7 Pitfalls To Prepare For When Traveling With Your Business

By Yaro Starak
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Traveling Pants and SuitcaseAs many of you know I’ve been traveling for most of 2008, having left my home in Brisbane Australia back in April. As I type this I’m on the European leg of a worldwide journey, sitting in an apartment in Amsterdam.

My European travels have really highlighted some of the unique challenges you face when attempting to run a business and enjoy yourself no matter where you are in the world. The reason why it has been especially unique in Europe is because of how much moving around I am doing. Literally each week I am in a different city, which makes for fun times, but also means I am in a constantly changing environment.

As a result of my experiences I’ve learned quite a lot about traveling with an Internet business, some of which I’d like to share with you now.

Here are seven things you should consider if you decide to travel with your business…

1. Expect The Unexpected When Renting

Renting apartments offers superior accommodation often at rates as affordable or cheaper than hotels, however you don’t always get what you expect.

Whenever I’ve planned to be in a city for at least week, or whenever possible, I’ve looked for apartments to rent short term. Apartments offer more room, a real kitchen and let you live like a normal person in the city you are visiting.

Unfortunately you never know what you are going to get with an apartment. Photos and descriptions offer some insight into where you might be spending a week or two, but until you get there you never really know. I’ve been pleasantly surprised and at times, quite disappointed with how an apartment turns out. Vancouver was awesome but New York was terrible. Both looked excellent on paper and in photos.

What’s critically important when choosing an apartment is you ask for what you need to run your business, as well as your life. Part of why New York was not good was because the Internet was unreliable. When running a business you need good net access.

Right now in Amsterdam I made the mistake of not checking whether the apartment has a landline telephone, which it doesn’t, and I need to do a group teleconference call with my members this week. I’m going to have to try and do it over Skype instead, which can be hit and miss for connectivity.

Make a checklist of things to ask before renting an apartment so you cover your basis and then just cross your fingers and hope for the best, but be prepared to function in less than ideal situations and have contingency plans too.

2. Prepare Where You Will Live In Advance

Continuing the accommodation theme, when traveling through different cities with short time frames prepare your living arrangements in advance.

When I arrived in the UK I only had three days in Glasgow before heading to Edinburgh. Perhaps I was foolish, or maybe just tired because of jetlag (that going east from North America to the UK jetlag is a killer!), but I never got around to planning where I would stay in Edinburgh until the day I actually arrived.

Here I was at 6 PM in the evening, with my luggage, sitting at a net cafe phoning apartments up to see if they were available for immediate occupancy. I managed to find a place that turned out to be okay. It wasn’t the cheapest though.

As always, planning in advance works best and gives you the most flexibility and choice. Now I try and arrange my next destination accommodation during the first few days in the city I’m staying in before I move to the next city, rather than the day before I’m due to leave or the day arriving in the new city.

You can outsource this task too, however I found that apartment shopping is a ridiculously personal thing and deciding what’s good for you is not something that is easy for others to do. This is particularly an issue if you are like me – fussy about certain things like beds and of course business requirements such as Internet access.

If you are not so fussy, creating a list of accommodation requirements and then handing it to a person to do online research for you to come up with a shortlist of apartments for you to choose from, is a very good idea.

3. Have A Computer Back-Up Plan

Have a back-up plan for computer failure. Regardless of what kind of business structure you have, chances are you will be doing everything for your business on a laptop and you don’t want to rely only on that laptop or you will suffer from “all your eggs in one basket” syndrome.

Everything critical to my business is remote from my laptop. This is great because if the laptop dies, you can head to a net cafe and do what you need to do through Gmail and Skype, or whatever tools you need to use to run your business.

A regular back-up routine is a good idea too of course. I have a Macbook Pro and travel with a hard-drive that I use with the “time machine” function in Mac OS, which has to be one of the best backup solutions for local files since it replicates your entire computer.

4. Don’t Be The Main Cog In Your Business

Don’t have anything too time critical in your business that can’t be done by other people. Traveling around means lots of unexpected things happen and when it does, usually the first thing that suffers is the time you have available to work.

