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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Lessons from a minor breakdown

A couple of years ago, we experienced something of a minor breakdown. For many weeks, we had daily bouts of hiccupy sobs, bad headaches and an unbearable feeling of failure. During a particularly bad episode, Rob snot-cried his way through an entire toilet roll in two hours while I downed paracetamol like it was M&Ms. Looking back, the situation wasn’t actually that bad. We’d been working with extremely difficult and demanding clients for Mortified Cow, who seemed to hate us and need us (night and day) in equal measure. But…

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BREAKING: having a job might not be that terrible after all

Confession time: over the last couple of years we’ve probably been far too bullish/sanctimonious/closed-minded about insisting that you should start your own business if you want to travel the world. We don’t have any agenda to push (“This is why you should start a business – now buy this product where we show you how!”), but we’ve been working so hard on trying to build our own business that we may have lost sight of the other options. Because it’s so damn hard, maybe at times we were also trying…

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