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Hello. Weโ€™re Envato - we have 90 remoters and thousands of authors all over the world! AUA!

 

by @collis | 6yr  | 27 comments

Hi guys, Iโ€™m Collis, cofounder and CEO of Envato. We have a team of 250, ninety of whom work remote in all parts of the globe.

Our sites are also home to thousands of creative freelancers making a living selling on our marketplaces. That community has earned over $250,000,000!

When we started Envato, my wife Cyan and I wanted to travel the world with a business - so we started this one. We did manage it for a year working from HK, Canada, Florida, Paris and Singapore before returning home.

Iโ€™m joined by Jarel who has worked with Envato since 2009 from around the US, our headquarters in Australia, as well as stints in Eastern Europe and Thailand.

Ask Us Anything!

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@levelsio | 6yr

Iโ€™m closing this AMA now. Thanks everyone for asking questions and the Envato team for answering :slight_smile:

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@oscar | 6yr

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for doing this AMA.
Trying to make the digital nomad plunge myself, here while currently working at Pagely now. (Go WordPress!)

Heard Ben give his talk at PressNomics, good stuff too!

Since starting, I feel like the WordPress community compared to the other frameworks/tech stacks/languages is the most remote/nomad-friendly or accepting compared to them all, why would you say that is?

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@collis | 6yr

@oscar Go Pagely!! :slight_smile: I got to meet Josh and Sally at Pressnomics #1 and they were awesome!

Good question, I think some of it is the culture of Automattic the parent company. They are completely dispersed (side note, if they havenโ€™t done an AMA, they totally should) - which has led to a lot of other companies being remote friendly like WooThemes, ourselves, and so on. Then the WordPress foundation is setup to encourage global Wordcamps and theyโ€™ve been very successful at it too. Finally the WordPress economy itself, like ThemeForest, is also very global and dispersed.

So I think itโ€™s a combination of things, but as it often is, I think it starts from Matt/Automattic and feeds all the way down into the ecosystem. Itโ€™s one of my favourite things about WordPress and much credit to Matt for building it this way.

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@skatkov | 6yr

Hello envato team. Thanks for doing this AMA. I really like the work you guys are doing and even considered sending my CV to apply for a remote position at your company.

I was bugging a lot of you guys before (and will continue to do so in this thread :smiley: ). So most of the questions i have are business related, thank you guys for answering my questions earlier. Iโ€™ve been trying to build up a specialized stock, but gave up on the idea after I understood how hard it is to market it.

So, coming back to questionsโ€ฆ

As I understood, to be a successful stock you have to offer something relative for any search query people type in. So there is this big hump in a beginning, to gather enough submissions from people and be interesting for buying customer. My question is:

  • How to go pass that hump? How to motivate people to submit works for your stock, if your not generating enough selling? You mention that you bootstrapped your business, so you probably solved this problem without throwing investors money at it.
  • I myself tried to build a stock, because couple of my friends there pissed about current situation in stock market. According to their claims, itโ€™s impossible to make a living out of stocks if your living in Europe. And that they are still doing it, just because they jumped on train earlier and they will not go for it they there starting now.
  • Do you recognize this as a problem?
  • Do you have any numbers that show earning per capita?
  • Is it true that most of people submitting their works are from less developed countries?
  • In which categories people are most likely to make a living?
  • What are undeveloped stock markets (maybe mobile apps?) you think can make good money in a future? (selling ruby code on stock looks totally uninteresting, since open source movement is really huge in ruby)
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@collis | 6yr

@skat Great questions about selling on sites like Envato Market or other marketplaces.

There is definitely way more competition these days. If I look at ThemeForest where there are thousands of WordPress themes for sale, to do well you have to be really, really good. But if you are then the rewards are pretty big. We had a new author in 2014 launch a theme that has already sold almost $2m worth.

In terms of where our authors/sellers are located, we have a little over half in the US, Canada and Europe. So I think itโ€™s pretty diversely spread across the globe.

Youโ€™re completely correct of course that working from a place with cheaper cost of living means you can sell less and do very well off it โ€” thats a big part of nomadโ€™ing!

In terms of where do people make a living. For Envato we have some very high volume sellers on all our markets. Most of our larger markets (Themes, Code, Video, Music, Graphics) have people earning over $25,000 p/month after our fees are deducted.

Hope that helps!

