We want a home based online business so that we can be our own boss and time manage ourselves but many home based business owners who are making money online drive themselves harder than and boss that they have ever worked for.
If you wanted to go away and work on the road for a while what could be the barriers to your productivity and how could you plan to overcome them?
Following the business fair and expo circuit can be fun and exhilarating. Finding yourself trying to work with an unfamiliar lap top computer in an unfamiliar hotel room can be daunting.
Getting comfortable in new surrounding in order to do the necessary tasks to keep your business at premium level is important when you are on the road.
Some of the business factors that you should examine and test before you head out on a road trip include the following:
Make sure that your email will work when you are mobile. Test is by getting a mobile wireless card or stick and going out in your community close to home. You can’t afford to take two weeks off and not have access to emails in this day and age.
Of course there are many technological devices that can help you here. The Blackberry PDA or iPhone can send and receive emails and access the internet as well as phone calls, calendar and organizer. You need to check that the software supporting your email account will work on these medium before you leave home though.
Whatever hardware you choose to take with you on the road needs to be hardy and suitable for the hard knocks of working on the move. You also need to familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions so as not to do damage to your equipment during travel.
An example of this is charging lap top batteries on power that does not have consistent regulated output. The batteries may charge but the power source in the laptop will be destroyed and need replacing if power spikes occur during charging.
Of course there are numerous travel friendly hardware add ons that can and will make your life easier on the road but you don’t want to have to have a small truck to move it all around either.
Equipment such as an optical mouse, roll up key board, small ear phones and microphone and inbuilt camera in the lap top will all make business on the road easier.
One other thing that you should check out before you set off on your travels is the connectivity of your devices through the Internet Service Provider (ISP) system where you are heading. Fine if you are going from city to city but can get complicated the further you move away from these hubs.
Make some phone calls before you go and keep a running spreadsheet of any special requirements that are needed for certain locations. This will be useful for you and may be useful for a colleague in the future too.
Technology such as Bluetooth can be useful because they allow you to connect to multiple devices without having to use cables. The advent of Broadband wireless networks in most major cities has made it simpler to work from your favorite cafe.
Researching the foot prints where access integrity may be lacking can save you frustration and possibly time too.
One application that not only saves you time but can be an excellent risk management tool too is ‘Remote Desktop’. This allows you to access your server back at home and add , delete or change data remotely. You can also download data to your current application.
The benefit of this is that if you lap top were to be stolen or damaged while you are away your data files are safe at home still on your server and the only information that you risk losing is whatever you have added whilst you have been away. Of course the best way of over coming this is to back up any new data onto a memory stck as you go.
How far we have come in the past decade. It is no longer a huge drama being away from your office and with a little planning and investigation of the latest mobile office devices you could easily be on the expo circuit for months and not suffer any loss of business.
Do some forward planning and set yourself up so that you are comfortable. Phone ahead to reduce the incidence of surprises. Take any problems you encounter to the local computer shop and see if there is technology to help you overcome the problem.