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!

The Ivory Game: Elephants in Crisis

The Netflix Original documentary The Ivory Game directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson exposes the harsh brutality of Elephant poaching and its illegal ivory trade. The title sequence immediately grabs the viewer with the stunning views of the African landscape as well as jarring imagery of elephant tusks and facts about the elephant population of Africa. Reminding viewers that every 15 minutes an elephant is poached and killed. This epidemic has reached a crisis point with an estimated 15 years until elephants are extinct on the continent.

Over the last 5 years 150,000 elephants have been killed for ivory and the film doesn’t waste time throwing the viewer into the hunt for one of the most infamous poachers in Africa… Boniface aka Shetani who runs a large poaching syndicate throughout East and Southern Africa. His syndicate of poachers are estimated to have killed up to 10,000 elephants for ivory trade.


Produced by Oscar winning-actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Paul Allen this riveting film pulls back the curtain on the operations of African poachers and their relationships with ivory dealers in China. It captures the stunning scenery of African landscapes and their elephants and features characters from Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia as well as their counterparts in China.


In China where there is still a legal market in ivory even if it is illegal in the rest of the world. This legal market deals with quantities monitored by government estimated at 5 tonnes every year. Sadly the demand is higher than that hence the use of legal licences to launder illegal ivory, the money made off one piece of ivory can easily reach $300,000 dollars on the legal market so one can only imagine illegal prices.


Craig Millar Head of Security at the Big Life Foundation (Kenya) explains, “Elephants cannot protect themselves against a concentrated effort to poach them, no matter what they do, firearms and poachers will win every time. So everything we do is aimed at helping those elephants fight back.”

The film was shot over 16 months and required the production team and their sources, journalists and rangers to work undercover and risk their lives. These front-line rangers and undercover operatives are the champions of the elephants and seek justice for the slaughtered as well as the protection of the remaining species. The film shows how they put themselves in life threatening situations infiltrating camps set up by poachers and the seedy underbelly of ivory trade in China and Hong Kong.

One of the proudest moments in the film is when we meet Zambia’s very own Georgina Kamanga the first female to lead the Intelligence and Investigations Unit at the Department of National Parks in Zambia. She is tasked to work closely with Elisifa Ngowi the man who has been tracking Shetani and believes that members of Shetani’s syndicate may be in Zambia. Without giving anything away all I can say is that she definitely proves herself worth of her position in the Investigations Unit.

This is the kind of film that needs a box of tissues as it stirs up emotions of sadness, anger and frustration that leave you wondering how human beings can be so cruel to this majestic creature!



What’s the story Leelabee?

Hi guys,

I know I haven’t blogged in ages, I have been so busy this past year with work I have barely been attending events or writing about them. I thought I should write you all a quick note so that you can see what I have been up to.

Well I currently work as a Content Manager and Social Media Manager in advertising and with corporate and creative clients. This has been a long time coming as I have been a copywriter, journalist and magazine editor, blogger and social media user for years now. What better way than to combine all my super powers into one career?


I also started co-hosting a morning breakfast show called “Fresh In The Morning” where we discuss everything from feminism to culture/tradition, current events, celeb gossip, mental health and more. The show is weekdays at 7am  on Fresh TV, available on Topstar decoders channel 108. This is another dream job that I never really knew was a dream, anyone who knows me personally knows I went to film school and studied acting. So TV work isn’t far off from my origins, follow @ThisIsFreshTV on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to find out more. #BelieveTheHype


Basically these two things took a year of my focus and concentration, I have worked hard to create original content ideas and execute them on media platforms which has been trying at times but exhilarating most times.

Last week I got to catch up with Vlogger @MissKundwe aka Muzabula to meet up and discuss a little something that will drop soon. I thought I would share her June Recap Vlog as 1 feature about 2/3 times cos we both attended the Mosi Relaunch, Bongohive Film talk and Winter Warmer.  Check out the episode here:


Blog ya soon guys!


Gender and Access to ICTs- LIF 17

I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Lusaka Internet Forum hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and the Zambia Governance Foundation. It was a two day forum on the 10th and 11th of May that discussed access and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) in a Zambian context. The three key areas were, Sustainable Agriculture and ICTs, Freedom of Expression online and Gender and Access to ICTs. The forum was held under the theme of “Leave No one offline” which is focused on the SDGS, ICTs for development and principles of digital development.