I’ve been sick a couple of times this year, the kind of sick that leaves you in bed not really wanting to do anything else but focus on recovery for a day or two (probably due to all the funky things I’ve been exposed to on planes, trains and buses). Thankfully since I’ve been in apartments my surroundings for recovery have been good, but more importantly I haven’t felt stressed that my business will fall apart without me.

You need to know at the very least the critical elements of your business that need attention every day, are dealt with without a dependency on you. In my business customer service is important every day so I have help with that. Other important tasks, like writing new blog posts or email newsletters and email correspondence that only I can deal with, can go for days without my attention, if life dictates time away from the computer.

I’ve structured my business deliberately in this way and made certain choices about how I work in order to create these freedoms. While I choose how much I work for most days of the year, sometimes that choice is made for you by external elements, often unexpected things like illness, or family or personal issues, that must be attended to before work. While traveling you tend to face more unexpected things, so freedom from your business is even more critical.

5. If Your Business Demands Time, Stop Traveling

If you are planning anything major that requires significant commitment of your time, plan your trip so that you stop somewhere for long enough to live a stable life.

In July I relaunched Blog Mastermind. This required creating new video content, preparing a launch strategy, communicating with lots of people and generally doing a lot more than I usually do on a day to day basis. As a result, I planned my trip to have a full two months in Toronto, which allowed me to live like a normal person with a routine, work on my project during the week and travel around acting like a tourist on weekends.

You know you run a truly global business when you can coordinate an entire product launch from any place that you have good net access. We’re lucky today we have all the tools that the World Wide Web provides us, so you can do a lot without being in a certain place at a certain time. Obviously this requires your business structure is something that can travel with you, but that’s a whole other topic already well covered in the archives of this blog.

6. Don’t Say Yes To Every Project or Promotion

This might be the hardest piece of advice for entrepreneurs or those of you addicted to money – take on less than you would usually.

During the past few months I’ve said “no” to more projects and more opportunities than ever before. I’ve also not written about many things on this blog or in my email newsletter. Of course by doing this I’m also forgoing a lot of money and my business is not growing as fast as it could be, but you need to slow down if you want to have the time to enjoy everything you are experiencing while you travel.

Traveling with your business shouldn’t be spent with 10 hours a day in front of your laptop in a different city each week. You may as well stay home and work and save the money you spend on travel and accommodation if that’s how you intend to work while overseas. You can create certain efficiencies within your business structure to free up time, but at some point you need to make a deliberate choice not to do something in order to free up your time and your mind so you can relax and enjoy your new surroundings.

I spend most nights doing “status quo” work on my business, just like I am doing right now writing this blog post. I’ll spend one to three hours each day, maybe write a blog post, respond to some emails, coordinate the one major new thing I’m working on, but that’s it. Sure I’m thinking a lot about what new projects I want to do, but they are in the pre-planning stage, ready for action when I return home to Australia.

7. Don’t Let Money Be An Issue

Watch your cashflow and/or plan to have “nest eggs” to live off as you travel. Europe is expensive. North America can be affordable and most of the rest of the world can be very cheap (maybe not Japan), if you are coming from a country with a strong currency (that’s a seriously subjective matter nowadays!).

You know where you are traveling to and can do research to prepare for how much things cost, but you never really know until you get there. I personally like a bargain, but I’m not a backpacker. I don’t want to spend all my time looking for the absolute cheapest accommodation, food and things to do, and I want to be okay with spending money to avoid any problems and make my trip as comfortable as I can. Of course I don’t want to blow the budget either.

We all have our own self-imposed “limits” when it comes to how much money we spend. Thankfully the Internet provides many tools we can use that makes the search for what we consider affordable easier, but as always with travel, expect to spend more than you plan to.

