If your business sees you working on the road a significant amount, or if you’re finding that you have to travel back and forth a lot during the process of a startup venture, you’ll need to know how to work most productively while on the move. Where travelling can be tiring and demanding – not to mention the potential for delays and cancellations – you need to ensure that your work doesn’t suffer as a consequence.
Research Your Destination Before You Travel
A good way to reduce any delays or problems while on the road is to research everything you can about your business destination. That way, your visit should be as quick and smooth as possible, meaning you won’t sacrifice any time you have dedicated to your work.
- Researching transport links in advance: This means you know exactly how you’re planning to move around, at what times, and by what means
- How public transport operates in your chosen destination: This is important particularly if it is a completely different country. For instance, make sure you know the etiquette for the London Black Cab to make sure you can always catch a ride quickly.
- The expected weather forecast: Such as whether snow is expected, which can cause delays or even cancellations
Consider Internet and Phone Signals
If your business operates mainly through online means, with a high need to make and receive phone calls, then you’ll need to ensure that you always have access to these while travelling. Some areas of the world may have poor phone signal, or individual accommodations may not offer free internet – or if they do, they may not have a great connection.
Plan in advance to make sure you’re always going to be able to connect to the devices you need. Also consider a VPN to remain safe while travelling and keep your business data protected. This is especially important if using public WiFi in areas like cafes and bars.
Pack light, and in an organised way. You want everything you need to be located quickly, and for you to know where everything is at all times. It includes items such as laptop chargers, phone chargers, USB cables and any devices you need to conduct business. You don’t want to waste time rifling through crowded and disorganised luggage, or risk misplacing important items because you never had a good system in place.
Consider business luggage with a lot of useable and clear pockets so that you can segregate all items and whip out whatever you need at a moment’s notice.
Find Time to Rest
Working to a busy and strict schedule during business takes its toll, and especially so during times of travel. It’s easy to want to book the quickest flight or transport option in order to arrive at your next destination sooner, but by better spacing out your travel plans and making sure you have enough time for rest and the right amount of sleep, you’ll work more productively when you are working, and avoid the risk of burning yourself out.