I started my own business and intentionally did my best to work from anywhere in the world. Sometimes I sit with my office with a large 27-inch monitor in my apartment in Cheboksary. Sometimes I’m in the office or in some cafe in another city.
Over the past five years I have worked in nine different cities, numerous cafes, several co-working spaces, several offices of my friends and I managed to easily develop my business and bring it to high speed.
The trick is that you need to stay productive even while traveling, and this can be a very difficult task. If you are abroad, you may encounter a weak WiFi connection, hard time zones.
So, how can you apply all this in your business in order to remain productive, work in any place and at the same time continue to manage your business?
I have gathered four councils for entrepreneurs who are in another city and are forced to work in a cafe.
1. Find a place with excellent WiFi connection and electricity.
If you work from a cafe in your hometown, the main thing to do is to find a place with excellent WiFi, there will be free places so that you can connect your laptop to the network.
The first trick is that you need to fully charge all the devices before you go to the cafe. There is nothing worse than to arrive at the place where you are accustomed to work and all the sockets will be occupied. Or you should sit in a place that is uncomfortable for you, too noisy, in order to connect your device to the network.
If you have to stay in another city for a long time, spend one day when you do not expect maximum productivity, go to different cafes around the area or in coworking, check them all with several parameters:
Run a connection speed test.
How fast is surfing the Internet?
Are free electrical outlets available?
Is coffee good?
All this is very important and when you find a great place, go back there more often. If you want to be productive, you cannot constantly look for new places to work.
If you are in a new city, you, of course, must find these places. Use tools like workfrom.co or placestowork.net to find out the speed of your internet connection.
2. Optimize your time and schedule
The second life hack is the optimization of your time. Find out when you are productive - in the morning or in the afternoon and what tasks you solve at this time.
Then go to public places where you can do a similar job that you are doing at this time of day.
For example, if you hate calling customers in public, do it from home, your apartment in the morning or in the evening.
3. Configure the availability of your calendar.
The third tip is to show your accessibility schedule to other people. Use a CRM system and make the calendar publicly available.
I love calendars, I spent a lot of money to develop a special module for the VtigerCRM system. And now I can send my availability schedule to clients or colleagues.
The point is that you can set a buffer period in which people can schedule a phone call or a meeting.
There are a lot of tools, which ones to use do not matter. These services help us succeed. The important thing is that the strategy is to be inaccessible to everyone in a certain period of time and to allow other people to choose when they want to communicate with you alive, rather than by email. Thus, it will save you time in the long run.
4. Meet people who inspire you
My fourth piece of advice for effective remote work is to occasionally meet friends who are in the same city.
For example, I often go to Kazan. I used to live there for a short time and I have a couple of very good friends who are also businessmen and live in this beautiful city. Sometimes I meet them in a cafe and we communicate.
I think this is very important for entrepreneurs who work alone, like me, when you sometimes need another person to share your ideas with him.
Sometimes I need to get new ideas from them. We can correspond all day long, as we live in different cities, but meeting live or even working together for the whole day can change your thinking.
Therefore, I urge you when you go to a new city for you, be it co-working, find other entrepreneurs or go to another city where your friends live, meet with them, chat, these things can inspire you to new ideas, actions, deeds .
These are some of those things that I have learned over the past four years, traveling around cities, hotels, apartments, cafes.
And what do you suggest?