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You’ll need to look at your rental agreement but you may be hosed and obligated to stay the duration of your commitment. See what provisions exist for breaking the lease or finding another tenant and either doing a sublet or transferring the lease commitment. You should read the agreement prior to talking with your landlord so you know your negotiating position. Everything is negotiable so if there is no verbiage about early termination penalties, make an offer.
Worst case your landlord will refuse you the ability to get out of the lease in which case it dictates the window of when you can embark on your remote adventure and gives you more time to prepare. Make the most of that time and use it to research all the options and programs available. Most reasonable landlords will entertain an offer that ensures they have a good, solvent, respectful tenant in their property so it’s worth pitching ideas around lease transfer and subletting. Depending the demand in the local market you might find if you’re in a locale with rent controls and prices have jumped recently, your landlord may be thrilled to be able to find a new tenant and charge a higher price… exhaust all the options before giving up due to having just signed a long-term lease.December 21, 2017 at 3:16 am in reply to: How can I convince my employer that I'll be effective while traveling? #553Sean TierneyKeymaster
Short answer: prove it with baby steps by requesting the opportunity to do a small-scale experiment telecommuting first. If you prove you can be effective from home, that’s a smaller ask of your employer and allows you to earn his/her confidence in a low-risk manner with little potential downside. Keep in mind this experiment is just as much for you as it is for him/her. If you’re not currently working remotely you need to prove this arrangement can be effective to yourself just as much.
If the experiment proves successful you’ll be in a stronger position with a small track record to then ask for the option to work from the road. Joining one of the travel programs like Remote Year, Wifi Tribe or We Roam will yield further confidence for your employer as there’s a “well-paved path” and a company providing some assurances like productive workspaces, reliable wifi, support staff, etc. Most programs also have an admissions team available to provide collateral, references and credibility to help win over your employer. Inquire about this with whichever programs you investigate and ask what support they can lend in helping you get buy-in from your employer.
I (luckily) had a very successful year while on Remote Year ultimately seeing a 70% increase on my yearly sales revenue vs. the previous year. Feel free to share this blog post or this talk I did at PressNomics both of which delve into the details of how the experience actually propelled my performance beyond what it was pre-nomadic working.