Mastering the value equation

Surprisingly for someone who only passed GCSE Maths by copying my friend’s coursework, I like to think about it as an equation: This simplifies the whole “argh how do I make more money?” dilemma into only three possible actions:

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Measuring progress in an unconventional life

digital nomads wearing hoodies

"Unconventional friends" - apart from when it comes to clothing, it seems

I’m nowhere near old, but never before have I felt so much older. I’m turning 30 this year – and THAT number combined with THOSE wrinkles is getting me a bit worried… What exactly should I have achieved by this age? When my mum turned 30, I was six years old and my brother was four; my parents had a five-bedroom house in the suburbs, a dog, and a BMW as well as some sort of kid-friendly hatchback. And unless Rob’s been on a secret birthday spending spree for fancy…

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5 things you don’t need when starting a lifestyle business (and 2 that you do)

Seldom a day goes by when I don’t invoke the Pareto Principle, or 80/20 rule: the observation that in most situations, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. (Apparently it’s not quite as often as I liken something to a venn diagram, but that’s a whole other blog post.) When it comes to starting a new business, there’s an obvious benefit to focusing on the 20% that matters: you’re overwhelmed with things that need doing, but if you just do the crucial 20% you’ll get there a…

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The big problem with living in a cheap country (and how to deal with it)

cheap hotel in bangkok

Yes, it's a five-star hotel. No, it means nothing.

When we started our own business, we did what so many location independent entrepreneurs did: we flew to Thailand for a few months to keep costs low and live an incredible lifestyle full of mangoes and massages. We’re from a country where a supermarket sandwich costs £4, so it was a bit of a hand-clappy moment when we realised that the digital nomad blogs weren’t lying: our money really could go on for miles. And we knew that even if we didn’t pick up a single client or sell one…

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“How do I start?” – The definitive answer to our most frequently asked question

Our morning ritual of holding up a sign that says "GO!"

As we’ve said before, we started Making It Anywhere to make friends – so we love it when people get in touch to say hi, and we’re more than happy to help if there’s a specific question or problem we can help out with too. But of all the emails we receive, a frustrating minority read like this: Great blog! I’m 25 and I live in Idaho. I hate my job and I’ve always loved to travel, so I want to have a lifestyle like you guys. Any tips? It’s…

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