Keep Your Business on Track, Even While You’re Away
If you’re a business owner, you face enormous demands. You may find yourself scrambling from meeting to meeting, drafting proposals, developing strategies, and placating your team managers all before lunchtime. It’s essential to stay productive just to keep your head above water. That’s why it’s important to have a mobile office strategy. If you find yourself travelling for business, the right setup can keep you productive while on-the-go. Even if you’re waiting at the airport or sitting on a train, Google Docs and Dropbox make it easy to collaborate with your team. You can communicate on Slack or via a video conference at a moment’s notice. Below are some considerations you should make when picking out your mobile office essentials.
Laptops and Tablets
Make sure that your primary work device is comfortable, does everything you need, is light and mobile, and has all-day battery life. If you spend a lot of time typing, make sure it has a decent keyboard. For most business owners, an ultrabook will be ideal. These are light, portable laptops with long battery life. Some people prefer tablets, such as the iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface, but make sure they’ll do everything you need.
If your device allows for a SIM card, you could purchase a cellular data plan to stay connected to the Internet even when there’s no Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you could tether your smartphone to your laptop/tablet or purchase a mobile data stick from your cellular provider.
Your smartphone can keep you productive even while you’re getting in and out of taxi cabs or moving through the city. It won’t matter if it’s an iPhone or Android phone unless there are platform-specific apps you need to use (e.g. Facetime). If your business is heavily invested in Google Drive, that might give Android a leg up. If you regularly travel out of the country, make sure to purchase an international data plan from your cellular provider.
A dead battery shouldn’t make your world grind to a halt. Battery packs are small, convenient, and very affordable. You could charge your smartphone or tablet multiple times with a device that fits in your pocket. The Anker PowerCore 20100 and Jackery Bolt are among the infinite power banks available.
Do you need to accept payments? Square makes it easy to accept credit card payments via your smartphone or tablet. It’s a good idea to use expense management software to automatically keep track of all your travel and business expenses. If you have a laptop with a trackpad, you may prefer a Bluetooth mouse, especially for giving presentations. A USB hub can offer additional ports if you need to connect several accessories to your laptop.
Which products you choose is largely a personal choice, but the right combination can boost your productivity exponentially. See what works for you, then use those long trips to your advantage.