If you run a business from your laptop, the beauty of that lifestyle is that you can work from anywhere. Your home, the local coffee shop, or even somewhere further afield. As long as you have a solid wifi connection, you can do your job from any location in the world - how empowering is that?
If you are planning to go travelling soon and want to keep working and earning money while you see the world, there are a few things you should know. In this post we’ll take you through the essentials you need to be aware of when you are working from abroad.
Be aware of your business address and how it could be affected
Even if you work from your computer, you likely have a virtual address for your business. If you are planning to relocate for a long period of time, it could be that your business address is affected by your move. Make sure to research a home-based business virtual address before you commit to your trip.
Ensure you bring a portable wifi hub with you
Although most places around the world now have good wifi, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Working while travelling can affect your professional performance if you allow external factors outside of your control to drag you down.
You should purchase a rechargeable wifi hub like those available from EE and bring it with you. These are usually able to roam anywhere in the world, and they can significantly improve the quality of your working routine, both by reducing your stress levels and by increasing your performance across the board.
To make sure you aren’t caught unawares by bad wifi in your new location, you should keep this hub charged and ready to go at all times.
Inform your clients and/or colleagues of your relocation
If you are going to be contacting clients or colleagues from your travel location, make sure you inform them that you are not working from your regular office.
The purpose of this is threefold:
You will inspire and intrigue them with your jet-setting ways. People love to be inspired and intrigued at work, and if you let them know you have decided to take a working vacation, they are likely to think highly of you.
They will admire your dedication to your business. Your business is your life, and by proving to your colleagues and clients that you will work no matter where you are, you are hammering home this crucial message.
You are warning them in advance that you might be operating slightly differently than usual. By telling the relevant people that you are going away for some time, you will essentially be warning them that some of your modus operandi could be changing for the short term.
Make sure to be aware of the time difference
If you have deadlines to hit and other work to deliver, make sure you are accounting for the time difference. If a project is due at midnight in your home country, make sure you are not submitting it late by delivering it at midnight in the place you are in, for example.
This is also another reason why it is important to let people know that you are going to be working from a different location; they will be more understanding about mixups while you get settled in.
To reduce the number of mistakes made due to time difference, it might mean you need to get up slightly earlier than usual in order to make the most of the day, and deliver work on time. You will get into the swing of this routine easily enough, but starting it might be challenging.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself
While travelling and working can be a great way to make money while you see the world, don’t let work distract you too much from the place you are visiting. You need to find your work-travel balance while you are abroad, so that you don’t spend all your time indoors and miss the amazing sights of this new land.
You might find that reducing your workload slightly, for example to four days a week instead of five, can be helpful while you’re abroad. That way, you are still doing important work and excelling in your career, while also giving yourself a well-needed break too.
Home is where the heart is - or rather, where the wifi is! Make sure you use our guide to working from abroad so you can make the most of it.
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