As virtual assistant and independent contractor, our laptops and internet connection is not just important--it is our life. So, when that dreaded thing has to happen, better be prepared than spending the entire day or days worrying. Before leaving your workplace or civilization, make sure you've done these things:
- Submit your report earlier and work in advance. If you think that you won't be able to work during the trip, better submit your report/s ahead and work over-time prior to the trip. If you typically work 8 hours per day, then you have to extend more hours to cover the hours you need to make for the entire week.
- Inform you employers or clients. If you think you'll be gone for an extended time, let them know you'll be out of reach and you can resume business when you return.
- Redirect your calls to your assistant or to your voice mail.
- Set a vacation responder or automated reply to your emails.