Traveling is something that we all consider at some point in our lives. If only, we think, we could get our hands on a job that allows us to see the world. Wouldn’t that be great? So, if you’ve managed to bag yourself a freelance position, then you’re probably over the moon that you can now work around the world, and be the jet-setting business whizz that you’ve always dreamed of. Score.
However, there are some things that you need to remember if you’re going to make the most out of freelancing and travel, and we’ve noted down 5 of them here for those infected with wanderlust!
#1: Get used to being flexible
OK, so if you’re traveling around the world, you’re not going to have a permanent office. In fact, a lot of the time you’re going to be sat working in an airport, or in a hostel bed before you head out for the day. Whilst this sounds like a pretty bad work environment right now, you’ll get used to being flexible, and working wherever you can. This will be key to your success as a traveling freelancer!
#2: Look at hotel WiFi before booking
Whether you’re staying in a 5* hotel or you’re in a hostel, you need to check out the WiFi reviews online before you book your stay. If it’s slow and unreliable, then you’re going to have a pretty stressful time trying to work there. Sure, you can go to cafes and restaurants nearby if you need to, but it can take you a while to find a good place to work, and knowing that the hotel connection is reliable is important!
#3: Think about the time difference
Whatever kind of travel that you’re doing, the fact is that there is probably a time difference in every country that you’re going to. This means that you will have to negotiate different deadlines with your clients, and you may have to go through a trial and error period to try and get your work completed on time. Wherever you’re heading out to, think about how many hours behind or ahead they are!
#4: Hire an accountant
One of the things that you’ll soon realize as a freelancer who travels is that you’re struggling to keep on top of all of your finances. You’re doing work in different countries, and you’re hardly going to be carrying around a box full of invoices in that suitcase, are you? Look for CFO services if you need some extra support with managing your income and paying taxes while you’re traveling.
#5: Stay on top of your emails and LinkedIn
OK, so you are traveling around the world, and you don’t want to be worrying about your freelance work all of the time. However, if you can catch a little bit of WiFi in a bar or restaurant whilst you’re out, have a quick refresh of your emails and your LinkedIn account, and ensure that you reply to people promptly. This will reassure your clients that you’re serious about your work!
Good luck freelancing your way around the world!