How to build an online community

Participating in existing groups is one thing, but in the last year we've actually created two groups from scratch – and while it's been a huge challenge, it's also been by far the most rewarding thing we've done since starting our Anywhereist journey. Want to create a group of your own? Our advice: do it! And to help you get started, this post will share some of the most important things we've learnt along the way. I won't get into the technology of online communities because there's no shortage of…

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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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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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Run the winners, kill the losers

Looooser!

Looooser!

Burnout wasn’t far away, and we eventually cut down. Now, if Mish had to explain each of our projects over a separate glass of wine she’d still end up sleeping on the bathroom floor with the room spinning around her, but we wouldn’t have to get her stomach pumped. We took things too far, but working on multiple simultaneous projects does have its advantages – which we’ve written about before. Recently, I’ve come to appreciate another benefit that I hadn’t considered before: you can’t sustain bad ideas beyond their natural…

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What we’ve learnt about writing (after many years of trying)

I'm not quite sure why I'm so happy to see a pen - I haven't used one since 2008.

I'm not quite sure why I'm so happy to see a pen - I haven't used one since 2008

If you’ve read our back story, you’ll know how long and hard we’ve worked on honing our writing skills. We always loved writing, but we spent a fair few years being truly awful at it. Rob used to write like an Oxbridge professor who’d have a whisky halfway through every long, meandering sentence and forget his original point by the time the full stop came around. And I had a predilection for starting every article with a Jane Austen quote (thus shoehorning by English Literature A-level revision into something), and…

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