There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to running a small business. While this often means you’re faced with unique, hard-to-tackle challenges, it can also mean that you have the power to run your business the way you want to, and work remotely from wherever your heart desires.
74% of US businesses have a hybrid working model and 90% of UAE employees have stated they desire the same.
Yes, you can work remotely from the tops of a beautiful mountain and still earn your six figures – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6!
Here are our 6 top tips to successfully run your small business from anywhere in the world:
1 | Automate your business
Different time zones, unreliable internet connection, and other travel-related problems shouldn’t get between you and your clients – so make sure all of your business systems are automated so you can work remotely. This will ensure that anyone trying to contact you is made aware that you’re offline and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible.
2 | Invest in communication technology
To run a successful business from afar requires extraordinary communication skills (and a reliable internet connection). Always make sure you have access to the internet and connect with your employees regularly. Using tools like Skype, GoTo, or Zoom ensures that you’re in the driving seat of your business and are always available to meet. Organisational tools like Monday, Hootsuite and others give you the chance to work remotely, manage employees and monitor their progress from the comfort of, well… wherever you are.
3 | Pre-schedule your social media posts
Creating a social media presence is a great way to advertise to new clients or customers, and to keep your loyal followers up to date with the latest news, promotions and events from abroad. Scheduling your posts helps keep things organised and easier to manage, or you can look at hiring a social media manager to control your profile.
4 | Set up file sharing and cloud storage
Luckily for entrepreneurs wanting to work remotely, the digital world is constantly upgrading its file sharing and storage capabilities. With apps like WeTransfer and DropBox, you can easily send large files to employees, and store more than your devices can handle.
5 | Find great office space(s) to work remotely
With remote work becoming a popular choice for business owners and employees alike, it’s becoming easier to find co-working spaces around the globe. Not only do these offices provide you with boardrooms, great internet access, and a host of other benefits, they’re a great space to meet other like minded business travellers and create new connections.
6 | Use a reliable and tech-forward logistics provider
If you’re selling products all over the world and you’re not in the country where most of your products are stored, you’ll need a logistics provider that knows how to keep you up to date. Make sure you can access where your inventory is moving at any giving time with real-time access to the warehouse and transportation. You’ll also want to have an account manager you can easily reach that can help you around the clock should you have any questions while you work remotely.
Running your business while travelling might sound like a dream that’s too difficult to attain, but in reality, it’s entirely possible – just take a look at the huge global digital nomad community for inspiration. As long as you automate your business, invest in comms tech, pre-schedule your social media posts, set up file sharing, find a convenient “office” and a reliable logistics provider, you’ll be ready to conquer the world and work remotely.