Three years ago, I jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship to build a marketing and design agency. Quitting my job on a whim, I looked at my bleak bank account and knew I would have to leave behind exorbitant New York rent until my finances got better.

I started thinking about how I could actually make startup life work. I remembered that I could rent an apartment in Spain for a few hundred dollars and used my remaining flight miles to book a one-way ticket to a small town a few hours from Madrid. 

After Spain came Romania, Israel, Japan, Korea, and a dozen other amazing places. I'm now back in New York, but I've run my business from every corner of the globe using a variety of tools. Here's how you can do the same:



1. Use a collaboration tool to keep your team connected. 

From designers to writers, the team I work with is based all around the world. To help collaboration run smoothly, we use a real-time chat application called Slack to be able to communicate quickly and share documents. To collaborate across time zones, there are many tools available including Microsoft Teams, Flock, Fleep, and Rocket Chat. 

Having these tools at your disposal will keep your business running smoothly no matter where you are. 

2. Get a phone that works anywhere. 

To talk to clients around the world, it's important to have a consistent phone number and data plan no matter where you are. I use Google Fi to keep my phone number accessible from around the globe. This made it easy to step off any tarmac and instantly have cell service. I also liked that in a pinch, I could tether the cell-phone service when I couldn't find Wi-Fi. Other tools I like to use for international calling include Skype and Google Hangouts. For client meetings, we also like to use UberConference where it's easy to present your screen and have a virtual meeting. 

3. Keep track of projects with a management tool. 

From client projects to taxes, on any given day there are a million pieces flying around. It can be hard to stay organized. To keep projects on track, schedule deadlines, and organize files, we use Trello, a project management tool. Project managment tools like Basecamp, ProofHub, and Workzone can also help you with your planning. No matter where you are around the globe, you can log into your cloud-based account to see what's happening under the roof of your business. 

The next time you grab your passport, keep these tools in mind to keep your business running smoothly. 

Published on: Feb 21, 2019
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