The internet makes the lifestyle of a digital nomad possible. So, if you want to, you can work from a laptop almost anywhere in the world.
For three months this year, I am such a nomad. I’m working for 3 months from Southeast Asia as I travel and explore the region. Now, about a third of the way through my trip, I’ve gained a few insights that are helping me run and grow my business from my laptop in Asia. Even if you just want to take an extended vacation from work, read on. The following will help you make that possible…
Set yourself up for success while traveling and working
- Communicate with co-workers and/or clients – Just because you’re won’t be seeing your coworkers and/or clients for a while, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay in touch with them. Give them advance notice that you will be working online from a different location so that they can plan ahead. For example, when I was taking on a new client right before I left, I made sure the on-boarding process was thoroughly buttoned up. I met with the client multiple times a month prior to my trip to make sure we had a clear plan in place while I was on the road. Also, when you are traveling be sure to send regular project updates so your co-workers and clients see that work is moving forward.
- Adjust your schedule – We all have daily habits and routines that help us get work done. When you’re traveling, those habits tend to ‘evaporate.’ Spend some additional time to create a routines that will enable you to be productive. Consider alternating periods of productivity with elephant rides, surfing, or sightseeing. That way you will experience the best of both worlds.
- Take time to think big picture – Traveling is critical for detaching yourself from the daily humdrum that often permeates your days. Use the distance — physically and mentally — to think strategically about your business or career goals. Sometimes you just have to slow down in order to speed up.
I’ve met quite a number of entrepreneurs who are running their businesses from abroad, proving it’s possible to see the world, even if you’re a hard working entrepreneur…