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@ramblurr | 6yr

Hey there @collis, @jremick, and @damirkotoric,

Thanks for stopping by to do the AMA. As a freelance developer with somewhat minimal design skills, a product from Envato is often the foundation of my budget web projects.

I had no idea Envato was such a pioneer in the remote working space :slight_smile:

These days I operate solo or in small teams, but at the beginning of my career I worked remotely for a software consultancy of over 100 full-time remoters. I see the challenges you mention are the similiar to the ones we faced.

Do you do (or have you done) remote hires? @jremick mentioned Envato onboarding processes, could you describe the process for remote workers?

As people have pointed out, the mindset of working remote is much different than being colocated. Social needs must be fulfilled in a different way, communication sometimes needs to be extra explicit to counterbalance the lack of body language, etc. What are the specific activities or processes Envato uses to try to make up for this? Do you ever have any all-hands-on company meetings or activities?

Personally I also prefer asynchronous communication because Iโ€™m an introvert, and I find that I can present my ideas in a better way if I have the time to think through them more carefully.

Spot on @damirkotoric, Iโ€™m also a huge fan of asynchronous communication. As a benefit I also like how using these asynchronous tools doesnโ€™t just give me time to collect myself and present at my best, but it also leaves a digital record of what was discussed or what the client didnโ€™t like about the wireframes, etc.

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@damirkotoric | 6yr

Fixed the typo :grin:

Having that record is great. Thereโ€™s a saying I read a while back. Something about โ€œunless itโ€™s in a digital format, it didnโ€™t happenโ€. That kind of attitude helps, and again it doesnโ€™t just benefit the remote experience.

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@bear | 6yr

@collis and @jremick: In a completely distributed company, communication is handled one way. In a completely co-located company, communication is handled another way.

As a company thatโ€™s split between both models, how do you ensure communications that happen with co-located staff make it out to the remote stuff? (Not necessarily larger things like โ€œall handsโ€, but just within mixed co-located and remote teams.)

It can be difficult to take those transient but important conversations to people who werenโ€™t present.

(Sorry for so many questions! Donโ€™t mean to take all your time, but this isnโ€™t a common opportunity :slight_smile: )

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@jremick | 6yr

Great question @Bear!

Having first come from the remote side, then moved to co-located and then experienced each every other month; what seems to have made the biggest impact in this area is being mindful of the broader team (as a whole, regardless of location). The tools and processes facilitate the mindset, but if the mindset is there, people will find a way to communicate to all the right people regardless of location. :smile:

With that said, the tools really help and are getting better every day! Slack has done a great job bridging gaps in these areas as well as Hangouts via Chromeboxes we have in nearly all our office meeting rooms (big TV with HD webcam and conference speaker / mic). Scheduling meetings is quite easy since weโ€™re all on Google Apps Calendar (where we can book meeting rooms, etc).

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@bear | 6yr

Oh, thatโ€™s awesome! I guess itโ€™s easier for you in a way, @jremick, having worked remote and working remote regularly.

How does a staff member who has no experience working remotely learn to have that mindset?

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@jremick | 6yr

@Bear Definitely! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in both environments, and especially the frequent back and fourth where I learned things I hadnโ€™t noticed before (about people, teams and productivity).

How does a staff member who has no experience working remotely learn to have that mindset?

Weโ€™ve put a lot of effort into improving our ability as a company to introduce new team members to the mindset, tools and our values. So, while there is information and on-boarding processes in place for this, a good portion comes from being immersed in an environment where everyone around you is actively practicing the mindset and aiming to continually do it better.

People can also spend a portion of their week โ€œWFHโ€ (working from home) and theyโ€™ve just announced a new option for working remotely for several months (which is more so formalizing previous ad-hoc instances as the company has grown). This gives people lots of opportunity to experience remote working challenges so they can better understand, relate to and participate in the remote working aspect of the company. :smile:

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@bear | 6yr

@collis Thinking about the new Envato Meetups initiative, have you considered opening Envato co-working spots around the world? Places that nomads, and Envato authors and employees alike, can work but also hubs for Envato Meetups to happen around?

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@collis | 6yr

@bear - that would be cool! I really want to open up the Envato HQ in Melbourne to have a coworking spot for Envato authors โ€ฆ except weโ€™re growing and we keep running out of space in every office we inhabit :-/ (Good problems to have I guess!)

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@atu | 6yr

Itโ€™s amazing to have you, thanks a lot guys.

