The internet has made it possible to work from any location. As a result, it’s now possible to run a business and travel the world at the same time. Of course, there are some difficulties that you may encounter along the way – here are just a few tips on how to run a business and travel the world successfully.
Establish clients before you start travelling
It’s not a good idea to launch a new business while travelling. Establishing clients before you start travelling can ensure that you will have an income. Ideally you don’t want to be struggling to get work as you travel – if you can build a reputation first, it could make it easier to attract customers so that you’re not having to spend as much time marketing.
Invest in the right technology
A laptop and a smartphone are essential tools for working while you travel, but there are other gadgets that you can buy to make working while travelling easier. A portable charger could allow you to go longer periods without an accessible plug socket – which could be useful for working on flights or coaches or trains. You could also consider investing in a portable router to give you internet connection on the go. This guide at Travel Away lists a few more handy gadgets that could be worth considering.
Use a virtual address
If you still need to receive business mail, you could consider opting for a virtual address as provided by a company such as Physical Address. This involves renting out a mailing address from another company. You have the option to then redirect your mail to wherever you are in the world or view it digitally.
Learn to work flexibly
You’re not going to be able to keep up a standard nine to five workday while travelling. If you’re crossing time zones and you have clients back home, you may find that you’re constantly having to work at different times to conduct meetings and ensure communication. It’s important to still plan ahead your work, but allow yourself to be flexible with your schedule. A flexible schedule could also help you to work around flight times or activities that you may have booked at specific times.
Be careful of planning out a fast-paced travel itinerary – you don’t want to be getting to each location, spending your whole time working and not getting to fully appreciate the local sights. By planning a few days in each location, you’ll have more time to explore. On top of working, you need time to adjust to each new location and you can only achieve this by taking things slowly.