Staying Connected on the Road

During summer as well as throughout the year, you may be away from your office but still on the clock. How can you stay connected with staff, customers, and advisors? Technology can go a long way in helping you. Here are some ideas for your devices:

Smartphones
Just about everyone has one, and their Internet capability is one huge draw. While you have probably set up phone-based email and web searches, you may not be taking full advantage of the features your smartphone offers for connectivity.
Examples:
  • FaceTime lets iPhone users video chat during conversations -- and people on other Apple devices, including laptops, desktops, and iPads, can also use this feature.
  • Number Guru for iOS, Android, and Windows lets you look up owner information about landlines and, in many cases, cell phone numbers. Users can leave and read feedback about numbers, especially spam callers and aggressive telemarketers.
Tablets
Like your smartphone, your tablet might have untapped potential when it comes to keeping you connected. Run apps that can connect your device to your computer so you can work from anywhere.
Examples:
  • Air Sharing is an app that lets you upload files from your computer to your tablet, and it can even help you organize digital files -- such as saving email attachments to your PC -- remotely.
  • ScreenShare lets you share your Android or tablet screen with others in real time, and make recordings of it to send or save for later.
Computers
Access your computer from just about anywhere there is an Internet connection with such tools as:
  • GoToMyPC
  • LogMeIn
The programs also enable your staff, virtual assistants, and advisors to access your computer, if you give them permission to do so while you're away.
 

Conclusion

The world is what you make it when it comes to connectivity. For example, when you travel, make sure your destinations have unlimited free WiFi to stay connected at hotels, motels, and resorts. When buying a new vehicle or renting one on the road, check for Bluetooth or another special device to help you safely use your smartphone hands free.
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