15 Mobility Criteria That Will Help You Successfully Live and Work Anywhere
If you’ve followed my blog at all, then you know that I can literally live and work anywhere in the world that I choose. In fact, right now, you’ll likely find me in one of two locations: New York or Seattle. Although they may be on different sides of the U.S., I am able to call each one “home” due to the fact that I follow what I call my mobility criteria.
Mobility criteria are the criteria that I’ve found necessary for staying mobile and keeping my business running with the best results, no matter where I am physically. So, if you have a goal to do the same, here they are for your consideration:
- Create a schedule with milestones. This keeps you productive so that you are able to hit deadlines and goals. So, think about the things that you need to get done and create milestones to ensure they are done on time.
- Develop a daily routine. Certainly, you don’t have to do everything the same day in and day out as that would defeat the purpose of living and working anywhere, but having the same basic schedule will go a long way toward keeping you on task.
- Become part of the community. Taking part in the local community means joining Meetup or digital nomad groups and truly taking part in the area you are in. After all, that is the joy of living and working anywhere, isn’t it?
- Strong, consistent Internet. Of course, in order to stay in touch with the rest of the world, you’re going to need Internet. And not Internet that goes in and out, but strong Internet that works when you need it.
- A quiet work space. It is difficult to work in a place that is active and chaotic, so you’ll want to find someplace that you can go that is quiet and relatively free from distraction.
- Consistent power source. You can have the best equipment in the world, but if you don’t have power, it isn’t going to matter. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you have access to a consistent power source so that you’re not literally left sitting in the dark.
- Minimalism and flexibility. The less you need to operate your business, the easier it will be to do so from anywhere. This keeps you flexible and lets you take care of day to day tasks quickly and easily.
- Virtual money management. You’ll need to be able to take care of your finances while traveling, so you’ll need to set up some sort of virtual money management system that allows you to send and receive money effectively.
- Communication and productivity tools. Generally, this means having the necessary programs and tools that you need to keep you on track and in touch. For instance, some communication options to consider include Skype and Google Voice.
- Virtual team. When you create a virtual team and system, you can take care of business and stay in touch, even when you’re on opposite sides of the world.
- Software product or hybrid. Be sure to take any software that you need with you so that you can access everything required to adequately run your company.
- Backup software and hardware. There is nothing worse than being in an unfamiliar place and having your software or hardware fail; therefore, having backup devices can go a long way to keeping you working—even if your electronics have decided not to.
- Cloud storage. By putting your information on the cloud, you can have access to it anywhere from any device.
- Time Zone management. Admittedly, it isn’t always easy to operate a business when you’re in a different time zone, but it isn’t impossible either. This may require moving around your work day from time to time in order to tend to business when clients and/or team members are available.
- Safe surroundings. Although this is listed last, you aren’t going to get much done if you’re worried about your safety. This means finding a good place to lay your head, such as a hostel, and having your own key. It also means acquainting yourself with safe modes of transportation in that area. Sounds simple, I know, but you don’t want to overlook this basic necessity.
LiveWorkAnywhere is based on these criteria, as is AnyPass, a web based system that is designed to help you stay connected no matter where you are in the world. That makes both of these sites great resources to keeping you mobile.
And if you’re not yet mobile, but would like to learn more about how to leave your 9 to 5 behind and earn money while traveling the world, feel free to join this free webinar. It’s time to start living the life you want to live…today!