Running A Business Abroad – Could You Become A Digital Nomad?

This post is more a confession, somethingrunningabusinessabroad I’ve been needing to get off my chest for a while… Often our lives seem pretty glamorous, and sometimes they are. I feel the need to pinch myself every now and again, from cruising around the Caribbean sea on a speedboat, to dining at the top of the tallest skyscraper in one of the world’s richest nations. But as we all know, life cannot always be peachy! To afford this lifestyle one must still work, recently this has been proving rather difficult.

Having traveled through Java, Indonesia with our British friends, who had saved up money/organised rather large credit card limits, we soon realised that we’re not here to simply ‘travel’. We can’t pop open a Bintang at 3pm because we feel like it (OK, sometimes we do, but only one!) and sit on the beach watching sunset, before heading to dinner and indulging in plenty more Bintangs, without a care in the world… because we still have a job to do and running a business abroad isn’t always easy. Due to a huge time difference we currently start work at 6pm (10am UK time) and work until 2am (6pm UK time) This means no mid-week indulgences, and probably the latest Friday nights’ EVER! If like Gaz, you’ve always worked at night times, from sitting in the library all night finishing essays to working as a bouncer, this schedule might not be such a bummer. But, for me, it’s a struggle. I’ve never enjoyed working at night and I’m most productive first thing in the morning when my mind is clear, fresh and raring to go.

Now I can’t say it’s all gloom and doom, it does give us plenty of time to work uninterrupted to focus on new strategies, accounts, or that job that’s always at the bottom of the list. And most importantly, there’s always time to go surfing! Getting up is an issue when you work until 2 or 3am, however we do get to enjoy the sunshine most afternoons and our weekends run from Saturday morning until Monday night, which seems to make them feel a lot longer.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, to make such a location independent lifestyle work you have to adapt, and you may have to make sacrifices. That beloved ‘Friday feeling’ is a distant memory, packed away with my woolly jumpers in a wardrobe in Devon, but instead, it’s been replaced with ‘Scuba Tuesdays’ and ‘Surfing Thursdays’.

Could you work at night times in exchange for the day off… on the beach? Let us know what you think…

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9 Responses to Running A Business Abroad – Could You Become A Digital Nomad?

  1. jody 19 January, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    aha noice one bro =)

    • Gaz 20 January, 2014 at 4:04 am #

      Cheers man, how’s Aus treating you?

  2. Natasha 4 January, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Very interesting post. I am doing the same and it is easy for loved ones to think you are just on a vacation all day, every day. Sometimes I let ’em think that ;)

    • Beth 20 January, 2014 at 4:41 am #

      Thanks Natasha. We can’t complain too much I suppose :) Where are you at the moment? And what do you work in?

  3. Jonny Jenkins 15 December, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    What a great topic to touch on, certainly something that I’ve been hoping to write about for awhile… The image that most people have for my life doesn’t seem to take into account that I (like you two) am not just on a never ending vacation… but really carving out a living on the road. Cool to grab a little perspective into how the two of you work and how well it suits one but not the other.

    • Gaz 20 December, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks for getting in touch Jonny. Glad to hear other people have trouble convincing everyone that there not constantly on a jolly! It’s not a bad life though, eh… ;-) Where in the world are you?

  4. Jude 27 November, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m a night person, working in a soulless office job, so yes – would trade working late at night for beach time during the day. In a heartbeat. For now, will have to live vicariously through your blog, in addition to a few other faves. Cheers!

    • Gaz 29 November, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Jude, thanks for getting in touch. Sorry to hear your in a soulless office job, we’ve all been there, you’ve got to put in the hard grind to get to where you want to be. Have you got any plans to travel?

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