Methodology

Methodology 2018-06-19T20:03:13+00:00

Researching

The main research question will be split up in 5 different sub questions, which together will answer the main question of this research. The intention of this research is to form a personally shaped business plan that will work for me. Therefore it is of utmost importance to not only focus on desk research, but also by doing field research. I will use myself in my company as a guinea pig in my research to experience what it’s like to work as a digital nomad, making this qualitative and participating research.

To establish the techniques I will be using to gather the information needed to answer all of the sub questions, methods are described below for each sub question.

1: What business models have previously proven to be successful for AV nomads that allowed them to remain cost-effective?

To answer this sub question I will mainly focus on whether or not the freelancers I meet have a business model, and if so, what it looks like. Regardless of whether they have thought of a business model already or not I will try to fill in the Business Model Canvas for each freelancer I meet. I will do so by interviewing them to track down every element of the business model. Thereafter I will collect the obtained data and compare it with each other to form my conclusions for this sub question.

The result of this question will be declared sufficient when I will have interviewed at least 3 to 5 freelancers about their business models. This number depends on the freelancers I will be able to find and interview, and how closely their work and clients matches my field of work and expertise. Before I actively look for freelancers to interview, I must first construct a short list of criteria’s for the freelancers that will help me to prevent wasting time with interviewing freelancers that are not successful or not interesting to me at all.

While I’m living in Bali certain people will cross my path. With each person I meet, I will try to positively connect with him or her and find out what they are doing professionally and try to get him or her to participate in an interview. I expect to meet a lot of interesting people at certain co-working spaces and networking areas around Bali, specifically a place called ‘Dojo’ in Canggu.

2: What are the available (online) possibilities to generate revenue with, for my AV business to operate internationally?

To answer this sub question I must first answer the previous one, so I can use those results to carefully examine the experiences of the freelancers within the (online) possibilities. I will also add a question in the interview that focuses on their experiences with the available markets. And finally I will gain information on the websites of available platforms regarding the criteria and rules of those platforms.

3: What are the financial situations for me as a traveling AV-freelancer in the 3 most suitable countries to work in?

To answer this sub question I will firstly ask my interviewees what their financial experiences abroad are. This will tell me what their view is on the cost of living in different countries. Then I will do research on websites, forums and books designed specifically for digital nomads and people that want to become digital nomads to compare the costs of living in different countries. Finally I will check my findings during my stay in Bali to see if they match the actual costs I make during my stay. All these findings will result in a list of the three most suitable countries for me to work in. Of these countries I will elaborately describe the financial situations using the sources mentioned above.

4: What are the juridical situations for me as a traveling AV-freelancer in the 3 most suitable countries to work in?

Once I have the results of the interviews and the list of the three most suitable countries for me to work in, I will dive deeper into the juridical aspect of being a digital nomad. I will research the juridical sides of the three countries by researching blogs and websites specifically designed for digital nomads, government websites and consulate and embassy websites. This will result in a clear description of the juridical laws and situations in each country.

5: Are there any technical restrictions and conditions for my AV-equipment that ought to be taken into consideration while performing in different climates?

To answer this sub question I will find a book concerning the technical sides of AV equipment in order to get informed about any restrictions or conditions that should be taken into consideration for different kind of climates. Furthermore I will add another question in the interview that concerns the experiences of the freelancers regarding any problems they might have stumbled upon during filming and editing in any extreme climates. Finally I will read upon travel blogs to find more information regarding this topic.


Testing

Once the sub questions asked above are answered and everything is documented, I can answer my main research question. I will do this by creating a business model that allows me to be a successful creative nomad, to financially support myself, travel around the world and continue growing creatively. This business model will be tested by carefully checking it against eight important factors all successful business models need to contain to reflect on the model.

Finally, the complete business model will be reviewed to see to what extent the model actually functions like planned. I will do this by writing a SWOT analysis, examining the strengths and weaknesses of the position of my business in the market, that I come across while creating the supporting products. These products will also be reviewed on the degree of success by reflecting on the achieved results regarding the numbers of views, interactions and effects of the products. Then the business model will be adapted based on the results of the tests, to perfect the business model even further. (Ik Ga Starten, n.d.) (Berry, n.d.)