WORK AND TRAVEL: NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF THE TRAVELING BUSINESS OWNER

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We have been fortunate enough to see many exciting places, thanks to running our own company. The slight downside (though we have a hard time complaining), is that work never shuts off - even on vacation. I used to be the person who left my phone in Canada and completely disconnected while away, but that’s not realistic any longer. We had to learn the hard way that when you travel as a business owner, you need to still remain in constant contact.

We ran into issues on one trip to Barbados. While we had booked a beautiful, beach-front AirBnB (with an incredibly gracious host, who later became a client!) with high speed wi-fi access, we hadn’t planned to need our phones. We were wrong. After running into an issue uploading through our hosting provider, we needed to call them, but hadn’t purchased a phone plan. We weren’t able to fulfil our plans as promised, and that was a huge challenge.

For our next trip, we were very careful. We had scheduled it around potential meetings and projects and made sure the resort had wi-fi. We had been to Curacao a few months prior and knew their wifi was not only fast, it was everywhere on the island. Since we didn’t have any huge tasks, we were able to answer e-mails, do website builds, and handle everything effectively for our clients. We had our phones to run social media and field calls if need be.

With an upcoming trip that will take us into a completely different timezone, our preparations have been much different. We will be informing clients a month prior to, at minimum, that we will be away. We will have our phones and laptops, and we will have to check our e-mails at odd hours. We have never done this before, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Travel and business do go hand-in-hand, but it requires preparation and time management. With the amount of AirBnBs available, finding a space that has a small office or desk space and wi-fi access is easy. Always schedule time to be available to clients for calls and ensure you check your e-mail at least once when you wake up, before you leave for the day, the afternoon, the evening, and once before bed. In between all this, enjoy your time away! It’s important to see new things and take advantage of your hard earned vacation time.

Posted by Samantha Lloyd

Samantha is the co-founder and CEO of DevoKit. When she isn't busy running around like an overly-organized and well-prepared chicken with its head cut off, she can be spotted reading the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time or pretending to have opinions about wine and cheese pairings (all cheese goes with all wine, let's be honest). Her goal is to encourage other women to explore their interests in technology and engineering fields.

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