  1. Did you notice any difference between managing 10 remoters and 90 remoters?
  2. What is the next step for nomadism? and remote worker?
  3. @collis How was the beginning when you have started the project with your wife?
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@jremick | 6yr

Ohh, good questions @atu :smile:

1) Did you notice any difference between managing 10 remoters and 90 remoters?

Iโ€™ll add some of my experiences to what @collis said on this one. +1 โ€œHeaps of differences!โ€

It goes without saying that communicating well through all available means in remote teams is really key to success, but even more so as the team grows. You inherently lose body language communication when remote, which actually accounts for a large amount of the communication people do with each other and how you understand people. Peopleโ€™s varying ability and willingness to adapt to and understand an environment like this becomes much more visible as the team grows partially because, as Collis said, itโ€™s much easier to have closer relationships with 10 people than 90.

There are also some general โ€œrulesโ€ of human nature where team structure will form organically as the group size increases if it isnโ€™t purposefully shaped along the way. Although this mostly mirrors non-remote, the challenges it presents are often compounded depending on the the foundation of systems the team is built on (communication, agreed values, etc).

What surprised me early on in managing the Market Quality team as it has grown over the years (50 and growing) was how group / team size related to individual performance and happiness. Though not limited to remoters, it seems to have been more challenging to get it right.

I also found that (maybe depending on the type of work?), the time required for communication wasnโ€™t a linear increase with team size and doesnโ€™t follow the same trends as non-remote teams. As a remote team grows, they tend to require more time for communication than an equal sized non-remote team (where time needs increase faster for remoters). However, when a team reaches a certain size, the required time for communication seems to slow down a lot (requiring less than non-remote).

Having said that, I think itโ€™s very dependent on team structure, type of work, mixtures of personalities and other variables.

Speaking personally as a manager having experienced between a few and 40+ direct remote reports, I learned a lot about the demands various remote team sizes has on me. This is when I initially adopted polyphasic sleeping to better suit a range of time-zones. :wink:

2) What is the next step for nomadism? and remote worker?

+1 regarding visas. The world simply isnโ€™t there yet. Iโ€™ve called many immigration departments to make sure Iโ€™m following the rules, but largely theyโ€™re unable to understand how what Iโ€™m doing fits into their existing system.

Iโ€™m excited about the growing trend for sharing (housing, cars, bikes, etc). This will be a great enabler for nomadism. The applications we use today that facilitate this sharing are largely based on establishing trust level with total strangers. I love this!

Iโ€™m also quite excited about recent growth in remote working facilities like cafes, shared offices, libraries, etc. People are quickly opening to the idea that anyone off the street can pop into their shop for a couple hours to be both productive in their work and a consumer enjoying what the shop has to offer.

Beyond these areas, I think the next step is whatโ€™s happening with the nomad / remote working community where itโ€™s organizing and strengthening through an increasing number of people with a strong vision for the communityโ€™s future, enabling more people to get started. :smile:

Edit: One more! Thereโ€™s more and more information and opportunities online that enable these lifestyles, which I hope to see become much more common place. Like Envato! :wink:

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@collis | 6yr

@atu - great questions. Jarel and Damir will have some views on this stuff too! But hereโ€™s my take:

(1) Heaps of differences!
Having remote teams is inherently complex and hard. With 10 people you can fudge through some problems because you can have closer, more personal relationships with everyone. So for example when we had remote meetups I would have coffee catchups with every person there. That worked even when there was 25 remoters.

With 90 people you need better team structures, tools, and communication systems. We have a long way to go on all of these - and weโ€™re always working to improve. But if we had a remote meetup now (which would be tough to do!) having an hour long coffee with everyone would take two weeks!

In some ways it mirrors scaling non-remote people too, you need to figure out how to disseminate information quickly, how to make everyone feel they have access to whatโ€™s happening, help teams communicate with each other and internally, and so on.

A few things that work well for us which spring to mind:

  • We use Slack and other similar systems for chatting online
  • We film lots of company meetings so that videos of our All Hands and things are available
  • We rigged up all our meeting rooms with TVs and Chromeboxes so we can run Google Hangouts really easily
  • We try to make sure thereโ€™s some human touch stuff like hand written Christmas cards

(2) Interesting question. I think the big open issue in my mind for nomadism is around visas and things like that
The world isnโ€™t really rigged up for some of the things that nomads and remote workers do, and so thereโ€™s a lot of places I think where people fudge things, and by and large itโ€™s pretty harmless.

