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Keep up your company's growth from any international location with these half-dozen tips.
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It is no secret that being an entrepreneur in a globalized world means you need to be flexible when it comes to change. Whether you are proactively looking forward to experiencing life abroad or you find yourself needing to relocate to another country, leaving your behind can be quite daunting.

However, all you need to do is prepare yourself for the change, mentally and logistically, and you can continue growing your business no matter where you are. Here are six steps you can take to make sure you run your business successfully from another country.

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Hire self-motivated team members

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Not only will hiring self-motivated individuals ensure success in your business, it will also free up your time, as you won’t need to be on top of every little detail. This is something you need to look out for the moment an application process begins.

Take the time to get to know each new applicant to ensure they have that drive you’re looking for. This can mean having them do a two-minute video about themselves, writing a short essay or simply establishing a good conversation after the main is over.

When your team members are self-motivated, they are more likely to open up and share valuable contributions to improve performance and . This also ensures you have a team that thinks outside the box and can work together to find solutions and achieve goals.


Once you have hired the right people, the next step is to learn to delegate and let go. Accepting that you can’t do everything yourself is the first step, and having a team you can trust and depend on just makes the process easier.

In addition to finding yourself with more freedom to enjoy your time abroad, you will help your team grow and develop, which will also allow your business to thrive.

Establish effective channels

Whether this means having a chat group or using virtual confernece platforms, always make sure your team has a way to reach you.

Additionally, investing time and energy into actively looking for ways to communicate with them will rapidly build trust among your team, leading to a happier and more productive work environment.

Prepare your team

Now that you know you have an amazing team ready to run things in your absence, you need to make sure you leave them with all the tools necessary to succeed. This includes setting up expectations of what needs to be done, creating backup plans in case things don’t go as planned and overall ensuring they are fully aware of the standards and values to be kept.

Your transparency will give your team peace of mind knowing that they have your full trust, and it will empower them to make key decisions as well.

Stay connected

Once again, communication is always a key factor for success. While this can be more difficult in some places than others, ensure you have done your to make yourself available for your team as much as possible. This could mean having to buy a local SIM card or locating the nearest cafe with while you settle into your new place. Make it a priority to stay connected no matter what.

Ensure good

Good technology is vital when it comes to traveling and managing your business from abroad. Make sure to invest in quality equipment, which will be your ally wherever you go. There is nothing more frustrating than running into technological problems when traveling.

Ensure your equipment is up-to-date with the necessary software and, if possible, have a technician run a routine checkup before you leave. After all, without functioning equipment, communication can quickly become impossible.

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Finally, a bonus tip: Expect things to go wrong, or just not the way you hoped. While the unexpected can be stressful and complicated, if you expect it, dealing with unexpected scenarios will not shake you. Your will pay off, allowing you to enjoy an exciting new phase of your life and have the confidence that no matter what part of the globe you’re in, you have empowered your team to succeed.

Wifi, phone calls and campgrounds are all more ubiquitous than you'd expect and let this contributor run his business from the road for six months this year.
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In today's internet-centric business landscape, traditional office environments are no longer a given; 43 percent of Americans now spend at least some time working remotely. While most of those remote workers are still based at home or in shared office spaces, especially for those leading smaller companies, the 'digital nomad' lifestyle is making waves in the entrepreneurial community.

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I'm one of those nomads: Wanting to escape the harsh winters in my native Minneapolis, I began running my business at age 29 from my Sprinter van as I travelled across the United States. I'm the founder of Vibes, which makes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs (seen on Shark Tank); and for the first six months of this year, I was able to adapt my two-employee business -- just me and another guy, back in our Minnesota office -- to life on the move.

My motto? 'Work is an action, not a place.' So, if you too have travel lust and little in the way of attachment to a particular locale, here are some pointers I've picked up about how to effectively live the digital nomad lifestyle and run your business from the road:

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How do you know what vehicle to use?

You don’t need to go “all-in” to try the digital nomad lifestyle. Renting a vehicle for a week or so first will allow you to see if the lifestyle is something you truly enjoy and can be productive doing. Additionally, it allows you to test different types of vehicles, from vans to RVs to trailers. Check out www.outdoorsy.com, “the Airbnb of recreation vehicles,” to see what’s available in your area. There are also many boutique rental companies offering custom-built vans. Just be sure to chose a vehicle with your workspace in mind!

