Posted by Annette on September 15, 2013
This is just a three-item checklist, but it packs a punch. Taking these actions today will put you much closer to your nomadic goal.
These three actions will go far towards removing the biggest stressors of the first few months -- communication, project-tracking and information access -- so you can focus on the important stuff: growing your business and enjoying your new life.
Your phone is not a business tool when you're working remote from overseas. It's a toy and a novelty. Your bread-and-butter will be email, and you'll need to train your coworkers, vendors and clients to use it. Luckily, that's not as Herculean a project as it may sound.
Even if you've been a mercenary freelancer for a while, the chaos of constant (or even semi-constant) travel will be surprisingly derailing. Keep your projects on the rails with a cloud-based tool like the one I use.
Start doing this now, before you launch, so it'll be rote habit by the time you start moving around.
Y'know those file cabinets? Take one weekend day -- or, perhaps, a few hours scattered over the course of several evenings -- and empty them.
Throw away what you don’t need. This New York Times article is a nice reference point for what needs to be kept and what can be safely disposed of.
Keep your new "file cabinet" in the cloud. I use a combination of Google Drive and Dropbox, but Amazon Cloud Drive, Mozy Stash, and others are excellent options as well. This will make sure that all of your vital documents are close at hand when you need them -- and you will, in the most inopportune moments, need access to documents like the deed to your house, or your birth certificate, or the title to your car, or your medical records.
I chose to send all my old physical photographs in to a photo scanning service to save myself hours and hours of fuss, and to send my backlog of receipts for Shoeboxed to scan in for me. I'm happy I did so. I bet you will be, too.
The idea is not to use a hard drive. Hard drives are horrifyingly unreliable -- they can crash, be stolen, end up lost in a luggage mishap, or any number of other nightmares.