@digital I just saw an opportunity in informally connecting local professionals/freelancers whilst providing a base for nomads, to benefit from more ‘stable’ relationships (both working and personal). But this was before the DN/LIP movement got going so I wasn’t specifically working with these profiles (although I was myself and they did emerge as a matter of association). However this time around I’m going to tweak my approach and target DNs better, but how that works remains to be experimented with.
On a simple practical level, recognising the intrinsic nature of one’s partners is the single most important element, i.e. if they are inclined to be flighty, move a lot, jump opportunities… it won’t help to pin them down. But how do you know? Thus the ‘trying out’/getting to know.
I am myself only just starting to look at the kinds of businesses that play to the strengths of being a digital nomad, however I’m really more interested in the models and architectures of systems rather than the money and markets so hell, what you’re talking about I would myself probably benefit from.
Coworking spaces alone probably aren’t ideal for sourcing potential partners, which is why I like your idea of having a dedicated space (as with my model, if fixed), but perhaps running it more as a program or ‘fellowship’, into which interested people can apply, try out, and maybe graduate as a partner. I’ve actually been playing with the idea of a cooperative for a wider scope, but maybe yours leads to coownership… nonetheless recruitment is always an overhead for a business. Minimising its investment isn’t recommended, look at how large corps are now investing in ‘labs’ and internal coworking space to avoid being left behind. If anything we cary more risk from market change by being independent so we can either carry on by pivoting, or build resilience (and expand opportunity) through teams.
We arguably have access to an immensely flexible, capable and innovative network, but it’s that very flexibility that could be an operational issue unless you can incorporate and reward it. Maybe by starting multiple businesses you would be.
Camps and other such events might be better than cowo spaces as participants are typically looking to learn/join/pivot in some manner and you could be the catalyst or enabler… and in a good position to evaluate their immersion.
I would also be inclined to suggest a distributed team that gets together regularly for camps to work on specific targets and build inter-personal capabilities, rather than attempting to keep a nomadic team together for longer. When I do other’s projects (on contract) I much prefer creating a base and having local talent there whilst I carry on taking trips away and leaving them to it, but I’ve never worked directly with other nomads who it seems would always be in less of a simple employer-employee arrangement (with its risk).
This is all philosophical. Keep talking to more people and see how it goes, as @arman said, being open and clear wth your intentions will certainly help maximise any potential you encounter. Personally, and as a nomad, I value my independence (yet not always!), worse, as a long-time tech professional (20yrs) I am now quite selective about what projects I take on. However as the DN community grows there will be more and more people who prefer to work and grow as a team. Indeed continuing to try and do this independently is almost self-destructive. There’s definitely something in leveraging this. @levelsio is just launching ‘matchmaker’, and I wouldn’t be surprised if down the line could incorporate projects/biz partners. There are other platforms doing that to some extent already… I can’t remember which right now but not necessarily aligned with this community if that transpires to be of importance.
@arman I saw you mentioned Morocco, I’m planning on doing a nomadbase there, I’d love to hear of your experience interacting with existing and potential LIPs and entrepreneurs, and indeed attitudes of people visiting, if any?