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6 Summer Tips For Freelancers And Digital Nomads

Summer is almost upon us, and with it comes the unrelenting urge to get outside, go to the beach, and maybe travel a little. For freelancers and digital nomads, summer often comes with its own challenges, which require some creative thinking to get your work done as well as catch some rays and hang out with friends. Here's a list of some tips that will help you achieve your goals this summer.

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1. Contact your clients and see if their schedule changes in summer.

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Find out when they’re going on vacation and for how long, exchange summer plans so that everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected from them.

2. Set up a work schedule.

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Having a structure in place for when you’re supposed to work and when you can go out and play will help get yourself organized and manage your time so that things don’t fall through the cracks.

3. If you're staying at home for most of the summer, plan a trip (or a small getaway).

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Whenever you're being haunted by your friends' beach pictures on social media, having a planned (if small) vacation will help you disregard that nasty, envious feeling that can crop up at times. Instead of staring morosely at nothing, wishing you were doing nothing, you can tell yourself that your time for a holiday will come. Kind of a "light at the end of the tunnel" thing, something to hold on to while you're stuck at home working.

Another alternative is to plan a working vacation so that you can have the best of both worlds. By always respecting your schedule, you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it too. Plan a trip to the beach, making sure that wherever you're staying has a great internet connection.

Remember to give yourself weekends (though not necessarily on weekends). If you're visiting a new country, you will surely want to get out there and do some sightseeing, get to know the place. That's what your "weekends" can be for. As remote workers though, we may have to work on Saturdays and Sundays, but can perhaps get Mondays and Tuesdays off to do the tourist thing.

4. Take advantage of opportunities to change up your location.

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If at some point in your work, you don’t need a reliable connection, you can pick up your laptop and head somewhere else, maybe a fancy seaside café or something like that for a change of scenery. To make the most of your battery life in these situations, I suggest that you download a battery manager application. However, better avoid taking your laptop to the beach, as sand, salt water, and laptops don't make for a great mix.

If you can’t afford some offline time, then I suggest that you invest in a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. For those who will be hopping around the globe for any length of time, a reliable internet connection is a must.

5. Freelancers and remote workers that are traveling overseas, remember to pack the right plug adapters.

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You wouldn’t want to find yourself with a dead battery and no way to charge it until you can purchase one locally. If you’re a digital nomad that plans visiting various countries, a universal plug adapter will be your best bet.

6. Mind the time zones.

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If your working vacation takes you somewhere far away, you have to be careful of the time zones as your deadline may be coming sooner than expected. Same goes for your calls with your clients: plan ahead and rearrange things so that you don’t miss important contacts.

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