First-Time Travel As A Business Owner

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Travelling as an entrepreneur requires some shortcuts and it really helps to know some of the tricks of the trade.

Entrepreneur and CEO of SMEasy, Darlene Menzies, says that she’s learnt a few things that have made travelling much easier as a small business owner.

  1. Don’t use your South African SIM card

If you use international roaming when you travel, you will be in for nasty surprise when you get home and get your cell phone bill. Menzies recommends that you remove your SA SIM card before you land and go straight to a mobile service provider at the airport when you arrive. Buy a local SIM card, as well as some airtime and data (you can ask the person serving you to help you load it). 

  1. Leave a voice message on your phone before you leave SA

Menzies also recommends that you record a new voice mail message before you leave South Africa, letting clients know that you will be travelling out of the country and will not be accessible on your usual phone number. Let them know that you will have easy and immediate access to e-mails while you are away and, depending on the nature of your business and relationship with your clients, you could also let them know that you are available on WhatsApp. 

  1. Use Uber

It’s by far the most convenient, and typically the cheapest, way of getting around when you land in a foreign country. Uber is a reputable, safe taxi service that allows you to hire your own private driver via your cell phone. One of the great features is that you can check the estimated fare cost for your journey before the taxi arrives.

This is very helpful when you’re in an unfamiliar place. It also gives you an idea of the distance travelled and helps you know what you’re in for so you can’t be taken for the wrong ride. Another significant benefit is that you don’t have to pay cash; Uber simply deducts the fare from your credit card.

  1. Use your phone as a hotspot

If you need access to the Internet and there is no Wi-Fi in the vicinity you can easily turn your smartphone into your own personal Wi-Fi zone, as long as your phone has some data loaded. It’s extremely easy to do this, even for non-techies. You simply select the settings option on your phone, look for the tethering or personal hotspot option and then turn it to the on position. Once it’s on you, can select this Wi-Fi option on your laptop and voilà, you have Internet access.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: The Lime. Image: Pixabay



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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.