Recently, I traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks on vacation. While it was not an opportune time to travel, the time was needed to recharge and experience the sun, nature, and beaches of the Nicoya and Central Valley. The plan was to do some work to test the cloud accounting while traveling experience of working while away in an exotic locale.
However, I mentioned to my business partner, Mike Widdis that I was skeptical on how this would work.
My Doubts Included:
- How good are the wireless connections?
- Can I really get motivated at the beach, beside the pool, in the hotel?
- Will all my programs and connections perform adequately to be productive?
- Does working abroad, in the cloud, really work?
Did it Work?
After a few days of exploring, parties, and R&R, I found myself in the village of El Castillo, in the shadow of Volcan Arenal. After a few ill-fated attempts at the wireless, I was connected and… getting some things done! Before long I was working on a QBO customer, publishing Hubdoc receipts and reconciling bank accounts. My biggest challenge was dodging the direct sunlight so I could see the screen! All in all, life is good if dodging the sunlight was my only struggle. There were moments when I looked over my shoulder and smiled at my accomplishment and reaping the benefits of cloud accounting as Arenal loomed not too far in the distance.
I can now profess that working on cloud accounting while traveling can produce results. Choose your location carefully, make sure your connection is strong, and hunker down for a day of work. When you are done, take a dip in the ocean/pool, have a cold drink, and enjoy your playground.
Get your head in the cloud, what app are you waiting for!