A Guide for The Self-Employed Abroad

If you are self-employed and you decide to move to a new country for a few months or longer, it will be important for you to settle into your new environment as soon as possible.

Here are a few of the things which you may want to do early on to ensure that you are ready to start working from abroad within a few days of arriving.

Get Your Internet Connection Sorted Out

This has to be the first thing you do if you are going to be using the internet at all in your work. For most people, the internet is how they will survive, so if you can, try to move into an apartment which has the internet set up already.

When you arrive, make sure that you check that the connection is working, and if it is not then contact your landlord to sort out any issues immediately.

Another option is to invest in PAYG mobile broadband. You’ll be able to find mobile broadband in most countries now, and if you only need to send a few emails a day then it could be ideal, although this may not be suitable for heavy users. It also means you can take your work with you to other areas of the country if you want to get out and see new places.

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Designate Your Office Space

If you are travelling with a partner or family then you need to be as strict about your working space as you are back at home. Whereas they may feel like they are on holiday, it will be important that they respect the fact that you will still be working, so make sure you establish this from the start.

It may also be a lot hotter in your new country, so you may need to install air conditioning to be comfortable. You may also want to invest in a good desk and a chair rather than making do with what is already there.

Locate Nearby Resources

You may well need to rely on certain resources whilst you are working abroad, and it is a good idea to locate these early on. Stationery shops, photocopy shops, fax machines, public telephones and the nearest internet café are all worth locating even if you are not expecting to use them often.

Also, if you are relying on Skype, it may be worth purchasing a phone card which will give you cheaper calls back to your home country in case you cannot use Skype for any reason.

Get into Your Routine

There can be so much going on when you first arrive that it can be difficult to get into a routine. However, the sooner you do so the better. Plan time to go exploring and see all the sights, and maybe even take a few days off work at the start. But remember that you are there to work and the quicker you get into your routine the better.

Get Comfortable in Your New Office

Make sure you get set up as soon as possible when you first arrive in your new country. Once you have arranged your working space and you feel confident that you have everything you need, you will feel a lot more settled and then you can start earning money from your new country without any problems.

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