There’s going to be hidden fees and all those unexpected circumstances that pop up. If that means you spend more on an apartment than you want to because you were poor with your planning (a mistake I’ve made), or food costs more than you expect, or a last minute flight costs five times more than you want to pay – whatever the reason – you don’t want the idea of that or the chunk it takes from your budget to ruin your whole trip. This is a mindset issue and a reality based on how much money you have.

To help deal with this situation you can rely on one or both of two things –

I had the luxury of both the above benefits. I’ve got savings built up from selling websites during the past two years and cashflow from my current business, which requires minimal effort to maintain beyond the two to three hours of work I do each night.

If you read my blog from start to finish you might have an idea how I’ve managed to do this, but obviously it’s not “simple” but the idea that you need to have money saved up and/or cashflow coming in while you travel in order to enjoy your trip should be obvious.

An Internet business provides a great avenue to create the conditions to travel without needing to think like a backpacker and be comfortable with spending money to enjoy yourself, within your own limitations.

Personally I would never have left on this trip without knowing that if push came to shove I could spend money to help deal with whatever situation came my way. On top of this, when I check my bank balance I’m still making more than I spend, so I know the system is working despite my travels and even though I turn down many opportunities.

In your case you need to look at your own business cashflow, your systems and your savings and decide whether you are ready to travel or determine what needs to happen in order to become ready.

I hope this article has helped to highlight a few of the issues you need to consider and I wish you best of luck with your travels if you manage to pack yourself up, with your business, and see the world.

What Would You Like To Know?

I’d appreciate your feedback on the topic of travel and business. I’m planning a report on this subject and it helps to have a feel for what people really struggle with. Is it the money? Is it creating systems to leave your business? Is it figuring out how to travel and work at the same time?

Let me know what specific concepts you would like discussed as comment replies to this post and I’ll answer in future resources I release from this blog.

Yaro Starak
Business Traveler

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  • Just off the top of my head, I am thinking a solution to the problem of figuring out what to expect in an apartment might be to call some residents of the apartment using their yellow pages number and it also lets you know how friendly and nice your friends will be too.

    I guess some questions I would have are:
    a) How to get to the situation where its a 100% passive and we can fully disconnect from work and go into a society and fully experience it for months at a time without worrying about it?
    b) How to make sure one always has spare money to spare when they are abroad? (should they carry credit cards, spare cash, how do they know what they need)
    c) The bare minimum things that someone needs to travel with.
    The big question though for me is definitely a) though, so that someone can fully disconnect from the rat race and immerse themselves in activities for months at a time without worrying about when and where money will come from.

    Hope this helps.

  • It sounds to me like there may be a niche website waiting to happen that connects travelers with apartments for rent.

    I know these exist in local markets; for instance, my in-laws rented an apartment in Jerusalem a month or so ago, having found it via a site based in Jerusalem.

    Interesting to think how those local sites (which of course have the advantage of being able to physically check out the properties) could be aggregated into a central clearing house.

  • I try to keep a workout schedule going whenever I travel. I am a runner so it is easy to throw a pair of sneakers. When sneakers are too much to fit, a pair of sports sandals is enough for an exercise bike in the hotel “gym.”

    Another great way to get exercise is at the airport. Time permitting (and if possible), I try to walk rather than take the transport from one terminal to another.

  • When you say apartment, do you mean more like a serviced apartment? I think for just a week, you can do better off with just staying in a regular hotel, but that’s just me.

    I am meeting more and more people traveling who are working on the internet for a living. Copywriters, SEOs etc. It is great sharing travel and making money online tips.

  • Zsolt

    Hi Yaro,

    Thanks for the article. Do I need to say that I envy you? :) Being able to travel a lot is one of my dreams and one of the reasons I try to build my own business. Hopefully, one day I can life a similar life to yours.

    For me, I’d like to learn more about how to set up a business properly to allow you to live a traveler’s lifestyle. What kind of business strategies do you need to implement to automatize your business and cashflow?

    Looking forward to your new report.

    Zsolt

    P.S.: By the way, if you do happen to visit Hungary anytime during your travels, let me know. I’d be happy to show you around and help to make your stay enjoyable.

