Getting permission to be location independent is the easy part. Being good at it is much, much harder. People have all kinds of strategies for making it work, here’s what works for me:

Leverage technology – Conference calls suck, emails suck. I use Facetime, Google+ Hangouts, & Cisco Telepresence, to stay in touch with my clients and team members. Video conferencing makes a huge difference. 

Dedicated work time – The point of your new freedom is not to spend 10 hours in front of your computer. You’ll be amazed how much more you get down without office distractions. If I am on the road, I set 2-3 hours in the morning to spend at a coffee shop doing work, and only work. Pick a time, set up a system for making sure you focus, and be consistent. 

Work space –When I’m not on the road, I am a huge fan of coworking. Currently I’m spending the majority of my time in Portland (nope, the other one in Maine), and I’m renting a desk at a dedicated coworking space (thinktank). Rent is cheap, wifi is fast, and it allows me to talk to humans which is a plus. Coworking spaces are popping up all over the place, find one here.

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