by Nick Foy, founder of AskNickFoy.com
Hey, fellow world explorers! As we begin the 2017 year, I started to reflect back on my adventurous year in 2016, as well as the success I had as a digital business owner. I wanted to share a few tips with you about building an online business while you’re traveling. By implementing these tips, you’ll feel productive while still getting to explore and have fun!
But first, let me share with you more about my digital business and travels as an introduction to who I am. For starters, I’m Nick Foy and I run multiple blogs in different niches but my main focus right now is my personal brand at AskNickFoy.com.
In 2016, I got to travel to 9 different major cities in the United States, including spending 3 months down at the beautiful beaches of Miami, FL. Here is a list of the different cities I got to see, many of which were for the first time:
- Washington DC
- Nagshead, North Carolina
- Miami, FL
- San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Columbus, Ohio
- Indianapolis, IN
- Chicago, IL
- Knoxville, Tennessee
Have you been to any of these recently?
In 2017, I have plans to check out Las Vegas as well as Denver for a snowboarding trip. I’d love to hear where you are traveling this year in 2017! Leave a comment at the end of this article.
If you’re ready, let’s jump into some lessons learned from traveling while building an online business this past year.
My advice for building an online business
Tip #1: Block Out Time
Every city I traveled to, I found time in the day to check social media, write a new blog post, monitor email campaigns, etc. but it usually took the first day to adjust and see how things were going to work.
For example, in San Francisco, I was able to get up at 6am in the morning and put in 3 hours at nearby Starbucks. Waking up at 6am wasn’t that crazy nor hard for me because I’ve been living in the Midwest, so realistically it was 9am Eastern Time and my internal clock was waking me up.
By the time I returned back to the apartment at 9am, everyone else was just getting up to start the day and I had already felt productive putting in the 3 hours of work on my business.
In addition to working in the morning time while everyone sleeps, you can also block out time later at night when everyone is winding down for bed. I typically stay off social media during the day but use the night time to catch up on everything. I may sneak in a business post or two throughout the day time but usually, have it scheduled to auto-post for me.
Summary: Block out time in the early morning or late evening so you can save the day time for fun activities, exploring, and enjoying your travels.
Tip #2: Plan Your Work Ahead of Time
If you have time, it’s a smart idea to plan out the work you want to get done while you are traveling. If you’re a blogger, jot down a list of the blog post titles you want to research and write while traveling. For social media, you should be scheduling your posts ahead of time with a tool like Buffer or Hootsuite so that you can have your accounts posting all week for you on automation. This frees your limited time up to focus on other important tasks in your business.
Overall, make a list of tasks that you can do while traveling. Some that require internet access and others that you can do offline in case you don’t have access to internet.
Tip #3: Use Your Travels to Make Awesome Content
If you’re a blogger or YouTuber, you can definitely make some awesome content from traveling. I recommend taking lots of video footage and photos. In the evenings, you can hop onto a tool like Canva to edit photos and make cool images for social media and your website. You can also edit the video footage if you have the time and experience and create a cool YouTube video or marketing video for your brand.
Example Case: When I was in Los Angeles, I simply used my iPhone to film lots of footage and then spent the plane ride home later that week editing it into a cool travel style video for my YouTube channel. Since then I’ve upgraded to a more professional vlogging camera by recently purchasing the Canon G7X Mark ii.
Tip #4: Keep a Budget but Don’t Stress Too Much
Depending on how long you are traveling for and for what purpose, your financial budget will vary. Budget out your main 3 expenses: housing, food, and transportation. Then consider how much you want to spend on fun and entertainment.
In Miami, I spent $150 one day to ride jet skis around the millionaire islands which is pricey for sure but also a once in a lifetime experience. Making income during the daytime helped lessen the pain of spending money because I knew I was replacing what I was spending and breaking even during the trip which is the beauty of having an online business.
The average person would be losing money while traveling plus losing out on time they could have been working to earn money. Feel blessed you are a digital nomad and earn passive income while you’re out having fun!
Tip #5: Find a “Go To” Place to Focus on Your Work
As mentioned in Tip #1, you want to block out time for work but I also recommend finding a place you can go that allows you to stay focused and be productive with your limited work time. In Miami, LA, and San Francisco I got into the habit of going to a nearby Starbucks. Starbucks has free wi-fi and of course coffee to help you wake up if you’ve chosen to block out the early morning as your work time.
Or maybe you find staying home as a more productive place and that’s perfectly fine too! As long as you can make the best use of your work time.
Overall, remember these five tips the next time you are traveling and desire to still be productive with your business.
Today we covered the importance of:
- Blocking out time to work
- Planning out what you’ll work on ahead of time
- Using the day time activities to make cool content
- Don’t stress much about spending money while traveling, live it up a little and enjoy yourself
- Find a work place you can focus and be productive
Thanks for reading my guest post today for NomadStack! I hope to connect on social media and remember to share below in the comments where you’ll be traveling this year! What exciting places will you get to see and what are your plans while you are there?
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