I donโ€™t know how it happens, but Iโ€™d love to see someone crack offering services to help companies make work anywhere a bigger, easier, thing to run with less risk and compliance worries.

(3) So different than these days!
Back then there was just a handful of people, we were all very green about how business works, and completely concentrated on making products. That had pluses and minuses. I think there were things we didnโ€™t do very well in terms of making Envato a great place to work (aside from anything else, we had like no money!) but on the flip side the general spirit and culture was already really strong.

There was a lot of long hours then, but thatโ€™s still true - just very different content. Back then I used to design and build and write and make. These days Iโ€™m in spreadsheets and meetings and prioritisation. Itโ€™s still interesting, but a completely different kind of interesting.

Going remote now is much harder. That said, Cyan and I are thinking to go stay in Taipei with our two little boys, at the end of the year for a few weeks and try being a #remoteceo :slight_smile:

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@damirkotoric | 6yr

@Bear Being one of the newer members of the team, Iโ€™ve always worked with remote staff since coming onboard. Over the last year and a half Iโ€™ve noticed the remote experience improve a lot.

As Collis mentioned, better technology has helped the remote experience without a doubt. What I find just as important is the attitude towards the remote experience at Envato. We think itโ€™s important, and itโ€™s simply not cool to run a meeting without taking into account remote staff.

I think empathy is a key ingredient in making the remote experience work. Us Melbourne staff spend one day each week working from home. This means that on any given day at least one of your team members wonโ€™t be in the office. Creating a remote friendly work environment isnโ€™t just going to help people working outside of Melbourne, but all of us individually. Since the introduction of the WFH policy Envato has become quite remote friendly.

Also, processes! I used to communicate about important aspects of my design work (escpecially feedback) in face-to-face meetings. Now most of that discussion happens in InVision, Trello and Slack. Without this process in place thereโ€™d be no way for me to be able to work from Europe this year. Personally I also prefer asynchronous communication because Iโ€™m an introvert, and I find that I can present my ideas in a better way if I have the time to think through them more carefully.

Remote-friendly is not the same as a completely distributed and nomadic work environment. Legal limitations like immigration and tax laws make it challenging, especially for a company the size of Envato. Having said that, when your CEO does an AMA on a forum for digital nomads you know the motivation is there to make it possible.

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@damirkotoric | 6yr

Hello everyone!

Iโ€™m Damir, User Experience Designer at Envato. Iโ€™m based in Melbourne, Australia as well. Iโ€™m currently working full-time in the office but hoping to spend a few months working from Europe this year thanks to an awesome new policy that was introduced here at Envato.

A few years ago Iโ€™ve travelled through 27 countries on a round-the-world trip lasting 7 months but when it comes to actually working Iโ€™m a total digital nomad noob :smile:

Happy to answer any questions about working with remotes here at the Melbourne office. Would greatly appreciate advice from people in a similar situation where you started working remotely for company where you initially worked full-time in the office.

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@bear | 6yr

@collis A lot of people who adopt the digital nomad life seem to be very entrepreneurial. Startup founders and the like. You often mention that Envato is bootstrapped, but I was wondering about the other side of the coin. Has Envato ever acted as VC / investor in other startups?

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@collis | 6yr

@bear - Iโ€™ve noticed that too. I guess the mindset of going nomad is similarly non-conformist to an entrepreneurial mindset!

Thatโ€™s right, weโ€™re still bootstrapped, though weโ€™ve never acted as VC/Investor. I hope one day that we will be a bit more of one, but at the moment itโ€™s all been internal focus around here!

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@jaclyn | 6yr

Hi @collis and @jremick. Love hearing from people who champion remote working. @jremick, I was curious to know how you make living abroad every other month work? Do you rent out your house while youโ€™re gone?
(As an aside, Iโ€™m an editor/writer who did some work for Envatoโ€™s press room last year.)
Jaclyn

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@jremick | 6yr

Hi @Jaclyn!

Before I started living abroad every other month, I moved out of my place (lived alone) and over to share a flat with two friends who were looking to fill their third room. That reduced my expenses a lot in Australia. Iโ€™ve looked into Airbnb options but it was still more expensive at the time.

