We’ve spent 150 nights on board since leaving Long Island and today is our 10th day since entering the Bahamas. We’ve settled in very nicely here on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos. Most weekdays we spend at least a few hours working from the boat. Today I got thinking about freedom of time and place, digital nomadism and running a modern business.
Have you ever dreamed of operating a successful business from a tropical beach? Do you fantasize about sailing over the horizon and still being able to earn a healthy income? Would you like to travel for months or years at a time without your business missing a beat? I’m here to tell you that all of this is possible.
I won’t go as far as to say that anyone with a laptop and a dream can take off and do this. It does requires careful planning and a willingness to change the way you think about your business. But many ventures can rather easily be transformed to provide for lots of freedom for its owners. I’m talking about freedom to spend more time with family and friends, freedom to travel, explore new interests, learn, volunteer, or do just about anything you want to do with your life.
With some careful design decisions and the right know-how it’s possible for an entrepreneur to build a successful business from the ground up that provides freedom of time and place. But location independence is only part of the puzzle. What good is being on the beach in Tahiti if you have to work 14 hours a day to keep things running?
What good is being on the beach in Tahiti if you have to work 14 hours a day to keep things running?
Once you’ve severed the shackles that tie to you working from a certain place at a certain time you’re about halfway there! The next step is building business processes that don’t require your constant intervention and incrementally making small changes that reduce your workload.
The world’s wireless networks are getting faster and more reliable every day and the coverage areas have expanded dramatically. Excellent laptops can be had for a few hundred dollars and modern smartphones are incredibly powerful.
Working from a desk in an office, wasting away under fluorescent tubes in a cubicle and exchanging your priceless hours of life for money are an antiquated trap. If you’re like me, you understand that there’s a better way. Instead of using your energies working IN your business, I challenge you to work ON your business. Leverage technology, build the systems, processes, methods and techniques to set yourself free.