Networking really helps if you do it right, testimony to which was the result of a trans-Atlantic business conference I attended, part of which had us all networking as entrepreneurs in attendance. I managed to land an overseas property development project, but I won’t say exactly where because as of right now this market is still somewhat of a niche. It’s a re-discovered niche – that’s probably a better way of putting it.
So due to somewhat of the digital revolution going on, more and more people who’ve discovered that they can work remotely are making a success out of it, particularly those who are running remote businesses. Of course you know what that means, right? It means a royally good time travelling all over the world and gaining full value out of being location-independent.
There is a certain group of what would be Digital Nomads of this nature who aren’t too keen on really jetting off everywhere though, citing reasons such as the fact that it’s rather challenging to get settled into some kind of working rhythm. It becomes something of a perpetual holiday, filled with the guilt of knowing that you should have put in more effort to get some more work done, but you let the temptations get to you.
Mandatory deviation aside – these would-be digital nomads are choosing rather to live in their home countries, and given the population size, many of them are indeed from the United States. What that means of course is that they can bide their time and really seek out some serious value in the places they choose to settle and call home, which has brought on a wave of digital nomads flooding into ghost towns!
Yes, ghost towns are soon to be re-populated, kick-started by what will be an influx of that digital money to be sucked out of the internet. This will undoubtedly create the regular parallel markets as part of an economy in the mould of Silicon Valley, so there are some exciting times ahead. I reckon even those seemingly unrelated markets will be revived as well, such as how certain law firms which had specific specialties like offering the services of a train accident lawyer.
These professionals who can also effectively work remotely could very well have sparked the revival of ghost towns and the property development projects to follow, but they need to know that there are other services available to them on call, such as those of the services sector itself. So the specialist train accident law firm as an example of these mentioned professionals can definitely operate remotely, but if they’re to move to what has essentially become a ghost town, they wouldn’t have had access to the basic services they’re accustomed to.
We’re talking here schools, hospitals, entertainment, etc.
I’ll probably only be in town for the duration of the projects and over the period leading up to the official commencement of these projects, and I certainly look forward to it. Ghost towns already have some mystified feel to them, while the buildings which will undoubtedly have their designs frozen in time will make for a great challenge to work with too!