Location Free Entrepreneur is someone who can operate the business from ANYWHERE they want.
Do you enjoy traveling?
Maybe you want to start attending conferences?
The secret to being an effective location free entrepreneur is PLANNING.
Don’t be fooled by pretend Location Free Entrepreneurs who tell you to just go with the flow….. To be an effective Location Free Entrepreneur means you can run your business from any location and the quality of customer service, consistency in message and your business does not suffer due to your location. Just packing your laptop and checking your emails once is just someone checking in on a holiday is NOT a Location Free Entrepreneur.
If you are one of the ever growing number of online entrepreneur, internet plays a big part in your daily operation of your business, no matter where you are operating from. From social media, blogging, client relations, accounts to servicing your tribe and growing it.
It is essential to have a plan for internet access if you rely on it for your business.
You can find internet options available in different areas by contacting local tourist associations and most accommodation facilities can let you know your options.
Check if the country you are traveling to has any internet restrictions, and develop a plan to work around that (eg: masking your IP address).
Always have a backup plan. Don’t rely on just one option, because if that is not available or poor signal it can affect aspects of your business.
I am sure the number 1 most forgotten item on any trip is the power chargers :- mobile, laptop, camera (battery charger), electronic devices – and if the charger manages to make it to your location it is also commonly left behind at the airport or hotel room.
Pack 2 of all the essential charges to prevent issues if you loose one while in transit. It can be extremely hard to find a new laptop charger in some locations.
Invest in portable power pack – great for charging devices on long trips or when you might have have access to a power point. Great when you are using your phone all day on social media (especially at conferences).
When you are away travelling you want to be enjoying yourself not slaving away at your computer. Putting systems in place that help streamline processes in your business / blog are a great way to claim back some free time.
Below are some examples of ways you can gain more time:-
Ensure that all your business / blog files are easy to access from any location at any time. It is also important to ensure that you can access these from any device (just in case your devices are stolen, or you need to use another device).
Dropbox – Dropbox allows you to store files on a cloud based server, can be accessed from any device. However the device you are accessing them from needs to have the program that the file is made in to open or change it.
Google Drive – Allows you to create documents, store documents online. Great if you are accessing from different devices as you don’t need any additional programs installed if you are using Google programs to create documents, it also allows you to know that the current version is the latest as you can operate straight from the Google Drive no downloading and uploading of files, and more then one person can work on it at the same time.
Asana – A task management program but also allows you to store files, systems and process and connect with clients through messages that you can access on your phone or have emailed to you.
Skype – Accessible using internet connection (so no more international roaming charges to make a phone call or receive messages). You can also log into Skype and call from a internet browser without needing to download the program.
Facebook – You can do video calls through Facebook, and also private message.
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