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5 Smart Tips to Run Your Business While Travelling

5 Smart Tips to Run Your Business While TravellingOne of the key benefits of being your own boss is that you are free to move around the country and – why not – the globe as you please. Many entrepreneurs and lifestyle business owners are highly mobile and enjoy the freedom they afford to the maximum. And while they travel and explore new places and cultures, they also continue to run their businesses.

Modern technology makes it very easy to work from anywhere around the world. These days, entrepreneurs can host video conferences, manage their daily schedule, and create and send email documents using their smartphone. Various other apps help you automate your online marketing and social media activities, manage your time, keep track of payments from clients and communicate with anyone from any corner of the world at affordable prices.

At a glance, it seems that it is no big deal to manage a business on the go. However, it takes lots of planning and discipline to keep yourself focused on your work, when there are so many temptations and exciting things to do along your travel. Here are some helpful tips for you:

1. Set Specific Days Just for Work
Whether you explore a city or a country, you will have full days when you visit tourist attractions, museums or go on nature trails. However, you should fit at least two full work days per week in which you will stay in your leased apartment or hotel room and focus entirely on work.

These distraction-free days must be a staple in your schedule, no matter how long the journey may be. During these days, you will have the time to catch up with business issues, respond to emails, have video conferences with clients, and cover any other topics which require time and full attention.

2. Keep Track of the Time Zones
It may be 1 p.m. in Athens, Greece, but it is only 6 a.m. in New York, USA – not a great time to make a business phone call. In order to avoid unpleasant and embarrassing situations, always keep track of time zones and set your smartphone and laptop to display the time in your locations of interest, apart for the current time in your location.

3. Always Buy Local SIM Cards
If you use your US-based mobile phone, you will incur huge roaming fees, both on the voice and data plans. The simple and smart solution is to buy a prepaid SIM card from every country you are visiting and recharge it according to your needs. If you are a frequent visitor to certain countries, it may be worthwhile considering a subscription-based mobile plan.

4. Learn about Different Local Business Practices and Customs
Each culture has its particularities even when it comes to conducting business affairs. You will certainly get to do some business with local customers and other businesses (this is the whole point of traveling and doing business after all). For example, in Japan it is considered rude to say “no” directly during negotiations, you should seek a milder formula of rejection. In South American countries it is customary to open the discussion by talking about non-business issues, such as weather, sports, current events, etc.

5. Use Cloud Storage Facilities
Your computer or smartphone should not be the only storage solution for important documents. They could malfunction or be stolen from you, and you would lose lots and lots of valuable data. Cloud storage is the best way of keeping documents secure and always available to you wherever you may be located.

Last but not least, do not forget to input in your accounting software the location from each place where you are doing business. This is very important for the calculation of the taxes you owe, because you can take advantage of the double taxation avoidance treaties signed by the USA with various countries.

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How to Use LinkedIn in 2017 for Business

How to Use LinkedIn in 2017 for BusinessLinkedIn has changed a lot since November 2016. This is when the professional social media platform was acquired by Microsoft in an astounding $26 billion deal. That is a lot of money, even for one of the largest software companies in the world and, if they were willing to pay the price, it means only one thing: LinkedIn is worth every single dollar.

This is something you should keep in mind as you are planning or adjusting your marketing plans. You cannot ignore LinkedIn as a powerful and affordable platform to grow your brand image and to attract new customers, investors, and business partners.

As you may have probably noticed, some changes to the look and functionalities of LinkedIn have already been implemented. In this article, we will tell you what else is different from the point of view of promoting and advertising your business on LinkedIn. Let us get started!

1. The Hashtag Is Coming Back
Some years ago, LinkedIn experimented with the hashtag (even before Facebook took the idea from Twitter) but it didn’t really catch on so they quietly snuffed it. At that moment, the professional community did not regard the hashtag as a “serious” and “professional” way of highlighting skills, keywords or core values.

But things have changed tremendously since then, and everyone knows how important the hashtag is, even corporate CEOs. So the hashtag is back, currently on the LinkedIn mobile app, but quite soon on its web platform as well. This means that you can use the experience you gained with using hashtags on other social media platforms to enhance your LinkedIn content and make it visible for the right keywords.

2. LinkedIn Pulse – A Powerful Content Marketing Platform
LinkedIn Pulse is one of the best free marketing features of this social media platform. For one, you can showcase your expertise, tag your articles with relevant keywords and include backlinks to your website.

