What will your office be like in 2030?

As you will know if you read my message last week, I'm off on a road trip in my motorhome next Monday to prove my theory that I can work from anywhere.  Consequently I'm in the process of minimising my "office" to fit it into 1 plastic box and a laptop bag!

It is an interesting exercise to realise just how much of what I need is already online and accessible from anywhere and how much of the paper scattered around my desk and office I never look at and really don't need.  I have easily fitted the bits I do need into a concertina folder!

So during this process it was interesting to come across an article from Plusnet about how our offices will look in the year 2030.



I'm hoping that mine will look a lot like the inside of a motorhome but if you have a physical office for your business you might want to click here to have a look at how you might be working in just 14 years time!

I love to hear what you think - which bits would you love (the slide?) and which bits do you hope are just fantasy?


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I'm about to test my dream

I'm sure when you started your business you had a dream of how life would be and how your business would contribute to that.

Common ambitions when starting out include:

  • having more time to spend with your family
  • having more flexibility to work when you wanted, ie. shorter days to do the school run or longer holidays when the kids are off school
  • earning more money because the boss wasn't taking the biggest cut

Unfortunately for many people the reality is quite different and they end up spending more time at work, ladened down with responsibility and earning a fraction of what they earn't as an employee.

I'm sure you've heard people say that a dream isn't a goal unless it's got dates and actions attached to it.  In other words, you can't just have a dream bubble floating above your head like the cartoon characters, you actually need to work out what you're going to do to make it happen.

I have to admit to being someone who has gone round in circles a bit in this regard as I didn't have any firm ambition or direction, but through trial and error I did end up a couple of years ago getting much clearer on what I wanted and consequently I've been able to make some strategic business decisions to make that happen ... and the test is in 2 weeks time!!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sindy-Compressed.jpg15 years ago I went on a 3 month tour of Western Europe in a motorhome and ever since I've wanted to be in a position that I could do that again but I didn't have any firm plans of how that was going to happen.

3 years ago we bought a motorhome so I felt like I was a good way towards the goal but in reality it has been an expensive ornament on the drive rather than my tool for travelling more.  

I realised that to be able to have longer periods of travel I needed to be able to work from anywhere and whilst a large part of my business enabled that, I had got more reliant on a consultancy service that required me to go to my customer's premises, so I needed to refocus my business and think through the logistics a bit more.

Consequently over the last 18 months I have ensured that:

  • I don't have an office
  • I have a remote team
  • I'm not central to doing the customer work so I have flexibility of time
  • My business model is such that the work I do can be done from anywhere

So in just under 2 weeks I'm off to test the dream ... I am going on a 17 day road trip.  

Now I know that doesn't sound like a very long time travelling but this the first test.  It's not a holiday, I will still be working - I will be meeting up with business friends and attending a number of 4Networking meetings around the country, as well as doing my day-to-day tasks and quite a bit of driving!  

The real test is whether I can get the flexibility to mix business with pleasure:

  • technically will I be able to work from anywhere (will the wifi booster and 4G Dongle be enough to keep me connected everywhere?) 
  • will I get the time to explore some of the places I'm going to visit as a tourist whilst still having enough time to get my work done?

You will be able to keep track of my progress on a special Facebook page set-up to keep a blog diary (as long as I can get online!).

So my question to you ... is your dream just a bubble floating above your head or do you have a plan to make it happen?  Better still, have you succeeded in making it happen?  I'd love to hear from you.

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Do you want to know more about Trello?

This morning I am at Sheffield 4Networking meeting doing a presentation on the 5 pieces of software that I couldn't run my business without.

One of those pieces of software is Trello.

I know more and more people are starting to use Trello but someone just this week said to me "I use Trello but I hadn't thought of using it how you use it" so I thought it might be useful to record a demo of how I use Trello.

I know I did a very brief introduction to Trello a few weeks ago but that simply gave an overview of the sorts of things you could use it for. This demo goes into much more detail about specific boards I use and how to actually do things on Trello such as copying template lists onto a card, etc.

It's not a quick view - it's 26 minutes long - so it is for people who use Trello but think they could use it more/better or for people who want to start using it and need some guidance on how to use it.


I hope it's of use and please get in touch if you want to have a chat about how you could use Trello better in your business.


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