26 Sep Running a business from the road
LIFE AS A DIGITAL NOMAD HAS IT CHALLENGES, BUT WE WOULDN’T SWAP IT FOR THE WORLD!!
Hi guys, Shannon here. That’s me above and my young bloke Billy, who is normally trying to find a way to inflict some kind of pain to himself. Funny Kid. That pic was taken last Wednesday and is pretty much the exact same scene you’ll find every morning and afternoon, as I ride to the post office to send orders for PSE Cell Charge that came through my shopify cart overnight. This is my office, and this is our story.
20 months ago we packed our lives up and swapped familiarity for the unknown. Now let me start by being completely honest & just say that I was shitting myself!!
To this point I had created an exceptional clinic based business, with 16 years of local reputation and subsequent recurrent business. I had people literally lining up for my health services, often having a waiting list of around 3 months, and so packing up for me meant leaving behind all the securities that I had built to that point. It’s actually an interesting feeling leaving your securities behind; being forced to look within yourself for answers that were previously there, and now were not. I left full well knowing that I could be picking fruit within the 3-4 month that followed, and prayed to God that my new automated processes worked & that my patient base was OK with doing it all by phone & Skype now, rather than in person.
So why did we leave??
Well for the full answer you can push play on podcast episode #11 (above), but in short and for me personally, I found myself largely uninspired by it all. I had the income that everyone else aspired for, and had achieved the ‘things’ that I suspected would complete me. Strangely though it didn’t ‘feel’ enough, and the extra effort resulting in more ‘things’ simply highlighted this fact. I was most certainly on the mouse wheel of life, constantly swapping time for money, and living in the hope of a yearly 2 week holiday with the family! Seems so abstract now to be honest. I had become the sum total of my life experiences which unfortunately resolved mostly around business and finances, with as much personal time and family time thrown in as time would afford. You know what i mean! What time do we even have for friends anymore let alone ourselves?? Deep inside I yearned for more, and life had taught me that more of the same wouldn’t result in a different set of feelings; what I wanted was more connection -with myself, with my family and with the world around me…
Now running a business from the road isn’t nearly as hard as you’d think once the correct systems and processes are all in place. We spent 7 months before taking off simply automating all processes into a simpler way. Under the guidance and support of Sean Soole from the Kerwin Rae group, we reviewed each and every aspect of our business model and worked out ways to simplify our business with operational plug-ins and more streamlined processes in general. Living in such a great digital age, Telstra wifi keeps me consulting and earning wherever we go, and my supplement business has been moved externally to a processing facility where storage and distribution is no longer my concern. I consult from cafes where there is zero rent, and I no longer have the issues of staffing to deal with. Better still, people now serve me coffee while consulting and at the click of a finger! I love it.