Taking “as you need” freelancing work to support your travels can work out really well…most of the time. Unfortunately, every so often you may find yourself on the low end of the cash flow cycle. How can you put a roof over your head or afford meals without cold, hard cash?
I have good news: the barter system is alive and well. By pitching your services the right way to the right clients, you can work out deals to help you survive until your next traditionally paid gig.
Today, I’m going to share with you a few times I was able to use this technique on my own journeys. It helped me make the most of situations that may not have otherwise turned out so well. Ideally this insider look will help, should you ever find yourself up a creek without a paddle.
One of the best things about remote working is that you’re not confined to one place, or even one continent. You can work from just about anywhere in the world (with internet!), free to hop from place to place as the mood takes you.
At least, that’s the dream. In reality, we often shy away from travel because, well, working from the road can be tough.
From spotty internet, to delayed flights, to the fear that your client thinks you’re insane because you email them the final draft of a blog post at 4am their time (even though it’s 10am where you are), it’s not all sipping cocktails on the beach while an army of virtual assistants handles every detail of your business.
That said, working from the road doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple modifications to the way you work, working from the road is not just possible – it can even be enjoyable.
In today’s post, I’ll cover four problems I’ve encountered while working from the road, explain how I overcame them, and show you how to apply the lessons I learned to your own work.
Let’s get to it!
I just got back from my first vacation as a full-time freelancer.
I’d give myself a B-. I tried to prepare as much as possible by working ahead on client work, letting my clients know I was going to be gone and setting an out of office message on my email.
But it wasn’t until the end of the week that I truly was able to unplug and relax. Part of this is that I still needed to work in some capacity by checking email for my two virtual assistant clients while away. And part was that I wanted to know what I was missing while I was gone.
Silly, silly me! As I mentioned, towards the end I was able to relax and enjoy myself a bit more. And I learned a lot about myself and my business in the process. Here are my four best tips to help you take a more successful vacation from your freelance business next time around.
Man, it’s hard to walk away from work as a webpreneur!
Sometimes as short a period of time as a day can be hard. So what do you do if you want to take an actual vacation? If your business is dependent solely on you, your actions, your presence – how do you make this happen?
Everyone needs to take a break sometime. And odds are that you got into this profession – and became self-employed – so that you had more control. More flexibility to do things like travel and take time off.
If you’re anything like me, you may be working harder (and more) than ever though. Your business is growing due to these efforts, you’re making more money each month, but both of these positive side effects make it virtually impossible to hit pause or take a well needed time out.
Am I describing you? If so, today I want to share a step-by-step process to help you confidently plan and execute your next vacation. I want us both to be able to check out of work every once in a while. Here are six steps to prepare for your next vacation from your freelance business:
Tom: This is a truly inspiring guest post by Susan Shain, the founder of Travel Junkette. Having read it, I now want to get up off the couch and immediately see more of the world!
What’s your biggest dream?
If you’re like many people, it’s “Quitting my job to travel the world.”
Unfortunately, for most, this remains nothing more than a dream. Excuses pile upon life which piles upon excuses, and before they know it, they’re on their deathbed.
For LWB readers, however, it doesn’t have to be just a dream.
With a flexible career, it’s now possible to work while traveling the world – so what are you waiting for? Keep Reading