The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Finding an Office Anywhere in the World

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 14, 2012

Now that Matt, the co-founder of Under30CEO, has gone location independent, you might want to do the same.

Thankfully, technology has finally caught up to your travel aspirations.

First, follow Matt’s guide to breaking free. Once you’ve made arrangements to relocate temporarily or to travel permanently, you’ll need to sort out an office, or a desk, or at least an internet connection.

As a digital nomad, you can work from anywhere. Anywhere with reliable internet.

To make sure that one caveat isn’t your downfall, use the four options below to stay online and run your business from anywhere.

Coworking Spaces

If you want a real office, try a coworking space. These shared offices typically offer more perks and better company than most drab desk rentals.

Many of your fellow coworkers will be entrepreneurs or freelancers like you. Think of them as an extra perk. You’ll meet plenty of inspiring people and maybe even make some valuable business connections.

Matt already compiled a helpful list of US coworking spaces.

The most authoritative coworking resource is the Coworking Wiki. There you can find lists of coworking spaces, directories, and other resources.

On the wiki, you’ll find a list of search sites under “Coworking Directories.” Check out DeskWanted or LiquidSpace.

If you need a coworking space in San Francisco or London, you won’t have a problem finding one. If you’re traveling to a smaller city, you’ll need to search a few sites to find the best inventory for your destination.

The price of coworking varies by country. Desks in major US cities start at $300-500/month. Many spaces offer daily rates if you need something more flexible or just want to do a test run.

Work from “Home” While Abroad

If you’re the work from home type or just trying to save money, you can rent a living space and work space all in one.

Search for your destination on Airbnb and select “Entire home/apt” under ‘Room type’ and “Wireless Internet” under ‘Amenities.’

Airbnb can provide a single place to live and work for one price.

Work from Anywhere with WiFi Finder

True digital nomads can work from anywhere with WiFi.

To easily find a connection, use the WiFi Finder app for iOS or Android.

Use the app to find nearby WiFi connections and filter them by price (free or paid) and venue type (cafes, libraries) to find your ideal work environment.

MiFi

Entrepreneurs like to take matters into their own hands. We don’t like to rely on anyone.

If you don’t want to depend on anyone else for internet access, consider a MiFi personal WiFi hotspot.

Most major cell phone carriers offer MiFi packages. If you’re traveling abroad, check out XCom Global. XCom offers flat-rate global data plans starting at $14.95/day. Their hotspots work in 175 countries.

Long-term, multi-country MiFi service can be expensive, but the flexibility of having your own hotspot is extremely valuable.

How do you stay connected when working from the road?

Fred Perrotta is the co-founder of Tortuga Backpacks. If you’re a frequent traveler who wants to focus on your business, not your luggage, check out the ultimate travel backpack.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson is Adventurer and Co-Founder of Under30Experiences. In just a few short years U30X has grown to 12+ travel locations worldwide and 25+ local communities throughout the USA and Canada. Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 40+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and underwent the Crossfit Level 1 Coaching Course. He buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives.

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