We live in the age of digital nomads. Advancements in communication technology make it possible for entrepreneurs to build distributed teams, travel the world and run a successful business—all at the same time.
Global business is the new normal. Many entrepreneurs are discovering the joys of running a business while living the life of their dreams. However, it is easy to lose focus when white sand beaches and panoramic rooftop views are a few steps away.
So here’s how to keep your business running smoothly when you’re globe trotting and hotel hopping.
1. Communicate with your team regularly
Let your team know about your travel plans well in advance. Make it clear that for the next few days or weeks, you will be working from a different location. Keep all channels of communication open while traveling.
Use tools like Slack for team messaging. Conduct group team meetings with Google Hangouts. Share regular updates on key projects underway and remain accessible to clients. Keep your team in sync. Don’t miss a beat.
2. Arrange for a comfortable stay
The right accommodations can make a world of difference. Whether it’s a condo in Playa del Carmen or apartment in Barcelona you’ll want to locate the right “home base.” Read reviews on sites like Tripadvisor and Airbnb. Your hotel or rental should inspire your creativity and provide an environment for maximum distraction-free productivity when needed.
3. Manage your time wisely
Jet setting across multiple time zones can be beneficial in many ways. Download a time zone app and keep track of local time in comparison to your team and key clients. Also plan your day to set aside “office hours” for the early morning or evening. Use the rest of your day to explore.
This disciplined approach will help you stay productive and manage expectations and accessibility. Ultimately, find the right balance between work and play; and ensure every day is productive.
4. Make connectivity a priority
Internet connectivity issues can be a major problem, especially in developing regions of the world like South America, Asia and Africa. Patchy internet connectivity, or none at all, can wreck havoc. Plan Wi-Fi and internet connectivity in advance.
Always have a backup plan. For example, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, if your Internet goes down, or you find yourself in a situation where a smartphone is your only connection to the web.
5. Make project management hassle-free
Some semblance of a routine is still necessary while you’re basking in the sun and checking emails from your hotel balcony. Make project management seamless and hassle free with tools like Trello, Basecamp and Wrike.
6. Dust off your elevator pitch
You never know who you’ll bump into during your travels. Mentally dust off your elevator pitch. Be able to share who you are, what you do and why in a few short seconds.
7. Find inspiration
There are many ways that travel can make you a better entrepreneur. Experiencing different cultures can be a transformational experience. A change of surroundings could be just what your business needs. Seek out inspiration in new and exciting places. A clear head, away from the usual distractions can boost your creativity.
Travel is a vital component of today’s business climate. A change of scenery can be a welcome break from the norm. Use these tips to ensure you don’t miss a beat, regardless of where you’re jetting off to next.
This article has been edited.
Dipti Parmar is the digital PR strategist and account manager at Preceptist and handles content marketing campaigns at E2M. She helps brands and individuals with their marketing while keeping their online reputation spotless. Connect with @dipTparmar on Twitter.