Right now I'm sitting at the Olso airport in Norway typing away my laptop. From answering client mails to working on my e-commerce store, it's been a productive wait for my flight. Over the past two and a half years, I've worked from airports and hotels all around the world while running two businesses.
If you're looking to ditch your traditional office too, here are three tips that will help you become an entrepreneur on the road.
1. Don't inconvenience your clients or customers--ever.
I'm often asked "Do your clients care that you're never in one spot?" One way I've helped assure clients that work will always be completed is by scheduling calls and check-ins on their time zones. Sometimes this means staying up past midnight to call or waking up early to Skype. This small sacrifice has allowed me to travel for 2.5 years while working with clients from Melbourne to Germany. It's important that your customers, clients, and employees know that you're committed to them no matter where you are in the world.
2. Always have backup Wi-Fi.
One lesson I've learned is that no matter how much you read Trip Advisor or Yelp in advance, Wi-Fi can and will break down. And, for someone who is often taking calls at 2 a.m., the lack of Wi-Fi could break my business. From a Google Fi phone that I can tether to a portable hotspot, I'm a few clicks away from getting back online wherever I go.
Before you head to a new location, it's recommended to both be diligent about reading accommodation reviews (Booking.com allows you to search accommodations by keyword-search "WiFi" and easily read praise or complaints) and ensuing that you have a backup plan for if the internet connection is on the fritz.
3. Travel on nights and weekends.
I've mentioned before that in two years, I've never taken a formal vacation. To be a digital nomad, it's important to work during the hours of your clients and customers. For this reason, whenever I'm traveling, I still work Monday through Friday, but take nights (or mornings depending on the time zone) and weekends to sight-see or book plane travel. By doing this, I've been able to keep my productivity from every corner of the globe.
No matter where you are, it's possible to not only run your business, but also grow it. By changing your sleeping patterns, always having consistent Wi-Fi, and traveling weekends, you can become a traveling entrepreneur too.