Being location independent is one of the main positives of having my business. I am able to work from wherever. All I really need in order to work is my laptop and safe wi-fi.
While being location independent is a great thing, it can be hard at times to actually get work done.
Here are my five tips for managing a job and working on the road:
1. Have a plan before you leave.
Before you set out for the road, you should have some sort of plan. While it’s not a necessity, it can make the whole being location independent a little bit easier if you have a plan for what exactly is going on.
You might want to think about:
- How you will make money.
- How much cash you will save up before you leave.
- How long you will travel for.
- What you will do for insurance.
- Whether someone will be traveling with you or not.
- What your budget will be each month.
2. Travel slowly.
Everyone likes to travel differently, but if you want to be able to work and travel at the same time, one of my best location independence tips is to travel slowly. The actual transportation part of traveling can eat up a lot of time, and it can be very expensive.
Instead, enjoy each place you visit more. This means instead of spending just one or two days going to each location, maybe spend a week, a month, or even a year in each place.
3. Make sure you have everything you need in order to work.
Before I leave on any trip, I go through a checklist of everything I need to bring with me. Yup, I am a mega dork, but it helps calm any stress I have about forgetting something at home.
I also make sure I have everything I need wherever I am traveling. This means I always make sure that wherever I am staying HAS to has fast wi-fi. That’s really my only requirement. I won’t stay anywhere that doesn’t have wi-fi in the room, even if there is wi-fi in the lobby – that’s just not good enough.
Some things you may need when traveling (of course, it’s all dependent on what exactly you do):
- Wi-fi or some way to get internet.
- Carrying bag for everything.
- Passport, license, visa, etc.
- Journal, pens, paper.
- Video and/or voice recorder.
- Business cards.
4. Adjust when you need to.
When traveling and working, you need to remember that everyone travels differently. What may work for someone else may not work for you. So, as you are traveling, it is definitely okay to switch up what you are doing.
For example, in the beginning, you may find that traveling quickly works for you, as time goes on you may find it harder and harder to manage work at the same time. You then might want to look into adjusting your travel plans to make location independence work better for you.
Another way to adjust would perhaps be to have a home base if traveling becomes too stressful or if you are missing home. No, you are not calling it quits. Sometimes being at home every now and then is just what someone needs. I like to stop traveling every so often so that I can go home and relax on my own couch and sleep in my own bed.
5. Have fun!
Don’t forget that you are traveling and working at the same time for a reason. Try to have some fun while you are traveling, and remember that everyone travels differently.
Enjoy the wonderful places you are visiting! You can also try using Evolution Business Systems to make your life a little easier.
Is being location independent something you are striving for? Why or why not?