We always hear stories of bookkeepers and accountants who are able to leave the country for months at a time, while maintaining their workload, and working with clients as if they are still in the office. Their peers and colleagues can never grasp the idea of travelling and working, and are always a little sceptical, but more so, really jealous.
How does this philosophy of travelling, while maintaining your workload, work? The key is to make your daily operations as simple as possible. A good start to creating a simple process is to adopt a paperless philosophy, which allows for important documents to be filed in one electronic system; all of which can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. (www.smallbusinessbc.ca/post/paperless-philosophy-how-it-works-and-why-your-business-needs-it)
Many users who use application such as LedgerDocs, for example, are bookkeepers and accountants who use the application for just this reason. Clients are able to upload their documents directly into the application, which is securely stored and regularly backed up through our servers. Uploading these documents can be done in a number of ways, including the use of your smartphone (Free iPhone app currently available). This allows for all of the documents to be in one location, ready to be accessed.
It is a big step to work away from the office, and can be intimidating at first. As long as you have the right tools for the job, and set aside the proper time to complete the work (Don’t spend your entire vacation lounging on the beach), you will be able to successfully implement the “work and travel” philosophy into your life. It is important to think about what you will need to complete the tasks ahead of you. A laptop is an obvious must, but it can also help to bring a tablet which can be used as a second screen, making the necessary job functions as simple as possible.
Now that you have the proper tools, it is time to book your next trip. Remember to set aside an appropriate amount of time by the pool to complete your work tasks!
Original: By Dene Paquin from LedgerDocs www.ledgerdocs.com/blog/work-and-travel-take-care-of-business-no-matter-where-you-are