Have you ever thought about taking your business on the road, but you always wondered just how viable of an option it would be?
Well, if so…you’re not alone.
Everyone who starts a business that they can run online runs into a similar issue. If you have meetings in different parts of the country, or you take a trip home to see friends and family, how do you find the time to get work done?
The first thing you need to do is let those around you know about your work/job. Just because you are “at home” doesn’t mean that you don’t need to still do work. A lot of people grew up having to go to an office for work, so when they see that you are just at the house, they don’t know that you need to get work done just like you would if you were in an office.
For instance, right now I’m actually in my girlfriend’s parents house right now as I write this. They are out in the living room hanging out and I’m locked away in the room getting the stuff done that needs to be done for my business to operate.
When I first met my girlfriend’s parents, I let them know about my work and that I needed a few hours every day to dedicate to my income producing activities. By being open and honest with them, they know that I have things that need to get done so I don’t feel bad when I am doing my work.
Yes, this conversation might be difficult for you to have. Especially if it’s been a few years and you haven’t let people know about “office hours”.
I struggled with the concept when I was younger and my dad starting working from home. I assumed that because he was home, I could talk to him at all hours of the day, whenever he was there. He then ended up getting a little sign that let us know when he was working. Picture a little “Do not disturb” sign… and that’s what he had.
Setting those boundaries is important because it’s your livelihood.
Be deliberate about your time.
If you are going to incorporate travel into your life, you need to do something like chunking your time. For example, spending an uninterrupted 3-4 hours a day working while traveling. It doesn’t matter when it is during the day, as long as it gets done and produces results.
For instance, if you know that people sleep in late, use the time in the morning/early afternoon to put in your time and get things done. If you need to lock yourself in a room to do that, do it.
People will understand if you let them know. Just know that the time that you are spending alone and working is the time that you won’t get back. So make it count. Don’t just sit in the room and aimlessly browse the internet. Do the work that produces the results.
Spend uninterrupted time with friends and family.
It seems fairly common now for people to be sitting with other people, but still spending their time with their noses locked into their phones. I can understand why, I mean the internet is incredible with all the opportunity and information it provides us, but if we are spending time with someone we don’t see often, it should be uninterrupted time.
So overall the biggest thing when it comes to getting work done while traveling is to set a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. If you need a few hours a day to produce results, do those things and then spend time with friends and family.
A lot of times I actually have just woken up before everyone to get 1-2 hours of work done.
It really is up to your personal preference.