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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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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How (and why) we invest in property as digital nomads

house-on-plane

The half hour in Photoshop will be TOTALLY worth it when I realise my life's ambition of ranking #1 for "house on plane" in Google Image Search.

When it comes to being a digital nomad, everyone talks about passive income – from products, from royalties, or from businesses that you’ve systemised so other people can run them. You never hear about passive income from property investing (or “real estate”, if you insist). And with good reason: it requires a load of money and a lot of research to get started, the rules are totally different from country to country, and it seems fundamentally incompatible with a life of travel. It’s not particularly helpful for most people, so…

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What I learnt from becoming a productivity addict

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

When I ran a “proper business” (with staff and an office and everything), I might have been the boss in title, but I certainly wasn’t acting like a CEO. Instead of having a high-level strategic overview of the business, I’d live in my inbox, let everyone else’s priorities override mine, and say “yes” to every meeting. When I should have been planning to bring in new business, I’d be ordering a new toner catridge. Instead of taking a client out to dinner, I’d stay in the office until 9pm answering…

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