I also suspend some of my services (cell, etc) when I leave to save a little extra, do quite a bit of research for places to stay abroad to keep expenses down (another reason I love nomadlist.io!) and save a lot by investing in fewer things with more utility and durability.

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@jaclyn | 6yr

Thanks @jremick. Congrats on making it work!

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@bear | 6yr

Hi @collis and @jremick, I also work remotely and was wondering how you manage long travel times where youโ€™re forced to be offline if the timing is inopportune work-wise?

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@collis | 6yr

Hey @bear, just to add to what Jarel wrote - itโ€™s tough to manage! Iโ€™ve had a few calls with airport noises in the background - never a great professional look!

At some airports - I see them in Asia a lot - you can find lounges that are unaffiliated with an airline and you can pay to enter and use their wifi. They help, especially on long stopovers in between places. But most of them are pretty quiet, so still doesnโ€™t fit voice calls.

I think the best thing you can do is prep to make sure youโ€™ve got some coverage while youโ€™re travelling. I also try to line up lots of quiet work to do on the plane so that at least on either side I can do the more collaborative stuff.

Working on planes is pretty horrible though, especially when youโ€™re tall with arms that extend right out of your seat. My pro tips are look up what kind of plane youโ€™re going on, see if you can get one with USB or other charging ports to extend battery life on your devices, and give up on feeling comfortable :slight_smile:

When I land, I usually try to get some internet going asap. Either coming in with prepaid phone roaming (which is exorbitant but always works) or with a local SIM if I have a bit more time on the ground.

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@jremick | 6yr

Hi @Bear!

For me it would depend on the length of time and mode of travel. Long flights lend well to thinking time I find really valuable, so I tend to scribble ideas, notes, writing or just practice a little meditation, which usually results in creative problem solving I can put into action once Iโ€™m on the ground.

Itโ€™s a little different when youโ€™re in the back of a van or bus for 5+ hours raging down the road in Thailand and you get an urgent email from your team. :wink: As tech advances though, itโ€™s easier to stay connected and find creative ways to tackle whatever needs to be done. Iโ€™ve tackled lots of email on long journeys between cities in SEA where Iโ€™ve largely been offline and only needed a brief connection.

Aside from this, planning has been key for me. I keep the team up to date on where Iโ€™m going and when Iโ€™ll be available, organize my work ahead of time and research my likely connectivity, etc.

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@jremick | 6yr

Howdy nomads! Jarel Remick here, Market Quality Manager for Envato, based in Melbourne but originally from Marsing, a little town in Idaho, USA. I manage the Market Quality team of 50 (and growing!), all but two of whom are remote from all over the world. Until this year, I considered myself semi-nomadic, spending every other month working remotely abroad โ€” Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, USA and Italy during 2014. In prior years Iโ€™d also spent time jumping between Spain, Hungary, Australia and the US.

Despite my 7+ years of working with globally remote teams, Iโ€™d consider 2014 my introduction to the nomad world. I learned many things along the way, and met tons of amazing people! AUA or catch me lurking on #nomads.

Edit: Thought I might add a few things you guys might find interestingโ€ฆ I sleep in a hammock 100%, Iโ€™m a huge fan of polyphasic sleeping, and my partner (Carlotta) is permanently travels (travel blogger & photographer) which has been an interesting challenge joined with nomadism.

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Has anyone created a list of co-living spaces around the world?


by @keegansard | 5mo 5 months ago | 4 comments

Iโ€™m a big believer in co-living but Iโ€™m finding hard to find all the options available in different cities.

I have found the major players like Roam, The Collective, and WeLive but havenโ€™t found many others.

Has anyone seen a list or should I start making one?

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What investment options are open to e-resident?


by @64tankman | 5mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

I know from experience that if you have residential status in countries where IG (a broker) serves, you can buy stocks and other assets through this broker. But I wonder what doors to the stock market, asset market or broker can be unlocked with e-residency? Some banks open a terminal for customers to buy assets overseas too, is one of the e-residency friendly bank offering a good portfolio of assets to invest in?

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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


in Portugal by @jasraj | 7mo 6 months ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

Iโ€™m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews Iโ€™ve seen for Valencia.

