From Blogger to Paid Writer: Tips on Freelancing.

  1. Always have a price for the work that you do, when starting out people will try to underpay you or tell you to work for exposure! It’s up to you to weigh if you can work for free and what that adds to your CV or if you will take a pay cut for a client. As you grow make sure you have a non-negotiable price as you get more well-known and established.

  1. Always sign a contract; there are many templates for freelance contracts, you can use business-in-a-box or Google contract templates and edit them to suit your needs. Tailor make it to your country and industry with relevant pricings/currency and if you can make reference to country law. E.g.
  • Make sure you decide if there is an upfront percentage paid to initiate the project
  • Make sure your overall quotation for the work includes VAT if not stipulate what % of VAT will be added. Remember you probably have taxes to pay so don’t undersell your work. You also have costs to cover each time you get a project so that you have money left over to do another one, data, airtime, fuel should actually be something that you have left over after each job or else you won’t be able to do work for the next client.
  • Always set deadlines or a work schedule, if it’s a long term project agree on weekly reviews etc.
  • Make sure you have a payment clause, is there a % fee for days delayed to pay after project is completed or do you want payment upon receipt or 20-30 days after. Agree with your client so that you aren’t chasing payments or waiting on money.

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT is key to being able to work from home, just because you work from home doesn’t mean you should have hours in which you clock in and clock out. You may be able to start your day at 9am but then give yourself a knock off time.

-Set goals with your work, set tasks/targets and meet them.

-Prioritise what is important, something may come up unexpectedly weigh the importance verses other deadlines.

-Make sure you take breaks and don’t just try to power through 3 or 6 hours of work. Your brains needs rest, hydration and food.

-If you have meetings always be 15 minutes early, it shows how serious you are and that you respect other people’s time. Time is money!

-In the same vein do not allow other people to disrespect your time, if you have confirmed a meeting the night before and you call again the next morning and arrive at an agreed time and the person isn’t there…it’s acceptable to call and tell them you will be leaving if 15-20 minutes have surpassed.

  1. KNOW YOUR WORK SPACE OR CREATE IT; just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can work in front of the TV, or from your bed. You will lose focus or fall asleep. You need a designated space, whether it’s a desk or the kitchen or dining room table. Typically a spare bedroom is best as you will be away from other interruptions if you have anyone else in the house. You want to be able to complete your tasks without distractions.

  1. Client and Creative Relationship:

-Make sure you build one, are you asking the client sufficient questions to have an understanding of the work and to ensure they understand how you work? Timelines are important!!!

-Do you physically need to meet to update client? If so set up regular meetings, otherwise track your work on sharing programs like Trello or schedule Skype calls, you can also email content back and forth. Agree to set these things up as to provide boundaries.

-What the hours in which you can be contacted and will respond promptly or within an hour? Make sure that you inform the client….are weekends an option? AGAIN BOUNDARIES ARE IMPORTANT.


Those are my tips and tricks, to read my thread on twitter please follow me @leelabee and its the thread pinned to the top of my TL.


The Cure: Turmeric + Honey

This morning I woke up feeling a little inspired to do something to give my skin a glow and also soothe my current acne situation that has been aggravated by hormones. I decided to make my old faithful turmeric and honey mask, turmeric has so many healing properties as an anti-oxidant it helps acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. It also reduces skin inflammation and slows down cell damage! Honey can help treat acne, reduce the appearance of pimples, scars, blemishes and generally improve the skin appearance. So if you want that natural glow up all you have to do is combine the two and voila!


First I washed my face with my usual face wash then I steamed it to open my pores, next I mixed the ingredients to  make the mask:


  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of organic, raw, local honey


  1. In a small bowl or jar, mix the turmeric powder with the honey and apple cider vinegar. Try to mix is so that will stick to your face and not drip.
  2. Apply the mask carefully avoiding your eyes.
  3. Allow the mask sit on your face for 15–20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
  4. If you have any leftover, you can cover and leave in the fridge for your next application.

I recommend using this mask twice a week when you have a flare up, make sure you don’t use it too often as it may irritate the skin.

P.s. Have you ever had a throat tickle or irritation due to a cold? a teaspoon or two of turmeric and honey can soothe the pain! Try it, I promise it’s magical!

Happy Women’s Day

I asked a few women I admire and call friends to answer a few questions in celebration of Women’s Day 2016, I chose them because I admire them as mothers, sisters, creatives, musicians, filmmakers and friends. Let’s take a look at what they had to say…


1.Salma Sky: Singer/Songwriter, Mother, Wife, Avid Knitter and bundle of AWESOME!

Q:If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, which woman would put on the main float?

A: My all time favorite woman and author. Miss Maya Angelou

Q: What do you think is one of the biggest problems facing young women in Zambia?

