June 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 6)

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Road Warriors

TRAVEL WEARINESS CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO CONCENTRATE ON THE TASKS AWAY FROM HOME WHILE STILL WORRYING ABOUT THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO GET DONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS. THERE ARE WAYS TO ELIMINATE MOST OF THE STRESSES.

The ability to set your schedule, work remotely, and travel when you want is a driving force behind many people’s decision to launch their own business. Working from anywhere: it’s one of the most significant advantages of being your boss. It’s also one of its biggest potential pitfalls. It’s all too tempting to take your laptop on vacation and work instead of relaxing. And sometimes, you have to work while on the road. But you don’t want to risk turning what should have been a fun trip into a troubled time of trying to solve business problems.

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How do you solve this dilemma? In a nutshell — planning. Planning helps you avoid the pitfalls of the road warrior life. Here are tips from smallbusiness owners who have learned firsthand what to do (and what not do) when working on the road.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL BE STRATEGIC Sure, you can schedule yourself to work eight hours daily when you’re traveling. But do you want to? Plan your calendar with travel time in mind. Work longer hours to finish up projects before you leave home. Schedule new projects to begin

after you return. Set deadlines that account for the time you’ll be away.

STAY SOMEPLACE COMFORTABLE Don’t want to work from a drab hotel business center? Roxanne Roark of R3 Media suggests renting an Airbnb. “A good place can mean relaxing while you get work done later. A bad place is stressful on top of work and travel stress.”

GET CREATIVE WITH WORKSPACES You don’t have to use a noisy coffee shop. Public libraries offer free Wi-Fi, quiet environments,

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and ample parking. Patty Farmer, a business growth strategist, suggests coworking spaces. “I check to see if they have a day rate available and just pop in there to be uberfocused and productive and meet new entrepreneurs.”

GET EQUIPPED What do you need to work on the road? Instead of a laptop, consider using a tablet with a portable keyboard. It’ll travel easier. Also, your phone may be perfect for U.S. calls, but Skype and WhatsApp may be better for international travel. Take earbuds too — they make phone