All co-working spaces have their very own unique twist which makes them special. Some embody a corporate culture where members wear suits and come to work—nothing more. They sit opposite fellow members for weeks, and might not even know their name. Sounds like a nightmare, but whatever floats your boat. And then there’s the other end of the spectrum, a space built on the community where productivity thrives, and relationships form from the many events organized, and social aspect embedded throughout.
“Dojo falls into the latter category. That community is the driving force behind all the opportunities available to Dojo members.”
Many dream of a life as a ‘digital nomad’ but lack the confidence to follow through on their dreams because of this crazy belief that they need to start their own business, work as a developer, or have an employer willing to let them work remotely. Nonsense. The opportunities are plentiful—you just have to be open to them.
If you already have a business: you’ll find customers, clients, and new opportunities here.
If you’re looking for work: you’ll find plenty of business owners looking for individuals with your skills to join their team or work freelance.
Many have walked through the doors (which don’t actually exist) of Dojo with the intention of getting a days work done on their holidays, only to find themselves captivated by all that’s going on, and doing everything in their power to ensure they weren’t on their flight home. They may have had a business which allowed them to work remotely, wanted to dive in deep and bring a passion project to life, or simply met someone recruiting for a position their skill set was perfect for. The reasons are plentiful.
All you need is to be open to the possibility
If you’re not happy in your current role and have a desire for something different, all you need is to be open to the possibility. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of being location independent, but you don’t think you have the skills or know how to embark on such a journey. Worry not. You don’t have to quit your job and role all your dice on one outcome. Opportunities are limitless. Why not negotiate a months leave with your employer to travel, and come check out Bali?
You need to do what’s right for you—and by exploring opportunities—you will at the very least make connections, have a great trip, and get answers to some of the questions you’re currently pondering over. And you still have your job to go back to. There’s little to no risk with a plan like this, and the upside could be enormous.
Come with an open mind
Attend the networking events. Be active in the community. Commit to spending time and doing some work from the space. Give a talk and share your skills to elevate your prospects. If you’re looking for opportunities, it’s a good idea to have a basic website to showcase your portfolio or the work you do to show you take this stuff seriously. Just because it’s Bali, nobody will pay you to do a job if you can’t show them you are both qualified and capable. While we don’t wear shoes here, when it comes to business and acquiring work, the same rules apply. Once you land some work, you’ll most likely have more flexibility and control over your timetable. But if you treat it like a holiday—it’s a holiday you’ll be on because whoever hired you won’t think twice about firing you.
So if this is a dream of yours, don’t procrastinate. Do your research. Do your planning. Book a ticket, and get yourself out here. At worst you go home with a tan and access to an entire community of coworkers and potential opportunities for the future. What have you got to lose?
Also published on Medium.