Do You Have To Have A Mobile Phone And What Is Relative Value?Posted by Tracy Baker on Dec 5, 2011 in Blog, Technology | 0 comments
Relative value is the concept that money is worth more or less, depending on either the location where it’s spent, or the goals for which it’s required. For me, it’s always nice to know that there is no limit to how much you can do with a small amount of money, depending on where you are. This is especially important when it comes to technology for the nomadic lifestyle. Although there are all sorts of lists about exactly what you need in order to maintain a “location-independent” entrepreneurship, the most important asset is your brain.
In terms of technology, relative value means that something like your Internet connection is going to be worth more in one country than it is in the next. The best way to know what you’re going to get out of that Internet connection is to be able to clearly list your goals for either an element of technology or any particular service that is offered. For example, if a slow Internet connection is able to satisfy your entrepreneurial needs, then there’s no reason to splurge for a faster one, just to keep up with the Joneses. Remember, you’re a nomad. There are no Joneses. Pay very close attention not to how much money is spent on technology for your nomadic lifestyle, but how much value is returned from your technology.
If your computer works for communication, don’t buy a global satellite phone. One question that concerns many location independent entrepreneurs is whether communication should rely on so many different networks. In the end, the best way to stay connected to the world, depending on specific business needs, is a solid Internet connection, and not mobile phone access. While it’s nice to have a mobile phone for safety purposes, or for general socialisation, the truth is that a phone isn’t really necessary for most entrepreneurships. Phone conversations may be held over the Internet, and are much cheaper than the 3G or 4G connections. Once again, it’s nice to have a phone and to be able to unlock it for any country and for any service, but consider your phone to be a separate entity from your business. In general, services that are specific to any given country or locale are just another limiting factor, and just another psychological barrier, to keep you from benefiting from a truly location-independent lifestyle. The more distance you can put between yourself and such services, the better.
The truth is that a location-independent lifestyle is all about creating value in unique and creative ways. Consider how many technological burdens are eliminated simply by becoming more mobile, and take the next step by asking how many more could possibly be eliminated. How many mobile phone functions can actually be fulfilled by your computer? Is your mobile phone making up for an out-of-date laptop that simply doesn’t cut it anymore? If you do decide to transfer the business functionality from the smart phone to your computer, you need to make sure to have a laptop that’s extremely responsive to your needs. The brand is not as important as the processing power, and the ability to back up your drives and information, however if you have the opportunity, try a Mac.
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