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Tips + Thoughts

To call myself a blogger feels all too millennial. Instead, I consider this portion of my website to be part knowledge library, part design magazine and part entreprenurial-digital-nomad travel journal. Hope you enjoy reading my musings!

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MOBILE OFFICE LIFE: WORKING REMOTELY IN 2017

Finding Inspo

I am a travel fanatic. I follow and drool over travel accounts and scour Pinterest I have a few great trips planned for 2017, with hopefully more on the horizon. I want to get to a place where I can work HARD during my time in San Diego and then work remotely while traveling. See my Pinterest board for my upcoming trip to London>Amsterdam>Switzerland>Italy! 

Finding Time

One of the joys of being self employed is that I don’t have to request time off work or use sick days to travel. This also means that I do have to wake up early to get work done. I use every minute of my flights to hop on illustrator and knock out graphics or write blog posts like this one. Being self-employed means striking a balance between work and play and knowing that it won’t always be glamorous. Coffee shops with free wifi are my haven. Will be consulting this link: Where to Get Free wifi in Europe

Setting Expectations

One of the ways to avoid complete and utter stress while working remotely is to set expectations with clients and colleagues. I try to give myself a buffer day at the beginning and end of each travel period just so that I am not leaving anyone hanging. It is important to let your people know at least 30 days ahead of time if you will be out of contact or traveling during normal business hours. Although I may not be able to get design edits back right away, I try and answer emails and calls when I get them and give my clients a reasonable timeline for deliverables from me. It is always better to under-promise and over-deliver than to over-promise and under-deliver. 

Flights

Also, because my schedule is flexible, I can take the cheap weekly flights instead of the costly weekend ones. I like to use Hopper to keep an eye on when flights will be the cheapest. Better yet, looking for opportunities to earn free flights or travel vouchers is another favorite. Last year, southwest didn’t put my suitcase on my flight to Yosemite, but I got a travel voucher and will definitely be cashing it in! Flights are often overbooked, and they will usually put you on a later flight with a travel voucher if you opt out of yours. Free travel! 

Accommodations on a Budget

STAY FOR FREE! Thank goodness I have friends in cool places. Keep connected with friends from college and beyond and ask if you can crash with them. 99% of my ‘working vacations’ are sleepovers with some of my best of friends in their cities. Just make sure you check with them before you show up on their doorstep.