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 One? 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 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? Bring an Extra Laptop!

 

Travelling with a laptop is great for a remote worker.  You have the freedom of movement a remote career allows you, and all you need to work is a sleek piece of metal with a screen and keys. 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 envisioned, 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 really bad. If your deadline is urgent you may need to commandeer some local wildlife to get back to the city.

 

 

Reliability

There’s a longstanding debate surrounding laptop reliability. Especially in comparison to a desktop computer. Everyone can agree the more you move a device, the greater the risk it gets 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 no manufacturer is immune from. While some will say Apple laptops last longer than PC, even if this is now 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

 

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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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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