lockdown zoom

35 Questions to ask when you are nearly zoomed out

I was listening to a podcast this past weekend that prompted me to write this list. They were talking about a list called ‘45 Questions to ask while waiting’. After talking to a few friends the week prior who had told me they were nearly zoomed out from talking to their global friends all the…

Freelance Graphic design

The complete guide to hiring freelancers

Freelancers go by many names, including contingent workers, independent contractors, and consultants. They generally follow a task or project-based work model and comprise a wide range of industries, skill levels, and pricing tiers. This type of work is becoming more common. As of 2019, 57 million Americans, or 36% of the U.S. workforce, were working…

Expat life

Living the Covid-19 expat life is exhausting

Living the Covid – 19 expat life is a weird and conflicting experience and it is exhausting. I am a New Zealander, my husband is American and the kids are obviously both. Both my husband and I have been expats since we left university. We have been living in Germany for the past 18 months…

The expat entrepreneur – Elisabietta Shoes

Elsbeth Blekkenhorst-Tammes is an expat entrepreneur. Elsbeth is a Dutch national living in Qatar where she’s been for nearly 10 years. She has also worked in the UK and Germany. She has lived outside of the Netherlands for over 20 years now. Germany and the UK were closer to her Dutch roots so she didn’t…

Homeschooling

Kids as coworkers – adjusting to remote work & homeschooling

Today, if you scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed, you’ll see dozens of learning resources being shared by parents around the world. You’ll also see twice as many memes playfully outlining a very real desperation. It hasn’t taken long for a feeling of dread among parents to settle in that, no, school isn’t starting…

Remote work

From freelance to full-time remote work

Many people are now looking for remote work for a variety of reasons, including the ones mentioned in the previous article, The pros and cons of remote work. However, finding a remote position is not like looking for a regular office job.  Right now, I am trying to transition from freelance remote work to full-time…

Homeschooling COVID-19

This too will pass – coping with COVID-19 uncertainty

Coping with stuff you didn’t expect, and want to run from, is hard!  When we least expect it, stuff happens. Our holiday goes down the tube, our house gets burgled, our freezer full of yummy food for the party fails, or worse, COVID-19 strikes! Coping with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and what it will bring…

Keeping sane during COVID-19 school closures

COVID-19 school closures have become a reality for many around the world. For those in the midst of it at the moment, life is chaotic and unpredictable. It would be good to keep sane during your COVID-19 homeschooling adventure and make it out the other end without the entire family falling apart. It is a…

U.S. Immigration

U.S. immigration – A family separated

I have been an expat for the last twenty years. My first job outside of Italy was in Japan. That is where I met my husband. He is from California in the U.S. Since we met we have travelled, lived and worked around the globe, together. We have been legally married since 2006.  Our son…

Resume writing

How to write a kick arse CV!

With the growth of professional networking sites and the increase in websites for private contractors (think graphic designers, copywriters etc), it’s a little hard to see CVs lasting. However, for now, they are alive and well and you need a good one to get noticed. Writing a great CV is not difficult but it takes…