This section addresses how to transform an existing freelance business into one that can be done remotely from around the world. How do you manage clients, get paid, work with time zone differences and not get fired when you are potentially thousands of miles away?
The Life Remotely team consists of a graphic designer, web developer and a software developer. We have such a huge variety of clients that we’re confident this advice will apply most all freelancers.
When you decide to uproot your laptop from the spot on your desk it’s been crusted to and live in a place, that well, just sucks less, there’s a few things you must never ever do. I really mean never. Ever. They will get you booted off the team. Sometimes immediately, other times in a slow painful way that will eventually see the end of your location independent freelance career.
The most critical part of a freelance career is putting money in the bank. A working professional without a permanent address will find that this is often more difficult than it should be.
For simplicity sake, I assume that you have established a freelance business in a certain location (the US in my case) and that your bank and your clients are all in the same place.
I also assume that you have an ATM card, so getting money out of the bank isn’t an issue. The problem that needs solving is how to get your clients’ payments into your bank.
One or two hours difference? Not a problem. Other side of the world? Problem. Most people say the best resolution is to adjust your working day to match theirs. Get up earlier or work later. I say phooey. Work when you want, just follow a few simple tips to keep your clients at ease.
We're not contemplating whether you should or shouldn't tell your clients you are traveling. You should. The question is how.
As a freelancer, I’m sure you’ve come to recognize that every client is different. Some of them are a lot different and some are down right loony. However, they do pay your bills and they all deserve to be told if major changes are happening in your business.