True story: This last week was the week from technology hell.
Because I’m in the middle of moving 1200 miles, so not only have I fought missing cables and NAS storage crashes, I’ve also battled dial-up slow “high speed” internet connections in hotels and even had my IP address blocked from my client’s website due to “suspicious activity”.
At one point I was literally frustrated to tears.(No kidding – I curled up with one of my dogs and cried.)
Your moving story doesn’t have to be like mine, though. In fact, learn from my mistakes and you’ll ease the pain of moving for both you and your clients.
Test. Test. Test.
When you’re in new places, experiment prior to needing your equipment.
- Test your internet connection, access to cloud storage/client files, and wi-fi.
- Test Skype, GoToMeeting, etc. with a friend or family member.
- Test your cell phone service and bluetooth connectivity.
If you experience any problems, choose a secondary location such as a cafe or coffee shop with free wi-fi (and test there, too).
Pack extra peripherals.
Inevitably, even the most organized freelancer misplaces a vital component, which can add to your moving expenses and frustration level.
- Pack extra power cables and network cables. Sometimes you get the one room with zero wi-fi.
- Pack earbuds or headphones. If you need to work in a public place or your significant other is watching TV, remove distractions with soothing tunes.
- Pack extra batteries. You’ll be grouchy if you have to first locate and then run to the nearest store for mouse batteries at 11pm.
Give yourself an extra three days
Moving is incredibly time-consuming work, even if you hire a company like Mayflower there is so much to do during a move, and you’re going to freelance far less than you intend.
So build in at least three days to complete projects during your move. Having that buffer allows you to sleep, and sleep is an amazing thing.
Be overly redundant.
Not having access to your files is like breaking down on the side of the road – am I right? You feel helpless, stranded, and at a loss, which is usually followed by a string of words you wouldn’t repeat to your children.
Make sure your files are in several locations – a combination of cloud storage, NAS storage, hard drives, and flash drives to make certain you’ll have access to everything you need regardless of what fails.
Your sanity = confidence boost + happy clients.
When working isn’t a hassle, you’ll look – and feel – like the utmost professional when you’re handling your clients with similar ease as you did prior to moving.
And hey, who doesn’t love a good confidence boost for handling moving and freelancing like a pro?
Have you ever moved while freelancing, from across town to across continents? How did you handle freelancing while moving? Share your tips or questions in the comments!