The 5 A’s of Traveling for Business Road Warriors
Posted by Kate Webster on February 27, 2013 in Business Travel [ 0 Comments ]
Many small businesses operate virtually; all employees work and maintain their business relationships solely online with only a laptop and internet connection to operate.
And, even if your business depends on your office and other employees, there are still many times you will be traveling and working at the same time.
Instead of stressing about getting work done, keeping in contact or packing too many gadgets, remember the 5 A’s of business road warriors.
Automate: Embrace the Cloud
Running your businesses on web-based applications can allow you to access all kinds of information that you would usually store in your pc or a database. Putting information on a web-based cloud will let you access all of the information normally stored in your office no matter where you are, as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
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Apply: The Right Mobile Technology
There are millions of apps for each and every device on the market, many of which can make running your business on the road easier than ever. Using mobile apps to your advantage can help keep your business running smoothly even when you’re out of the office.
- Mobile banking apps can help you keep track of business spending and finances
- Mobile POS systems and applications allow you to make credit card sales using your mobile device
- Even administrative processes like payroll and inventory can now be tracked using apps
Assess: What’s Important?
Though you might be tempted to take every aspect of your business on the road with you, before setting out, be sure to properly assess what’s important to your business and what can be left on the backburner.
Assigning duties to other business partners or setting up automated email responses are ways you can cut back on the busy work while away from the office, and spend more time focusing on the essentials of your business.
Arrange: Necessary Resources
Running your business from the road does not mean packing three different laptops, fax machine, and phone systems in your suitcase. Luckily, mobile devices and web capabilities are making it easier for you to have your business at your fingertips without carrying around a bunch of bulky equipment.
- Now-a-days, one device will likely do the trick. Consider buying a charging pad to avoid the mess of chords and mismatching adapters.
Allocate: Don’t Over-Commit
Finally, if you know you’re going to be away from your business for a given amount of time, plan accordingly. If there are time-consuming projects or duties on the horizon, make sure you won’t be over-whelmed.
If you have to schedule conference calls or video contact with clients or others, be sure you have the space and time to do so privately, especially if it’s a confidential meeting or call.
In any business operations, communication is key. Luckily, technology has made it easier than ever to communicate openly with all of your business partners and clients as long as you have access to a reliable internet connection. Storing your data in a cloud and using mobile apps to your advantage will allow you to keep track of your business no matter where you are in the world.