My rental recommendations:
For Sprinter vans: VanCraft (San Diego/ LA Area); Timbrbase Camps (Denver)

For vintage VW buses: Peace Vans (Seattle); Rocky Mountain Camper Vans (Denver); Outwesty Camper Vans (Tahoe)

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How do you stay connected?

Being connected by phone and Internet is integral to most digital nomads. Thankfully, staying connected is easier than ever thanks to lightning-fast LTE networks covering most of the country. I’d recommend equipping yourself with a dedicated mobile wifi hotspot from your network provider of choice.

For those using AT&T, I’d recommend the Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router, and for those with Verizon, the Jetpack MiFi 7730L. Both provide powerful/reliable signals and long battery lives (20-plus hours); and they can run on relatively inexpensive unlimitedt have a lot of options for eating out or for entertainment. I should mention that I travelled (still do) with my girlfriend, Hanna Estrem. She's a freelance social media and digital communications mananger, and was able to do her work from our van, as well.

But, back to costs: There was, of course, the matter of food. We managed to cook the vast majority of our meals in our van and average spending about $12 a day on food for two people.

Since you're dealing with limited space, you'll likely find that your spending on miscellaneous items and clothing will decrease as well, regardless of whether you're in cities or remote areas.

And you'll save money because your housing costs will have been eliminated.

How will your nomad lifestyle affect your business?

Because structure is imperative, running your business from the road will affect that business as much as you let it. You need to be a step ahead of your day to make sure your nomadic lifestyle doesn't get in the way. It's important to figure out the night before where you'll be working and sleeping the following day. That way, the requisite planning won't get in the way of your work day.

As for your business's structure itself, setting a regular time to start and finish work helps keep you on track. When you're in the office with your colleagues/employees every day, it's easy to be on top of daily tasks and long-term strategy. When you're living remotely, however, you have to work harder to keep lines of communication open with your colleagues/employees via platforms like Skype and Slack, in order to stay in the loop.

Scheduling regular calls/virtual meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page isn't just important; it's crucial.

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The highs and the lows


Hanna and I are back in Minneapolis this summer, for some weddings; but we'll be back on the road later this year. This current stint at home gives me time to reflect on what's been good and bad about our digital nomad lifestyle the first half of this year.

What wasn't good: I was somewhat prepared for our new lifestyle because I grew up camping, but there were challenges nonetheless: ending up, for instance, spending time in areas that weren't scenic or picturesque; enduring unpleasant weather; and sometimes having problems finding laundromats and late-hours grocery stores.

There were also times where we were really busy during the day and left ourselves too little time to find a cool spot or campsite to stay in for the night. So, yes, there were times we ended up sleeping in Walmart parking lots.

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Another negative for me was that I had to get comfortable being in a small enclosed space for long periods of time and not always have a shower at hand (though we made do by using our memberships at a large national gym chain). In warm weather we employed a shower attachment on the outside of the van; in cold weather, we looked really hard for those gym outlets.

Finally, despite the advantages of Skype and mobile hotspots, we found that there was really no replacement for face-to-face interaction -- and that the absence of interaction can put a strain on personal and working relationships. So, we really worked at maintaining close professional relationships and friendships with people we couldn't see in person.

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What was perfect: I remember the day when I fully realized how unique my new working lifestyle was: We were staying for free at a remote campsite in the Alabama Hills in remote Inyo County, Calif., enjoying stunning views of Mount Whitney behind us. At the same time, I was fully connected to my employees and customers via internet and phone through our mobile hotspot.

At that moment, I recognized that I was just as connected to my business as I would have been in a traditional office in a city. And I understood how none of this would have been possible even ten years ago, technologically speaking.

As I watched the sun set over the hills, I felt a wave of gratitude to be in such a beautiful part of the country without having to take time away from running my business and sustaining my income.

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That was the perfect part of my new digital nomad lifestyle: being able to get my work done for the day, then immediately step away from the van to go on a hike on scenic terrain was something I really valued, and value. Perhaps you might, too.