Office Spaces for Digital Nomads /.uk
Dellâs excellent Digital Nomads blog has inspired a few of my friends. Clearly, working on the road is no longer the niche interest it once was.
I signed up at the Berlin branch while out for the summer, and
thought itâd be interesting to speak to the man responsible, Manu Kumar.
QN: Can you introduce TheBusinessClass.Net in one sentence?
MK: BCN connects real people in real places â allowing
freelancers from all over the world to live the freedom of working with
their PCs, barefoot in the 21st century.
QN: How is BCN different from other shared offices?
MK: I donât try to set up just offices - I call BCN locations âportsâ each location also has a âagentââŚ
On request the Port-Agent can provide info about business contacts,
tips and tricks for the respective place, the surroundings, and its
culture. BCN port managers also act as native speaking business guides.
BCN supplies a platform for freelancers which has only been
available to employees of large international companies till now. You
have an address from where you can discover the new city and also find
new clients - and most importantly: you have local people working
beside you. People you can ask and connect with âŚ a kind of
âprofessionalizedâ friendship network.
QN: What gave you the idea for the BCN?
MK: Over the years Iâve worked all over Europe, Japan
and China. It was always easy finding a place - from sofa surfing to
five star hotels, but finding an temporary office and connecting with
like minded folk was nearly impossible.
Now I am building up that kind of âofficeâ - with the essential
infrastructure, connections and people at these locations . BCN is my
answer for the growing number of freelancer traveling the world while
QN: Where are your locations across the world?
MK: We have two types of locations: âDrop In Officesâ
- Urban locations, to work from or establish new business contacts,
while our âDrop Out Officesâ are exotic locations where freelancers can
withdraw, relax or work intensely. Presently you can find BCN in these
Our first âDrop In Officeâ is my former studio located in
Berlin-Kreuzberg/Germany; currently one of the culturally most active
quarters in Berlin.
Our Desert Office is in the Mojave-Desert (just one hour drive from
LA/USA). âQuintal do Marâ - our Island Office - is located on a
tropical Island in Brazil, right at the beach, but just ten miles away
from a mayor city. âRamsoftâ is the software company in Bangalore/India
that hosts our Outsource Office.
âThe Grand Street Loftâ - is our Loft Office located in New
York/USA, and The Alps Office lies directly in the historic city centre
QN: Which is your favourite location and why?
MK: Our next location! Seriously, each person and
location that joined the BCN-network was a great experience for me to
meet and get connected with to work together. All these partners became
friends of mine! I am very exited about to whom and where it will takes
us next time.
QN: You run the BCN as what you call a âfairchiseâ. Can you explain a little about that?
MK: Anybody having a suitable office location can apply to become a BCN-port.
We advertise your port on our website - in several languages. We
manage the timetable, the booking, the banking âŚ We set the whole
system up for free - we are taking all risks, because if it doesnât
work youâve got some advertisement for free.
QN: What next for TheBusinessClass.Net?
MK: At the moment I am talking to nice people in Cape
Town/South Africa, Thailand and Brazil - but nothing fixed yet. (but if
you have somebody, somewhere âŚ please tell me, but the weird-the
We are looking to have at least one BCN port every continent as soon as possible.
Soon our website will have a workspace that will be very helpful for
freelancers. If you want to be updated, just log in as a member - and
join BCN for free. All of its members can use the website to present
themselves, or to look for and find business contacts.