    • Hi Zsolt,

      My husband and I have been to Hungary 15 times since he took me to Europe for the first time in 2000. We train real estate agents and managers and visit family while there. Where do you live? We have family in Budapest, Miscolz, Manfa (just outside of Pecs) and some other towns that I have no idea how to spell. I would love to hear back from you. Are you in Yaro’s Mastermind program?

      Hope to meet you on some future trip. Sharon Beck

  • Hey Yaro, good post

    I like the parts about expecting the unexpected, arranging living situations in advance, and knowing when it is right to travel and when it is not. Good tips.

    As far as advice, I would like to know how you can continue to stay so focused and still enjoy yourself at the same time. What is your work schedule like when traveling?

  • BTW all week when i comment I am recieving an error when I post the comment that says “stack overflow and line ***” just thought you should know.

  • Zsolt

    Hi Yaro,

    Interesting post, thank you. Needless to say I envy you so much for having such a lifestyle. Travelling a lot is one of my dreams, and one of the reasons why I want to start my own business.

    For me, I’d like to learn more about the type of business model one should follow in order to be able to create and maintain such a degree of freedom that you have in your life. What kind of strategies should one implement to achieve this?

    I am looking forward to your new report!

    Zsolt

    P.S. If you ever happen to visit Hungary during one of your travels, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to show you around and help you with anything.

  • Hi Yaro,

    A great post full of interesting tips, as usual.

    One thing I always check out before travelling to another country is what kind of voltage and plugs they use there. For instance, in the US they use 110 Volts, where in Europe 220 Volts is the standard. And still, the UK uses different plugs then they do on the mainland. This way I know what kind of adater Ineed to buy at the airport, if any, so all my electronic gadgets can keep on working.

  • I’ve noticed that you’ve traveled mostly to major cities with the infrastructure you need (broadband or wireless Internet or Internet cafes) already in place.

    One thing I would like to see you explore is how one conducts an online business from rural or remote areas?

    Also, as astounding as this sounds, I don’t have a laptop. My online business is still in its very early days. If nothing else, I travel very light. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    So, when I travel, I log on at public libraries and have used the hotel business centers. If I’m in rural America, there’s no Internet cafe within miles and the little hotel/motels don’t have business centers, but the county usually has a public library. Granted, I don’t input any financial stuff and I clear my history, but I still always wonder about the security of using someone else’s machines.

    Good luck with the new report.

  • Did you have any lost luggage experience? How did you cope?

  • Yaro,

    What a great post. This is actually a goal of mine as well. I want to be able to travel to other cultures and gain a greater perspective, sharing my experiences/enlightenment with others through my blog as I travel. I truly believe that part of experiencing life to it’s fullest is getting out and traveling beyond your borders.

    One question I have is – when traveling long-term, from one climate to another, how do you pack for multiple climates while keeping luggage to a minimum? I don’t really want to have to return home only to repack, so I am trying to decide how to be efficient, when in the past…I have not been known to be the most efficient packer. Ha.

    PS I have been following your twits/pictures on Twitter, living vicariously through your stories.

