How do digital nomads pay tax?

digital nomad tax

"Bean counting", you see.

One of the questions we get asked most often by people struggling to understand our lifestyle is, “What about paying tax?” The suspicion seems to be that we’re slipping through the cracks – keeping our money hidden in PayPal accounts and buying our groceries with Bitcoins. To be fair, it’s also one of the questions we get asked most by aspiring digital nomads. We’ve been resisting answering publicly because we’ve got very limited knowledge – and, let’s face it, it’s more fun to talk about new business ideas – but…

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6 quick fixes to give yourself better inputs

Hanging out with entrepreneurial German/Austrian beekeepers: one of the best types of input.

When we were in Chiang Mai, we were happier than we are when we’re back in London. 35-degree weather and an abundance of mango smoothies probably has something to do with it, but it was also because we were hanging out with ambitious, positive people, and were totally disconnected from the mainstream media. Even in Chiang Mai though, we made ourselves unhappy quite a lot of the time by worrying about things beyond our control, or focusing on the downside of things that happened to us. We talk a lot…

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Why Anywhereism will make you happy

Ironic, really, that we're meant to be as happy as this bloke

We spend a lot of time working hard on difficult problems, confronting our shortcomings, and hanging out at airports. We suggest that people do the same, because it’ll make them happier. Our whole schtick is that doing the right work on your own terms is the key to happiness – even if it involves a lot of failure and taking-off-your-damn-belt-to-go-through-security along the way. We bang on about it a lot, so I figured I should look for evidence that backs up our position. And hey – turns out we’ve got…

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You need to buddy up with the right people

We were watching Question Time on the BBC iPlayer the other day (living the dream, as ever), and the presenter opened with, “Well, I think we can all guess what the biggest story of this week was.” We looked at each other. Was it the battle between skeuomorphic and “flat” design trends? Or could it have been edged out by the news that the Opera browser has shifted to the same rendering engine as Chrome and Safari? No, it turned out that, (a) the rest of the UK was more exercised by the fact…

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Why buying stuff isn’t the answer

The one problem with not buying stuff: photos start to look a bit samey...

FOR ONCE we’re ahead of the curve! For-basically-ever we’ve had no interest in shopping or buying stuff for the sake of it. And since becoming digital nomads, we’ve had a great excuse to avoid accumulating unnecessary bits and pieces. But apparently, we’re all starting to realise that “stuff” doesn’t really make us happy – and loads more people are choosing to spend their time and money on “experiences” instead. Psychologists, behavioural economists and some of our favourite writers have been saying for yonkos that buying nice dresses, shoes, cushions and pastry forks will…

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