A: Social and economic pressure. The need to be someone else in order to be wanted. There has been a sad deterioration in the mindset of young women, not just in Zambia, but all over the world about their value and worth and the need to conform to society’s morphed idea of what needs to be done to be accepted.

Q: What advice would you give your teenage self?

A: The world is for the taking. You are in control of how to attain it. Don’t second guess how talented or gifted you are or you may lose years of fulfillment doing what you don’t love.

Q: You recently became a mother to a daughter what do you hope to instill in her?

A: That passion is everything. Whether it’s about helping your community, making your way through your education, creating and preserving relationships.
My hope is that she finds great enjoyment in being a girl and becoming a woman.


2. Ngosa Chungu: Filmmaker (e18hteam) & FRIEND

Q: If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, which woman would put on the main float?

A: I’d put my mother. When I grow up I want to be as graceful, worldly, loving and effective as she is. Despite the constrains of Zambia’s conservatism, she has managed to beat the odds and pursue her dreams.

She raised 3 girls to be strong women and to value education and self fulfillment, not to just believe that the only role in society females have is to be wives, mothers and children. She showed you can be that and more by being an entrepreneur and recently successfully campaigning to represent Lufwanama constituency at Parliament. So many people told her she couldn’t do both those things but that didn’t stop her. She’s amazing!

Q: How can young women empower themselves?

A: People may dare to keep you in a box but once you realise the only person who truly puts limits on what you do is you, you have won the battle. If you listen to naysayers you will do nothing. If you look inside yourself to find your potential and the strength to fulfill your dreams you are empowered and nothing can stop you.

Q: What advice would you give your teenage self?

A: Forget the plan. Life is not about that, it’s about adapting and evolving. If you are rigid you cannot take the hard knocks and the crazy that will come your way. If you can only succeed when things go your way you will ultimately fail. If you can’t see beyond what you think you want, you will miss out on great opportunities and will not be exposed to new things and find out that maybe you should go in a different direction. There are many ways to get to what you believe will make life worth living.

Q: How do you define success?

A: Inner peace: No regrets, love from family and friends, passion for life and work that feels like play, contributing positively to the communities you are privileged to be a part of.

Q: What is the best advice a female family member has given you?

A: You are enough. My younger sister tells me that all the time. She is the love of my life and is my number one cheerleader.  She takes me just as I am, as silly, deranged and confused as I may be due to having a creative soul and being a little too cerebral at times.


3. Mazuba Kapambwe: Blogger / Tv Personality/Social Media guru (@afrosocialite)

Q: Favorite female author?

A: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I worship at her altar! I’ve read pretty much everything she’s written, watched her commencement speeches and ted talks, the works.

Q: If You could spend a day with an influential woman who would it be?

A: Again, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I am fascinated by her. She’s already my auntie in my head.

Q: Being a female is sisterhood important to you?

A: Definitely. Sisters keep secrets way better than I imagine brothers would (lol). Beyond having biological sisters, I think having females around you that will root for you and vice versa is so necessary. EveRyone deserves to have that bond that only sisters share.

Q: What advice would you give your teenage self?

A: To not think that you will never love again, because you will. It’s so hard to think beyond a certain future when you’re young . You feel like it’s the end of the world if things don’t end up how you’d like them to end up. And life is short, but trust me, things that mattered so much when you were a teenager don’t matter so much now. You’re probably going to be a different person.

Q: Best advice your mum gave you?

A: Gosh, my mum gives me so much unsolicited advice it’s hard to pick but maybe “keep in touch with people you care about”. We don’t live in the same country, but she’s great at keeping in touch with us.


4. Becky Ngoma: Director of Fever and Scriptwriter of other Tv works.

Q: Who are your influences in film/television?

A: It’s really hard to answer that one cause the film industry is dominated by male directors and because the majority of the films I watch are directed by men. My favorite would be QUENTIN TARANTINO but I will give my respect to Ava Duvernay, for being the first woman, and first black woman director to get a prestigious nomination as the Oscars. She has made such a huge impact to women directors and black films.

Q: If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, which woman would put on the main float?

A: Shonda Rhimes, am a huge fan of her writing, she creates stars with her storytelling and influences the image of black people on television.Oprah Winfrey , she was born poor was abused but she did not throw pity parties she has conquered the world influenced others and made herself a billionaireLupita Nyong’o Kenyan actress who’s made it in Hollywood. My fourth would be Zambia’s Dambisa Moyo, she doesn’t follow the crowd but is smart and brave enough to speak about and write about Africa’s economy without a western capitalist tone, I love her book DEAD AID, it has provoked me to question a lot of things and perceive my country’s development in another way.

Q: What advice would you give your teenage self?

