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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.

This week South Africa has seen some of the record highs of negativity in recent time. If you just scrolled through your Facebook feed on Monday - during the height of stage 6 load shedding - wouldn't blame you if you wanted to slit...

As I write this, I am in my study and I have the windows open. It's raining softly and there's a cool breeze flowing in which provides a refreshing respite to the intense heat that we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. And...

Tapered Tapas on 1st is the latest and hippest hidden gem in Pine Park, Johannesburg (which is just around the corner from some of Linden’s gourmet restaurants). Labelled as providing “a variety of mouth-watering tapas made from fresh local produce”, Tapered blends the tapas Spanish...

I've been quite remiss about posting lately on this platform. I almost feel that I'm kinda 'stuck'. Not 'stuck' in the way that many freelance writers get writers block but not knowing which way to go forward. There have been so many amazing opportunities...

When I was a child (and I'm not going to let you know how long ago that was because it will give away my age!) my mom used to give me a Tinkie as a treat. I particularly remembered her giving me #Tinkies - on...

The journey of a mountaineer is very similar to that of a freelancer. Just as the mountaineer faces daunting obstacles (such as altitude sickness and their bodies being taxed to the extreme) freelancers face equally daunting mental obstaclessuch as building their business and finding the...

As I write this, it's the end of the Easter weekend. I made the conscious decision to press 'pause' for the past four days. Not for religious reasons but for the simple reason that I needed to regain some head space. A challenge for many...

In the last day or two, I've been thinking about what it means when a client comes back to you and criticises your work. And when I say 'criticise' I mean basically 'pull it apart'. They say that work that you've put out using...

Being a freelancer is both incredibly exciting and, at the same time, scary beyond belief. On the one hand, you sit with a mountain load of possibilities. All of these are ripe and ready for the picking. You hold your success in your hands. It's...