    Sheila
    http://www.livewell360.com

  • Yaro,
    Great insights. As a woman who has been wandering the USA on and off for the past year–Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, North Carolina–and trying to work online, I have a few bits to add. I have been trying to watch my budget carefully, not having the cushion Yaro has, but not having a home anymore either. I’ve rented furnished places in St. Augustine, Boulder and Taos, otherwise I’ve stayed in hotels or with friends and family. The furnished rentals vary tremendously and are usually not much cheaper than a standard hotel, but they are cheaper than a residential style hotel. It is great to be able to spread my stuff out (I have been travelling with three computers and two printers and three cameras) and keep a refrigerator stocked with Diet Coke.
    Highspeed internet access is a HUGE issue in the smaller cities, especially if, like me, you are uploading graphics or need the efficiency of surfing quickly. Many landlord companies do not understand what HIGH SPEED is and it still isn’t availabe everywhere. My mom’s dial-up internet, for instance, spikes at a whopping 14kps! Totally useless, but people without highspeed just don’t conceive of the difference it makes.
    I have taken my laptop into some hotels and apartments and tried out the wireless before taking the apartment, or demanded my money back when it was only a trickle of service.
    Using libraries for internet access is an option, but they don’t all have high speed internet and some limit you to one hour of access on their computers! I had my laptop confiscated by a desk sergeant in Florida! Many rural libraries are only open five-six days a week and close at five pm, which is hard on us nightowls. I have driven as much as thirty miles to a library with decent internet. I’ve also sat in a lawn chair in the corner of a back yard getting a trickle of access from a borrowed password from someone with a pirated signal when all else failed.
    I broke down and got a $60/month access card from AT&T, but it’s a joke, especially since I have a MacBook Pro and the set up is all geared for pc users! No one at the store knew how to install it! The AT&T guys told me it maxes out at about 1 Mb/second.
    Safety is another big issue to me and not too easy to discern from websites. I have no idea how one could call other residents to get safety info; asking the landlord and checking online sites and forums helps as well.
    My biggest recommendation for traveling comfortably is to take your own pillow! With a good night’s sleep, you can figure most everything else out, even if it is to pack up and move on!
    Debra

  • Great post Yaro! It has been a while since I have commented here so I thought it would be a great chance to ask my questions.

    What kind of price were/are you paying a week for your apartments that you are renting? Obviously finding the sweet spot close to the price of a hotel but with more features is important.

    Do you have your travel planned out ahead – plane flights, train rides, etc? Or are you leaving this until the week before you head to that city?

  • Anthony E. Russell

    Yaro,

    I look forward to reading your posts and wish you safe travel on your journey.

    It would be great to get your insights on conducting marketing research for a potential business.

    Best,
    Anthony

  • Wow its great to see that you are traveling so much, these tips really do come in handy when you are constantly moving from one city to another. It must be really fun to travel and still work at the same time

    • I think that many people like to travel without work. -)

  • Remote access is what I have been using. It is, indeed, critical that you don’t just have everything on a laptop that you travel with. If it gets stolen or broken you’re doomed. With the modern technology remote access can be easily setup and often for free as well. Great article.

  • Great post!
    i’m new to this blog, and this is a pleasantly surprising first experience.. I especially liked point “4″ I completely agree, you can’t be the sole constructive or creativ force in your business. Not only do you need things to run smoothly when you’re not around, you need to be able to retire at some point!! :)

  • Great great way to work. Traveling and working at the same time, what will be as cool as that?

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  • Anya

    I’m curious about the visa – if you have an online business that you take with you, do you go to places (for example the US) with a tourist or a business visa?

  • hehe..when will we be travelling together? come to malaysia :)

  • Yaro, this topic is inspirational , these comments will be seriously considered when I can travel. I would really like to see so much of Australia, can’t afford it yet . Travelling in out of the way places poses communication problems , Aarons comments are good advice.
    Looking forward to more comments .

    John http://www.blacktienoni.com

  • I like the part about not worrying about not being a backpacker worrying about how much everything costs – that’s the way I was when I first started traveling a bit over 10 years ago, now I make enough to travel well all year long. It is a big difference but I still head down to the backpacker areas and grab a 15 buck a night hotel sometimes just for old times sakes

  • This was really inspirational Yaro. But frankly speaking not all bloggers will find the same chance in their entire blogging career. It is all about vision and having a sound business model.

  • I think this is a very useful articles on travel and business. I read this article on one blog. However, the article was less detailed than this. While I am not going to work during the trip. But I remember all these tips are mandatory.

  • Just thought of another question. How do you structure your days so that you get in an adequate number of pillar articles per week, keep up with your mastermind groups, answer emails and comments, etc all while taking in all that each city has to offer? Would be great to get your perspective and hear your experiences for a typical day/week other than when you had to stop in Toronto.

    Sheila
    http://www.livewell360.com

    • I usually do work in the evenings or first thing in the morning after breakfast up to just before lunch and then head out for the afternoon and evenings.

