Being chained to your desk every day can definitely sap motivation. It’s nice to have the freedom to be able to take your work on the road, check emails when you’re in transit and keep abreast of things while enjoying a cup of joe at your local coffee shop. This is all part of that important, work life balance we talk about so often. If you’re working from a desktop computer in your work or home office it can seem like a complicated process to transfer what you do in the office into a more mobile and agile setting – but it can be done. And it’s really not that hard if you know how. Here are a few simple tools that can help you escape the office and take your business mobile:
1. Cloud Based Software
If you want to be mobile, you have to ensure you can access everything you need from anywhere in the world, on any device.This means keeping working documents in the cloud rather than on a hard drive on your computer. Software like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft apps allow you to store, access and make changes to documents when you’re on the go – all you need is an internet connection.
2. Mobile Devices
There are A LOT of things you can do on your humble smartphone and tablet now if you make sure you set up and connect the correct apps. Syncing email addresses so you can read and reply to any correspondence is the most important. Being able to respond to your client emails in a timely manner is crucial, and it doesn’t matter if you’re doing so from the office or your favourite restaurant. Syncing your device with your email and cloud based apps is one of the first things you should do with any mobile device so make sure you have your usernames and passwords handy.
3. Mobile Broadband
While hospitality and retail businesses are starting to provide free wifi as incentive to get you in their doors, you’ll often find yourself out of the office and wanting to work, but be unable to find a wifi connection. To counter this, it’s always a good idea to ensure that mobile devices like phones and tablets come with a data package of at least 5 GB. You can also purchase USB modems that plug into your laptop and allow you to access 3G and 4G networks. Also – if you’re mobile phone has a decent data plan you can also this as a modem, connecting it to your tablet or laptop via its ‘personal hotspot.’
These are just a few simple tools that can help get you out of the office, whilst still allowing you to maintain productivity and connectivity with your clients and staff. There are many more ways that your business can benefit from mobile and cloud based technology. Working with a virtual assistant is a modern and innovative way to do business that utilises many of these mobile technologies. You can bring your business into the 21st Century, and we can show you how.
Book a discovery call today with Kristy to discuss how you can build these systems and more into your organisation and benefit from all the advantages of agile and mobile business.