The power of the smartphone

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Ever wished you were an entrepreneur without all the overheads? How many times have you read about folks who left the corporate grind for a stress free life and started their own businesses?

Technology has been touted as a threat to the jobs of millions of folks. Smart technology will replace humans in manufacturing, driving (truck drivers beware) and even in areas that are deemed to be not replicable – for example creative jobs…So it is with some solace that we find that technology in the form of smartphones can create opportunities for the willing – as this article suggests.

In Singapore, owning a car seems as important as an institution. Your success in life appears to be linked to whether you owned a car or what model you drive. So materialistic huh? But what if your expensive piece of asset is merely swapping the showroom for the parking lot?

Rent it out? For Singaporeans reading this, wouldn’t this not be one way to defray the cost of buying a car and not using it all the time? Would you let a stranger pay and drive your car?

We like this empowerment. Will you?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

11 thoughts on “The power of the smartphone”

    1. Hmm…yeah. We are probably years away from a totally driverless road. Probably first to adopt would be trucking transport for example. Perhaps at some point there will be dedicated lanes for these cars when we realize that human drivers (fickle & easily distracted perhaps) and driverless vehicles don’t work well on the same road!

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    1. Driverless cars is one thing, but will the interaction of tour guides be something that will be replaced? Perhaps not so soon unless the tourists are independent travelers, which in that case driverless cars do not matter!

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  1. Hi there

    Aaahhh technology… just started a Not for Profit Organisation, and since I started using technology to share, I nearly spend more time trying to connect to the internet and posting than actually working on projects… but anyway, I have left the industry for that, and for now, I still use my savings 🙂

    In any case, I have been working from home in the past, but this was that: from home. Hardly any big corporation will let you work while travelling. Which to be honest, I would agree with: if you work, you dont enjoy the actual travel 🙂 And any days you are on the road, you cannot work – tomorrow, I am setting off and will be driving for 2 1/2 days. So first time I could use the computer again will only be on Wednesday…

    But I have meet people living from their travels. As you say, it is on the creative side. A photographer has been living from the pictures he takes while travelling. But the money he makes really only fits his type of travels: cycling and lot of bush camping 🙂

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    1. Yes, and we think it is challenging to work and travel at the same time. Even if you are in corporate! Mixing work with pleasure is not as simple as said when deadlines loom…and you’re right about connecting to the internet too. Not exactly easy in some of the places that nomads venture too like you have pointed out!

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  2. Hi, Hope you both are well 🙂 How many people do you know that managed to leave the corporate grind and earn a living via travel and hmm what is the term, ah – “digital nomad” ? I have seen so many posts on instagram and other social networks from people who say they are doing this, but I never actually met anyone.

    I read about one photographer who managed to travel exchanging photo shoots for room, board etc. for a period, but I reckon it’s probably exhausting and high stress.

    I’d be really interested to figure out what kind of people are really doing it and what they actually sell.

    I used the car sharing service “zipcar” in UK for several years, but the company own the cars. I think one company tried to start a service where you let people use your own car, but not sure if it worked out.

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    1. To be honest we only write about digital nomads because it seems fun to do so. Not to demean, but to bring to perspective to the fact that so many claim to fame but oftentimes its far removed from the truth. We alluded to this in a couple of separate posts on ‘cool ways to impress’, ‘travel anti-blogging’, ‘Funds do run out YOLOing’…Guess these folks prefer to show the glam side rather than the real grind! As for the type of roles, perhaps creative roles for I have heard from a colleague that some coders (in Australia) have been empowered to be location independent provided they check into the office once in a while (she worked in this firm). Cannot see how most other roles can do this if face time is needed with stakeholders. This explains why the work that digital nomads cite are projected related. They become the extended resource of in-the-office exectives…

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      1. Ah, I’m sorry I think I missed some of your relevant posts, maybe before I was following. Yes – it all makes sense. I am freelance business consultant but all the roles I have had require being on client site. I was thinking about putting a profile up on some of these freelance websites, in theory I could do things like contract reviews, project output quality reviews, process models and other things based on existing client docs and a handful of Skype sessions but I don’t think my typical clients (large corporations) even have the procurement policies and systems in place to farm out work to externals on such an informal piecemeal way. I should investigate it further. Thanks for all the details in the response. Yes – each year I face the funds do run out scenario lol , I also live very simply and limit some of my travel experiences in favour of more time which really affects ability to continually post the ‘wow’ instagram shots… e.g. ill forgo the guided trek to a remote peak or speedboat wakeboarding just to get more time soaking up the local culture.

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        1. That’s ok. No worries!
          For most business functions, corporates will have an uphill “battle” to remain compliant when it comes to data confidentiality to farm out work to “externals” as you pointed out. The procurement process in corporates are not designed to support the new sharing economy and will take time to evolve.
          Perhaps the smaller companies and startups are better potential hits.

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