      Obviously you need to plan for certain things like conference calls or interviews, but that’s just a case of keeping your calendar up to date.

      If you are the kind of person like me who enjoys working, the balance between about 3 hours of work and the rest of the day doing other things works really well.

  • You’ve given very helpful tips for the constantly moving business traveler. While I do not have any plans to travel the way that you are traveling, I find it absolutely fascinating. How exciting for you to experience this! Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading this blog.

  • Thanks for your tips! I’ll keep them in mind as I travel this weekend.

  • Yaro

    This is a challenge I often face, traveling to Europe from the U.S. several times a year. Internet access is key, preferably in the hotel or apartment you are staying in. A cell phone is also critical. Here in the U.S., travelers abroad must activate their cell phones for international service through their providers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile). Keep in mind that the international rates can be very pricey ($1 a minute and up). Skype is a much better option when traveling but make sure you have SkypeOut minutes so that you can call land lines.

    Most power sources from the U.S. work, at least in Europe, with a simple plug converter. Read the really fine print on your transformers and power sources. You will often see that these devices indicate the line voltage from 110-240 volts. If you see that, all you need is a prong converter and you are set.

    I try to keep it fun whenever I can. I tell people that if there is an Internet connection on the moon, I can work there. For instance, on a nice day recently, I took a U.S. conference call from a bench in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Another time to my surprise, while traveling in the back of a truck in the mountains of central Turkey my cell phone rang. It was the plumber working on my house in the U.S.

    I try to NOT let technology frustrate me in my travels. A little pre-planning and some improvisation along the way and things usually work themselves out.

  • I was just wondering if you don’t miss your family! You spent so much time away from home, and I am yet to get convinced that recent technology can actually make-up for lack of physical contact. Just curious. I enjoyed the post.

  • Yaro, it intrigues me. Why don’t you respond to comments where clearly the commentators hope that you would?

    • Hi Nicole – You will see if you read through the articles in my blog that I respond to many comments, not all of them mind you as that would take much of my day and is certainly not a productive task in terms of moving my business forward.

      This article you left your comment on ended with me asking a question of my readers as to what questions they would like answered regarding traveling overseas with a business. Hence most of the comments are questions.

      I haven’t answered these as I intend to respond to them, at least those that I think are relevant to the majority, in future resources, which I mentioned in the article.

      I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear and I can understand how reading through all these comments without my response might make me look a little rude.

      With so many questions it’s often best to respond in an article anyway, which generally is more widely read than comments to an article, so I’d actually suggest to bloggers that they respond with a new article rather than in comments if a lot of questions surface in response to one article. That’s a great way to create new content for your blog.

  • Yaro,

    Fabulous post. If you ask me, I coulda guessed that Vancouver would rock and New York would suck…That’s how it is every time I visit those towns!

    I love your post about the new features of aweber too…really brings home the value in upgrading to the new features.

    Regards,

    Dave

  • Omar Yesid Mariño

    I hope, some day, I can travel abroad while I am working like you. I feel envy. :)

  • Yaro,

    The lifestyle you are living in is a dream for many people, including me :)

    At the moment, I can’t afford traveling, due to family and business issues, but one day (hopefully in the near future) I will be able to do what you did, at least in your blogging and traveling ways :)

    Thanks!

  • Yaro,

    Great post. I cant’ afford traveling, because I have a family, pets and an offline business I started this year. But one day I’ll do what you did and travel all over the world.

    By the way. Are you traveling to Switzerland too? I’m living in Switzerland and would be pleased to help finding an appartment and we may meet each other one day?

    Daniel

  • great,
    I had figured some of these issues during my Asia Discovery over the past 2 years but this post was a complete list of issues anyone might face

  • Probably the most important thing in the list is the backup.

    Eventhough, when I’m not traveling, I always like to keep a backup of everything I have. It’s quick and safe.

