Operating a Business Without a Permanent Address The 'treps who take off--and keep going
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With a scheduled client call ahead of her, Marisa Murgatroyd raced on a scooter through the streets of Ubud, Bali, toward an internet cafe that usually has a good connection. She arrived to find that a stray cat had fallen on the line, knocking out Wi-Fi. She missed her client call. Soon after, Murgatroyd returned to Los Angeles to deal with late taxes and a lapsed car registration.
Occasional stumbles aside, the founder of branding and internet marketing agency Live Your Message has operated without a permanent address since October 2012--and has managed to triple her annual revenue to mid-six figures, while living the dream of nonstop travel.
"It's an amazing sense of freedom to wake up when I want to, where I want to and do the work I want to," says Murgatroyd, who travels with her husband and business partner, Murray Gray. "Yes, we work harder and often longer hours than people who clock in and out. But we do it on our terms, and that makes all the difference."