Running a small business is no simple task. You don’t truly understand how hard it is until you’re in the thick of it, and as a business owner, you’re likely on the go to form new connections and network your new small business. As a new business owner you’ll often find yourself driving around talking to other businesses and spreading the word.
With so much time spent on to road, you might feel stressed about keeping your business running. While you obviously want to spend some time at the office (or wherever your business’s headquarters may be), you don’t want to have to sit in the office 24/7. You can readily run your business even while traveling around. But how? Here are a few tips and tricks for running your business even away from the office.
Get Your Mail Delivered to Your Phone
Most business happens via technology nowadays anyway. However, many businesses still choose regular physical mail for important paperwork. This can present an issue when you’re always on-the-go, but it doesn’t have to. With services like the Anytime Mailbox, you can get even your physical mail delivered right to your phone or laptop. It sends an alert whenever you receive new items so you can always stay up to date on mail no matter where you are.
Learn How to Delegate
Once your business is on its feet, consider bringing on a few more people to help you with different duties. Hire someone who has a lot of experience that you trust to take on a manager-like role. When you’re away and some kind of emergency happens, you want someone you can depend on to do what needs to be done. Even though you are the owner, you don’t have to do everything alone.
Put Files in a Cloud Sharing Service
Putting documents, work-related photos, or files you use often in a Cloud sharing service will make your life a lot easier. With everything in a cloud host, you can access content from anywhere with your phone or laptop. Business doesn’t have to stop because you aren’t in the office; all you need is your phone and laptop, and some Wi-Fi.
Stay Ahead of Schedule
This can somewhat fit in with delegating, but if you finish a large quantity of work ahead of time, you can have someone you trust take care of sending and organizing it while you’re gone. When you are in your office and have down time, work on anything you know you would have to do while you are gone and get it done early. That’s one less thing to worry about while you’re out helping your business succeed.
Pay Attention to Wi-Fi
A lot of places now offer free Wi-Fi, but you may want to consider investing in your own hot spot. Public Wi-Fi is not safe for accessing your sensitive business data, so if you are doing work on your own laptop, public Wi-Fi might not be a wise option. However, if you manage to secure it, you can continue to do work you would normally do in your office, as long as there is an internet connection.
Being a business owner is constant work. It doesn’t stop when you step out of the office. When you’re traveling, even if it’s related to your business, you may feel stressed about everything happening at the office, but the good news is, with some tech upgrades, a bit of delegating, and patience, you can take important parts of your business on the road with you. Remember: you don’t have to do everything on your own, and you don’t have to leave anything behind, either.