Effective Strategies for Taking Your Home Business on the Road

Taking Your Home Business on the Road

Taking Your Home Business on the Road

As of 2018, “50 percent of small businesses are home-based firms, including 60.1 percent of firms without paid employees,” as reported by the Small Business Administration. Having and growing a home business offers plenty of exciting opportunities. When you do not have set office hours, and employees that are also location-independent (or no employees at all), you can conduct business from almost anywhere on the planet. This is definitely a big positive, as most small business owners find it challenging or even impossible to plan a formal vacation. If you are considering taking your home business on the road in the near future, explore three effective strategies for stress-free travels.

Complete normal prep for a vacation

If you haven’t routinely taken your work on the road, it can be easy to get caught up in the business side of things. Focusing too much on preparing your business for travel can cause you to overlook important tasks that you would complete before any other kind of travel. Therefore, before you start preparing to take your work on the road, follow the normal steps you would before a standard vacation. For example, address all personal needs, such as packing medications, clothing, bath and beauty products, and any leisure-related items. Also, before driving to your destination, ensure that your chosen vehicle model is in top shape. If it has been awhile since your car, truck, or SUV has been serviced, be sure to take it in for all required routine maintenance (e.g. oil change, tire rotation). One of the most important parts of having a smooth trip is balancing and remembering the needs of both yourself and of your business.

Pack an “office in a bag”

Since you’ll be away from your usual home/remote office location for a while, you will need to prepare for this change. One of the best ways to do this is by packing an “office in a bag.” Start by using a large, protective bag that can safely transport everything you need to set up your office in any spot. Don’t forget to pack items such as your laptop, planner, pens, external computer equipment, and anything else needed for your day-to-day operations. In addition to using a sturdy bag that will protect your items, consider investing in a top-of-the-line laptop case. Water, accidental drops, and other hazards can quickly damage your computer, making it impossible to do business. Additionally, be sure that this bag can easily be transported between locations. This will give you the greatest level of flexibility when exploring new sights.

Map out free WiFi locations in advance

Before hitting the road, do your research on where you can find free WiFi at each of your destinations. Not only is this essential for business continuity, but planning your work locations in advance can help you make the most of your trip. Discovering that there is available WiFi at the beach, poolside, or at a gorgeous park can transform your workday into an amazing experience. Rather than confining yourself to the hotel business area, or to a coffee shop, aim to work in the most unique locations that you can find.

Bringing your home business on the road is an excellent way to take a vacation without compromising your work. Not only can you spend your workdays in some of the world’s most beautiful spots, but you can also enjoy the dining, attractions, and views of each city once you’re done for the day.

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The Countries With The Fastest Internet

Countries With The Fastest Internet

Thinking about living the life of a digital nomad? Or maybe just need to get some work done while on vacation? Well check out this list to see the countries with the fastest internet. While it is often hard to determine who has “the fastest” internet due to many variables such as averages, cities, and wireless; these a few nations that stand out for the outstanding and cutting edge dedication to high speed internet connectivity.

Countries With The Fastest Internet
The United States
Let’s start out with the big one. The U.S. has at average speed of over 8.6mbps per second. This is only getting faster as plans for massive fiberoptic are being completed including ambitious plans by Google. Wifi is also abundant and often “free” with purchase at most bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. Due to America’s massive size and diversity, the accessibility and speed of internet can vary greatly depending on your specefic location. Some cities have even began implementing city wide free wireless Internet.

South Korea
South Korea has possibly the fastest average speed at an astonishing 22.1 mbps. This blows away most other countries and sets up an infrastructure to allow for massive economic growth. With close to 95% of the population using the internet, South Korea makes good use of the high speed bandwidth. South Korea’s reputation as one of the countries with the fastest internet is credited to a hybrid approach including  governmental planning, private section competition, a dense urban populace, and a culture thirst for the information, online games, and live streaming YouTube celebrities.

Denmark
This northern European country boats some of the fastest and most widespread high speed internet connectivity in the world. Despite lack of competition, the danish broadband market provides excellent speed and accessibility. Denmark is also leading the pack with wireless broadband with a recent promise of  99% of the population to be covered with 4G (10mbs) in 2015. Denmark also repurposes existing infrastructure such as out of use smoke stacks as antennas.

Northern European and and North East Asian countries  are consistently ranked  to have the fastest internet. The commonalities seem to be small prosperous  nations with urban populations. It is much easier to get all your citizens on a single high speed network when they all live in same city, other developed countries such as China, Australia, and the United States face a more difficult time keeping up due to their size. Also it is important to know these numbers seem to be increasing by the year, so a country with limited internet access today could have wide spread broadband by next year. Also the amount of high-speed cellular data networks is rising exponentially and it is not hard to a imagine an entire world connected by a 4G network.

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The Best Digital Nomad Hubs of 2016

digital nomad hubs of 2016

Digital Nomad is the buzz word of 2016 and if you are like thousands of people around the world you find the idea appealing.  Working from an exotic location can be a fun, rewarding, and even enlightening experience. With thousands of cities to choose form, here are the best digital nomad hubs of 2016.
digital nomad hubs of 2016


Chang Mai, Thailand
Thailand’s low cost of living, relaxed vibe, and beautiful scenery have made it one of world’s hubs for digital nomads. Chang Mai takes this a step further. This city in northern Thailand offers all the conveniences of a larger city such as Bangkok without the chaos and pollution many are trying to escape. Chang Mai offer affordable housing and daily expenses, high speed inter infrastructure, all while being surrounded by northern Thailand’s scenic mountains and reasonable climate. It is also far less touristy than much of southern Thailand. Combine this with a large convenient airport and you have an excellent choice for one of the best digital nomad hubs of 2016.

Santiago, Chile
Another warm city tucked away in the mountains, Santiago is the perfect place for a creative expat on a budget. This city features a low cost of living and world class amenities. It is also the perfect jumping off to spend your weekend enjoying Chile’s insanely diverse natural splendor, from deserts, to mountains, to penguin rich Patagonia. This capitol city is home to a number of university’s which has sustained a vibrant youth culture of artists. It is also home to a vibrant street food scene. Santiago houses over 6 million people, rich cultural history, great public transport and with a stable economy you may love it so much you could  find yourself transitioning from a nomad to a resident.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This Southeast Asian megacity is often over looked by digital nomads but I’m not sure why. With it’s tropical climate, low cost of living, and access to surrounding beach towns; this modern metropolis is the perfect to spend some time while trekking the world with your laptop. In the shadow of the worlds largest twin buildings and with massive modern infrastructure and ample co-work locations, Kuala Lumpur on of the ideal digital nomad hubs in 2016. So if you have a taste for adventure (not to mention spicy food) put Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on your digital nomad shortlist.

The are just a few of the cities that offer a good bang for the buck as a digital nomad. There are countless more and if you play your cards right you hopefully will get the chance to see most of them. Whether you are just spending a few weeks or end up spending several years; any of these locations will be perfect for your work and travel.

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