Perfect Work/Life Balance

Trent Yesberg –

DUO Magazine Cover: July 2017

It exists. I have found it.

LAST month I spoke about a small part of our cruise of the Caribbean. We were celebrating my wife's 30th birthday with a group of friends aboard the Oasis of the Seas and were docked in Jamaica, a few days into our cruise. This was the first time that we had been on a cruise and we definitely picked an amazing way to introduce ourselves to cruising, or as we liked to call it: #cruiselife.

I don't mean to over exaggerate just how amazing #cruiselife is. I think another way of referring to cruising could be Utopia. Incredible restaurants, amazing bars, swimming pools, spa's, cinema, Comedy Club, ice-skating rink (yep!) and even rock climbing walls. Plus the shopping! On top of regular outlets they also had premium brand stores like Tiffany & Co Jewellers, Coach and Kate Spade. They even had a Starbucks.

I explained last month about how I was impressed by the systems that Royal Caribbean operate with to be able to seamlessly accommodate the needs of over 8000 people on board.

Further to this I found I was most impressed with the facilities available, considering we were hundreds of kilometres out at sea. Then, probably the best idea I have ever had, struck me like a lightning bolt - I could actually live AND still work aboard this ship...

Let me explain.

We had lightning fast Internet. Yes, sorry NBNCo but we get better internet on a ship off the coast of Cuba then we do in our office (FTTN too FYI).

Our room had a good sized desk to work from, not forgetting the exceptional view. So here is how I would (like to) run RBS/NQ Finance Group aboard Oasis of the Seas.

So what tools do I require for this utopic work environment?

  1. Oasis of the Seas
  2. My trusty MacBook (laptop)
  3. iPhone
  4. Email (Outlook/G-Suite)
  5. Cloud software such as QuickBooks Online
  6. Internet banking

So it's not exactly that far fetched to imagine working in Utopia is it? This is how your business can be setup RIGHT NOW.

There is nothing stopping you from running a services based business online.

It doesn't even take a little imagination anymore - these are standard systems, tools and software that are available right now and are CHEAP.

Chances are you are probably doing it already! There actually is such a thing as work/life balance, you just need to make it happen.

(Originally published DUO Magazine July 2017)