Jetsetter's guide sounds glamorous, but as most business owners know, running your own business is often harder work than exciting. For some business owners and entrepreneurs, travelling is a necessary part of doing business. They might need to jet off to other cities or countries for individual business meetings or conferences.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of travel, you might find that it can be challenging to think of excuses to get out of it, even in today’s modern world where some of your clients are just a Skype call away. You will find that some of your clients still prefer face-to-face meetings.
One of the main reasons why most entrepreneurs get fed up with so much travel is that it is time away from the office. They think that it makes it a lot trickier to manage their team. That doesn’t have to be the case, though! For instance, all of these tips can help you cope with your business while you are on the road travelling.
SET YOURSELF A SCHEDULE
Before you leave, it’s always worth setting yourself a schedule. It can help you figure out when you will have time to get some work done around all your flights and meetings. Plus, once you have a set schedule, you will find that it encourages you to do the job during your available time, and you won’t be so prone to procrastinate!
LET EVERYONE KNOW WHEN YOU’RE UNREACHABLE
It’s also a good idea to figure out when you will be unreachable via phone, email, or text messages. For instance, this could be during a long-haul flight. Your employees and clients won’t then start to panic if they can’t get in touch with you. Don’t forget to put your 'out of the office' reply to your emails.
HIRE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
You might want to consider using some virtual office services while you are on the road as well. It could come in especially useful if you don’t already have a personal assistant in the office. A virtual assistant will work as a contractor, so you can hire them for specific periods when you are away. They will be able to take over your calls and emails while you aren’t available, and can also help you manage your diary and travel itinerary. Even better, book your content creation in with us while you are away.
BOOK SOME CO-WORKING SPACE
Most cities and towns now have co-working spaces where you will be able to book some desk time or even a private office room. It’s worth booking some time in these while you are in town for business. You can then enjoy working in a professional environment that won’t have all the same distractions that might come with working in a coffee shop. Plus, most co-working spaces come with a lot of useful facilities included in the price, such as printers, photocopiers, and high-speed WiFi.
As you can see then, it is still possible to keep on managing your company while you are away on business travel. Hopefully, all of these tips might help you start to enjoy all your future business trips! Collaboration.