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Rebates and reduced rates benefited many policyholders in self-quarantined and, therefore, driving less. With the easing of lockdown restrictions, traffic levels have risen, but many employees continue to work from home. Does this mean rates will remain low or drop even further? How has COVID-19 affected auto insurance and how might it benefit your pocketbook?
If you have a teenager in the house, they'll be itching to get their driver's license as soon as they turn 16. That's a scary thought for most parents. Just as scary is the cost that comes with a teen driver - buying a car for your teen and paying for vehicle insurance.
Auto insurance is a must for drivers in the U.S. When shopping for a carrier, many drivers however only look for the lowest insurance premium and are unaware of further discounts they may qualify for. Here are five unusual car insurance discounts you may not know about.
Although strides are being made to close the gender gap, gender inequality still prevails. Women are still paid lower salaries than men yet pay higher prices for a range of products or services from clothing to haircuts. It is a retail phenomenon commonly called "pink tax".
Careers and Human Resources
Here's a look at the top HR trends in 2019.
As the world continues to generate staggering amounts of data, how will data science evolve over the next decade?
The workforce today spans three generations. This mix of generations is not without its problems. How can you overcome the difficulties and lead such a diverse workforce?
PMS can impact badly on interpersonal relationships, productivity, and absenteeism in the workplace. How do you calm the choppy PMS waters and make it more smooth sailing?
Many people still believe that a full-time job is secure. Not so - job security is just an illusion. Find out why...
When your e-commerce business starts to take off and is finally bringing in real money, it’s thrilling. Here’s what to do next to successfully navigate into the new phase of your business.
Thinking of travelling to the Western Cape, South Africa to participate in the Wine2Whales Mountain Biking Race? Here's all you need to know.
What to expect when visiting the annual Hermanus Whale Festival.
In celebration of Beale Street's illustrious history is the Beale Street Music Festival, part of "Memphis in May," which attracts hoards of crowds each year.
Minnesota is called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" (there are actually 11,842, to be exact) with plenty of hotels to choose from near lakes and rivers.
Traversing California's lesser traveled cities means exploring less commercialized spots with fewer crowds.
North Carolina has plenty to offer travellers. For where to stay, these top boutique hotels in North Carolina offer great southern charm.
Houston and Austin each have their own personalities. When you visit these two Texas cities, these five downtown Texas hotels will put you in an ideal location.
Cancun is the premier holiday destination in the Caribbean and these five world-class luxury Cancun resort hotels guarantee a luxurious stay.
Traveling can be downright exhausting. While some things like lost luggage and flight delays are unavoidable, there are things you can do to make frequent business travel less stressful.
Being a popular vacation destination, deciding where to stay in Florida is your first priority. Here are five hotels from some of America’s most dependable hotel chains.
If location is more important to you than price, exploring New York with one of these five hotels as your base will be a breeze.
These are the top 5 boutique hotels in Albuquerque that showcase New Mexico's Southwestern culture and heritage.
Avoid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and explore the surrounding boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Stay at a hotel near JFK Airport.
Monterey, along Central California's rugged Pacific coast, is the perfect haven for a seaside stopover. Find the perfect hotel when visiting scenic Monterey.
Four accommodation places and one ski area have all been renamed in Yosemite National Park.
For a convenient location near the airport, there are several comfortable airport hotels near Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport.
Explore some of California's less popular cities that have a lot to offer including some great resort hotels.
Explore the USA heritage of the south, starting Annapolis in Maryland and ending in New Braunfels in Texas.
The sunny West Coast of America with ocean, lakes and rugged mountains is the perfect region to explore West Coast USA with some outdoor adventures.
When it comes to the classic road trip, nothing beats a laid-back trip all along the sunny California coast.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a cute little village along the northern California coastline just off Highway 1.
From the scenic beauty of Washington and Oregon to the arid desert of Arizona and all the way over to the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii, the West Coast of the United States offers a diverse landscape and vacation for every type of traveler.
The city of Santa Barbara in California offers a wonderful Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and a range of Spanish-inspired hotels.
With nearly 200,000 of lane miles and more than 50,000 bridges Texas has the biggest highway system in the United States. With this much road to cover, if you're a fan of the classic road trip there's a lot to discover in the Lone Star State.
Marina del Rey is an affluent seaside community in Los Angeles. It's the largest manmade small yacht harbor in the world and a popular vacation spot with an abundance of beach and water activities.
Laguna Beach is a premier holiday destination and well-known for having a thriving art community. Enjoying the seven-mile long coastline is easy if you stay at one of these comfortable oceanfront hotels.
When you think of Arizona, it conjures up two things - heat and desert. But the arid landscape yields its own wonder and beauty from flat plains, dramatic gorges, and deep red rock formations.
Take an amble through some of the Midwest's more underrated cities.
America's Deep South has something for every traveler from beach vacations, adventure thrills, island getaways to music and culture.
Filled with sun, sand and surf Virginia Beach which lies just off the Atlantic Ocean is one of the best family holiday destinations.Here are 5 great family-friendly hotels to try.
New England along America's East Coast has some wonderful off-the-beaten-track cities and towns to explore.
Sunnyvale in California is the home of Silicon Valley which makes it a top business destination.
