YOLISA BAM, 28, SOFT­WARE DE­VEL­OPER WHO RUNS HER OWN BOU­TIQUE DIG­I­TAL AGENCY

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Yolisa was born in Botswana and raised in Maseru, Lesotho and Cape Town. At 14, she moved to the US with her mom and by age 17, she was liv­ing on her own in New York City, a place she called home for nine years un­til she up­rooted her life to San Fran­cisco last year, to set up her dig­i­tal busi­ness. Yolisa be­lieves that her cur­rent choice of life­style was in­flu­enced by mov­ing around a lot as a child, and be­ing fas­ci­nated with her ca­reer men­tors, all of whom suc­cess­fully ran their busi­nesses from their lap­tops. Hav­ing a ca­reer that is both global and dig­i­tal has en­abled her to lit­er­ally get up and go to wher­ever her heart de­sires.

“It had al­ways been a dream of mine to be able to work from any­where in the world. I’ve never been one to strug­gle with hold­ing on to ma­te­rial things, plus I’m sin­gle with no chil­dren to ac­count to, so this ope­nended life­style works per­fectly for me. Around Fe­bru­ary this year, I came to South Africa on a visit, and sud­denly re­mem­bered that I have dual cit­i­zen­ship. I moved to Jo­han­nes­burg in Au­gust, at­tracted by the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, and that I’d still be able to ser­vice my in­ter­na­tional clients. The only stren­u­ous el­e­ment has been the six to nine hour time dif­fer­ence, which also isn’t too much of a bother be­cause I have the en­ergy for it. One of the great­est gifts my par­ents taught me was that I have the right to see and ac­cess any place in the world. ‘Who’s to say that I can’t ex­pe­ri­ence this thing or that place!’ I plan to work from and travel Eu­rope be­fore the end of the year. I also look for­ward to ex­plor­ing more of the African con­ti­nent.”

Trav­el­ling, to me, is… Ad­ven­ture! I love ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any place that I visit like a lo­cal.

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