The internet is your doorway to a global market. This means, if you build it, they will come (they, being your customers). In reality, becoming your own boss sounds easier on paper and in your head, but if you put your business first and set big, yet realistic goals for yourself, you can make your office space your living space where ever in the world.
Being independent is just as much about discipline as it is about confidence. The urge to make decisions all on your lonesome can potentially handicap your business before you ever truly taste the fruits of success, so make sure you have plenty of support, no matter how you approach your online venture.
How To Transition From The Old Workplace
Time can either be your friend or your foe, when it comes to working for yourself and without a central location. If you can master time management, you can get through most of the obstacles that entrepreneurship can throw at you. This is why you decide to run your own business via online connection: to be free to use your time as you see fit.
When you start this journey, don’t be surprised to be putting in more man-hours on the clock than you did in your previous life as a lowly employee. There are ways to combat the dreaded ‘burnout’ from being all about work and being mentally locked into your work, whether you are logged in or not.
Here are a few tools to help you run a business like a pro, no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to an internet connection and, preferably, a laptop.
Use Google Apps
The virtual office is found with the seamless integration of Google’s cloud-based applications. Google Calendar, in particular, allows you to stay on-schedule with as many employees and freelancers as you want to. This makes it easier to manage your own personal time, as well as the productivity of others, even if they are working from different parts of the world, living in different time zones.
Get a Digital Mailbox & U.S. Address
Running your business remotely, either because your travel or because you are building a remote company culture, doesn’t mean you can’t have a real address and easy access to your mail. With services like Earth Class Mail you can get your business mail online, deposit checks electronically, and even store or forward the physical copies when you need to. This makes it easier to manage, collaborate, and automate tedious work like scanning documents or uploading them to the cloud.
At least now you’ll never worry about missing an important piece of mail again.
If you don’t have Skype, then you’re either spending too much money on phone bill or not enough time communicating with your family, friends, and colleagues. Use it to take advantage of industry webinars, conference calls to your staff, phone home for emotional support. Skype’s face-to-face calls make it easier to filter through prospective freelance workers, which makes it less probable to be scammed by anonymous labor outsourcers.