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Small business solutions for the traveler

car71993610.jpgThe technology available today has changed the way that we do business. Not only have advances in wireless and digital technology made the work that we do more efficient, but also more versatile. There are fewer restrictions in terms of where you as a business person choose to set up shop. No longer are you limited only to a desk and chair, but for those who choose to live a more active lifestyle, travel and business can co-exist. The term "mobile office" is one that is being used more and more these days to describe the type of working environment that those who prefer to be on the move are using to live the lifestyle of their choosing and run a business at the same time.

If you think that a mobile office is something that could be right for you, consider the following key areas of concern. You may find out that traveling and running a business are two things that you were destined to do. On the other hand, you may uncover limitations that make free mobility a challenge. In either case, it is likely that there are solutions out there that can at least increase your mobility, opening up opportunities for travel that you may not have previously thought existed.

The first thing that you must have if you hope to combine your love of business with your love of travel is the ability to keep your lines of communication connected. These lines of communication pertain to both having access to the internal workings of your business as well as being able to reach out to all the clients and other contacts you may need to stay connected to. There are now "cloud-based" phone systems that are designed with the traveler in mind. If this technology is beyond your reach, there are also hosted business phone solutions that make it possible for you to sign into your account from anywhere in the world and conduct a teleconference in virtually the same way as you would in an office. The mobile phone applications available now make combining travel and business even more exciting because you can effectively have all of your clients at your fingertips.

The internet has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Unless you have a way to connect to the internet and access your business information remotely, you will have a hard time running your business away from your office computer. There are a number of options to consider when you are looking to get connected away from work including Wi-Fi, using your cell phone modem or as a modem to your laptop, and using a broadband card.

Accessing and sharing data are the last major obstacles that you need to overcome in order to have all of the small business solutions that are required for successfully conducting business no matter where you travel. Again, servers that use the same "cloud based" name can handle the storage, collaboration and backup of your data. Those with the right authority can access this information securely but from just about any remote location. There is also technology that allows for multiple parties to collaborate on the same project accessing the information that they need from the same files in a way that makes sense for everyone.

Although initially there are challenges to taking your business on the road with you, there are many benefits to it as well. Just think of all the costs you can save from not having a physical office. Additionally, you are not limiting yourself only to local resources including local talent. When you are able to take the office with you, you lessen the gap between work and pleasure and are able to transition between the two more quickly and easily.

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