At some point, all of us need to work remotely. Whether it’s from the Champs Elysee in Paris, your summer cottage or the corner coffee shop.
Having a mobile office isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s simple and can be highly productive. A 2013 Stanford University study found that workers are 19 per cent more productive when they work remotely.
Here is your five-step guide to making your mobile office run smoothly and efficiently.
1. Stay connected with mobile Internet
Internet access from anywhere is critical. Using a public WiFi connection isn’t always the right solution. First, it’s unreliable. Second, it’s not always secure. Talk to your data carrier and find a plan that’s right for your business.
2. Arm yourself with the right hardware
All you need is a laptop and a smartphone. Because you’ll be on the go, ensure your laptop is lightweight and slim enough to easily slide into your briefcase.
3. Pack your tools
Any app you choose must help you accomplish your work better, smarter and faster. There are 3 things I look for in any business app I recommend: Does it integrate with your other technology? Does it have a help desk? Is there online training available?
4. Work from the Cloud
Streamline your work experience on the go by having your work files in one online storage drive (a.k.a. the Cloud). That way you’ll be able to access them from anywhere on any device and share them instantly with your clients or team. Tech tools to help you do this are Google for Business or Microsoft 365.
5. Find a meeting place
Sometimes meeting at a coffee shop just won’t cut it. Having a regular location where you can conduct a productive business meeting is essential. There are many rentable boardrooms available in all major cities.
Working remotely doesn’t have to be hard. With a few tweaks, it will be easy for you to take your business on the road. Next stop: freedom!