Before you go off to do that…

Last week we officially launched a new business. We created the website, got the business cards designed, opened the bank account, and began the hiring process for our first member of staff. Importantly, though, we didn’t do ANY of this until we’d actually been running the business for more than half a year already. In fact, for well over six months we also had no logo, no marketing materials, no formal agreement with our business partner, no documentation, and no plans for how to scale. We didn’t even have a…

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Time crawls when you’re having fun

For some reason, I have an unhealthy fixation with the passing of time. If I had to put a coin in a jar every time I said “I can’t believe it’s September already” or “How can it be three o’clock?”… well, we’d be carrying around a really heavy jar which would pay havoc with our baggage allowance. I don’t know where this fixation comes from – perhaps because I’m so busy seizing every moment by learning new keyboard shortcuts that I never want it to end. But in any case,…

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Is this stretching “less is more” too far?

When we moved into our apartment in Chiang Mai last year, we noticed that there was only one knife. “Gosh, that will be inconvenient,” we thought. “Better buy another one as soon as we can.” We kept forgetting about it, until a week later we spotted a knife being sold in the 7-11 for under $1. And we were about to grab it when we realised… hey, without even consciously drawing up a rota for who gets to buy street food that needs cutting and who needs to have slurpy…

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Europe… in or out?

  “So… in or out?” It’s the British equivalent of “What the f**k do we do about Trump?” – the conversation starter of choice at dinner tables around the country. Later this year, there’ll be a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU, or if it should scarper – leaving Merkel et al. with no one around to discuss the weather or debate imperial vs metric. Most people assume that Rob and I would prefer to stay firmly “in”, because we’re digital nomads and we spend a…

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Skills? Pah!

Last year, during a week that will one day become semi-affectionately referred to as The Bonkers Week In Which We Did Everything But SleepTM, a lot went on. While dealing with the purchase of a new investment property, we juggled client calls, project deadlines and a visit from my parents alongside the general day-to-day running of our businesses. Most exhaustingly of all, Rob went on a hiring frenzy: 15 Skype interviews over two days with candidates for three new roles within two of our companies. Given the complexities of the…

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