If you're not looking for something fancy while exploring the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, these five budget hotels offer cheap accommodation for the budget-conscious traveler.
These five hotels offer grand accommodation with a distinct historic touch in Richmond, Virginia - one of America's oldest cities.
Most people head to California for a great beach holiday, but for those seeking a more secluded retreat, one of these five hideaways offer a more relaxing rustic experience.
Visiting the Emerald City? Here are five stylish boutique hotels to try the next time you visit the city of Seattle - each with their own unique feel but all offering the utmost comfort and luxury. Seattle in King County, Washington has a sound reputation for its coffee culture, booming craft beer industry, and chilled vibe.
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated in 2015. I reflect on this piece of world history.
Hermanus is a small seaside town along the southern coast of South Africa. But what Hermanus is most famous for is its giant guests who stop by once a year to frolic in the waters of Walker Bay.
Travelling to out of the way places can be interesting! Graaff-Reinet is a small town in the Karoo, South Africa.
Gone are the days of simply throwing a dog a bone or tossing out the scraps. These days pet food is gourmet, designer, and organic.
Edible treats make the best wedding favor gifts.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
An article written for a client and published in the local community newspaper, The Hermanus Times.
Press release sent to The Star (daily newspaper in Johannesburg) was used as a basis for this article.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Consumers today prefer live chat over more traditional channels to handle customer service issues, according to J.D. Power. It's become a quick and efficient way of resolving problems-or at least, it should be. If your live chat isn't being handled right, it can lead to frustrated customers who will leave your website and never return.
Articles About Freelance Writing
Deevra Norling | Do you feel anxious when work is slow and bills are flying in fast? Every freelancer knows the feeling. In the freelance world, nothing is certain. A client may suddenly drop you, leaving a gaping hole in your income. Every freelancer knows the feeling.
Deevra Norling deevranorling I'm not a numbers person. So the first time I had to complete my tax return as a freelancer, I was stumped. It was a lot more complicated than when I was a salaried employee. The first time I had to complete my tax return as a freelancer, I was stumped.
Is writing the best path for you?
Stepping out to start a freelance business is going to take some trial and error. Deevra Norling shares three tips that can help new freelancers starting out.
Danny Magulies tells us how he become a six-figure Upworker.
Diana Marinova shares her secrets to becoming a top Upworker.
With the advent of the internet, the scope of copywriting has evolved to include all the new platforms that words are required for.
"People do business with people they like." Have you ever noticed how you keep going back to a particular service provider or business that may not necessarily be the best in their field, yet you return time after time?
Marketing is not a task most writers look forward to. It is, however, a necessary evil. Getting out there is scary. But the importance of including networking in your marketing strategy cannot be stressed enough.
The US (and to some extent the UK as well) dominates the freelance industry. But how can international freelancers break into freelance writing?
A guest post I wrote for Freelancerfaqs.com - a website that focuses on providing practical information to help other freelance writers become more successful.
Journalism / News Stories
This thrilling competition comes from the producers of American Ninja Warrior and is inspired by the popular Spartan Race.
An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing at an airport in Mombasa, Kenya following a bomb scare on Sunday, December 20.
After removing respected Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene and replacing him with inexperienced and under-qualified David Van Rooyen, calls are made for South African President Jacob Zuma to be recalled.
After President Jacob Zuma makes one of the biggest tactical errors of his political career, the South African public demand that the president be removed.
Getting more than 190 countries to reach a uniform conclusion on an issue of such magnitude as the global response to the impact of climate change is no easy feat. Delegates who participated in the recent COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris had every reason to raise their hands in victory at having concluded such a huge task in so short a space of time.
"We are here for one reason and one reason only - to rock!" That's what Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top declared, and that's exactly what they did! The Kings of Chaos concert took South Africa by storm for the second year, much to the screaming delight of hundreds of rock fanatics!
Obama Protesters in South Africa should direct their attention closer to home, focusing on the problems with their own president & government.
Follow these seven steps to build an effective protest campaign.
A change in our financial situation starts with a change in how we think about money. Clearing out the negative thoughts about money will remove the blockages that are preventing money from flowing to us.
It always baffles me that people do not question things. They perpetuate certain 'traditions' simply because they grew up keeping it, their parents kept it, their grandparents kept it and so on.
Interviews and Expert Round-ups I've Been Included In
I was included in this expert round-up on the challenges of starting a new blog / business and how I overcame it.
I was included in this round-up of 18 writers explaining our writing processes.
A guest post as one of the featured freelancers in the F.I.T.S (Freelancer in the Spotlight) series on a blog called Wording Well - run by a fellow freelancer / writer / editor in Canada.
From my point of view
Going broke wasn't such a bad thing. It actually taught me some interesting life lessons.
A guest post on Inkwell Editorial - a website that provides tips and resources to help freelance writers start and build a successful freelance career.
Guest Post on Think Simple Now - another personal development website. Amended version of the same story published previously on YourLifeYourWay.
Being of 'mixed race' has its own set of challenges.
Think being a waiter is easy? Think again! I found out what it really takes!
My personal experience with the frustrating US immigration system.
I am a South African who was visiting the US during the run-up to the 2012 elections. As an outsider looking in, I watched the debates with interest and wrote an opinion piece. I am no political expert and these were just my views.