Sometimes we like to take time away from the office. It’s not easy working all the time when you run your own business and you deserve the chance to get away. It makes it easier if the business can be run from anywhere. If it’s an online business that’s maybe the case. But sometimes you still need certain things you don’t have available if you’re out on the open road. Mail will still get delivered and you need someone to answer it. You still need to update things and access the Internet no matter where you are.
Luckily it’s not the 20th century anymore. There’s an abundance of gadgets and services that makes running your business from anywhere easy. But only if you know about them. I bet there’s some things you had no idea existed. If you did you would probably hit the road a lot more than you do just now. So that’s what we’re going to be looking at. Some wonderful inventions that will make your life a lot easier. Now you won’t need to worry about driving down to Starbucks to meet with clients or catching up on some emails.
A tablet computer
A tablet is simply the best way to stay on top of everything while you’re away. You can choose what one you like the best, but the most popular has to be the iPad. Because you hold it in your hand you can use it anywhere to check up on emails or speak to people over Skype. If you take a little keyboard with you it’s possible to write while you sit at a coffee shop. You also have access to every single one of your files on your office computer, which you can look into at any time, and you can even update them as you please.
Don’t worry about your mail
It’s always a worry what to do with your mail when you’re not at the office. You don’t need to worry about that anymore. There’s certain companies that you can forward all your mail to. Once they receive your mail they will scan it onto the computer and email it to you, giving you access to everything without lifting your finger. When everything is scanned onto the computer they’ll then shred the physical mail to keep it out of danger. It will cost you a monthly fee, but for the service they provide it’s well worth it.
Speak with your team over the net
Sometimes the biggest problem with being away from your teammates is that you can’t speak to them in a meeting like you would at home. You can call them up, but it’s not really the same as being face-to-face with them. What you need is video conferencing software. If you’re not looking for anything fancy then Skype will probably do. But what it allows you is the ability to speak with everyone in a meeting environment at the same time. Something you need when you’re running certain businesses.
If you run a business you need a Smartphone these days. It’s something you could easily do without, but you need your head checked if you decide to go down that route. The benefits outweigh the negatives by a hundred to one. You always need to be connected to everyone without depending on an Internet connection in every place you visit. Having 24/7 access to the Internet is nice and it means you don’t need to switch on your tablet for silly little things like checking email. It’s also the same as having your own personal assistant curled up in your luggage reminding you of everything you need to know. You can’t beat that.
The Internet is full of written content and some of the most popular and most wanted writing jobs are precisely those that involve writing for the web. No matter if you write blogs, e-books, content for websites or anything else, it is necessary to organize your time and work in order to be efficient and create good and meaningful texts. This is why in this article we will present you with some of the tools you may find useful in all the phases of writing.
Brainstorming the ideas – each writing begins with brainstorming, and in order for it to be fruitful, you need to know how to expand the ideas and explore them further. For this purpose you can use Quora, a website rich in the questions real people ask, which you can give answers to by writing a blog on the topic. This will help you to find inspiration and write about the topics people really want and need to read about. For creating a catchy title, Portent Title Maker is there to help you. All you need to do is enter your subject, and you will get the idea of a title. You can refresh the results as many times as you like and get the new ideas.
Organizing the ideas – when you have several ideas, it is important to organize them properly. One of the tools that can help you do this is Evernote, which is great for collecting and organizing ideas fast, and categorizing them according to various criteria.You can also use Google Calendar, which allows you to schedule the posts for publishing, which is especially useful if you plan to publish several posts over a certain course of time.
Creating optimized content – as a writer, you know that a content, which is not properly optimized, is practically worthless. To see whether the topic you write about is popular, you can run it through Google Trends and see the results. For generating popular and relevant keywords, you can use a Keyword Planner.
It allows you to enter the keywords you think are appropriate, and it shows you their popularity and search volume. You also get the related keywords, which can serve as an inspiration for you.
Writing faster and easier – In order to be productive, it is important to organize the writing process. This is why you can write the text directly in the blog software you use, and you can also use Google Docs if you collaborate with others (e.g. if they proofread your content).
You can also use Toggle, which is a fun, yet very useful tool for time tracking. It tracks your activities during the writing process and shows you how much time you spent actually working.
Distributing and sharing the content – after your blog or other text has been written, proofread, optimized and finally published, it is time to share it with others. You can do it easily by using Buffer, which allows you to schedule the publishing of your content on various social networks as it gets published.
If you write in WordPress, you can also use Filament plugin for this purpose and set on which social networks you want your post to be published once it’s completed.
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