Work


I believe in working as little as possible and with maximum flexibility. Work is a necessary evil to make enough money to enjoy life. I’ve organized my work in such a way that I can work from anywhere I have an internet connection, and at the times that I want.

You might say: “Wait a minute! I don’t just work for the money it makes me. I work to…” To contribute something to the world? To do something interesting? To be in a social environment? All of these are valid reasons for doing what you do. But they don’t make it work. What makes work work, is that it pays your bills.

While work may be one way to achieve your goals, it is not the only way. Think about volunteering, writing a blog, being in politics, joining an association. Those are alternative ways to contribute something to the world, or do something interesting, or be social. But they don’t pay your bills. For that you still have to work.

Below you can find all blog posts I’ve written about work.

Upwork pricing structure

Upwork: not so much up for work anymore

For many (digital) nomads, having some location-independent work or business is key to sustaining the lifestyle. It keeps the necessary amount of money coming in to pay for apartment rental, food, and travel, while not tying you to one place or employer. One of the challenges that comes with this nomadic style of working, is […]

(10 May 2016)

best tax countries for digital nomads

Nomad life: of taxes and bureaucracy

I recently relocated from Kraków, Poland, to Sofia, Bulgaria. Kraków was a charming town, but Sofia has more business opportunities to offer. Partly the result of Bulgaria’s low tax regime, there is a lively startup scene in Sofia. Also Bulgaria has many well-educated programmers and other IT specialists, making it an attractive base for internet […]

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How to find freelancers online

How to find good freelancers online

This is part two of The complete guide to hiring freelancers online. If you haven’t read part one, you can find it here. In the first part of this guide I explained the importance of geography for the kind of freelancers you’ll encounter. I also showed some online platforms and marketplaces that you can use […]

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Freelancer at work

The complete guide to hiring freelancers online – Part 1

Once your business has grown big enough that you can’t (or don’t want to) do all the work by yourself, it might be a good idea to hire a freelancer. There are many tasks that may not require your unique expertise, and as such can be outsourced. Hiring freelancers, instead of employees on a short […]

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Disconnected network cable

Disconnected

Since my last blog update I’ve had very little time to work on my blog. First I had a close friend from the US visiting, and then we both went to Vienna for a week. Most of the time we were hanging out, and the little time I spent at my computer was used to […]

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Be unique for success

Be unique!

As I wrote in my last blog post, I’m in the process of scaling-up my business. This involves outsourcing some tasks to others who are better at it than I am, or who can perform them at a lower rate. As it turns out, some tasks are pretty easy to outsource. There are thousands of […]

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Make money with affiliate marketing from your laptop

How to make money from your laptop

As I might have mentioned in previous posts, I work from my laptop, and can do so anywhere I have an internet connection. This is one of the pillars underlying my freedom (and happiness). Another is having very little ‘stuff’, as you can read about in this article on how to throw things away. I […]

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ticket to ride europe

Choosing the best place to live

I’m back in Europe. And that means I’m homeless. To be fair, I’ve been homeless for the last four months, but when you’re travelling that doesn’t mean a lot. Everyone is homeless when they travel. Now I’m staying with my family in the Netherlands for a couple of days. It is good to see them […]

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income tax monopoly

Tax day

Today is tax day in the US (the day on which federal income tax returns are due). I find filing my tax returns a dreadful chore, one that returns each year and always seems like a waste of effort. My tax day this year fell on April 1st, as I’m a registered citizen in the […]

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armenian street heritage hotel georgetown penang

A coffee shop encounter in Penang

I am in Penang, Malaysia. In Georgetown to be precise. Despite the heavy traffic and the run-down look of most building, I feel quite at home here. The town centre is easy to navigate, there is amazing and cheap food to be found, most people speak excellent English and are polite (that’s what 200 years […]

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