Many digital nomads rely on side gigs and other lines of income to supplement their full-time income. This, however, is not always the case. Many road warriors are traveling while also running full-fledged enterprises, replete with workers and everything else that comes with running a legitimate business. And they’re doing an excellent job at it.
Overseeing your firm from a remote or outdoor area (or another country entirely) might be considerably different from doing so in a conventional office setting; you’re likely to confront some obstacles that standard in-house executives will not face.
However, the benefits of traveling are numerous, both for yourself and your business, and can outweigh any hassles you may encounter. Here are six techniques that can help you operate your business successfully and remotely.
1. Get your team ready.
Before you hit the road, you’ll want to assemble a capable and trustworthy team. To begin, before you go, make sure you identify any talent gaps and hire people to fill these responsibilities.
Once you’ve assembled a team of competent and well-trained personnel, make sure that each team member understands what is expected of them during your absence.
Identify influential individuals and assign specific roles to each team member. Ascertain that each member of your team is aware of their responsibilities.
For example, set up cross-training to provide a backup plan if someone becomes ill or leaves the firm.
Anticipate emergencies that may occur while you are away, create appropriate answers, and then conduct drills with your personnel for each possibility.
Create and implement specific contingency plans so that your employees know what to do (and who to turn to) in unclear conditions or if you are unavailable for whatever reason.
The more thoroughly you plan ahead of time and prepare your team, the less likely something will go wrong in your absence. In this manner, you can ensure better consistency while on the road.
2. Look into potential problems.
As you prepare to go, research any potential obstacles you or your team may meet and establish a note of any potential dangers encountered. Make a plan to address each of them.
Consider taking some shorter road trips before embarking on a longer one to see how things play out. If everything goes well, you and your team will be more confident as you set long-term plans and goals.
3. Plan your technology requirements carefully.
Living on the road means you’re constantly in danger of technological mishaps. Dead batteries, dubious Wi-Fi, faulty SIM cards, or — horrors! — the blue screen of death on your laptop or phone.
It’s also worth noting that the older your equipment, the less likely you’ll be able to acquire internet access at all of the locations on your schedule. Prevent these blunders by taking care of your technology demands before you set off.
- Invest in extra batteries, chargers, and SIM cards.
- Buy an unlimited data plan. (Your company will thank you for hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars saved on date overages.)
- Plan to rent WiFi from a hot-spot company.
- Be sure your hot-spot capabilities work seamlessly across your devices.
- Buy a local SIM card. This can do wonders for accessibility and convenience.
- Set up cloud backup and storage that’s accessible from anywhere with Wi-Fi.
Remember that not every location you visit will have a Panera or a Starbucks on every corner. Bottom line: Always have a backup internet plan.
4. Make use of automated tools
The more you can automate, the more secure your company’s footing will be, and the more leisure time you’ll have to enjoy the activities that drew you to a nomadic existence in the first place.
Automation is unquestionably your ally. Use online platforms, applications, and other automated technologies to assist you with activities like scheduling, project management, logistics, and fulfillment.
Investigate communication solutions that allow you to contact staff, customers effortlessly, and vendors when on the road.
5. Schedule time for networking.
Working from home does not imply becoming a hermit. Even (or exceptionally!) as a digital nomad, networking and establishing relationships will always be essential factors in running a successful business.
Also being on the road provides a unique opportunity to meet folks you might not have met otherwise.
To improve brand visibility, plan to have a presence at numerous trade fairs and conferences. Allow remote employees to network for you in their home locations if you hire them. And, before assigning this vital role to any employee, be sure to teach them and provide them with a trade show checklist, so they know exactly what to accomplish.
6. Make time management a priority.
Any business owner must practice solid time management. Those who have mastered time management find it much easier to conduct their businesses from the road.
Consider all the time you spend traveling – sitting at an airport gate, flying for a few hours, RVing, or taking the bus from one destination to the next. Rather than sitting around doing nothing, make the most of your “down” time.
- Promote your business or catch up on social media.
- Type out that contract proposal.
- Pay your bills and vendor invoices.
- Schedule meetings and events.
- Shoot out your daily emails or touch base with your staff.
- Write anything that needs to be written.
Consider this: if you’re spending 2-4 hours in an airport, transfer that time into what you’d be doing if you were in the physical office. You may access the internet from any place as long as you have an internet connection.
Even if you don’t, you can write and edit correspondence, articles, white papers, and anything else you need to register before posting.
Other details to think about
Once you’ve decided to take your business on the road, you’ll want to make sure you tie up any loose ends before you go. Here are a few more things you should consider.
In addition to settling aspects for your business, you must also consider your personal life. Consider renting out your home or apartment as a holiday home if you own a home or rent an apartment.
Although the volume of mail for all of us has decreased dramatically in recent decades, there are still some kinds of mail (IRS notices, jury duty summonses, etc.) that you cannot afford to miss.
To deal with your postal load, make agreements with friends or relatives, rent a post office box, or investigate the option of a virtual mailbox.
It’s easy to forget, but you’ll still have to answer to Uncle Sam while you’re on the road. Keep close track of any company expenses you can deduct and estimate your taxes appropriately.
Taking your firm on the road can be one of the best business moves you make, especially if you believe your company’s growth is stalled and you need a new perspective. A change of scenery can boost your motivation, creativity, and access to new opportunities.
If you still have wanderlust but aren’t sure if you can handle it, schedule a few short trips to different regions and see how it goes. Chances are after you’ve experienced life on the road, you’ll never want to return to your workplace.
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