We’ve gone from a suitcase to backpacks (but made a few silly packing mistakes)

We forgot to tell you we’re in Georgetown, Penang for the week – and we sort of purposely “forgot” to tell you because it’s not that great and we’re wracking our brains for a positive spin. And also because the wifi’s shit, so we couldn’t update you anyway with photos of nearly getting run over the whole time, or looking constipated through the sheer amount of noodles and non-vegetables (WHERE ARE THE FRICKING VEGETABLES??) we’re getting through each day. But I digress. So… suitcase to backpacks. We’re spending a total…

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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...

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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How to build a Minimum Viable Product to test your location independent business idea

Lesson 1: when you search "MVP" for inspiration, make sure you're not looking at examples of Most Valuable Players in the USA

Lesson 1: when you search "MVP" for inspiration, make sure you're not looking at examples of Most Valuable Players in the USA

A little while ago, we went to speak to a group of frustrated corporate employees about how they could break away and set up their own location independent business. Once we’d got over the excitement of having a “speaking engagement” and bored everyone we knew about it, we noticed two main themes in the questions that were asked: People who had a desire to start a business, but a lack of ideas about what the business should do People who had an idea for starting a business around a passion…

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We’re not going to build the next Facebook (and we’re fine with that… really)

It's just the whole "gravitas" thing... we don't think we've quite nailed it

It's just the whole "gravitas" thing... we don't think we've quite nailed it

Rob turned 30 this week. So he did what he always does when he thinks about his age – something we’ll euphemistically refer to as “have a full-on meltdown” about how he hasn’t achieved anything in life and is now too far behind everyone else his age to ever catch up. “Everyone else his age” turned out to be Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake, and – somewhat worryingly – Beyonce. As Rob will admit, he doesn’t want the pressure of being the CEO of Facebook – nor does he want the…

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