In the first Article In this small series, you learned more about the advantages that our increasing independence from work brings. The adaptation of the place of work to the type of work makes us more creative, more focused and brings us new inspiration and perspectives.
If you would like to take advantage of location-independent work, but are still unsure how to implement your “work vacation” in a relaxed manner, I would like to share six essential tips below that would have helped me when I changed my job abroad.
Please organize well!
For: organization is half the rent. After all, it is not only necessary to look for an accommodation, but also to rent it at home (under), insurance must also be clarified, accessibility must be ensured, and a place with good infrastructure must be found.
The most important thing is therefore a very good planning and clarity about how you want to work - alone or together with others? In the city or in a quiet area? Only when you have answered these questions for yourself, you should go to the exact planning.
The concrete preparation in 7 steps
But what does the right preparation look like? I'll help you with a list of the following steps:
- Reduction of personal meetings to work from other places: In the run-up to the first “work vacation”, it makes sense to get colleagues, business partners and customers used to telephone and Skype conversations. Personal meetings are recommended at regular intervals, but not everything has to be clarified personally and a phone call / video call can save a lot of time.
- Accessibility on a local phone number: I recommend you set up a Voice over IP (VoIP) number in your area code and a local prepaid SIM card with data volume at your whereabouts. You can redirect your handynummer and current landline number to the local number of the VoIP provider (eg Sipgate) and remain so always accessible. The VoIP connection can always be used if you have Internet (Wifi or mobile internet via your SIM card).
- Availability of all important documents: If you have not yet digitized your important documents, I recommend this step before the first “work vacation”. Observe which documents you need again and again over a week and scan them. My personal list of the most important documents to be scanned is: Tan numbers for banking, tax number, ID / passport, credit card, EC card, vaccination card and travel health insurance abroad.
- Ensuring a good infrastructure: You can use your accommodation to clarify the strength of your Internet connection and mobile coverage in advance. Your landlord should be able to provide information on upload and download speed (for example, for video calls via Skype you need 300kBit / second). Alternatively, you can research in advance Wifi cafes in the area, http://www.wificafespots.com) or find co-working spaces (Deskwanted or Coworking News Directory).
- Ensure productivity: They will benefit from new impressions in new places. However, discipline is, of course, also offered. For me personally, it has proven to be useful to organize a fixed daily rhythm. During a stay in southern Spain last winter, I solved it for example as follows: In the morning I took my time for a run by the sea, then I worked until the sunset, which I enjoyed in the bar on the beach. Once or twice a week, I took days off completely to go on exploration.
- Finding the right working atmosphere without being surrounded by tourists: If you like to travel in cities, I recommend local co-working spaces or search for neighborhoods that are rather untouristically (in Barcelona, for example, Grácia). If you want to live and work away from the city, the challenge is greater. Especially if you would like to work with others who work in similar fields.
- To combine accommodation with coworking: There are numerous projects that combine common accommodation with co-working. The goal is to provide an optimal environment for living and working in quiet places like 1-2 weeks. Other initiatives that I have now discovered are for example The Surf Office, Project Getaway or Startups Abroad.
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