A: Do not waste time figuring out the past and picking who to blame for what…you can’t change the past so focus on the possibilities the future offers, that’s where your power lies.

Q: Have you experienced sexism in your career and how do you deal with it??

A: Yes I have, it’s everywhere around every female, especially in Africa amongst the stereotypes… how I deal with it is through determination to prove the sexist wrong and I am never afraid to speak out and rebuke the offence.

Q: Best career advice you ever received?

A: “Becky talent alone is not enough it needs the right attitude otherwise you will never achieve anything.” That’s from my boss on Kabanana Maliya Mzyeche Sililo..

“Becky you have so much zeal to change things but you need to identify your limitations, school is the limitation, go back to school!” This came from Saboi Imboela.

And lastly,from my mentor Lawrence Thompson, “you gotta learn to be a sponge Becky and be open to new things because the moment you start thinking you know it all then you have stopped growing my dear.”… these three pieces of advice have transformed my career tremendously.

Zambia Fashion Council: Fashion Day Out!

 fashion day out
Calling all fashionistas, fashion lovers and just lovers of nice, cool and hip things! On Saturday the 31st of october 2015 the Zambia Fashion Council, jointly with Foxdale Court, VALA and Mafashio bring to you FASHION DAY OUT!
There will be Pop-up-shops, from 9 – 18hrs  on the day.
Fashion think tank seminars, learn about the business of fashion, from 10 – 16hrs
And last but not least an after party and fashion show from 19hrs at Sky bar, show starts at 20hrs.
Entry to all the events is FREE!
For more information email
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Cold Season cures and treats


Rainy/Cold season is a time of year where you want to look after yourself the most; you want to choose preventative care over doctors and medication. There are many ways to stay healthy and boost immunity by using herbs and other natural ingredients.

Echinacea is a herbaceous flowering plant with nine different species, the different parts of the flowering plant can be used for different purposes. The herb and root hold unique medicinal properties used to treat infections and prevent colds. Since the plant is native to America but cultivated in Europe you will have to source it through pharmacies in Zambia. You can buy Echinacea drops under the name Echinaforce from your local pharmacy. The drops are a mild but effective prevention method for colds and flu and it strengthen the immune system.

One of my favorite immune boosters is raw garlic; I keep bulbs of garlic around the house and chew on a clove or two to boost immunity. It may not be good for your breath but it is good at lowering blood pressure and combating colds. If you are nervous about trying it raw just make sure to crush raw garlic and put it in your meals, it goes well in a soup or any pasta dish or stew.


During the Rainy/Cold Season many of us are often tired after a long day’s work to cook a complicated meal that involves standing by the stove and monitoring. That’s is why it is better to make oven/crockpot or soup dishes, here are some health homemade recipes that will keep you warm in winter.


Bone Broth is made with meat and a small amount of bones, it can be made from both chicken and beef. This recipe is a long cooking process but you can then freeze the broth and eat it at your prudence. The broth is also easy to make and is light in flavour and rich in protein. Typically used in Paleo diets and eaten in Korea this broth is a great source of minerals.

You will need:

  • About 3kg beef marrow and neck bones
  • 4 or more litres cold filtered water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme, tied together
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns, crushed
  • l bunch parsley

Place the bones in a roasting pan and brown at 200 degrees in the oven. When well browned, add to the pot along with the vegetables.

Pour the fat out of the roasting pan, add cold water to the pan, set over a high flame and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon to loosen up coagulated juices.

Add this liquid to the pot. Add additional water, if necessary, to cover the bones; but the liquid should come no higher than within one inch of the rim of the pot, as the volume expands slightly during cooking.

Bring to a boil. A large amount of film (extra fat) will come to the top, and it is important to remove this with a spoon. After you have skimmed, reduce heat and add the thyme and crushed peppercorns.

Simmer broth for at least 8hrs.


Serves 6 to 8 people

1 ½ kg Butternut Squash

2 Large brown onions, finely chopped

3 Small garlic cloves, finely chopped

500ml Chicken Stock

1 Teaspoon lemon juice

250ml water

3 Small strong green chillies or 1 large jalapeno

1 Tablespoon melted butter

250ml Fresh pouring cream

Peel and pip the butternuts, and cut it into about 5cm square chunks. Peel and chop the onions quite finely.

Chop the garlic very finely, or push through a garlic press. Halve the Jalapeno pepper or green chillies and scrape out all the pips. Chop the green flesh very finely.

Put the onions, garlic and chillies into the melted butter in a saucepan on a moderate heat and cook until the onions are soft and transparent. Add the lemon juice and chicken stock and stir until well mixed.

Add the water and the cubes of butternut, and simmer until the soup is thick and all the ingredients are well blended together, about 1 hour. Liquidise with a food processer. Serve hot.

