Lessons from Zappos for your location independent business

When we lived in the US for a while, we got extremely excited about being able to order shoes from Zappos.com. Which should be weird: who gets that much of a kick out of buying shoes online? But Zappos is known for being a company that’s about more than shoes. By being relentlessly focused on a positive company culture and finding ways to delight its customers, it’s effectively selling an experience and a mission rather than just espadrilles and moccasins. We recently read “Delivering Happiness“, a book about the Zappos…

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How to survive as a digitally nomadic couple

Keeping the romance alive, as always

Keeping the romance alive, as always

We originally wrote this article for our heroes at Escape the City.  Rob is a foot-tapper. A really dedicated one. We’ve been snogging for seven years, an “item” for six, living together for five and married for just over one. But it wasn’t until seven-ish months ago that I realised just how much Rob loves to tap his right foot. In the interests of balance, apparently I yawn a lot more than the average person. These revelations came to light back in March, when Rob and I quit our jobs in…

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10 things I now know about Boulder, Colorado

Dachshunds – the people here are crazy about them. Which is weird because the people here are also crazy about trekking up mountains with their dogs. And I’m pretty sure there are many other dogs better suited to the job than dachshunds. Everyone says hi and everyone smiles. It took us a while to remember that we aren’t in New York and therefore these people aren’t clinically insane – they’re just friendly. It’s the wonderfullest thing to look up from the Covent Garden-like shops and street performers to see a honking big mountain…

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How to book, travel to and have fun at a Yankees baseball game

There’s a LOT of information out there about the best seats, the best gates to enter, the best food/drink to buy and the best way to ways to get out of there at the end. We’ve admittedly only been to one game, but we can say with confidence that the tips below are the only ones you’ll need…   Buy your tickets online. Don’t, for goodness’ sake, decide to queue on game day. (Reason: otherwise you’ll be wasting about 1.5 hours of your day by arriving early to wait in…

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How to teach yourself anything in 5 easy steps

Ryan Gosling has nothing to do with this post. But his bowtie does... sort of...

Ryan Gosling has nothing to do with this post. But his bowtie does... sort of...

I love learning stuff. And because I hate (a) leaving the apartment, (b) interacting with people and (c) spending money, the internet is the ideal starting point. The internet has taught me many things – including some basic programming, how to use Photoshop, how to read a balance sheet (that was a fun afternoon) and, most impressively, how to fold a t-shirt in two seconds. Whenever there’s a new subject I want to get a grip of, I find myself following what I’ve just decided to call a ‘bow tie’ process:…

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