Running a business while traveling sounds glamorous, especially if you can keep it running while on the road. This combination might have sounded almost impossible decades ago, unless you’re on a full business trip. But with 68% of Americans already working while on vacation and a rise in digital nomads, it’s possible to manage a full business and travel. You can maintain an effective grip over your business while you’re far away from the office. So, if you’re a business owner who loves to be on the road, the following tips will help you manage your business while traveling.
1. Drop the guilt of responsibility
It’s easy to beat yourself up for wanting to travel while you have a business to run. You might even go on a guilt trip for abandoning your responsibilities for a few days. But you must drop that guilty feeling and step into a ‘mobile’ mindset.
Believe it or not, 49% of Americans experience vacation shaming and feel guilty about taking time off work. How long can you stay away from your business? What if something goes wrong? Can your staff handle your absence? Questions like these (genuine as they are) are some of the reasons you might feel guilt-trapped.
But think of things this way: pressing yourself to work through fatigue instead of taking a vacation can also affect your health and your business. So, drop the guilt of responsibility.
2. Harness the power of online solutions
Utilize online platforms and harness the power of SEO to manage your business while traveling. Use your website and social media pages to establish a strong online presence and create seamless communication with your customers and staff, regardless of your location.
SEO will help you establish a robust online presence, attracting and retaining potential customers without regular physical oversight. Consider working with an SEO company to optimize your web pages to rank higher in search engines. That will improve your online visibility and increase around-the-clock customer engagement.
But don’t end there; take advantage of cloud-based project management platforms to monitor your team’s performance and oversee operations without being physically present.
3. Delegate tasks
This point may sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Delegation is key if you want to be able to travel and run a business. One of the main reasons why many business owners hesitate to take time away (apart from the guilt trap) is that they don’t trust their workers enough to delegate tasks to them. Of course, you may have reasons to believe that your team cannot cope with your absence. But if that’s your case, then you might want to consider hiring more competent hands. Otherwise, trust your workers enough to delegate some tasks and free yourself to travel.
If you’re still uncertain, consider testing their ability to cope in your absence by assigning some of your daily managerial tasks to them to handle.
4. Know your optimal working hours
It helps to know when you work best and are most productive. This way, you can plan your schedule in ways that allow you to handle business tasks during your optimal working hours. You can then dedicate the rest of your day (when you’re not productive) to travel-related activities. For example, if you’re productive in the mornings, wake up early to handle business tasks.
Published by HOLR Magazine.