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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You might not be an entrepreneur… and that’s OK

I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs. Social media experts are entrepreneurs. Web designers are entrepreneurs. Management consultants are entrepreneurs. Accountants are entrepreneurs. Except they’re not – not really. “Entrepreneurs use money… to build a business bigger than themselves. Entrepreneurs make money when they sleep. Entrepreneurs focus on growth and on scaling the systems that they build. The more, the better.” (Seth Godin) If you provide a service in which you swap your time for money – like I do – you’re not an entrepreneur. You’re a freelancer. Using a business name in…

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From employees to Anywhereists: our full story (UPDATED)

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Where it all began – a typically tiny NYC apartment

  There’s a brand new update (2014 onwards) towards the bottom of this post. WARNING: a lot of the links in this story are broken. Sorry! We’re working on it! When we see or hear successful entrepreneurs talk about how they “just fell into it”, or how they were working in a cubicle but then their “buddy Tim Ferriss called up with an offer to partner up on a business venture”, or how they were $x in debt and no one was buying their product but then “it blew up…

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