Have you dreamed about being a mobile entrepreneur? Working for yourself from anywhere? Combining your business with travel? So have I!
I consider myself fairly road-worthy as a mobile entrepreneur. I can work from either one of our homes and frequently work from hotels. But now I've set myself the challenge of paring down what I have to carry with me to be mobile. I've been updating my technology and business systems.
Traveling light while being able to fully work with my clients and run the back end of my business is my goal for 2016 and 2017. Here's a few quick tips if you want to work from anywhere.
- Forget working from a ship if you need constant Internet access. Ship to shore internet is sketchy at best and horribly expensive. The way to work around it is to schedule your Internet access when the ship is docked using your own hot spot or local Internet cafes.
- Travel with a back up wifi source that you control – your own hot spot. Don't rely on often-slow hotel wifi.
- If you're using hotel wifi use an anti-snooping VPN (Virtual Private Network) to keep what you're doing private.
- Create documents and spreadsheets using Google drive or upload to Dropbox (or a similar program) – don't keep anything on one device's storage. In essence use your device as a “dummy” computer.
- Upload photos to a cloud system – Dropbox, iCloud, or other.
- Take chargers that plug into the wall, not your device because iPads and other mobile devices don't have additional USB ports for charging. Make sure you have adapters to use any type of electrical system.
- Buy a portable charger such as the Anker Portable Charger to use on planes and places you can't plug in.
- Ditch your laptop or MacBook for a state-of-the-art tablet like the iPad Pro or similar and get the keyboard/cover. That gives you a cover with a built in flexible keyboard.
I'll have more to say about mobile entrepreneurship later on. Meanwhile, do you have tips for working mobile? I'd love to hear them, so please share below. And if you'd like help figuring out what you can do to earn on the road please consider scheduling a One and Done consultation – I'll help you figure that out.