How is business different in every country

However, says Long, “One of the challenges I have is that my team start at 8am in Asia and finishes after I go to bed in London, which doesn’t go down well with my wife when I am checking emails at 11pm. But you get better at that as you get established.” Nonetheless, he says, “You can’t beat a bit of (real life) face time. We try to meet as a management team every six months so every April we will be in London and every September we pick one of our other markets.”

Long explains that having offices in other countries, “certainly makes a business more culturally aware. Japan is our second largest market and if we were trying to run the business remotely we wouldn’t have learned as much about the customs and cultures if we didn’t have an office there.” Because Ten is, effectively, a travel agency, they are set up to be smart travellers.

If you’re not, says Barnaby Lashbrooke, founder of virtual workforce platform Time Etc, “Because I have no permanent office in New York, I hot desk when I need to get my head down and work on my laptop.” “Shared office space can be bought by the hour – it tends to be cheaper if you bulk-buy hours which you can then use whenever you like – and it's far more convenient than working from a cafe because the broadband is reliable, you meet interesting people working in the same space and you don't have to worry about what to do with your stuff when you need a bathroom break,” adds Lashbrooke.