If you do all your work online and your location is not critical to the success of your business, you could consider becoming a digital nomad. And if you are considering this, the real challenge is deciding on where to make your new centre of operations. While it is true that a digital nomad can work from anywhere, it is not convenient or cheap to be always on the move. If your goal is simply to experience as many of life’s pleasures as possible. Then you want to go to a place where the weather is warm, the scenery is beautiful, the people are nice, and the costs are low. Southeast Asia hits all these points, and therefore it has become one of the most popular places for people to work from.
- Business Solutions: Even if it is not possible to totally escape landlocked business services. SEA has solutions for most business requirements. For example, if you need a secretary, these services can be hired from organizations such as Acclime’s company secretary services. You can also access mail service, printing, accounting, and design services. But you will have to do your research to make sure which operation is the most compatible. Business cultures vary from country to country and it is not always a seamless experience. But if you are patient enough to find the right connections and learn the culture. You will find that many things are easier there. Respect and manners will take you a lot further than aggression and impatience.
- Regulations: the main challenge you will struggle with, is to find the best way to remain within the rules of the country you have chosen. It is important to do a lot of research about the specific rules for operating a business, and how to attain a long-term visa and perhaps a work permit. Being a digital nomad is very much a grey area, and the actual rules can be a bit vague. Governments in the region are undecided if they want to discourage or attract the online community. So, there will be a lot of uncertainty involved with making the jump.
- Accommodation: Southeast Asia has every level of accommodation that you can imagine. But the benefits are that the costs are lower in comparison to the west, and the tropical climate and the proximity to exotic locations bring you much more value for your money. It is possible to raise your living standard substantially by making the move to places such as Bangkok or Kuala Lampur. Or if you like you can save a lot of money and just be comfortable in a beautiful place. Domestic services are also more affordable there, so why not have a maid, gardener, or a driver.
With everything considered, Southeast Asia still stands out as an excellent choice to do business from. A tropical holiday is available the moment you put down your laptop. And living for a while in a foreign culture is actually a good way to become a more rounded person. IF you are a person who enjoys their freedom and doesn’t mind the occasional inconvenience of being a foreigner,the digital nomad lifestyle could be the life for you.