So I’m writing this post from sunny Bali in a little villa located in Seminyak and remembered a subscriber asking me how I prepared for a four month trip around Europe and Asia.
As an online entrepreneur, you’re given the freedom to work when, where and how you want. That’s the beauty. You don’t need to be stuck and “work from home”. You could be anywhere around the world and still make money online, given you’ve setup passive income streams!
Owning an online business is different to someone working at a job. An online business is your responsibility. There are certain things you can prepare ahead of time so make sure your online business still runs smoothly so that you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about your online business suffering.
Here are 10 tips I’d like to share with you if you’re planning to travel:
- Backup all your important data on an external hard drive. Even better, clone your entire hard drive so you have an exact image of it incase your laptop fails. Upload other necessary documents and files to the cloud using services such as Copy or Dropbox. Both work the same. That way you can access your important files using any computer by simply logging in via their website.
- Are you using Google’s 2-step verification? If so, make sure your mobile/cell phone’s international global roaming is enabled as you might need to receive a verification code when logging in from different countries. It works like your online banking. You need to sometimes receive a 6 digit code to verify a payment you send to someone. If you don’t want to enable global roaming, you can turn off Google’s 2-step verification. It’s located in your Google Account > Security settings.
- Systemize your processes and then have a virtual assistant do the tasks. You should already be doing this regardless of whether you’re traveling or not! If you’ve read The E-Myth, then you’re familiar with the concept of working ON your business instead of IN your business. You don’t want to wear all the hats in your business.
What I like to do is create procedures, manuals and documentation in a form of video tutorials or simply step by step guides posted on a password protected blog. I have a central staff center where my staff can simply login to view staff tutorials. This makes it easy and painless in the end.
- Schedule tasks, submissions, blog posts and newsletters in advance. Most platforms and apps such as WordPress allow you to schedule your post so that it can automatically publish on a given date and time.
Autoresponder services like AWeber allow you to schedule your newsletters, too. Take advantage of its features.
- Always look for accommodation that offers free Wi-Fi. Believe it or not, some hotels still charge you by the hour or by usage. It adds up especially if you’re going to stay for days. IN addition, some hotels only offer free Wi-Fi in certain areas of the accommodation like in the lobby.
- If you really need access to the Internet on the go, consider researching for local cell phone providers who can provide a sim card with data. I usually just access the Internet via Wi-Fi in my accommodation. Most popular cafes and malls provide free Wi-Fi. Last night I was at a local bar lounge overlooking the sea and they offered free Wi-Fi.
- Research on site restrictions and censorship in certain countries. If you’re heading to China, sites like Facebook and YouTube are blocked. I visited China two years ago and I was not prepared for site blockages, especially Facebook and YouTube. I was given advice by friends in China to use a proxy server to “mask” your location so that you can access all sites.
- Make sure your laptop battery holds charge. My MacBook Pro only holds an hour and a half battery when it’s not plugged. If I were to bring my laptop where it can’t be charged then it would die very quickly. Consider replacing your battery if you’re planning to take your laptop out frequently.
- Make sure your credit card(s) is/are valid if you have subscriptions tied to the card(s). The last thing you want is for your web host to suspend your account!
- Update your software, apps and operating system.
Some locations overseas don’t provide decent Internet speeds, plus you’ll most likely share the Wi-Fi with several others. Make sure to update your software such as security tools and even apps on your mobile.
Whether you’re going overseas or interstate, it’s always a good idea to prepare ahead to avoid wasting time.
Preparing an online business is different to leaving a job behind. Take the extra steps to systemize and create proper procedures to ensure your online business stays afloat and still runs without YOU.
Have you got a tip you’d like to share with us? Leave it in the comments box!