Entrepreneurs, by definition, have to wear many hats to keep their business operating in an efficient manner. While modern technology is wonderful, it does have the potential to get one bogged down with too many choices, or by having them focus on details, as opposed to keeping their vision on the types of activities they need to perform to keep their business running efficiently. The following mobile productivity tips for entrepreneurs will help keep you on track toward building a successful business.
1. Invest in a Live Telephone Answering Service
A live telephone answering service gives you two advantages. The first one is your calls are answered in an efficient manner and gives callers the impression that your business is well established and open for business (because it is!). The second advantage of enlisting the help of this type of service is that you can block off time to work on projects, and return calls on your own time.
2. Plan Ahead for the Meeting Facility You WILL Need
When your goal is to stay productive while on the go, you need to start with a plan. Inevitably, you will need to meet face-to-face with a prospect or client. Take the time to set up a virtual office, which allows you to have access to meeting rooms and other services in advance, which means no more scrambling to find a space to accommodate a meeting. Then, when the occasion arises, you simply need to arrange a mutually-convenient time to meet at YOUR office.
3. Choose the Right Devices for your Needs.
There are many, many choices available on the market today when it comes to devices for business owners, but it doesn’t mean that all of them are a good choice for everyone. Before investing in the latest piece of technology, consider the types of projects you are interested in completing when you’re on the go. This will serve as a guide when making choices about which items are right for your business.
If your main focus is on making presentations to potential customers, your laptop is probably going to do the job. But for quick access to the presentation to make changes and print off portions for your customers quickly, consider a tablet and a wireless printer.
4. Protect Your Devices from Malware and Computer Hackers
Nothing can interrupt your mobile productivity faster than a computer security issue. You will want to be cautious if you are accessing the Internet through a public WiFi network. Some of them are open and you may be unwittingly sharing your passwords and other personal information with the coffee shop customer across the room. A better choice is to use your cellular telecom provider’s network instead. Most providers sell mobile “hotspots”, which can be added on to your cellular phone account.
These 4 mobile productivity tips for entrepreneurs will help you stay on track while operating your business on the go. Focus on what you want to achieve and then make the process fit your vision.
Research Analyst, CloudVO™
Courtney’s research focuses on tracking emerging business trends and best practices – with an emphasis on how they affect business operations, technology, and virtual office trends.