How to run your biz on the road: a guide to digital nomad life
Ever dreamt of being able to travel the world and run your biz at the same time? The world we live in – post-pandemic work habits and all that – has made that more possible than ever before. The great resignation and the rush towards online entrepreneurship has made that dream a reality for so many of us, and today, we want to break down the basics of remote work and the digital nomad lifestyle.
Planning is everything. By planning, we mean everything from your travel itinerary, to your stay, your finances and what will be happening in your business while you’re off discovering exotic new places. You need to organize yourself and put systems in place to track all of that.
- Your travel plans: check out Nomadlist before choosing your nomad location. This will give you a ton of information, like safety, weather, cost of living, wifi availability… For transportation, always make sure to book your flights/trains well in advance to pay the least amount possible. We recommend using SkyScanner to search the cheapest flight pathway and period and book around that instead of setting fixed dates (if you can). For accommodation, we can’t say this enough: prioritize the location and the comfort of your sleep quarters. A good night sleep in a central and safe neighborhood are priceless. Don’t cheap out on this, as your apartment/hotel will be where you sleep, eat, work and meet people. A cool website to discover is Nomad Stays, which allows you to select different parameters like island, mountain, co-living or even pet-friendly.
- Your biz plans: map out everything that’s on your plate on a daily basis – much like your usual schedule – but allow for longer breaks or ‘offline’ moments during the day when you know you’ll be travelling from place to place, squeezing in a surf session, or simply strolling around and enjoying some well-deserved downtime. Schedule all your client calls or client projects at the same time every day, so you know you can’t plan anything during those hours, but you can curate your schedule around that instead. Lastly, automate as much as you can: emails, social media posts, webinars… So your biz stays online even when you’re not.
Stay connected to people. Travelling can be stressful, and since your routine gets shaken up, it can be quite difficult to get things done, stay in touch with your team or reach out to new people.
- Schedule your catch ups: make sure you block out a time every day – or a few times a week depending on your workflow – to talk to your team, update them on the moving pieces or changes to all things business, or let your loved ones know how your adventure is going. First, it gives everyone peace of mind, and it keeps everyone accountable, including yourself. Slack is a very powerful tool for that: you can keep everything organized in one place, track your conversations and make sure everyone is up to speed on what’s happening.
- Mingling is the name of the game: try to meet new people IRL, join some Facebook groups, connect with digital nomads around you and build your network. Remember, travelling opens so many new doors to discover new cultures, connect with different people and enrich your life. By meeting all these people, you will broaden your horizons, grow as a person and supercharge your business at the same time.
Get out of your comfort zone. The whole point of being nomadic, travelling the world and discovering new places is to try new things, meet new people and do things differently than you would do them back ‘home’.
- Keep an open mind: try new dishes, take a surf lesson, go on a hike, learn a new language. New experiences are what makes the digital nomad lifestyle so worth it. Do things you wouldn’t have done if you were still where you started. I’m betting the reason you started travelling in the first place is because you wanted something new. So, go get it!
- Let your travel influence your work: I’ve personally lived on 4 different continents in 5 different countries, and the amount of multi-cultural experience I bring to my business is like no other. Everything you learn along the way becomes an asset you can leverage in your business and in your relationships with your clients. From culture, to work ethos, to art and society, it all comes together and create a multi-faceted melting-pot of inspirations that becomes your own and helps you stand out.
Are you ready to take your biz on the road? We want to hear from you. Join the conversation on social and let us know where you’ll be travelling to this year.
‘Til next time.