Get productive! The ultimate mobile working set up
As a busy small business owner, you probably spend a lot of time working on the go. But a recent study found that the UK hasn’t quite got mobile working nailed. When working from home, only 25% of people felt as productive as they are in the office and just 8% feel they can work effectively when traveling.
The problem is, the survey found, that workers don’t always have the right technology to let them get things done. The O2 Gurus have put together the ultimate mobile working setup so you can get ahead of your competition and work as flexibly as a gymnast.
Work smart on a smartphone
Most smartphones are fine for dealing with email and making calls, but editing documents and swapping between tasks can be fiddly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s huge 5.7-inch display solves those problems and it comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus so you can jot down notes as you would on a print out. With a fingerprint scanner and a Private Mode folder for sensitive documents, your files should stay safe even if the phone falls into the wrong hands.
Level up to a tablet
A smartphone – even a sizeable one like the Note 4 – is only really going to be comfortable to work on for a little while. If you’re constantly on the move, it’s worth investing in a tablet or laptop. Billed as the tablet that can replace your laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 so it can easily share contacts, calendars and documents with your Windows PC. Typing is a breeze thanks to the attachable keyboard and it also comes with an adjustable stand – handy if you ever need to make an impromptu pitch.
A laptop that won’t weigh you down
Some jobs are just easier on a laptop – but you’ll need one that won’t weigh you down. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is slim and slight and its carbon fibre body is sturdy enough to withstand the bumps and knocks of a busy day while looking the business. One feature that will appeal to anyone whose laptop battery has died minutes before a vital meeting is RapidCharge technology, which charges the battery from dead to 80% in just 45 minutes.
Stop, collaborate and listen using the cloud
Working effectively on the go relies on being able to access your files wherever you are, so embracing the cloud is essential. Office 365 and Google Apps for business are the all-singing, all-dancing options for sharing and collaborating on documents remotely. If you’re after a simple solution, services for business like Dropbox and Box let you easily and securely share files with colleagues, suppliers and clients.
Keep everyone in the loop using Basecamp
When working with different people in multiple locations the office it can be tricky to keep everyone in the loop. Basecamp provides an online hub for you and your colleagues to share files, have discussions, collaborate on documents, assign tasks and check due dates, even from your phone. So you can get your hands dirty or just keep your finger on the pulse for the projects that matter to your business from afar.
Platforms: iOS and Android
Price: Subscriptions start at $20 per month
Stay connected with 4G
Most remote working tools require a robust internet connection to keep you productive. If you’re ever without a WiFi connection you can get online with a 4G dongle. Most major smartphones can also be turned into a personal hotspot, giving you access to the web via your mobile internet connection. Additional charges often apply so be sure to check your package before you start sharing your hotspot connection with the rest of the train carriage!