July has been a crazy busy month for me, it still is. We’re celebrating birthdays and our anniversary and with the kids home for their summer break we booked our Chicago Trip early in July and less than 2 weeks later we went on our annual trip to Canada to visit family. The best part of working from home is that I get to set my own hours, the not so great part is that there is always work and it needs to get done even though you’re away on vacation.
Being a Solopreneur you have to keep up with everything, you are literally married to your phone and your computer. The emails, customers sometimes don’t understand or care that you have a life, they want their products and services asap. Then there is social media, marketing, invoices, digital house-cleaning and much more that needs your attention. You are working by yourself for yourself and unless you are a Solepreneur no one else in the world gets that.
Fortunately, they are several ways to help us Solopreneurs manage our work while traveling a bit easier.
Plan Ahead & Prioritize
If you know you’re going to be away, then plan ahead and prioritize your workload. Some things you can do ahead of time, some will just have to wait until you get back. If you are a business that advertises you or your personal name behind the brand then create appropriate signage and alerts to let your customers and potential customers know that you’re away. Be sure to include an estimated date of return so they know about the timeline if ordering products. This works great for Etsy shops etc.
When you are going away, staying at a hotel, resort or especially out of the country be sure that there’s going to be access to wifi if you plan on working. Some accommodations will offer free wifi and some won’t so double check this before your trip.
Sync Your Devices
This is a must if you plan on working while away, sync your computer with your tablet and again with your phone. I use Evernote to sync all of my devices. You can read more about how I use Evernote in this post.
Schedule Your Social Media
There are many free tools that you can use to schedule your social media postings before you leave. One less thing to worry about and it gives you time to enjoy your away time while still giving your company presence online. Some tools include but not limited to:
- Facebook Post Scheduler
- BoardBooster For Pinterest
- Revive Old Post For Twitter
Cross Posting Your Social Media
This one is my favorite, I connect my Facebook page account, Tumblr and Twitter to my Instagram. When I post a pic on Instagram it automatically shares the same post to my other social media accounts that I’ve connected. You can connect and disconnect whichever ones you don’t want to cross promote. I only do this when I’m traveling and I avoid using too many hashtags as well.
If you’re like me, then you know running a business means you’re tied to your phone every hour. With my business and blogs to run on a daily basis I get somewhere near 300 emails a day minimum. Yes, you read that correctly… 300 emails and that’s during my slow months because I would never go on vacation during my busy months… hello!!! But when I do go away, I set up my email auto-responder to send a reply to my designers, collaborators, customers that their emails are important and that I will get back to them asap.
Always have a Plan B… sometimes you forget your charger or wifi isn’t working. Both of this has happened to me before. What can you do, you’re already stressed and having to worry while you don’t know what’s going on with your business isn’t helping. When customers pay you for products and services they expect to get just that. Sometimes you just can’t fix the situation. I’ve scheduled Instagram takeovers on days that I know I won’t be able to post on social media. I’ve also realized that I work damn hard and sometimes things happen for a reason. So I don’t stress it if I can’t work. I just enjoy 🙂
How do you manage work while traveling?
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