Preparing a Back-Up Plan when Working from Abroad

Just because working from overseas has become easier than ever before, that does not mean that preparing for the worst case scenario should not be a concern.

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You may be living in a country thousands of miles away from your home, so there is even more reason to prepare for the unexpected when you are abroad than when you are working from your home country.

Back Up Everything

One potential problem is the loss of your work documents. If you are working for clients either in your new home or back in your home country, you will almost certainly have a number of important documents that you are working on.

Whatever your profession, if you lose crucial documents, either through theft or a computer meltdown, you may find yourself unable to bill your clients and unable to pay your rent.

Running out of money whilst living abroad is certainly not part of the plan, so make sure that you are prepared for this by backing up all of your files all the time.

Dropbox is becoming the standard way to quickly and easily back up your files from your computer or smartphone and store them online so you can get access to them from anywhere.

But don’t stop there: every day, get into the habit of backing up all of your important documents to a hard drive or USB stick which you keep separate from your computer, and that way you will stand a much greater chance of being able to access your work no matter what happens.

You may also want to back up all of your emails on a regular basis to avoid losing crucial communications with clients.

Have Some Spare Cash To Hand

What if you don’t just lose your files, but you lose your entire computer?

It could break down or get stolen, and this could put you in a world of trouble. After all, your computer is often the one essential piece of equipment you need to own when working from overseas.

You should always make sure that you have access to enough money to buy a new one as soon as you need one. That may mean saving some cash away, or it might just mean having a credit card handy.

Without your means to work, things will get very difficult very quickly, so always make sure you don’t get caught out.

Make Sure You Can Get Home

In the worst case scenario, you could end up falling ill during your time abroad. Aside from being very unpleasant, this could mean that you are unable to work, earn money and therefore pay your rent.

In short, in the most drastic circumstances it could mean that you end up cutting short your trip.

Back home you may be able to sign up for Jobseeker’s Allowance, but when living abroad these back-up safety nets may not be so easy to arrange.

There may be other situations when you want to travel back home early. A family crisis may mean you have to cut your trip short, or a friend’s wedding might be something that you cannot miss out on.

Whatever the situation, always make sure that you are able to travel home when you need to. That might mean purchasing a flight ticket that you can change with short notice, or having enough money tucked away to book your flight immediately if you need to.

Either way, don’t get stuck abroad when you want to get back home because that is no fun at all.

Always Have a Back-Up Plan

The chances are that everything will go smoothly when you live and work abroad, but you have to be aware of the potential problems which can arise so that you can prepare for them in advance.

Back up all your work and make sure that you have a good amount of money saved away for emergencies to access whenever you need to, and you can prepare for the worst case scenarios.

It is also worth mentioning that a good travel insurance policy is a must when living abroad, especially one which has good medical cover as medical costs can rise very quickly indeed if you are not covered.

1 Comment

  1. Les Yooung
    April 25, 2012

    I get the premiere AAA membership every year for the emergency medical transport & travel accident coverage.


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