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Can you survive with a part time job in London?


in London, United Kingdom by @bjornlindholmdk | 6yr  | 6 comments

Hi Nomads
Iโ€™m planning the first destination of my DN life right now. Ideally I want to move to London. My plan is to find a motel or a privat person through workaway.info or helpx.net where I get free accomodation for 5 hours of work 5 days a week.

I then want to find a part time job to cover others costs like food, beer, transport etc. I donโ€™t need a lot to survive. A small part of the income will also go to my new business. I donโ€™t have a lot of expenses through that but not really an income either.

My question is that is this even realistic? Can you make enough from a part time job in London to cover food/transport costs?

Btw. this is only a short term solution from now until the end of the December/New years

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@ani_goes_tweet | 6yr

London is very expensive, yet outside the professional sector wages are quite low. If you already know you can earn well, then I imagine that you could manage to live there while working part-time, but if youโ€™re thinking about applying for part-time work somewhere, chances are you wonโ€™t be able to survive as those kinds of jobs just donโ€™t pay.

That said, there are ways of keeping your accommodation costs down - being a property guardian, for instance (if you Google โ€˜property guardianโ€™ a number of schemes will come up, the biggest and best known of which is Camelot). You may also be able to find live-in work somewhere - pubs used to offer live-in work, although Iโ€™m not sure how common this is now. Or house-sitting, which is what I did while I was getting myself off the ground as a freelancer: I spent a year in a beautiful Georgian mansion just to provide a security presence. That was in Surrey rather than right in London, but I was only half an hour away if I needed to meet with someone or attend an event. I spent ยฃ100 a month on food and my other expenses were very limited. (Trusted Housesitters - www.trustedhousesitters.com - is the best of the house-sitting sites.) So yes, it can be done.

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@wanderingdev | 6yr

why start in one of the most expensive cities on the planet when you can go elsewhere and do the helpx thing in a place that costs a fraction and still build your business? are you legally authorized to work in the UK?

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@xiufensilver | 6yr

It would depend on your schedule because youโ€™d be prioritizing the hostelโ€™s needs and timing over your part-time job. Unless you only work your part-time job on weekends, in which case youโ€™ll be pretty much exhausted since you work 7 days a week, assuming youโ€™re going to continue working on your company after the 5 hours per day. Youโ€™re not even going to have much fun in London if youโ€™re working all the time.

The best route would be to work first wherever you are, save up, still work the hostel gig because 5 hours in exchange for accommodation is reasonable, but have some backup cash to tide you through so you can spend time working on your business instead of working part-time.

You donโ€™t have to be a digital nomad to set up your business. Donโ€™t fly until you can confidently afford it. Working your ass off and struggling to make ends meet in part-time jobs isnโ€™t going to be healthy for working on your business, which should be your number one priority.

Sure, itโ€™s possible and stressful, but how are you going to find the time and creativity to launch your startup while working two part-time jobs?

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@oskar | 6yr

What do you mean by shared flat? you are renting a room?? what zone in london is that?? thanks!

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@lukeofkondor | 6yr

Me and my girlfriend rent an ensuite room with our own balcony, but weโ€™re sharing the kitchen with 3 other people.

Itโ€™s Zone 2 (pretty much Zone 3).

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@lukeofkondor | 6yr

Hey hey,

I live in London. Hereโ€™s my expenses for a decent shared modern flat. I donโ€™t eat out often or drink too much.

Rent - ยฃ1040 (between me and my girlfriend. Includes bills and council tax.)
Travel - ยฃ150.80 for travel card.
Food: ยฃ200 for big shops. ยฃ100 for lunches and whatnot.

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Iโ€™m planning to stay in London for about a month in August-September, to coincide with an industry workshop thatโ€™s happening there at the beginning of September, and would really love to find a spot in or near the Brick Lane/Whitechapel/Bethnal Green area. AirBnB seems pricy, but Iโ€™m unsure of how easy it is to get a place via SpareRoom.

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Iโ€™m moving to London for a year and would like to know where Iโ€™ll have the best โ€œaccessโ€ to other digital nomads as well as facilities such as coworking spaces. If possible (I know itโ€™s asking a lot for London), Iโ€™d prefer to live somewhere cheap (a relative term I know, but Iโ€™m looking to spend no more than ยฃ1,000), but still have the aforementioned items. Any help, guidance, or just simple insider advice would be much appreciated! Thank you =)

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Hello, my boyfriend and I are looking for a room or flat to rent in London for a month starting 24th September. South East would be ideal but weโ€™re not too picky. AirBnB results are a bit uninspiring/pricey and Spare Room is full of rubbish so if any nomads are looking to fill their room weโ€™ll gladly sublet off you! Not looking to spend more than ยฃ900/month tops. Thanks!

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in London, United Kingdom by @worldtravel | 6yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

What are the best places to stay for awhile outside of London in the UK?

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How do you survive hanging out with a group of people that don't speak English well?


by @tylerf | 6yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™ve been living in countries where English isnโ€™t spoken that well among the population.

Most of the time I hang out 1-on-1 with a native that speaks good english.

And thatโ€™s because when Iโ€™m in a group where most people donโ€™t speak good English, itโ€™s painful and awkward.

You feel bad if everyone switches to English just because of you, but at the same time you feel totally left out if everyone speaks their native language which you donโ€™t understand much about.

Have you guys faced such situations before?
How did you handle it?

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What are the best coworking spaces in London?


in London, United Kingdom by @leonagano | 6yr 6 years ago | 12 comments

Does anybody know great locations (coffeeshops, libraries, parksโ€ฆ) to work in London? I would like to work with other digital nomads too.

Thank you.

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