Thanks to modern technology, more and more business owners are running their business on the go. StartupDonut says, "Communications and computing technology mean many businesses can operate wherever there is a reliable internet connection."
And, even if you work from a base office, it's unavoidable that you will have to leave your office and hit the road -- to meet with clients, run sales at a trade show, or inspect a vendor.
If you're working on the go, you need to have everything in order -- consider these 5 tips the next time you head out.
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1. Sell on the Go with Mobile POS
When travelling to meet customers or clients, it can be frustrating for both parties if you have to wait until you're back in the office to process their credit card payments.
Keyed transactions cost more than regular swiped transactions, and the delay makes it harder to resolve problems with a customer's payment. You can avoid these issues by using a mobile POS app to take card payments.
- You don't need a register, a power cord, or an internet connection -- if your mobile device gets a signal, you can process credit cards anywhere.
2. Set up Mobile Banking
If it's available through your bank, set up mobile business banking before you hit the road. Accessed via a secure mobile website or a mobile app, you can log in to view your current balance, check your transaction history, and transfer money between accounts.
This makes it easy to ascertain if your deposits have gone through and you have enough available funds -- before you overdraw your account.
- Set up automated alerts that ping you with an SMS message when your balance goes below a pre-determined amount, or if a transaction will cause your account to be overdrawn.
3. Run Software on the Cloud
84% of US businesses utilize at least once cloud-based software service in their office in order to reduce IT costs and increase business flexibility (CDW). These cloud programs become even more convenient when you're managing your business on the road.
The most popular cloud services -- email, file storage, and video/web conferencing -- help you stay connected with your office, your vendors, and your clients while you're away from your on-premise business systems.
If you utilize more specialized business software, such as customer relationship management (CRM) or sales software, consider moving these to the cloud as well. You can then access the systems from any computer to check up on your employees, make changes to customer information, approve sales, and keep your hand in the inner workings of your business.
4. Automate Your Campaigns
Just because you're on the road doesn't mean your online marketing campaigns have to be put on hold. You can produce marketing emails in advance and schedule them to be sent out at a specific day and time. You can do the same with your social media accounts -- adding compelling content that will be automatically posted to your profiles at regular intervals.
In a recent Resource Nation blog post, "The 5 A's for Business Road Warriors," we discussed the importance of automation; for example, specialized business apps can help you automate and monitor your business's online ad campaigns, so that you can keep promoting your business no matter where you are.
5. Leave the Best Employees in Charge
Although you'll remain in contact through your business's mobile and cloud software, it's integral that you leave quality employees in charge while you're gone -- ones who are capable of handling any issues that crop up while you're gone, but also know when it's appropriate to call you for help.
Prepare your deputies in advance for your absence. Make sure that they know proper business procedures. Give them an opportunity to practice being in charge while you're still present.
Just because you're on the road doesn't mean you have to be entirely cut-off from the inner workings of your business. With the right tools, technology, and employees, you can maintain the same level of productivity and control -- and experience no interruption of your business.