Remote Worker? Better Bring Two Laptops!

Wednesday May 2 2018

Travelling with only a laptop as your office can be great for a remote worker.  You already have the freedom of movement a remote career allows you, and all you need to work while on the road is a sleek piece of metal with a screen and keys. But then something goes wrong.


A perfect afternoon you’d planned, working on client blogs with your feet in the pool. Finished. That beautiful evening you had planned, watching the sunset at the beach while coding. Over. Oh and if your laptop plays up while you’re on a weekend trip out of town? Oh man, that’s bad.




A bit debate has raged for a long time surrounding laptop reliability. Especially when compared to a desktop computer. Everyone can agree the move you more around a device, the greater the risk it can be damaged. Even if you don’t have a major episode like dropping your laptop down a flight of stairs, all those little bumps it encounters in day to day travelling can add up.

This is something that no one brand is immune from. While some will say Apple laptops last longer than PCs, Click to continue reading

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Privacy and Proton Mail: Email in the Era of Cambridge Analytica


Recent weeks have seen renewed attention on user privacy and data management. Following the multi-party scandal involving Facebook and  the data digital consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, many online users are anew to how their data is managed, and how they can better protect it in future. For those yet to be across the scandal, a good recap can be found here.

In light of this, a review of ProntonMail is timely. For those yet to hear of it, ProtonMail (PM) was founded in 2014 by Andy Yen, Jason Stockman and Wei Sun. These three CERN scientists developed an email app with client-side encryption that’s now viewed as a leader in user privacy and data management. Let’s look at PM in-depth now.

What Makes PM Unique

Offering end-to-end encryption, PM’s platform ensures your emails are seen only be sender and recipient. Even the PM team themselves can’t see what you send.

This means sharing the information with third parties is out, and so unlike other email clients that readily collect data on its users to sell to advertisers, people who use PM mail will not be subject to the standard data gathering practices see elsewhere. For those who … Click to continue reading

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‘From America to Africa in the Digital Era’ Elfreda K. Sheriff on the Heart of Remote Consulting

Thursday April 12 2018

Elfreda K. Sheriff is the founder and CEO of Kilsah Consulting. Kilsah specialises in the provision of management and development consulting to African nations. Born and raise in Liberia, Elfreda travelled to the USA to for her college studies, and since graduation has called Atlanta, Georgia home.

The experience of growing up on the Africa continent, and thereafter studying and building a career in the United States provided Elfreda a rare combination of skills and expertise in which to found Kilsah, and run an authentically African consulting firm. Having ran the business partly-remote for a number of years, Elfreda is now set to make a permanent return to Liberia in July 2018.

This move will close one chapter of Kilsah’s story, and begin a whole new one its founder’s life.  Our team at TDB got in touch with Elfreda to learn more about what it’s like to run a digital remote business in the African region, what opportunities and challenges exist for the future of business across the continent.


EK: Thank you for speaking to us Elfreda. Kilsah Consulting is a distinctive business, and one with a distinctive mission. For that reason many people may Click to continue reading

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Mobile Data Versus Pocket Wi-Fi. Which One Should I Use?


Wednesday March 7 2018

Today our world is more mobile. This means more of us are on the move than ever before. In a way this is cool‚ no more sitting at a stiff computer desk when you can be writing an article on the couch‚ in a cafe‚ or beyond.

But it does mean connectivity becomes a new challenge. And as the world becomes more mobile, deciding which option for staying online while on the move be a difficult decision. In absence of a public Wi-Fi connection, it comes down to mobile data versus pocket Wi-Fi.

So which one is the best option for you? Let’s look now.

Why Mobile Data?

It’s not news smartphones are popular. Smartphones are good because they are essentially universal. Everyone carries one, and everyone always has it on them. In fact, stats from January 2018 hold 51.92% of web traffic now comes via smartphone -and that stat is only set to grow.

For those seeking to a quick and simple online hookup, using your smartphone as a hotspot can be great. In fact it’s the default choice for many needing a portable Wi-Fi solution.

But smartphones can be bad. There is the Click to continue reading

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