How to hire and get the best out of your employees

We used to simultaneously live by and resent the mantra, “If you want something done right, do it yourself” – and whenever we hired employees or contractors, everything seemed to confirm that we really shouldn’t have bothered. All the time we were well aware that we were the problem: we were doing something wrong during the hiring process, or once they actually started working for us, or both. We didn’t really know what to do about it though, so we kind of gave up and accepted that we’d spend a…

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Don’t follow your passion

If Rob followed his passion, he'd be going for a lot of walkies.

If Rob followed his passion, he'd be going for a lot of walkies.

(Although I've just ruined that now.) The sentiment of those pieces of advice is pleasantly fuzzy and aspirational, but it's never struck me as being very useful: doing what you love is all well and good, but how will the money follow? Does the world just thrust money into your hand when it sees how personally fulfilled you are? Or, assuming you have to do something to bring the money about, what do you need to do? There's also the assumption that you have a passion to follow. Back when…

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The tactics, tools and rules we use to run multiple businesses while we travel

Working from anywhere...including beer gardens

Working from anywhere...including beer gardens

We often get asked about the tools, software and processes we make use of while running our businesses while travelling – which is brilliant, because we absolutely love to talk about it. We do get asked A LOT though, so we thought it warranted a blog post in its own right. This post explains what’s working for us right now. As you’ll see, our processes are by no means perfect (and we’re rather embarrassed about the number of times “MS Word” gets namechecked), but we’re slowly streamlining everything and finding online, cloud-based solutions…

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5 essential travel tech tools

Having needed to establish ourselves quickly in 17 cities now, we've built up a collection of software tools that allows us to get up to speed and down to work freakishly quickly. In this post, I'll share five of our favourites. They're not all super-niche, but hopefully there'll be something new that you can put to good use. 1. A VPN A VPN (Virtual Private Network) should be the #1 piece of digital nomad kit – yet it's amazing how many of our friends don't use one. A VPN has…

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8.25 things we now know about Valencia

We’ve just spent five weeks living in Valencia, and neither of us can remember a time when we felt so happy, so healthy, so well-rested, and so productive. I’m not going to give Valencia all the credit, but this cute little city certainly deserves a big bunch of flowers and a thank you card. Here’s what we now know about it – and why it’s perfect for digital nomads: It’s a place to live, not to visit When you search “Valencia” on Google Images, you’ll mostly see two things: photos…

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