By event participant Skye Owen
What am I doing here? I don’t even have a business, so they really should kick me to the kerb. But they didn’t.
I was gratefully accepted into the Working From Anywhere TagAlong Camp and I’m feeling like a chameleon. These are professional business people and many have been running their business for quite some time and very successfully.
But I might want to start a small business in the not-so-distant future. I’m getting to that age where I might like to work for myself. At the moment, I work between eight and nine hours a day. Maybe all the benefits of that hard work should be going into my pocket?
Small business is not an easy job. My siblings run a small business. For five years I worked for my father in a small business (many decades ago). Most of my cousins run a small business.
And I know it’s very hard work. Usually seven days a week, with very long hours attached.
I interviewed Andy Willis for a story in a business newsletter. Working From Anywhere? What the hell is that? He’s dreaming …
The more Andy talked about his philosophy, the more I became interested. He said there was no such thing as work/life balance … it was actually all about LIFE. I couldn’t really understand what he was telling me at the time, but I was intrigued.
So I thought, what the hell, I’m going to do this crazy Work From Anywhere TagAlong Camp. Not so much for the business stuff, but because I wanted to see what the LIFE part was about. I have no life outside my work. Perhaps I can learn something?
So, the first day of the Working From Anywhere TagAlong Camp in Tathra started at 2pm; setting up your campsite.
Nice for me living in Tathra! I got to sleep in on a Monday morning (luxury) and work on a few urgent and important jobs, so I could concentrate on that thing called LIFE that Andy talks and writes about. FYI – you must buy his book! Best read ever!!
We got a lovely welcome from Carmen at the Tathra Beachside caravan park and an insight into her own work/life story. I’m going to catch up with her this week so I can hear and learn more.
Then Andy took us through the TagAlong program, which was refreshing in that you could have chunks of time each day to do whatever you wanted, although working on your business was very much encouraged. Plus there was kayaking, e-bike riding, pizza, happy hour, oyster tasting and other great local treats.
Most of the WFA campers knew each other, which was a little daunting. I felt like I was gate-crashing a private party. But they were very welcoming and by the end of Happy Hour, I felt very comfortable and really looking forward to the next day.