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Travel While Operating Your Home Business

by Mary Emma Allen on July 23rd, 2007

With many businesses these days, you can operate it wherever you happen to be making your home or while you’re traveling.  Some people travel and then return to a home base.  Others continually travel.  So you’ll see different types of home businesses with a travel orientation.

*Last night a friend told me about a couple she met at a rodeo who make and sell western type jewelry at fairs, shows, and rodeos.  They live in motor home, make their jewelry there, and use it as their business headquarters.  She said they set up their laptop in it so also can take orders.  So their home business is located wherever their motor home is at the moment.

*Another couple I’ve heard about travel in a motor home with their children, whom they home school.  Their multi-level type business is one they can operate as they drive around the country.  These days computers and Internet access make both operating a business and home schooling on the road very feasible.

*My writing business doesn’t require that I stay at home to write and research.  Although Jim and I have a home base, whenever we travel I take my laptop with me.  Usually I can carry whatever resource materials I need, too.  Occasionally I run into situations where I don’t have Internet access for a couple of days.  If I plan well, I usually can keep up with my column, book and blogging deadlines.  Also, while we travel, I continually do research for the travel related columns I write.

In a way, traveling with one’s business isn’t new.  In pioneer days, there was the pedlar who transported all kinds of goods from home to home to people who lived far from stores.  Also, he might do repairs, sometimes farm items, other times kitchen utensils. 

In my childhood, there was Mr. Isner, who operated from his car.  He made periodic stops to our farm and sold clothing to my dad and the hired man.  There were other items…school supplies, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, stockings, flashlights, batteries and others I don’t recall.  We children were fascinated when he drove in the driveway.  We’d rush to his car and watch as he brought out items Father and the hired man might have ordered and others they realized they needed.  Looking back, I’m amazed at what he rowded into the front and trunk of his car. 

Do you have a traveling home business you’d like to tell us about?  Or know of someone who does.

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2 opinions for Travel While Operating Your Home Business

  • Laura
    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    These traveling stories sound like such fun!! Right now, of course, I have the kids. So, I can’t actually just pick up everything and travel. (Although, theoretically, I could do my writing business from any place with an Internet connection).

  • Mary Emma
    Jul 24, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Laura, if you have a laptop, you can travel,write, and blog as long as you find an Internet connection…and many more places have free wireless nowadays. Even if you don’t have Internet access, you can compose work on your word processor. Try doing this on shorter trips, then working it into longer ones.

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