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Written by Lori Thiessen

When Gregg Taylor and I first started talking about the phenomenon of people working out of their local coffee shops, we were thinking more local than global.

But as I’ve been researching and writing on the topic of cafe commuting, I’ve found that more and more people are trying to find their coffee shop offices on another continent.

Case in point is Andy Howard of Freelance Switch. Here’s a man who really puts the remote in ‘remote working’.  Andy proves that you can make geographical ADD actually pay.  He admits that he gets bored pretty easily so being on the move is a true benefit for him.  He’s been to a lot of different places, the last one being Costa Rica.

To help make this work fantasy come true, Andy recommends a few things.

  • laptop (no-brainer)
  • iPhone or other phone/PDA from which you can receive and send email
  • UBS key with FireFox Portable installed on it so that you can step into an internet cafe
  • And a line-up of professionals who will look after the stuff you don’t want to do or can’t do from where you are at like taxes
  • Plus enough contacts and contracts to keep the money rolling in

So it is possible to make the ‘surfing while at work’ happen and with relatively low start-up costs. I know Gregg Taylor has found a great little coffee shop office in Puerto Vallarta. My friends, Brent and DeNel, winter and work in Mexico.

With some prep, patience and perseverance, you too can be a cafe commuter on a global scale.

Q: What advice would you offer someone who is planning on being a world-wide worker?

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