We're closing the office and moving to an entirely remote model. We already have half the team, so with that in mind, I'm thinking of spending time in different European cities. I'll have to be super disciplined about work but does anyone have any tips, experience thoughts they could share? I'm looking for potential issues with this approach and risks to my relatively new business :)
I have been running my agency remotely for over 5 months now and we are built entirely from Slack and Trello boards. Meetings happen only once a week and the rest of time we work while the others are sleeping.
Digital nomadism is a dream a lot of people have. The most important part of building your business while traveling is having a fallback defcon strategy if you end up in place with no internet.
The easiest way to prepare for that is save all your passwords and information in some accessible google drive with your partner or assistant.
From that point, you need to either hire a trust worthy VA or have a work partner who will be able to run actions as you travel.
For instance, if you are starting an ecommerce store, you have to have someone who can within 24 hours to all shipping questions if you can't. Someone should also be able to build out product descriptions that you assign.
Productivity tools and assessment work boards are the only ways to handle this. I suggest making sure your whole team, regardless of role is on Slack and Trello. Every day do some sort of check in and be sure to assign tasks that need specialized jobs done to the right people.
Before you start traveling, test the strategy out just remotely. If you can get by with only checking in once a day for an hour or two, you are ready to start traveling.