Imagine you are stuck in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the world. Your train has broken down or perhaps the weather is wreaking havoc at some isolated airfield. Maybe you are visiting a little village in the desert and your camels have fallen ill, leaving you stranded for a few days. Or perhaps you are just not finding a strong enough internet connection through your hotel or cafe, and your clients are breathing down your neck and you can’t access your email.
Not being able to rely on a constant, consistent internet connection is probably one of the biggest causes for distress for a running your location independent business. Often a client will want something at short notice, even just an email reply regarding a query they have, and if you can’t access the web, you are not going to be able to answer them.
The flow on effects from this are a disillusioned clients, and potentially less business and a lower digital nomad salary in the future. Again, considering digital nomads are relying on client work to sustain their lifestyles, this can be diabolical in your ambitions to successfully run your business.
There are plenty of advantages to working as a digital nomad, however this certainly falls into the category of disadvantage.
So how can you avoid getting into this incredibly frustrating, stressful and sticky situation? Like a lot of things, technology has again progressed to a stage where this can be almost FULLY avoided. The answer is to always carry an international data sim around with you.
We are not talking about activating international roaming with your country specific service provider. This is extremely expensive, and not a financially viable option for the most of us.
And if you thought this global technology for frequent country hoppers was only reserved for the likes of James Bond, think again.
In the last few years, many dedicated international data sim providers have been popping up around the web like wildfire. Some are backed by big corporate entities with the strategy of becoming the retail authority on the niche market. However many are also small start ups that are just dedicating their business to providing international sim’s.
These data sims can provide you with access to the web from over 180 countries. Of course, the rate per gigabyte is not as cheap as what you would get at home. But hey, cut them some slack, you’re getting internet in the middle of the Rajasthan and your client is a happy little camper because you were able to update their website for them.
Whichever service you decide to go with, what you will get is a very handy backup and peace of mind when it comes to living as a location independent digital nomad.
Another bonus is that the sim doesn’t weigh anything making it easy to travel light, so you can pretty much just keep it in your wallet for those internet connection emergencies. It’s also very easy to top up these prepaid sims with data as all the providers allow for online purchasing of prepaid data.
So next time the car, bus, truck or elephant breaks down and you find yourself stuck somewhere remote without any means of communication technology, slip your sim into you’re phone or tablet and take care of business.
Prepared by Work Play Nomad