With wireless and syncing getting better, it's really getting more possible to work anywhere.
I think all those 1995 advertisements of an executive using a big old laptop on the beach kind of ruined the idea - they kept advertising it before it's possible, but also: on the sand at the beach has to be the stupidest possible place to use a laptop.
That kind of ruined it for a lot of people, but I'm realizing that a lot of limitations - aren't. I was invited to the Hong Kong horseraces on Sunday, and I was originally going to say no - too much work to do. Then I realized we could get set up in the lounge there, and I worked, taking a break to place wagers (we covered all costs and wound up up for that day) and watch the races, and working between them.
I'll post some pictures and videos from the races tomorrow. Hong Kong is such a nice city, everyone is great. And I'm realizing you're not tied to being in any one place to work - I got in a very solid day of work at the racetrack.
I actually work from home for a company in Lagos. I live in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, and Lagos is almost 2 hours away by flight.
After overcoming hurdles like getting good internet facilities, and trying to plan against the epileptic power supply, I can honestly say it is true - we can all work anywhere.
I am a mobile app programmer, and enjoy this arrangement, but you should see the disbelieving looks on people's faces when I tell them I work from home. I think the world [and indeed Africa] still needs a little more time to adjust to the idea :)
I've been thinking about how to do this a lot lately. I work from home but been thinking how I could travel and work. With the rise of coshare work spaces and more knowledge workers, this is definitely only an increasing trend.
Two big pieces I'm still thinking about is handling phone calls in a loud environment and security for one's laptop.
I have to take phone calls at any moment during job hours which means I need a relatively quiet place. I've been testing out a bluetooth headset with dual microphones that's suppose to cancel out ambient noise.
While I'm pretty sure thief is unlikely, I'm weary of leaving my laptop to use the rest room or grab a snack, but it's also cumbersome to pack everything up.
A lot of time I work in cafes. I don't see it as expensive coffee - I see it as cheap office space.
Sometimes I'm not thinking very well where I'm living or staying, so I change the scenery to do better work. I've gotten pretty good about not compulsively checking email, Hacker News, etc., but some days the 'net keeps calling me, and I head out to a cafe without internet. Sometimes I'm staying at a place without internet, and I had to a cafe to clear out my emails and do my business online.
Here in Hong Kong, I'm staying in a little hotel in Kowloon with internet, but I don't really dig the vibe of my room. It's too... clean, actually. Now, don't get me wrong, I like a clean room, but there's a faint air of soap and antiseptic and I see a cleaning woman mopping at least twice per day. Add that to my room being in the middle of the building with no window and I decide to head out to a Starbucks for some ambient noise, more light, and the smell of coffee.
At the cafe, there was a young girl playing. I'm not so good at telling age, but maybe 9 or 10 years old? She was of South Asian descent, maybe Indian, Pakistani, or Sri Lankan. Hard to tell an accent at that age, but sounded vaguely American. Maybe her English teacher or the international school she attends is run by an American? Or she's with her family on holiday from the States?
She was running and jumping around, dancing, while her parents were talking intently a little ways away. She kept talking to me, saying "Hello!" and looking at my computer and saying, "To - shi - ba!" She got a bunch of either straws or coffee-stirrers and was bending them into shapes, climbing onto chairs, and otherwise jumping around and having fun.
Man do we have a lot of catching up to do. This rapid fire traveling schedule doesn't leave us with all that much time to contemplate and write. If we aren't checking in somewhere, we're checking out and trying to catch a plane.
We were worried about where we'd stay in Hong Kong. It's a famously expensive city and we intended to be there for about ten days.
I always say, "Everything always works out perfectly," to which Todd always replies that it's dangerous to say that.