Technology That Makes it Easy to Work From Anywhere

Twilight in Bayfield, Work From Anywhere, Tech Tips, Funnel Marketing Consulting

So, last August we achieved a major milestone in our lives. My husband & I bought a sailboat. A 32′ Freedom to be more specific!

This is now our “summer home” & we’re in prep phase to move back on for our 1st full season {Wow, SO Excited!}.

I’ve worked from anywhere for years. My husband, Robin, who’s in IT, does pretty well, but still goes onsite to client offices around once a week.

In the process of both living & moving more & more towards a mobile, work from anywhere lifestyle, we definitely have some favorite tech!

Just to be clear, there are a LOT of tech options that would certainly do the job great. Whether you’re thinking of going mobile or looking to improve, see if any of the below resonates with you…

  1. Awesome nationwide phone coverage
  2. Last Sept & part of Oct when we were on the boat, the wi-fi wasn’t reliable, so we ended up using our phones as a mobile hotspot at times. The upgrade in data for us what a choice vs renting a small space for an office.

  3. Mobile Hotspot
  4. This is an actual, separate device for Internet connection {still with proper phone coverage} so we wouldn’t have to use our phones {sometimes we’d want to actually make a call}

  5. Phone {Google Voice, skype, phone apps}
  6. I have my cell for personal use with other apps, including Skype for my “business number” that can be answered via my cell if I’d like. I prefer to use a headset on my laptop with Skype for calls.

  7. Doc Storage {Google Drive {& apps}, Box.com,
  8. I live in Google Drive & love Docs! Robin has many clients who use Box, though, as their permissions for folders & individual files can be shared with external users easily.

  9. Bank {mobile deposit, paypal, stripe}
  10. Gotta love mobile pay technology! Stripe is my favorite, but we both have Paypal accounts as well. 100% of my clients pay electronically, while many of Robin’s business clients still write & send checks. Love our mobile deposit bank app, too!

  11. Screensharing {join.me, Zoom, skype}
  12. Last fall I successfully completed 2 major client presentations on our boat using Skype, & screensharing! Love!

  13. Video
  14. Like it or not, video is the #1 way to make authentic connections with people without actually being there in person. To use this, we recommend a solid Internet connection vs phone data.

  15. Outsourcing {Upwork, Fiverr}
  16. Priceless for either small stuff that needs to be done or ongoing specialty as well! I’ve hired & managed teams via Upwork {formerly Odesk} for years!

So, what do you think? any “A-Ha” moments?

What would you add?

Please let me know in the comments below.

I Believe in You & We Got This!

Big Hugs,
Crystal 🙂

5 Reasons Why We Should Strive for a 30 hr Work Week

Work from Anywhere, Life Redefined, Retirement Redefined, Funnel Marketing Consulting

A number of years ago, my husband & I were discussing our “Ideal Lifestyle”… amidst the hustle & bustle of {at the time} 2 teenage daughters, both in hockey… our lives were very different than it is now {but that’s another story!}.

Although we’re known for thinking outside the box {compared to our family anyway!}, we ran the gamut of ideas from selling our house & business, buying a 5th Wheel & traveling the country with our daughters before they were grown & gone…. to living on a sailboat… working remotely… living anywhere… etc.

While we did end up taking a 2 month working family roadtrip from Minne~snow~ta down the eastern side of Florida… down to the Keys {where this awesome pic was taken! Yup, that’s a dolphin, swimming playfully in the wake of the boat we were on in the Everglades!}… then up the western side, before heading “back up north”… this proved to be the perfect “Test” for us regarding our mobility & everything that went along with it.

When it comes down to it, I {we} believe that life can be pretty stressful & that waiting until we’re in our 60s to take any sort of “break” from working, other than the odd, typically “weekend vacation” just simply doesn’t sound appealing to us. {Does it to you?!}

Because of this, my husband & I said, “What if we could create a lifestyle where we only worked 30, then 20 hrs a week?” How would we feel, mentally, emotionally, physically? So…. why would we “stop” working at a certain age… assuming we were physically, mentally, & emotionally able to continue?

So… we have PLENTY of WHYs to only work 30 hours a week… but let’s take a closer look at my favorites…

1.  Better Emotional Health

I don’t know of anybody {well, except perhaps my dad who has “no stress”… it’s actually a joke with us} who wouldn’t be better equipped to deal with life’s curve balls if given more time off, right?!

2. More Creative Flow

Especially true for us Highly Sensitives, how wonderful would it be to have SO Much More unscheduled time that would empower our brains to process & seemingly “like magic” come up with wonderfully creative ideas & solutions?! How fun!

3. Better Physical Health

So, one of our goals is to get outside so much more than we used to. How much fun would it be to hike, snowshoe, climb, paddleboard, bike, kayak, ski, snowboard, body board, etc AND then realize that by doing these “fun” outdoor activities, we were becoming physically healthier at the same time?! #Priceless

4. More Career Focus

If your goal was to only work 20-30 hrs a week, do you think it would help to be more focused, thus productive during the times you WERE working?! You Bet! I believe we’d be “forced” to really scrutinize how we’re using our time & what we could then delegate, right?!

5. More Fulfilling Life

Whether we spend time being proactive with important relationships or the ability to Give Back in a way that’s meaningful to us {mentor, volunteer, donate, etc}, or the time & space to learn a new skill…. the effects would be staggering!

So, there’s my short list! I LOVE this topic, am very passionate about it, & could go on, but my intention with these is to plant a seed & get the creative juices flowing for how this could be applied to you & your life…. should this resonate with you as well!

So, what do you think? Any “A-Ha” moments?

What would be critical that you’d add? Please let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

I Believe in You! & We Got This!

Let’s  Rock Your #PositiveImpact,
Crystal 🙂

Crystal Kumpula with Funnel Marketing Consulting