Back in the day, running your own small business meant spending long hours every day tied to a desk, or drowning in piles of filing cabinets and paperwork. But now, thanks to the digital age, many new start-ups are able to base themselves from anywhere. Freed from traditional constraints, tomorrow’s entrepreneurs are coming up with some thrilling new ideas for getting creative on the go – and here’s how you can join them.
One of the most popular ways to combine an exciting lifestyle with building a successful new business is to work from one of the many co-working spaces cropping up around the world. From hot-desking in London or Paris to setting up a temporary office on an exotic beach in Panama or Thailand, these establishments give you the chance to log on to high-speed internet and run your business from any corner of the globe.
With more and more entrepreneurs choosing the digital nomad lifestyle, several savvy companies are springing up to cater for their twin desires to travel and to network with other new ventures. The Startup Bus was launched this year to pose an intriguing challenge to emerging businessmen and women: to hop on a bus along with a group of other innovators, and conceive, build and launch a new start-up in just 72 hours. Along the way, the lucky participants will enjoy a whistlestop tour of top European destinations, and forge exciting new partnerships that could last a lifetime. Applications are open to creators and innovators from around the world – so check out their website here and get registered.
Fancy something a little more relaxed? The Nomad Cruise has been designed to allow you to combine a packed schedule of workshops and classes aimed at remote working professionals with a luxurious, all-inclusive cruise. Again, you’ll be sharing space with a group of fellow creatives, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to mingle and network while you top up your tan. They hold several cruises throughout the year taking in far-flung locations such as the Caribbean and South America – check out their website here to find out more.
With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what to choose – but luckily, you don’t have to stick to one place. With a virtual office service, you can make sure that all of your business correspondence is kept in one place while you travel the world, forwarded to you in a convenient digital format to be accessed from whatever beach, mountain or city square you find yourself at next.