-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

Thanks! :slight_smile:

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Warm and dry place - June to November


by @nomadsince2010 | 7mo 6 months ago | 4 comments

I have been doing Southeast Asia during June to November for 11 years. Rainy, Typhoons - is wild - still warm but ya - getting older so not as into that. Where can go is warm and dry - not super hot like Vegas but warm and has to be DRY. Good Internet and affordable. Ty

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Central America - Where and what's next?


by @as11 | 7mo 6 months ago | 11 comments

Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
Then Aruba in the Caribbean Sea for Christmas and New Year.

However I feel I want to head back to Central America to bring living costs down, rather than staying in the Caribbean Sea among the expensive Islands.

This means I have around 2 - 2,5 month of unplanned travelling.
Any digital nomads who have ideas about where to head in that timeframe?

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Where to move for tax purposes as a non-US citizen?


by @mender | 10mo 10 months ago | 5 comments

I am a New Zealander looking to travel for a couple of years in different countries. For this purpose I would ideally like to shift my company to a lower tax territory where I will live part time, as I am currently taxed at roughly 33% in New Zealand, however itโ€™s closer to 40% when I add in all the hidden taxes.

With a move I wonโ€™t be living in NZ so Iโ€™ll no longer be obliged to pay any tax after 320 days.

I ideally would wish to be a tax resident of the country I incorporate in. What country is easiest to do this through? A large chunk of my business relies on PayPal which requires your bank account to be from the same country your company is registered. Thus I canโ€™t do anything such as BVI or small islands.

Tbh my best bet looks to be Dubai Free Zones at this point and I can do some travel in europe from there.

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What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?


by @caseyr | 11mo 10 months ago | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.

What do you use? How are you balancing health / portability?

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Property Ownership - should digital nomads buy properties?


by @sparrow_23 | 1yr 1 year ago | 16 comments

I have been a digital nomad for the last couple of years. I have always worked in tech and now run a couple of profitable online businesses that give me a reliable income and allow me to fund a nomadic lifestyle.

I recently exited one of my businesses and I am considering to invest the income from the sale in properties, mainly for 2 reasons:

a) I donโ€™t want to keep wasting my money in renting apartments across the cities I stay

b) I believe in properties as investment and I want to diversify my investment portfolio (mainly stocks)

After years of constant wander from one place to another, now I am the type of digital nomad who sticks to few locations: I mainly rotate across 4 places each year (San Francisco, Medellin, Berlin, Bali). Buying a house in each of those location would be difficult and too expensive. Therefore, I was wondering if there was any sort of service that combines an investment opportunity with the ability to access different properties around the world (even if just for a limited time per year) ?

Imagine living in 4 cities per year and having a house in each place that you can exclusively use for 3 months and at the same time having your investment growing (this depending on the market, of course). Wouldnโ€™t that be great? I believe it could be done via a property fund selling you a share and giving you access to some of their properties for a limited timeframe each year.

Has anyone heard of anything like that?

Thanks!

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Any Estonia e-residency company viritual office provider that accepts cryptocurrency?


in Estonia by @64tankman | 1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

I previously use Profia. Contract is ending and I want to have someone who accepts crypto payment instead.

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Ko Lanta or Ko Phangan - which island is better for a digital nomad?


in Ko Lanta, Thailand by @melinda | 1yr 1 year ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™m currently in Penang, Malaysia and I was thinking to head to Thailand next. What are the best islands in Thailand to get some work done? I was considering either Ko Lanta or Ko Phangan because those both islands have coworking spaces. I might need to take some client calls, also video. Is the wifi good enough? Are there any other differences between the islands?

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Greece- WIFI- how is it really?


in Greece by @amandamay | 1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

We are leaving for Greece in 60 days and need good wifi for the 3 months we plan on staying there, this is a must! Iโ€™ve heard mixed reviews and the 8-10 ranking on nomadlist are not super encouraging. Has anyone recently worked from there? What should we expect? We plan on renting an apartment after staying in airbnb and would like to work from the place we are staying in. Thanks so much for helping me decide if we can continue on or change plans.

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Co-working space in Shanghai WITHOUT monthly payment


in Shanghai, China by @katrin | 1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

Daily/hourly pass needed.
Canโ€™t work in normal cafรฉ because having clientโ€™s laptop for security reasons, canโ€™t use open networks. Working for R&D. Also laptop is so huge it doesnโ€™t fit normal cafe environment because itโ€™s far from discreet.

