Use Black Friday to kickstart a new career

By Staff Writer

Beyond discounted TVs and toilet paper, Black Friday offers a unique opportunity for a complete career change. Those who’ve enjoyed working from home during lockdown can leverage Black Friday to find specials on remote work equipment. With the latest portable tech in hand, savvy shoppers can launch a new office-free, adventure-filled lifestyle.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be a great time to secure deals on things that you actually need. Those aspiring to live a location independent lifestyle should look out for products that will make it easier to work from anywhere – be it at home, a log cabin in the Hogsback mountain village, or a street café somewhere along Durban’s bustling Florida Road,” says Tom Gibbons, Director at the TEFL Academy, South Africa’s leading course provider of teaching English as a foreign language.

Gibbons recommends keeping an eye out for the following discounted items; a portable power bank to allow you to work while travelling, a sturdy laptop stand so you can turn any surface into a desk, a ring light to improve video conference visibility, along with a quality webcam and noise-cancelling headphones, to help limit distractions when you’re working in a busy space. You’re likely to get some great deals on laptops too – look out for something lightweight with a decent battery life.

In addition to physical products, Gibbons advises investing in online courses and qualifications that will help you secure guaranteed income when you’re starting out. “For example, an online TEFL qualification was a gateway to remote work long before Covid-19. During lockdown, it provided a reliable income for many people.”

With increasing international demand for online English teachers, South Africans teaching online can expect to earn average salaries of between R190 and R560 per hour, depending on experience. Beyond Covid, it presents an opportunity to work anywhere in the world with a laptop balanced on your knees, feet in the sand, and sparkling azure water just metres away.

“The pandemic has demonstrated the flexible nature of work, thanks to technology. At the same time, it’s also highlighted the uncertainty of tomorrow. The most important takeaway from this, is that there’s no better time than right now to become independent, and to make your dreams happen,” says Gibbons.

Offering accessible, flexible and cost-effective ways to get TEFL qualified, The TEFL Academy provides internationally accredited and regulated online courses. This Black Friday, they are offering up to 60% off their Level 5 TEFL courses to help you kickstart your digital nomad lifestyle. For more information, visit

Bandile Mathebula

Award wining writer and Journalist. Founding Editor In Chief at Sibizi News. Managing Director at Sibizi Media. Vice-Chairman at Ignite Young Minds SA. I have worked in the media industry for the past 7 years working across different brands and industries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Donation of infrared thermometers and hand sanitiser units help South African NGO’s remain operational

Tue Nov 17 , 2020
Views: 86 By Staff Writer Hand sanitiser units and thermometers have become a necessity for businesses, non-profit organisations and education centres in order to be Covid-compliant and remain open and operational.  The team at Mama’s Alliance, a non-profit organisation, made a plea for thermometers and hand sanitiser units for their […]

Let’s get social

Barcardi And Music Sensations Leslie Grace, Meek Mill And Boi-1da Collaborate on a Global Hit Track

Our doors are open to you! Upon arrival, we’ll ask you to fill out our COVID screening form then we’ll also conduct a temperature check. This is for your safety as well as ours.

Sun City Renovates Children’s Centre / North West

Read more below...

#ophanage #charity #suncityresorts #donations #sibizinews

We've seen the messages & we've heard what you've had to say & we want to #KickTheDebt. We're now pledging an additional R1 million to our #KickTheDebt campaign! Converse is now giving R2 million to help fight student debt! Visit to apply.

Genial executive Chef returns to Sun International - @TheMaslowHotel

Read more below...
#food #foodie #themaslowhotel #chef #suninternational #knownmagazine

Load More...
Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial