Gone are the days of being tied to a desk in order to get business done. The advent of mobile communications enabled me to be able to do business from anywhere I took a fancy to. Some people perform best when in a traditional office environment, but I know that there is a big group of people out there who are able to tap an entire new level of creativity and experience a freedom that empowers them to do bigger and better things because of the mobile communications available today. I am definitely one of those people.
The big, boxy first cell phone was my best friend and every technological evolution has enamored me even more. It is not just a matter of having the first new technological advancement; it is what I can do with that new technology.
I function best when I can change my surroundings. I enjoy warm places, nice hotels and traveling. Today’s technology allows me to leave Seattle and go either where I want to be or where I need to be at any given time, still staying connected to my business ventures and allowing me the opportunity to build my business.
What will work best for you depends upon the type of business that you are involved in. Multitasking, though something I don’t believe is very productive, has been made much easier. And yes, I am guilty of the practice, though it is out of necessity and is greatly overrated. With a Smartphone in your pocket and a laptop, notebook, tablet or netbook in your briefcase, the world can be your workplace.
Video conferencing has become a real time and money saver. Why travel for a meeting, wasting valuable time and money when you can arrange a video conference with as many people as necessary and accomplish the business at hand? It might even save you money if you were to supply your clients with the necessary equipment, when you consider the number of flights, meals, hotel rooms, tips, rental cars…
So, take a look at the technology in place. If you are not technologically savvy, then find someone who is. Explore your options when it comes to technology and how it can help you as you go about your business, and even with your family life. Most large communication companies have Small Business or Corporate specialists that can explain every single aspect of the technology at hand and the amazing difference it can make in your business and in the quality of your life.
Bear in mind that the original monetary outlay may seem to be high, but when put into the proper perspective in terms of money and time saved and the ease of doing business, the cost is value-added and well worth the expenditure, which, of course, can be written off at tax time.
What are you waiting for? Get a move on!