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What's the best mobile-data option in New Zealand for nomads?


in New Zealand by @goldsaj | 2yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Estonia E-Residency & CFC


in Estonia by @edusantorini | 2yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

So, Iโ€™ve been looking into e-residency and moving my business to Estonia the past few weeks.
Iโ€™m still a tax resident in Germany and therefore fear Iโ€™ll be suspect to CFC laws. I somehow canโ€™t find any reliable info on this and I donโ€™t feel like reading through the whole law, so just wondering if anyone knows how CFC laws in EU countries come into practice. What taxes do I need to pay exactly? As soon as I cash out (dividends), as far as I can see I need to pay 20% income tax in Estonia. Then what? Of course, I would need to pay income tax in Germany. What taxes do I need to pay besides these?
And if I keep the money in Estonia/reinvest it, am I right that I wouldnโ€™t need to pay any taxes at all? Only for the money I cash out of Estonia/the business?

Iโ€™m by the way not doing this to evade taxes, taxes are secondary. I primarily simply want to move my business activities out of Germany + the all-digital concept and the bookkeeping service of agencies like leapIN are interesting.

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Re-Registering Self Employment to Another Country


by @hello513 | 2yr 1 year ago | 5 comments

Hi!
Iโ€™m doing research about how I can register as a self-employed to another country, and I want to ask for some advice.

I have a Hungarian citizenship. I spent the last 4 and a half years abroad. For two years now I have a registered self-employment in Denmark. During this time I have always had an address there even though I was physically there for only half a year. My address was registered at a friendโ€™s place. I want to get rid of my self-employment there due to the language difficulties and high taxes. And here comes the difficult part.
I donโ€™t want to register self-employment in my home country as Iโ€™m not planning going back and I donโ€™t feel supporting it with my taxes (I know, itโ€™s more personal than practical). I thought about Ireland (where I lived half a year twice), but the biggest problem is the address. I donโ€™t have plans of settling down yet, but if I donโ€™t have an address I canโ€™t have a self-employment. Somewhere I read that itโ€™s an option to get a real address, then changing the business address to a mail forwarding company.

Iโ€™m looking into what opportunities I would have to register self-employment somewhere (not in my home country), and continue nomad style of moving from country to country frequently. Is there anyone who had been in a similar situation?

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How to find a short-term (2-3 weeks) in Koลกice?


in Kosice, Slovakia by @adamnowek | 2yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

Hi nomads! Iโ€™m planning to head to Koลกice in May for a few weeks, both to work and to watch some hockey (the World Championships are being co-hosted in the city). Weโ€™ve tried looking into places to stay the usual ways (Airbnb, Booking.com, et al) but it looks like the city is completely sold out during the dates of the hockey tournament.

Does anyone know of any other resources for finding a place in Koลกice? Or does anyone happen to have an apartment to rent out if they want to avoid the onslaught of thousands of hockey fans? :stuck_out_tongue:

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London meet-ups / events / places to meet nomads?


in London, United Kingdom by @jameswander | 2yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

Are there any regular meet-ups or other places to meet nomads in London?

This was the only nomad focused event I saw on meetup.com:
https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-BNBrelBl/events/252398877/

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Australians CAN spend more than 90 days in Schengen countries


in Australia by @uncompromise | 2yr 2 years ago | 4 comments

The Australian government apparently has bilateral agreements with a number of signatories to the Schengen Visa treaty that predate, and supersede, the standard 90/180 for traveling in the Schengen zone.

This Wikipedia article stipulates to the bilateral visa agreements:

According to this article, and some of the links Iโ€™ve followed to official documents, Australians are (potentially) permitted to travel within Schengen, and not have their stay in the following countries aggregate up to the 90/180, but be treated as separate periods, with the time permitted under the existing bilateral agreements.

Countries that appear to have bilateral agreements include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • Sweden

In theory, this would permit an Australian passport holder to move relatively unrestricted around the Schengen zone for an almost infinite period.

For example, if I am permitted to be in Germany for 90/180, external to the Schengen treaty, I could, in theory, spend 90 days here, exit to Austria on the train, spend another 90/180, exit to The Netherlands by train, spend another 90/180, and then return to Germany, where my 180 days would have reset.

If youโ€™re an Aussie, and have been traveling in Europe without any formal visa documentation, other than your passport, Iโ€™d love to hear from you. Iโ€™m attempting to plan out the balance of my time in Europe, and donโ€™t want to fall foul with any officials. Getting a black mark on my passport would be highly undesirable.

Thanks in advance for your support

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