Two decades ago, running a small business meant hiring an office space and installing a landline to answer incoming calls. However, these days technological acceleration has seen business owners aim to combine a versatile lifestyle with their professional ambitions.
But although modern-day entrepreneurship can mean working from an airport or closing a deal over Skype, data shortages and gaps in connectivity can interrupt important transactions and compromise your brand. Here are four foolproof tips for maximising freedom and flexibility – while keeping your professionalism intact.
Supercharge your data
There are few things worse than running out of data when you’re trying to transfer funds to a supplier or attempting to download a document online. Insufficient data can wreak havoc with your productivity, hamper credibility and damage your relationships.
Signing up to an ADSL broadband plan with unlimited data can help prevent these disasters before they occur. And opting for a bundle that includes a landline, mobile and voice calls can help you streamline your outgoings and say goodbye to surprise bills.
When it comes to business flexibility, cloud computing is your best friend.
Make cloud computing the new normal
When it comes to business flexibility, cloud computing is your best friend. Whether it’s using a program like Dropbox for Business to enable file sharing when you’re out of the office, considering a managed cloud service that lets you store large volumes of data, or reducing tedious administration by signing up for cloud accounting, embracing agile technology platforms can save you precious time.
Invest in mobile broadband
Do you ever find yourself relying on your iPad during a client pitch, taking a conference call on your smartphone and checking emails on your laptop while you wait for a plane? Increasingly, small business owners depend on the ability to work remotely and on the go.
Investing in a mobile broadband plan can allow you to access business apps and data, and collaborate with your colleagues across multiple devices. These also invite you to add additional users, so your team can meet deadlines without commuting to the office.
Technological acceleration has seen business owners aim to combine a versatile lifestyle with their professional ambitions.
Sign up to a secure, global data network
Exorbitant global roaming fees can dim even the most exciting overseas project or lucrative international deal. Limited connectivity can also stop you from seizing the opportunities that unfold when you travel.
Luckily, signing up to a global data network can help you connect with your staff members, liaise with international offices and contact overseas clients – no matter where in the world you happen to be. Often, this includes support from a local office so you can troubleshoot without thinking about time differences.
From increasing your data to investing in mobile broadband, a few small investments can help you preserve a flexible approach to running your business and maintain your bottom line. What steps have you taken to resolve connectivity issues and how has this paid off?
Neha Kale is a freelance writer and editor who covers business, technology, arts, and culture for publications in Australia and overseas.