WITH an increasing amount of Business done by entrepreneurs and managers on the road, and a swelling in numbers of those working from home for all or some of the week, it’s become vital to maintain contact with headquarters.
Here are a range of apps and platform options to help you ensure your finger is always ‘on the pulse’, regardless of your physical location.
WHETHER on the road or from the office, Basecamp enables you to manage projects and communicate with staff one-to-one and collectively. You can also keep client feedback organised, on-the-record, and searchable. No matter where you are, Basecamp ensure you will always be in touch with your business.
LAUNCHED in August 2013, Slack usage has been particularly marked by groups who once used Facebook or LinkedIn to communicate. But Slack’s strengths as an organisational aid shouldn’t be overlooked.
Teams of users can drop messages, share documents, and view them across all platforms. It is completely searchable, and integrates with all social media apps.
CAN you Dropbox me? DropBox is one of those select phenomena of the business world—a proper noun that has become a verb.
DropBox enables you to set up remotely accessible secure folders, and share them with your team. Basic users get an initial free 2GB of online space, and paid subscriptions will boost your capacity.
PAYPAL, another common tool, has become essential when working on the road, especially when overseas from your base. PayPal enables you to make important transactions unburdened by concerns about exchange rates, unfamiliar banks, or mailing of payments. You can receive payments from international customers, without the need to share debit card information online. It’s secure (and free for your customers to use), and with more than 85m account holders worldwide, is the easiest way to send and receive payments online.
ANOTHER long-established notebook and file-sharing programme and app, Evernote allows you to store short lists or lengthy documents; capture handwritten notes, images, and web article clippings. The app also allows you to share and discuss items, and transform notes into attractive presentations for online meetings.
KEEP track of and shape your business’s entire social profile while on the road, with this popular social media management dashboard.
Hootsuite supports integrations for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, WordPress and others.
A SKYPE number is perfect if you are on the road, but want to be contactable by clients and your team at home. It’s fantastic when you are travelling abroad extensively, and want an affordable way to keep in touch with local clients and your base back home.
WITH the increased emphasis upon content and storytelling in today’s business world, Prezi, an easy to use online presentation tool provides all you need to create engaging presentations on the move. Its cloud-based collaborative capacities means you can draw upon the expertise of your team even when you are on the road, anywhere in the world.
9. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN is essential when you are visiting countries with significant levels of internet access restrictions. Setting up a VPN before you head abroad will help ensure that you will be able to visit your usual sites in these countries.
Check out ExpressVPN.com for further details.
PREY can be of great assistance in the event of your losing a valuable device such as a phone, laptop or tablet while on the road. A cross-platform open source security solution that tracks and, hopefully, recovers devices, Prey can locate laptops, phones and tablets on a map, take hidden camera pictures and screenshots, and even remotely wipe data (except for iOS devices). Visit preyproject.com for information. If you are unfortunate enough to need it, you may find it invaluable.
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