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I'm a writer and publisher based in Phokeng in the North West province of South Africa
Damaria Senne
TV is no longer the hero of the living room
LOL! Those were days, when we used a generator to power the TV and my younger brother and I had to lug the generator out late afternoon, make sure we had enough petrol and then get it going. And that was that moment when we'd have lots of guests - neighbourhood kids come watch TV with us.

we loved it though we found watching kissing scenes with my parents in the room to be so embarrassing some of the kids sat OUTSIDE the livingroom, in the passage facing the TV. For me? Pappa said that was time for me to make him a cup of tea.

We don't watch TV now. At all. There are so many other media that provide customised content. We have a couple of sets, of course. But those are for when we have guests who watch TV, though I later learnt that some relatives thought our TVs were broken and were considering gifting us with another one.
Posted on 18 Mar 2016 10:40
Damaria Senne
How to increase your freelance earnings today!
Uhm. No. For me the only tip that resonates is the one about aggressive marketing. Your freelance business IS a business. Market your services regularly, consistently, to the right target market, even when you have plenty of work. The one about target market is especially important when it comes to price. No doubt if you're a good writer a lot of organisations will want your services. But can they afford you? And I don't mean that you should be expensive. I mean, marketing to people who don't have a budget of any kind is a waste of your resources. Also, be very very choosy about what work you accept, even when you don't have a lot of work to speak of. Yes we all have bills to pay, but the last thing you need is to get caught in a stressful cycle where you work for cents and don't have the time and energy to market for more work. Use your discretion when it comes to your price. Know your own rates, rather letting others tell you how much they'll pay you. However, don't close the door on negotiating when someone does make you an offer. Some clients who can't pay your full fee per unit may earn you more money by offering you more volume. Or they might have such a streamlined process of providing you with information that it takes you less time to write their pieces.
Posted on 17 Mar 2016 21:43
Damaria Senne
Why I don't compete on price
I tried t respond to the post but the system kept bouncing me out. Anyhoo, trying here :)

I learnt the hard way that having no work on the horizon is much better than having low-balling clients. Working for peanuts is exhausting, demoralising and takes up the time that could be better spent marketing or if push comes to shove, working on your own projects. Pretty soon you don't have resources to look for higher-paying work because you're bogged down with "at least it's something."
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 16:08
Damaria Senne
Why I don't compete on price
I learnt the hard way that having no work on the horizon is much better than having low-balling clients. Working for peanuts is exhausting, demoralising and takes up the time that could be better spent marketing or if push comes to shove, working on your own projects. Pretty soon you don't have resources to look for higher-paying work because you're bogged down with "at least it's something."
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 16:06
Damaria Senne
Nando's ad: Banned from TV... Goes to print
It is funny
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 17:10
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