On the other hand, there are the instant notifications sent to all your connections every time you post a new article. Yes, everyone you are connected with gets a personal notification of this – and since people are highly likely to click on mobile push notifications, your content will have more readers and sharers than ever.

3. Lead Generation
The new LinkedIn platform includes new tools for businesses to attract the right candidates, to showcase their expertise and their potential as employers. These new tools will not only help you increase the chances of attracting talent to your company, but will also improve your credibility and image among potential customers and business partners.

You can also take advantage of the new Sponsored InMail function which is proven to get you three times more replies than regular emails. However, in order to work in your favor, a Sponsored InMail should only be sent to a qualified lead, so that it is not marked as spam by receivers.

4. One Word: Remarketing
So far, LinkedIn has been quite deficient in the remarketing department, but no more. From now on, you will be able to create, select and target specific custom audiences, almost in the same manner as on Facebook. While the remarketing tools are still in the beginner phase on LinkedIn, its in-depth professional targeting tools are spectacular: you can target specific job titles, within companies of a specific size and located in a specific area.

Combined with the remarketing tools, you can now target junior CEOs from medium-sized enterprises who have interacted with your business three months ago, or who failed to complete a purchase following a LinkedIn ad.

5. Sponsored Content Outside LinkedIn
The value of this feature is immense – even though it is still unclear how many websites will be included in this program. However, you will be able, based on the LinkedIn profile data you collect from people who click on your ads, to track them and show them ads on other websites they are browsing.

Most likely, LinkedIn will partner with news and professional websites and forums, which their users are usually browsing.

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Top Business Ideas You Can Run from Anywhere

Top Business Ideas You Can Run from AnywhereSo far, the main topic of our articles has focused on home-based businesses. Some of our readers have raised the legitimate question of whether you are required to actually stay at home in order to run these businesses. This is an interesting topic, because the concept of a home-based business is not really connected to a location, but to the freedom of staying in a friendly and cozy environment, and creating a fair balance between work and personal life.

It is true that some business ideas we have discussed require you to have an established home office to conduct meetings with customers or to develop your products or services. However, there are lots of business opportunities which allow you to be as mobile as you want. In the fast-paced world we live in, your spouse may get a job opportunity in another city or even in another country, or you may simply be the rolling stone type who cannot be bound in the same place for a long time.

Whatever the case may be, today we will present you with the list of the top five business ideas which can be run from any place in the world without limitations.

1. Web or Graphic Designer
Talent for design knows no borders or limitations. If you have this talent, have developed your skills and have a consistent portfolio, you can offer your services to clients all over the world and from any location you wish. You could be in a chalet in the Alps or on a beach in the Caribbean and still work for your clients. After all, you only need your laptop with design software installed on it and internet connection.

Extra tip: Adobe, the main supplier of graphic and web design software, has launched a suite of its most popular products for mobile, so you can make adjustments to your projects on the go as you wait between two connecting flights.

2. Fitness or Nutrition Coach
In the age of fast food and increasingly sedentary people, advice for eating healthy and exercising properly is valuable. A lot of nutritionists and gym owners are running online coaching websites and their online side-business is almost as profitable (if not even more profitable) as the main one.

This type of business is also free from the constraints of an office or gym. Any place where you can find a quiet corner to record your videos and demonstrate a few simple fitness exercises is sufficient in order to continue running your business. Actually, travelling is very good for your online nutrition business: you can discover new superfoods and delicious and healthy recipes to share with your subscribers.

3. Copywriter or Content Curator
There are very few space and technological restraints for people who are talented at writing, considering the fact that the latest generation smartphones are equipped by default with an Office suite, including text, spreadsheet and slide editing tools. Many freelance copywriters say that they are most inspired to work in a park or in the middle of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is one of those lines of business which allows you to search for your comfort zone – whatever and wherever it may be – and be able to keep doing what you are the best at.

4. Business Consultant
Liberal professions and consultancy are two niches which will always be in demand and which do not need you to be in a specific place to supply your services to clients. With the abundance of free video conference software and secure data transfer and storage, you could be anywhere in this world and continue to look over company documents, prepare your reports and advise your customers on the best approach to solve their issues.

5. Social Media Specialist
Social media is the most efficient marketing platform currently available to small and large companies. If you are one of those early birds who understood the importance of social media ahead of many others and learned the ins and outs of engagement, reach, likes and shares, then you can run a successful business as a social media specialist or account manager for many companies. The best part about this business idea? You can run it from any place on this world (except for a few countries which do not like social media and where you wouldn’t really want to go to, anyway).

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