How to be a digital nomad and scale-up social enterprises with Malcolm McClean


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Today's guest says he's the "world's oldest" digital nomad – until proven otherwise. Malcolm McClean has always loved the work he does, and when he hit 65 years of age he sold everything he owns to embark on a new adventure.
Malcolm is an author and consultant to a remarkable social enterprise, PossAbilities Community Interest Company, which has grown from 200 to 600 employees during the time he's been involved. It works with people with learning disabilities and vulnerable people so they can "live the life they choose," providing accommodation, short breaks and many other life-enhancing initiatives.
How did Malcolm's friends and family react when he announced his plans? Is it difficult or expensive to be a digital nomad? How does his lifestyle work? What can we learn about scaling-up social enterprises and purpose-driven businesses from PossAbilities? And what tips can Malcolm – who has written five books which have been published worldwide – give us about writing?
Listen to find out. Malcolm recorded this interview with me from Stockholm on Tuesday 6th September.
Also in this episode: £12,500 Business Productivity Grants, comments on energy price support for businesses and social enterprises, and research into preferences around salary and work-life balance.
Timings and links:

  • 0 - 36:36 introduction and interview with Malcolm McClean, Bearhunt, PossAbilities, and School of Curiosity.
  • 36:36 businesses eagerly awaiting more details of energy bill support scheme
  • 40:36 Business Productivity Grant Programme from Sheffield City Council – up to £12,500 available – how to apply (it's easy to do so but you need to act soon).
  • 42:20 new research into employee preferences around salary, benefits and work-life balance.
  • 43:28 wrapping up – please get in touch!

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