Nonkululeko Nxumalo-Moselesele is an introvert who loves the outdoors and basking in nature’s beauty. She is also an avid reader who enjoys being curled up on the couch reading a good book.
Please tell us more about what you do and how long you’ve been a freelancer.
I’m a writer and I’ve been freelancing for about two years now. I started off writing CVs and other career documents for clients on various online platforms. Currently, I write articles for a prominent university on a freelance basis. I still write CVs, however, I now do it on a part-time basis. I’ve also written other material that has been published on several platforms. My passion lies in writing fiction. I have a flash fiction that was published in an international literary journal, I have a short story forthcoming that will be published in an LGBTQIA book and I’m currently working on another short story that will be available soon.
What does a day in your life look like?
I always try to start my day as early as possible. I wake up at 05:00 and have some quiet time by myself before I get my daughter ready for school at 06:00. I’m also a part-time pig farmer, so after my daughter leaves for school, I feed my pigs and make sure the pen is clean. At around 09:00 I’m at my desk, in front of my laptop with my freelancer hat on.
Where/how do you find inspiration?
I read a lot and I enjoy listening to other people’s stories, be it their life stories or something that happened to them – that’s where I get most of my inspiration from. Sometimes it’s something that happened to me and how I felt at that time, and other times, a story just pops into my head like an epiphany.
What advice do you have for other freelancers?
I have found that building a network helps a great deal. I have wanted to give up so many times, but connecting with like-minded people and colleagues made me want to stick around longer. Also, discipline is key but remember to take a break now and then. Your office is in your home, so it’s very easy to get carried away with work. Maintain that work-life-balance.
How long have you been a Safrean, and why are you a member of Safrea?
I’ve been with Safrea for almost two years. I became a member because, as I said, building a network is vital. I was new to freelancing and wanted a community of people that could assist me in this new career. I wanted to connect with people with more experience than what I had, people I could learn from, like-minded professionals that could guide me and connect me with opportunities and perhaps more connections. And Safrea gives me exactly that and more.
What is your work/life motto?
Work towards growth, in every aspect of your life. You cannot be the same person you were a year ago. Oprah Winfrey once said, “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
Where can we read more about you or contact you?
You can find my work and contact me here