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.
Snippets are all the stored words, sentences or sometimes even paragraphs of the text you often use on a social network, email or other websites. They are also often connected with a shortcut on a keyboard. When it comes to social networks and if you own a page with many followers, it is not easy to manage it and answer all the questions in timely matter, especially if you have to answer the same question several times. This is where snippets come in handy, and they have several other benefits for social media use.
First of all, let us see how to work with text snippets. They provide you with connecting the longer bits of the text with short keywords, so you do not have to type the whole phrase each time. You need to insert them into your text expander app and then paste the expanded text into the social media interface.
Snippets in social media can be quite useful for saving time and managing the social networks more easily. Even though people expect a real person to address them rather than the automatic reply, it can still be useful to let the users know you will answer them as soon as you are available, to greet them or represent your product or services once people start following you. Here are some of the examples of using snippets in social media:
Greetings – when you address the user, it is polite to start a message by a greeting. Instead of typing the sentence each time, you can create several snippets for several different greeting phrases to start your messages with.
“Busy” message – when the user posts a comment or sends you a message on your social network page, it is polite not to leave him waiting and respond as soon as possible. This is achieved by using text snippets for greetings, and it is recommended to make them personal and warm, yet still professional. This will make the customers feel respected and present you as a professional, and you will easily answer the additional questions or request personally when you are able.
Presenting the product or service – when the users like your page or start following you, you can use text snippets to welcome them to your page and present your business. You can create a short text presenting your company, area of business and the information such as address and contact, and this message can be set to every new user on the page.
Answers to common questions – there are plenty of questions more than one person asks, such as about the opening hours, address of your company, the warranties, the benefits of the products and the like. You can create premade replies to these common questions by using text snippets with recognizable keywords, and use them each time you get a repeated question instead of typing the reply each time.
Closing message or “thank you” message – when ending your message, you should also use a phrase that will have a professional and friendly look. Just like snippets for greeting messages, you can also create some for the closing or “thank you” messages.