Isn’t it fun to work from home? You have your main computer, access to the internet, phone and all that. All you need is right there in your home office, you don’t have to worry about anything and you even take some things for granted.
When you go to Starbucks it’s not because you need to, it’s because you want to, because you enjoy it. You won’t lose a client if the local coffee shop doesn’t have free internet access.
But some of us are not full-time freelancers, some have day jobs that require travel, some are musicians, and some have a thing for airports (?).
Some of you already know I’m a musician, and I will eventually have to pack my bags and go on tour with my band. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately because I still want to freelance, I enjoy it – and when you’re on tour, you have some time to kill.
Whether you’re a musician, or you want to travel the world simply because it’s fun, what are the things you should you do before you leave?
Don’t Leave Your Clients In The Dark
While traveling it is very possible you will not be able to reply to e-mails right away and sometimes it may even take a day or two. First thing to do before you leave: tell your clients (they most likely helped finance that trip).
Let your current and regular clients know you plan you taking your business on the road, be honest. You may think it’s going to be transparent for them and they don’t need to know for as long as you deliver, but sooner or later you’ll miss a deadline because the closest Starbucks is a hundred miles away – you miss a deadline, you lose a client. Not fun.
Don’t get offended if some of your clients decide to give their business to someone else. They have deadlines too.
Outsource As Much As Possible
Say you’re like a lot of freelancers and work between 8 and 14 hours a day, or more… do you really think you’ll be able to get 14 hours of work down while on the plane or in transit? Not likely. You have to gradually cut down your hours and outsource some of your work. I went from 14-16 hours a day to around 8-10.
I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there, my goal is to cut this down to around 3-5 hours per day or less and still earn enough.
Send some design work to a friend, someone who you know will deliver and keep clients happy. Chances are your friend will return the favor one day. Also consider hiring a virtual assistant.
Streams Of Passive Income – Automation
I know too many freelancers who work crazy hours and yet don’t have any passive income streams. There are tons of ways to do it:
- Write an ebook
- Build a membership site
- Sell premium WordPress themes
- Sell images on iStockPhoto and other similar sites
- Find advertisers for your site(s)
There are a lot of other things you can do though, please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. :)
Why not set things up so you can work offline in case you can’t access the internet for a couple of days? Try it at home first, disconnect your internet for just a day or two. Can you live without it for even just 1 day? If you didn’t get any work done, and you got hundreds of e-mail in your inbox the next day maybe it’s about time you hire a virtual assistant.
- Save your e-mail replies as drafts and send them when you can access the internet.
- Make sure you have everything you may need on your laptop so you can work offline.
What Would You Do?
In case traveling the world isn’t your thing, you can still outsource some of your work and build passive income streams. It won’t hurt. :)
What else should you do before you take your business on the road? Any tips or advices you can share with us would be greatly appreciated. Are you a traveling freelancer?