There's a lot of hype built up around the ability to work from the beach somewhere from Southeast Asia. Tons of work from home products talk about how some guy had a dead end job but eventually he made millions of dollars and how he just runs his business from a super sweet beach in Thailand.
IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT
I have actually created my own business online. Much of it is automated or at least set up so that I can take my business anywhere I want to. I have, in fact, run my business from a beach in the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia.
IT'S NOT AS GREAT AS YOU MIGHT THINK
There are a few main problems you need to consider, problems I found out the hard way, and may make you rethink your goals of ‘financial freedom'.
1. Glare ruins everything
Glare on a computer screen or smartphone screen basically makes work impossible. You most certainly won't be working on the beach itself. Even in the shade, the intense sunlight makes looking at the computer screen for an extended period of time a real chore. It actually hurts my eyes and eventually head to concentrate for a long time in intense light.
2. It's hot
Offices suck, but at least they have air conditioning. It's frickin' hot on the beach. Laying out in the sun and heat is great when you can close your eyes under a pair of sunglasses and tan for an hour or so. When you need to figure out whether your outsourcer is charging you the correct number of hours, respond to emails from advertisers, or do research, I guarantee the head and subsequent sweat dripping from your face will cramp your style.
Suddenly, an office will be the most comfortable spot you know.
3. Sand gets everywhere
Who actually takes their phone or computer to the beach? Any accidental kick of sand or a forgetting sandy finger can get those tiny, fine grains of rock permanently lodged in places they're not supposed to be.
Think your cases have got you covered?
Think again, because they will be sandy too. They will be even more sandy because you probably won't be careful with them, unless you have a case for a case. And once sand is on the outside of something, it's only a matter of time before it gets on the inside. Even after you leave the beach, other sand covered items will quickly get infect other non-sand-covered things.
There's a reason more people don't work from home. When you're in an environment that's meant to be a ‘vacation spot', and around people that are ‘vacationing', you will not want to work. Multitasking has been proven to reduce productivity, and turning off things like TV, music, phones, and distracting websites can increase productivity.
Chances are, between beach volleyball, swimming, bikinis, margaritas, chatting, and laughter, you won't get much done, even while you're ‘working'.
5) Internet speed
In every single island nation I've been to, the internet is extremely poor quality. The further out you get, the worse it is. I was unable to stream video for most of my time in the Philippines. Downloading was an all-nighter.
Once you get out to the beach, where are you going to get wifi? Neighboring hotels? They probably won't share it with you unless you have a room there, and even if you somehow get the password, you will be sharing it with 200 other people (also a security issue).
Have you ever wanted to smash your keyboard because a website just won't load? Better bring some extra keyboards to your workday on the beach.
Vacation is awesome. Working from home is great. Working while you're on vacation sucks. I cannot recommend blogging or running any kind of internet based business from the beach. That myth has been busted.
It is possible to run your online business from a foreign country. I have done it. But if you do I would suggest that you still keep your business activities in a climate controlled comfortable, quiet space reserved for working. You will get much more, higher quality work done.
If you haven't even started yet, I suggest you take my 5 day emails course (it's free).