  • Thanks for this wonderful article, just wanted to tell you that i have an experience with the tips #5 which is really frustrated me when i had to travel to Singapore for some observation while i myself can’t leave my blog to updated and giving more heads up. The tips #6 also helpful for those who can’t say no to every offer cause you need to focus only to one thing, cause you just can’t handle more than 2 – 3 thing aren’t you?!

  • Great post! I will begin testing a similar lifestyle by the end of 2009 and am working on getting all the ducks in a row! Thanks for your insights and inspiration. The web has totally changed the world and most are still living in the industrial age!!!

  • I found this site from a colleague and find it to be amazing. I run a small computer consulting business in Los Angeles, California and frequently travel. There are so many things to consider and I am learning that being a good leader is the most important of all. One of the readers commented about staying focused and this is probably the hardest factor of all for me to control. On the one hand I can usually easily disconnect from work and have a good time if I am on vacation. On the other hand I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things when I return if I have successfully disconnected. So sometimes I choose to not disconnect too much so that when I return to work I dont have such a hard time getting back into the groove. One thing is for sure, having a good IT infrastructure is of the utmost importance. Luckily this is my business. I am looking to help more people with this. If any of you out there need some help with your IT please let me know.

    Robert Portillo
    http://www.lapcfixer.com

    Thanks to all of you for helping me learn to be a better business person.

  • One thing I learned about traveling is to only use the laptop to connect remotely – never use the laptop that you’re traveling with to hold anything of value. It’s so easy to lose or break your laptop when traveling.

    I’ve also learned that hotel connections are sometimes pretty awful, so I always have a backup way to connect. As a last resort, I’ll use the blackberry tethered as a modem, but my wireless card has been my best investment.

  • cat

    I lioked the point about back up plan very smart , not too loose necesary information, I do the same

  • Yaro, there is one thing in that post which really caught my attention, and that’s your comment about your backup system.

    Traveling or not traveling, I know that this is something I really need to get set up and running. I’m beyond clueless on the whole subject! I tried to research it at one point, but I got confused somewhere and it died. I lost a lot of data a few months ago – scans – because I copied it to a disk in a hurry and then deleted it, later to find out that it hadn’t copied. I couldn’t recover it at all because they were all jpegs. This was a side-affect of travel to a degree because I was in a rush, packing and preparing for a flight, and I slipped up.

    I would be very interested to know about good backup solutions! Especially something that could be done automatically regularly. But if you use Mac, you might not know what’s right for PC users. Just a thought though.

  • Number 7 is a good point. Obviously if work online then you can pretty much travel and work, but if you need to spend the majority of the day on your laptop, then there’s no point to travel.

    I guess you’d really need to be at the stage where your business is semi-automatic to be able to travel with your business quite comfortably and enjoy the fun at the same time.

  • BTW all week when i comment I am recieving an error when I post the comment that says “stack overflow and line ***” just thought you should know.

  • Really good point about don’t be a cog in your main business.

    Whenever I’m out of the office I have to delegate super effectively. I write up the plans but mostly I try to have folks run things by the credo or principles.

    The wonderful thing you get reminded on the road is — wherever you go, you take you with you, and your skills are your best asset.

  • How long did you stay in each place? Must have been awhile since you had to rent a place. I have always wanted to travel and have that give me an income as well, like “Lara Croft” and have her on by my side as well wink-wink.
    So how do you deal with being the main cog in your business? I know you have a customer service person, but they aren’t really you; they have different ideas and writing styles that your readers might catch the difference. Then what if you didn’t have that person, they too might be sick or you just didn’t have them what then?

  • Dan

    That is a lot of good advice there Yaro, traveling and making money is a lot of fun but the most important thing is the philosophy behind doing it and having a businesses philosophy that will allow for it.

    If you have to work staying put for a while is just what you have to do, just try do it somewhere you actually like. That said if you find yourself having to stop somewhere longer than expected too often you’ll need to address that so that whatever those issues are can be dealt with by someone else of more efficiently.

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  • I loved the part about computer backup. As an IT company I think this is the most important thing! This blog was great, thanks so much for sharing.

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