Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

That time I had to find $8,000 in less than two weeks…

Alex Mathers


Author’s note: this was written several years ago

It’s that time of the year when I need to do my company taxes.

All those months of taking my attention away from anything to do with taxes have come to an end.

It’s crunch time again.

I actually have to look at my numbers and make some calculations for my accountant.

No more avoiding.

This time of the year brings me back to 2014 when I was living in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

I remember being in my apartment, practically sitting on the air con, fanning myself, still sweating from the late afternoon humidity.

An email had come through from my accountant in London.

He told me that, owing to a good previous year, I’d have to pay a considerable amount more tax this August.

My heart sank because I realised I had to find about £6,500 ($8,000) in two weeks or I’d have to start paying late fees.

This was money I didn’t have.

After crying into a beer or two, I got serious. I wrote down some ideas on how to create this money, fast.