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Memoirs of A South African Freelancer chronicles the unique journey of Lia Marus, the South African Freelancer. Get to know Lia as she chats about her favourite things both in her work and social life.

As a freelancer, I've always been a great believer in focusing on the positive in life, which is a trait that was instilled in me by my mother about 17 years ago. At about this time in my life, I was in the process of finishing...

I am writing this blog at about 11pm at night. The resson? I recently made a commitment to myself that I would make a concerted effort to blog on a regular basis. I am aiming at once every couple of days or so as I want...

In the past couple of days, I've been approached bya number of people to edit their masters theses. They found me through other people whose dissertations I had already edited. This got me thinking about the power of networking and how it is one of...

As a freelancer, it's very tempting - especially when you start out - to want to work as much as you can, as hard as you can because (as traditional wisdom tells us) more money will flow towards you if you increase the time you...

A day or two ago, I came across Jacquie Somerville’s e-book entitled 6 Secrets to Kick-Ass Courage & Confidence - thank you Lisa Scheneider from Trifocus Fitness Academy for the referral!. In it, Jacquie talks about the secrets she has discovered that have helped her...

Since about November 2014, I’ve been part of Partners for Possibility (PfPSA). This programme is dedicated to improving public school education in South Africa by empowering school principals to look at the challenges they face in their institutions and tackle these head on. I’ve been partnered...

One of the fundamental differences that I’ve found between men and women is that men never feel that they have to prove they’re supermen. Women, on the other hand, need to prove they’re superwomen by running a Martha Stewart-like home, producing meals like Nigella Lawson,...

Being at work, when you’re an employee, is easy because if you’re not in at a certain time and spend the required amount hours at your desk, the company powers that be will come down on you – hard. Being a freelancer, and working from home...

I wrote the book review below last year - and published it on another one of my blogs - but I thought some of you would like to read it - which is why I've posted it again. We all know – although we sometimes conveniently...

As an employee, learning on the job is very easy as you have access to a solid support structure of managers and colleagues to help you on your journey. However, as a freelancer you don’t have any such luxury: it’s just you, your computer and...