Guide for the Business Traveller

If you think that the office 9 to 5 life isn’t for you, you will be happy to learn that it has become easier than ever to work from home or travel and work. The advent of the internet, along with the plethora of personal technology available has really helped us make the first steps to workplace independence.

In this guide, we want to not only show you how you can work from home, but also open your eyes to the multitude of opportunities that are available if you want to travel for work or work and travel.

Home office guide and must haves

If you are a business traveller, a freelancer that works while travelling, or a someone that works from home, you will need an office space at your place of residence. While one of the benefits of working away from the office is that you can become a couch potato and still earn a living, it’s not very good for your productivity or your health.

Make an office space

Although many people claim to be more productive when working from home, it still helps to have that space that is planted in your mind as a “working environment”. A corner or L-shaped desk is an effective way to cordon off an area. You can also achieve this effect by using different color furniture, for example. A good office desk is a must.

Ergonomic office furniture

Another very good reason to set up an office is for your own health. Ergonomics is a field of study aimed at making furniture more comfortable, productive, and safe to use. Sitting with bad posture or working at awkward angles like lying on the bed not only becomes uncomfortable after a while but isn’t good for your health. Office furniture is usually made with ergonomics in mind and for long hours of use. There is no replacement for a good office desk and chair.

Internet connection

If you travel more than you are at home a fixed line might seem like a bit of a waste. The benefits of having a 24/7 on-demand internet access can not be overestimated. It’s hard to move around the house with only fixed line connections so invest in WiFi. If you really don’t want to commit to a line, use a plug and play modem that you can top up with data.

Good lighting

It’s horrible for your eyes health to work in bad light. It also tends to make you squint and slouch that affects your posture. A decent desk lamp and room lighting are essential.

Multifunction printer

A benefit of working in a conventional office is all the free access to appliances. If you work from home you should invest in a multifunction printer so that you won’t have to keep running to the nearest printing store whenever you need to print something out.

Other tidbits:

  • Office chair mat
  • Cable management
  • Calendar
  • Drawers
  • Filing system (if you have a lot of paperwork)
  • Ergonomic computer accessories (Mouse mat, monitor, monitor stand/arm)

The travelling businessman checklist

For those of you who work on the go, having a checklist of highly useful items is essential to make sure you are ready on the day of departure. Check out these handy tools that can only improve your business travel experience.

  • MiFi hotspot: These credit card sized portable wifi hotspots can connect you to many 4G networks and MiFi hotspots on the go.
  • Passbook app: This is a nifty app that organizes and stores all your boarding passes, tickets, and so on in one place.
  • Travel size hygiene items: Most planes have a limit of 100ml liquids. Make sure you have some around to take on those unexpected trips.
  • An efficient carry-on bag: Go to any decent travel store and you will find carry-on bags that fit the allowed dimensions yet offer a surprising amount of packing space.
  • Power bank: It is shocking how many airports have limited, or no, charging stations. Sometimes you are also too busy to let your phone charge.
  • Global travel adapter: There are many handy travel adapters that can adapt from, and to, any outlet in one plug.

Frequent travel careers

You will be surprised at how many jobs there are today where travel is not only a luxury, but a requirement! Most of these aren’t even as exotic as you would imagine and there are plenty of opportunities available for those that have the skill. We know how freelancing has taken the world by storm through sites such as freelancer.com and Upwork, but for now let’s look at some more traditional jobs that allow for, and require, travel.

Auditors

Auditors are regularly sent out to perform audits on other businesses. Although the chance might be small that you are sent overseas, you will most likely be sent all over your country to perform these audits.

Construction managers

Big construction companies run construction projects all over the country and even abroad. This career path requires a lot of field work and you can expect to be sent to oversee construction projects wherever needed.

Consultants

This career can span almost any industry niche you can think of. Many people that have built a career in a specific field and garnered years of experience then go on to sell this expertise to other companies. Because you are so highly specialised companies don’t mind hiring from overseas as long as it solves their problem.

Event coordinator

Sure, if you start out with a small practice of your own or at a small company you will most likely only coordinate local events. If you make a name for yourself or land a big job, who knows where you could go (or who you could meet).

Sales representative

This type of career usually doesn’t require much in the way of formal education and is highly results-based. Large corporations usually already have overseas contracts and interests as well as local ones. If you are a persuasive and charismatic individual this could be the job for you.

Field service engineer

In recent years IT field service engineers have become especially widespread as clients usually don’t have the skills to implement big IT systems on their own. The same goes for any other field. In essence, you are a customer service representative.

Popular travel jobs

Tired of your day-to-day office job? Want to take a break after college, but earn some money? Or are you just craving to see the world but don’t have the funds to just travel? Nowadays, there are many opportunities available for someone that wants an answer to one, or all, of these questions. These jobs are great for a few months (or years) of escape, but it is possible to build a career from them too. Let’s look at some popular travel jobs.

ESL/TEFL teacher

For most countries, all you need is a bachelor’s degree, native level English, and an online certificate. Asian countries, in particular, have a desperate need to improve their nationals English, creating an amazing opportunity for English speakers. China is the world’s biggest consumer of this kind of service. However, many European countries such as Russia, Spain, and the Czech Republic also have a big market.

Au pair

This job description basically entails that you stay with a family for a period of time, helping out with chores, taking care of the kids, and helping them with homework. The salaries aren’t big but considering your board is taken care of and you get to completely integrate with a local family, who can complain?

Diving instructor

If you are a diver you can take your training further until you can become an instructor yourself. Head over to Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as a starting point for information. Many exotic locations hire western diving instructors because of their English skill.

Freelance/Travel writer and photographer

Although finding freelance writing jobs are pretty easy for anyone with impeccable English writing skills, making money of your own travel blog takes a lot of time and commitment. However, once you get a good following it could become an excellent way to supplement your income and justify your world-trotting.