What to do before you start, according to the founder of Kohub

  • KoHub, a coworking space on the Thai island of Koh Lanta, attracts “digital nomads” from around the world looking to work remotely from the beautiful island.
  • Founder James Abbott says the only advice all digital nomads should follow is to get a job that pays and allows remote working before start their journey.
  • Starting a journey as a digital nomad without knowing where your funding is coming from can cause people to take shortcuts and isolate themselves from the community, says Abbott.
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KOH LANTA, Thailand – Working from home is just the start.

Over the past decade, “digital nomads” have moved from the fringes to the mainstream, as people travel to work remotely while traveling the world. With the rise of remote working and the high cost of living in Western cities known for their technological scenes, such as San Francisco, Paris and London, millions of people started their careers as digital nomads.

Six years ago, James Abbott created KoHub, a coworking space on Koh Lanta, an island in southern Thailand. Koh Lanta offers gorgeous beaches, a laid-back party scene, and lush jungle. Thanks to KoHub, it also becomes a destination for digital nomads looking for a space to work remotely and a community of other people doing the same.

“I run it like an organized anarchy,” Abbott recently told Business Insider. “So I let it evolve into what it needs to be – just trying to shape it, keep it on track and fund it.”

Digital nomads invade KoHub during peak season, fleeing the cold of the northern hemisphere for the mild climate of the beaches. And, according to Abbott, most take a crucial step before trying a career as a digital nomad – or wish they had done so.


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