And with a side of your choice*




One of my favorite soups to make is Beetroot soup, I know it sounds odd but it’s so yummy. I once made it and my brother mistakenly thought it was tomato soup and he enjoyed it so much that when I said it was Beet soup he was horrified but happy!


3 teaspoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

6 medium beetroot bulbs, peeled and chopped

500 grams Veggie stock or beef (depending on preference)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Feta cheese

Warm olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and onions and cook until soft but not browned. Stir in chopped beetroot and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in stock and add salt and pepper. Bring this to boil, cover and let simmer until the beets are tender. This takes about 30 minutes. Take off stove and allow cooling.

Use food processer or blender to smooth the soup. Return the soup to the saucepan and gentle heat it.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with crumbed feta cheese.


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Umoyo Natural Health Lemongrass tea


Over the next few months I will be reviewing teas from Umoyo Natural Health the first of the series is the lemongrass tea. As alluded to in the name lemongrass is part of the grass family and is often used as a culinary herb in Asian cuisine. It is important to remember that it is not related to the lemon family and merely has a strong lemon like aroma. As a tea lemongrass helps to cleanse the liver and kidneys; it also has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties.




The wonderful calming scent of lemongrass is what makes it a favorite of mine as well as its natural sweet taste! I think the tea is sweet enough on its own but if you like your tea sweet you could add xylitol- a natural sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. You can buy xylitol from Umoyo Natural Health’s many shops located at Woodlands, Arcades or at the Clinic located off Great East Road, alternatively you could use honey to sweeten your tea.



I decided to make my tea using a clay tea set that I got as a birthday present 4 years ago. I used a clay basket filter and filled it with the lemon grass pressing it down as I filled it up using about 1 ½ teaspoons of the leaves. I poured the boiled water on top of it and let it sit or steep for about 6 minutes before pouring and drinking it. I like my teas dark and I wanted the full flavour of the lemongrass to come out. Soon my kitchen and my house were filled with the delicious scent.


If you don’t have a clay teapot with a basket filter you can make your tea the old-fashioned way. Take 1 ½ teaspoons of the lemon grass and boil them in 1 litre of water in a pot or a stainless steel tea-pot. After the tea comes to boil, lower the temperature to allow the tea to simmer. Depending on how dark or light you like you tea you can adjust the simmer time to suit your taste.


Never one to waste a good tea I kept some and refrigerated it in a glass bottle overnight and drank it the next day. Lemongrass makes a delightful ice tea, very refreshing and perfect for people who aren’t major fans of regular plain old water!





The Waterfalls Gourmet Market


The Deli will be hosting The Waterfalls Gourmet Market on the 31st of October at 6:30pm, the market will host different brands and food and beverage companies. The Facebook event page says, “Join us as we launch  The Waterfalls Gourmet Market . From celebrated local and international chefs showcasing mouth watering meals to some signature Vino and cocktails that will talk to you ”



GigiBonta’ will also be present ad you can try their ice-cream, biscuits, muffins and cakes as well as their Italian coffee. The great thing about this brand is that it a business that helps the disadvantaged youth. They are already a fast growing business with two locations in Lusaka and one in Ndola. Umoyo Natural Health will be showcasing their baobab juice, mooring cookies, wheatgrass shots and hots of their green smoothies and foods.



If you love baked good’s Megan’s Cakery will be there to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings you have, other people showcasing will be local brand Skin Care Africa. They will have cosmetic products proudly made on a Zambia Farm in Chisamba. They will also be on hand to provide tips on healthy skin, you get the best of everything at this market, healthy food, good wine, green juices and great skincare.

Make sure you like the fb pages and come to the event!


*All photos borrowed from the Facebook page: Waterfalls Gourmet Market

SWEAT Health and Fitness Limited

SWEAT Health and Fitness is a new business venture that focuses on empowering people through improving their health and lifestyle with fitness. Located at Plot 4902, Los Angeles Boulevard in Longacres, SWEAT Health and Fitness runs a programme driven at promoting healthy living through keeping fit and managing a healthy diet.
Their mission statement is quite clear, “To provide a service to everyone that wants to be fit, stay fit or build their body and live a healthy lifestyle while educating people on the importance and benefit of working out.”
New to Lusaka, SWEAT Health and Fitness opened earlier this year and it is one of the growing fitness brands that offers a variety of services that include:

SWEAT Health and Fitness are open from  Monday to Friday between 06:00 – 07:30hrs and 18:00 – 20:00hrs. You can also go there and speak to one of their trainers so that you can work a programme to achieve what you want to. Remember if you sign up the first 3 trial sessions are FREE!

If you are into fitness or looking for a way to improve your quality of life then make sure you like the facebook page.

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