Continued from Part 1
Programs such as Skype for Business, Yammer, GoToMeeting, QuickBooks, WordPress, Square & SharePoint give you the flexibility to work remotely, giving you the option to not have to say “I’ll take care of it when I get to the office”; your “office” is wherever you want it to be. Truly you can work on the go without being tied down to a location.
Be prepared and prevent heartbreak
If you are reading this and know that you rely heavily on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, then take note of this last bit of advice. It’s about preparation and prevention.
As a diehard Boston sports fan, I was stoked to see my Boston Red Sox in town to play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. I worked that day but brought a change of clothes with me and had a plan for after work. After work I changed into my Red Sox David “Big Papi” Ortiz jersey and I drove down to a parking lot a block away from the park. I paid to park and I was off to the game. After the game—a great game where Boston prevailed—I walked up to my SUV and saw nothing but black tinted glass on the ground. What happened? Someone smashed my window. What I failed to mention was my backpack, which I carried everywhere, had my laptop and MS surface and iPad inside.
I tell this story to say don’t leave your cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. in your vehicles giving someone the opportunity to take what you have. It’s a violating feeling to have your things stolen from you and most times you will never see them again. So, if you have plans, don’t leave your valuable things in your car exposed giving someone the chance to take advantage.
We live in a time of information overload and it’s important to protect yourselves from the unknown. Be proactive, be cautious, and be successful using mobile options in your small business.