I work (for love or money depending) from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the UK. I’m sat now in Canteen in Bristol enjoying a fab lunch, using their free wifi and toasting my flexible, enjoyable and freeing way to ‘work’. So what are the bare essentials of my mobile office?
Google mail for one has saved my bacon allowing me to view my mail everywhere, even offline, and with a user friendly calender that means I can even manage my team automatically, pre-arranging to send reminders of impeding events or deadlines. Dropbox has been storing files for my whole team (18 people, 5 coutries) to access remotely and offline. yousendit.com is how I pass around big files. I’m running the free version (one file at a time and size limits) which has been perfect so far. Skype, enables me to talk for free to my global team and by and large it goes as well as any normal phone conversation. How much has does living the foot-loose lifestyle cost? all the above solutions are free-of-monetary charge. Cheers to that!
Laptop land isn’t my entire WorId. I appreciate being part of team whereby my data is spread across many computers protecting it from accidental deletion or coffee-related doom, and It is luxurious to have the safe haven of a real desk in a real office with real colleagues to return to - the support of a real-world community. My one wish today would be improved mobile phone service and costing. I don’t want to worry about where I’m calling from and to where. When are the mobile providers going to catch up with this new market of floating office workers?
As a consideration, the Hub is worth checking out, it doesn’t work for me for Reykjavik and Copenhagen as they are Hubless. Looks like I’ll have to continue propping up the Bars and Cafe’s of Northern Europe…