Whilst I am by no means a digital nomad by the books, this three-month-long trip is no super long holiday for me, either. If you’re new around here, you might not know that I am a freelance copywriter and translator. During my time away, I’ve been trying to keep my business running as normal as possible. If you’re also considering taking a trip and want to continue to work, here’s a little compilation of tips and tricks.
Communicate with your clients. Stating the obvious here but make sure that your clients are assured that travelling doesn’t mean the quality of your work will suffer. Let them know well in advance when you’re travelling and inform them about any time zone changes (I went from being 9 hours ahead of UK time to being 11 hours behind in a matter of a few hours once). Communication also entails letting them know if you’re unable to meet a deadline – open honesty is key.
Estimate how much you’ll be able to work. You probably won’t have time to churn out a 40-hour week every single week, especially if you have long hours of travel ahead of you, jetlag is involved or you have a few bits of sightseeing planned. Only you can know how many hours you can actually dedicate. If you’ve got a set amount of tasks you’re carrying out for a client, ensure that you’ve got enough time set aside to meet the deadlines; plane/train/bus time is great for getting work done.
Check the country’s wifi conditions. Some countries have pretty shocking wifi (or no wifi at all), so double-check where you’ll be when you need to submit your work and ensure that it is, in fact, possible to even log in. There are plenty of options for portable wifi, too (I took a router from Three with me, whose use is not only limited to certain countries but it also doesn’t work/charges you for using it, even in those eligible countries/is generally shite and bulky).
Adapt your working hours. You might be 9 hours ahead or 11 hours behind. After you made sure that your clients are aware of this, you might have to adapt your working hours a bit. Stay on your laptop a tad longer in the evenings or be available for them a few hours in the morning to ensure a good work flow is kept up.
Find a workspace that works for you. When you’re travelling to a few destinations, you’ll have to adapt to new temperatures, new surroundings and new accommodations quite a bit. Make sure you find a place to work that works for you (see what I did there?), whether that’s outside, at the kitchen table or in the hotel lobby. There’s nothing worse than having a deadline looming but not finding a comfy spot to work towards it.
’til next time x