Many people (like you?) are attracted to the idea of being location independent and able to work from anywhere. But holding down a job, whether it’s one you’ve created for yourself or not, while being mobile isn’t necessarily easy. To keep it together and running smoothly, you have to be more on top of things than your average office worker.
When you work from anywhere, you need to really be able to work from anywhere. Yes, you need to be able to get the job done! Here’s a few tips for how to do just that:
1. Don’t hold your mail
This isn’t as big of a deal if you are an employee who has been given the go ahead to be location independent and work remotely. However, if you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, solopreneur, or something else along those lines, you need to be sure you (or someone you trust) is receiving and opening your snail mail!
If you have your mail held, you may be missing checks, tax notices, employment verifications, licensing reminders, legal notices, and all other sorts of stuff that shouldn’t be gathering dust in a post office over the course of a month. Of course, you will also be getting a bunch of shenanigans that doesn’t matter, but that’s neither here nor there. Just have this stuff forwarded to you, picked up by an assistant, scanned and forwarded by your virtual office, or some other solution that keeps your from missing something important.
2. Have a virtual office
Not only can a virtual office be helpful for receiving your mail, but it can be a good way to keep clients and/or your employer at ease with your digital vagabond lifestyle. This is a centralized address that can serve as a home base, even if you’ve never so much as seen the building where your digital home away from home is, and you can associate this address with any licensing and permits, tax documents, and more if you don’t have an actual “home” at the moment.
3. Have a virtual assistant
My virtual assistant has been with me for years, and I don’t know what I would do without her!
She keeps all of Team Impressa’s editorial calendars sorted, keeps track of payroll, logs billable hours, responds to queries, wrangles research, and so much more. Not only is this stuff helpful, but it lets me spend more of my working time focused on client work and larger initiatives for the company. Also, when I am traveling and working, I want to spend some time actually seeing the places I’m visiting, and by passing off some tasks, I suddenly have a little free time to see the sites.
4. Have a purpose
Or at least make it seem like you have a purpose if you don’t. If you are location independent and look like you’re basically on a permanent vacation (where pesky work occasionally gets in your way), you may make some folks jealous. And these folks who may get jelly could be your clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other folks who have some say over whether or not you get to make money.
While haters gonna hate, it’s a lot harder for them to do so if it doesn’t look like you are just lazing about aimlessly. You can say you are visiting family (thanks to that lunch you had with Aunt Mildred), taking night classes (courtesy of that week of wine courses), or visiting clients (because you totally did make that one office visit). You don’t want to lie, but you don’t want to shrug and say “whatever” when someone asks what you are doing–that will make you seem flippant and unreliable, which are two characteristics you don’t want in someone who works remotely.
5. Keep a schedule
You will probably see me talk about planning in every digital nomad tip post I produce. This is because you need to do some degree of planning to keep your location independent work life afloat.
There’s seriously cool shit to do everywhere you go! And regardless of how much you love your job, that ocean paddle boarding class, brewery tour, or artisan market will be pretty darn tempting. You don’t have to deny yourself the fun stuff, but schedule it in. Put awesome experiences on your calendar and schedule work around them. And if you live for spontaneity, leave a few blank spots on the agenda for whatever comes your way.