Among the attendees were people representing different sectors of ICTs and its users, farmers, journalists, activists, Non-governmental organizations, policymakers and other individuals. The main goal was for all of us to discuss how far we have come with ICTs in Zambia, where we need to go and what we need to do to get there.

I sat in the two-day panel discussions and work lab on Gender and Access to ICTS. One of the first things our panelists reminded us was that ICTs extend beyond computers, mobile devices and tablets, they include radio and television. Audio-visual mediums are often the most common way that people living in rural areas can access ICTs, radio is the most common and widely used across the continent. One of the main issues discussed was that Zambia’s Internet usage is not very high and what the barriers to access are and how they can be resolved.

The first thing that became apparent in our work lab was the need to define Gender, as our lab on its first day was 90% women and 10% men. The common misconception about Gender conversations and politics is that only women can participate but this is not the case, we need men involved in the conversation in order to change the narrative. Gender is not about men vs. women, it deals with the social constructs of gender roles and gender relations; e.g. women must stay in the home, men should be educated and be the breadwinners. It is about enforcing equality and in this context equality in ICTs and access to them.

In the ICTs community the old school of thought was always that computers and technology were male oriented subjects that women shouldn’t participate in and wouldn’t thrive in. One of the panelists, Sara Longwe emphasized the need to unlearn bad habits that perpetuate gender inequality in ICTs. Another key moment is when we were reminded, “the internet is a school everyone is qualified to enroll.”

Overall the main issues addressed were the lack of access for Zambian’s in rural areas or areas without towers. The lack of digital literacy among women was also brought up with a statistic from ZICTA that showed 6% of Zambian women use the Internet. Guest Speaker Wakabi Wairagala from CIPESA ( noted that 2016 research in the African region showed that men are almost doubly connected to the Internet than women. He noted that there could be many reasons behind that, culture, literacy, low income and the cost of data itself. My Gender and Access work lab also addressed this by noting that in the rural household the man is often the one in control of the mobile device. Online violence is a real problem and is increasingly one sided towards women with revenge pornography, cyber bullying and hate speech against women.

Solutions that the work lab came up with were:

1. Zambia needs stronger laws regulating online platforms so that women and children are protected from abusers.

2. Educate on online privacy and how we can all protect ourselves as well as how parents can protect their children while still providing them access.

3. Sensitize users on the usefulness of social media when it comes to business, free speech, educational purposes, etc.

4. There are pre-existing female oriented ICT projects taking place around the country are often running at different times, if these organisations and workshops worked together they could do better work and reach more people. The efforts need to be better co-ordinated.

5. Male children need to be taught that women are their equals; this goes back to unlearning bad habits that society has instilled in us that have limited women from progressing.

6. We have to approach and engage with parents to educate them on why their children should have access to ICTs and also teach the parents so that they are capable of monitoring their children.

7. We need to pool and share research already conducted by NGOs, policymakers and government so as not to overlap and to give everyone access to relevant stats on Gender and Access to ICTs.

Overall ICTs for Development has a long way to go within Sustainable Agriculture, Freedom of Expression online and Gender and Access. Developing countries have to work with the network providers, policy makers, and government in order to ensure Digital Development is sustainable and effective. To see more of what happened at the Lusaka Internet Forum use the hashtag #LIF17

Tikambe Tv: Episode 10 Role Models

The final episode of Tikambe Season 1 aired last week Friday, watch it below and watch any others you missed on YouTube.

What would you do if your religious leader asked you to sleep with him to solve a problem? Nancy shares her story, and gospel artist Pompi gives his opinion about this.


Tikambe Tv: Episode 9 Early Marriage

This episode shares one of many stories of early marriage in Zambia. It features media personality Christine Ngwisha who gives her views on the story. Watch this and other episodes available on the YouTube channel.


Tikambe Episode 8: Sex Talk

This episode shows how young sexual debuts are occurring without youth getting information on the consequences. It’s the story of Iness, a young lady who had a child at 13 yrs old, right after writing her Grade 7 exams. It features fashion bloggers, social influencers and sisters MaFashio (Sekayi and Tukiya Fundafunda). They are interviewed by Amos Mwale, Executive Director – Centre of Reproductive Health and Education.




Frank, with Janine & Tshego

My latest obsession is the podcast Frank, with J and T  these two women discuss current events, hip hop culture, feminism, politics, rape culture and everything in between. They are a breathe of fresh air while being brutally honest and occasionally legit funny AF!


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