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

 

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 identify different goals 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’s more mobile. More of us are on the move than ever. In some ways this is great, no more sitting in a stiff computer chair when you can work on the couch‚ in a cafe‚ or beyond.

The trade-off is connectivity becomes a bigger challenge. As the world becomes more mobile, deciding which option is best for staying online becomes harder. In the 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’re 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 a quick and simple online hookup, using your smartphone as a hotspot can be great. It’s actually the default choice for many needing portable Wi-Fi.

But smartphones can be bad. There’s the low battery issues. There’s the clash with other apps. There can even be a dreaded auto-update that can Click to continue reading

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The Asia Advantage: How Do Digital Professionals Engage with Asia in the Era of Global Disruption?

Asia

 

When it’s heard this author has studied Asian politics at university‚ or worked as a journalist and ran a business in Asia‚ a common question usually follows ‘How do you begin working in the region‚ anyway?’ Disruption has changed the way in which we live‚ and are set to live. While it’s not breaking news recent years have seen greater volatility arise in the political arena – one need only look at the political earthquakes of the 2016 US presidential election and Brexit to know it’s no longer ‘business as usual’ – economically speaking our world is becoming more and more borderless.

This means the old way of doing this in business no longer apply. Even in Asia. So what is required for someone looking to start a career in the region? Let’s go through one by one.

 

1. Understanding

There are some regions of the world that when described, broadly share a set of traditions. The British Isles, while each have different languages and nations, share a common kingdom.

The same applies to nations in the European Union, many differences, but uniting themes. Asia is a much more contested space.

 

Not only is there no central Click to continue reading

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How to Communicate Efficiently With Your Web Developer

 

Communicating with a web developer can be an intimidating experience for a client. It’s recognised the web developer holds expertise in programming, but being able to communicate to the web dev what you want without knowledge of programming can be harder.  So here’s a quick and helpful primer for anybody looking to build a website, and looking for a quick and easy cheat sheet to refer to when talking with their web developer.

What Do I Need to Know?

HTML. CSS. JavaScript. PHP. Together these 4 languages are the most popular when it comes to building websites online.

They do not account for the backend AKA server-side creation of sites. That’s where it gets quite complex as terms like remote server and full-stack developer start getting thrown around. But even if you’re not a web developer – or very tech-savvy at all – an understanding of these languages can make the fulfilment of your website needs easier and speedier.

It’s also just good business. If you hire a web developer odds are good they’ll know a little bit about your business and its industry. Even if they don’t, a good web developer will be ready to learn. The same Click to continue reading

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So You Wanna Be a Writer? How to Find the Perfect Keyboard for You

 

Sunday February 25 2018

Ahh keyboards. We know them, we use them. We occasionally marvel at them. Why does the paint erode so quickly on certain keys? Do I really use the keys ‘A’s and ‘S’ so much compared to all others? Whatever the case, keyboards are universal, but sometimes they can be painful.

You know what we’re talking about. Keyboards that are slow. Keyboards that are awkward. Keyboards that take away all the pleasure of writing, and make you lament anytime you type.

This is a big deal for anybody anywhere, but its a particularly big problem for a writer. For writers spend every day, day in and day out at the desk typing away, so hating a keyboard is hating life.

On the other hand, when a keyboard is a pleasure to use? It’s surely a heavenly experience. The touch of the keys feels like liquid velvet. The tap of the keys sounds like heavenly choirs.  The ACCIDENTAL USE OF CAPS IS? – still irritating. But all up? Great keyboards are great.

So, what things do you need to understand when seeking out the perfect keyboard for writing?  Let’s look now.

1. How does it type?

It’s Click to continue reading

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Remote Work Versus Real-World: Your Essential Briefing

 

“Remote Work: a role that allows you to write a report on your couch, prep a presentation from a cafe, or even work a whole job from a tropical island.”

 

In the world of productivity today remote work is right up there is the Pomodoro timer and the Getting Things Done as a way to boost productivity and enhance careers. It’s a buzzword, it’s a lifestyle – but it often remains misunderstood. With numerous statistics showing the trend towards remote work rising in the global economy,  ensuring you’ve a clear understanding of its pros and cons is vital.

Defining Remote Work

First a brief definition is useful here. In its simplest form, remote work is defined as any work undertaken away from a business HQ. Remote work is commonly an employee working outside an office, at home, or out in the field. It can also mean someone who always works outside the office, such as an employee who works in a satellite location away from the main office, as well as an outsourced employee.

The exact requirements of a remote role vary from job to another, and one business to another. In fact, many freelancers can be defined Click to continue reading

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What Does GoPro’s Decline and Kodak’s Comeback Mean for the Future of Video?

 

 

January saw two particularly big stories in the world of cameras. Stories that would have been laughable just a few short years ago. The details of the stories is where the real significance comes in, but in just one sentence the stories at are their most scintillating.

This month GoPro announced plans to cut 20 percent of its workforce on January 8, as Kodak stock rose 147 per cent on January 9. Talk about your plot twists, eh?

Now, let’s be clear. The stories are not directly related to one another. Sure, the folks at GoPro may have thought till recently that Kodak were old dinosaurs. And OK, they may still be a veteran or two at Kodak who is still marveling at the Super 8, unsure what this GoPro fuss is.

Nonetheless, beyond the headlines these stories are related, and do speak to deeper trends. Let’s look at these a little more now.

Goodbye GoPro?

Like what Tesla is to electric cars, GoPro has been to the camera industry. A name not only for a particular product, but a buzzword for the action camera industry as a whole. For years since its establishment in 2002, GoPro was Click to continue reading

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