Online Business Without a Laptop

General, Working on the Road

Contrary to what you may think, having a successful online business doesn’t mean having the latest & greatest technology.

While we traveled in Alaska for a family trip, I decided to do an experiment. I didn’t bring  my very old, very heavy MacBook Pro from 2012. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. We were gone for nearly three weeks. In addition, there were several long flights and I am a nut about getting a ton of work done while flying. Plus, I knew there would be down time in our room while we were at sea… And I wasn’t planning to do a lot of excursions…

Turning “off” while traveling

Sometimes as online business owners it can be hard to “shut off.” I know it is for me at least. Because I don’t have to go to a physical location, I feel like I can constantly be sneaking in a little work time. That I should be sneaking in a little work time….

In the end, however, a different weirdness of mine won out. I LOVE to travel light. I pride myself on how little I can take on a trip and still have everything I need. Sure my laptop isn’t all that big, but it is heavy and another thing to lug around and worry about. So I left it home…

This is the result.

It turns out, I learned a lot about business on this Alaskan adventure with my family. Who knew that celebrating my parents 50th Anniversary with my sisters and their families could teach me so much about the joys of working for myself.

One of the best lessons of all, however, came during the second half of the trip, when we stayed at an amazing fishing lodge owned by a completely different type of entrepreneur – a family whose overhead costs and ways of doing business are completely different than mine, but whose business had some striking similarities nonetheless. You can read about that lesson here:  Online Business or Alaskan Fishing Lodge: The Business Principles are the Same


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