Put your office in your pocket.
The concept of working from a beach bar in the Caribbean or whilst sipping coffee on Piazza San Marco in Venice is perhaps a pipe dream for most. For some though it is entirely possible. With the help of a laptop and some smart advances in technology and in Apps and cloud technology, it is possible to run an office without actually having an office.
You can save on rent and rates by having a virtual office that will answer your phone and forward snail mail, all for a fraction of the cost of having a ‘real’ office. You can have establish a presence in almost any country in the world through Skype. All you need to do is buy a ‘landline’ for that country and then, using Skype, you can forward that number to your mobile phone.
Collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time using Google Docs. Store all your digital files; invoices, statements, stationary or whatever you want with Google Docs or with Dropbox. Download the App (Dropbox & Google Docs) and those documents are accessible on any device you wish.
If you are a professional who works with online clients, learning to handle those clients from a remote location isn’t really all that hard, and once you get past that – you truly can work from anywhere you like. In many ways, you’ll be challenged by your environment and surroundings, which is why having an open mind about everything is the way to go. You can’t expect things to roll the same way for too long, so be prepared to adjust to whatever the remote location is demanding from you.
The last thing that you will need is the ability to stay sane when situations start becoming stories that you would tell over a drink in some bar somewhere. You should always give yourself enough time every day to: reflect, observe, and analyse your progress.
When away from your usual environment, should not mean that you cannot perform the same tasks as you would back home. Take it in your hands, you won’t regret it.
The only thing missing from this list is the work itself. What is the project that you’re working on and would you like to take to a remote location for a while? If you can, you will need to gather together the necessary checklist to take with you. As long as you can cover these basic requirements – you will be able to do just as much work from a hammock, as you would from your desk. You really don’t need the four walls of an office and a forty hour week to get your work done. I suppose the question you need to ask yourself is whether you are busy or whether you’re productive.