Have you ever considered just packing everything up in your bag, grabbing your laptop, and heading abroad in search of adventure? For a lot of online entrepreneurs and webmasters, it’s the number one reason they get into internet marketing in the first place. And many of these thrill-seeking businessmen and women are having quite a time of it indeed – living fabulous lifestyles cities in Southeast Asia or South America for $1000 – $2000 a month, and living large on that much too.

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3. Stick to One Place

Pick one place and stick to it – not only will this give you a richer cultural experience, but it’ll also make it easier to maintain your focus and get business done. It’s hard to stick with a regular schedule and correct motivation when constantly on the move and exploring new places.

Choosing one great, livable city will allow you to tap into the infrastructure and set up a nice, comfortable life. You can always take side trips on the weekends to check out other places or even take the occasional weeks off if your business is doing well.

4. Maintain Your Sanity

Speaking of settling into a routine, don’t make that a luxury – make it a necessity. It’s easy to quickly lose your bearing abroad. You’re experiencing new things, meeting new people, seeing wild new sights – it’s very easy to get caught up and just want to have fun all the time.

Have your fun but balance it by keeping a regular schedule with set hours (of course you can stray from time to time) and taking your weekends off. I’ve lived in some of the wildest party destinations on Earth; trust me when I say that it can sweep you away, throwing your whole business and life off track.

5. Keep a Presence at Home

It does depend on exactly what you’re doing online, but it can be hard to maintain credibility with clients and customers if it’s too obvious that you are overseas.
I say this from somewhat of a hypocritical standpoint as I usually tell my customers where I am and what I’m doing. But the difference is that I usually wait until they’ve already hired me to get to know them like that.

Some online marketplaces won’t even let you do business on their platform if your location is know to be high-risk for scams.

6. Network

You’re likely not the only online entrepreneur in your new international living destination – that is, unless you’ve really detoured off the beaten track. Seek these people out and network with them. This will give you more healthy interaction and you can learn a lot from people who are already established abroad.

Good resources for meeting other online entrepreneurs or business groups are Meetup.com, WarriorForum.com, Couchsurfing.org, travel forums, and forums specific to your niche or other hobbies.

7. Pay for a Nice Place

I recommend not skimping on your room. I’ve paid as low as $60 a month for an apartment before, and while the savings were certainly nice, international living comes with enough stresses and frustrations already. Sometimes it will wear on you and you’ll get a bit of cultural shock, and this tends to happen more if your place is not up to par.

Not to mention that when it does happen, it’s nice to have a luxurious, comfortable cave to escape.

Really nice apartments can be had at rock bottom bargain in the right locales, so why not take advantage of fine living and squeeze your budget elsewhere?
Thailand Apartment

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8. Have an Emergency Plan

An emergency plan is a necessity in some places – and by this I refer to staying connected where internet is spotty or blackouts frequent. There’s nothing worse than having nonexistent wifi when you have to get something pressing on your plate.

You can offset this common risk with a backup plan. Seek out a few different coffee shops and even hard-wired internet cafes around your city so if the connection in your room or neighborhood (sometimes power goes down in half a city) is unavailable you can just move your work across town and connect somewhere else.
This has saved me many, many times.

9. Work Outside

Speaking of which, consider doing all your work in a local coffee shop or some other type of location. Just because you have to get work done doesn’t mean you should hole up in your room and completely cut yourself off from human interaction in your new home. You want wireless in your room so you can check in online last minute as needed, but find a couple regular places where you can get outside and do your work everyday.

Sure, locals who don’t understand what you do will interrupt you from time to time, but hey, it comes with the territory. The same would happen with coworkers if you were stuck in some 9 to 5 office job back home.
Belize Beach House

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I hope I haven’t made running an online business overseas seem like a logistical nightmare – it’s not all that bad. It just takes some getting used to, and a little foresight can really smooth it out and make it more hassle-free. I love my life and, obviously, recommend it to anyone with a taste for adventure.

Have you spent time running your web business in another country or while traveling? Pitch in and share your experiences.