I love technology. It's a big part of why I have a successful home business.
One of the biggest difficulties faced by many business owners is the fact that sometimes you just have to be present to conduct business. While this will always be true to a certain extent, the reality is that you can run a successful home business from just about anywhere, thanks to technology.
Advances in technology mean that you can keep up with your business no matter where you go — as long as you have an Internet connection. Technology is creating an opening for the next great revolution in business: The rise of the solopreneur.
Work From Anywhere with Tech Tools for Your Home Business
Technology that fits in the palm of your hand (or in the palms of both your hands, or in your lap) makes it possible for you to say connected to your home business no matter what. Some of my favorite tech tools include:
- Mobile device or laptop: Even when I'm camping, it's possible to stay up on my email and take care of emergencies, thanks to my cell phone. Other solopreneurs take their tablets wherever they go and use tools like LogMeIn to provide access to their main computer. My trusty laptop also allows me to get work done almost anywhere, although I do try to have digital-free times when I'm on vacation. Don't want to be working?all?the time.
- Collaboration apps: There are a number of apps that can be used for collaboration, no matter where you are. I like Skype and Google Hangouts. Both of these apps run on just about any device, and can allow you to have a business meeting from just about anywhere. There are also great apps like Asana and Glassboard that help you better collaborate and manage tasks.
- POS apps: My home business is easy to manage from anywhere because I offer a service. I use apps for invoicing, like Freshbooks and PayPal, to get paid. However, there are also POS apps that you can use anywhere. I know artists who travel to shows and use POS apps like Vend to help them accept payment for their wares. Such apps are great for others who run businesses out of their homes, whether they are selling items or cutting hair. Square and PayAnywhere are also good choices if you want to accept credit and debit cards as well.
- Task managers: I also like to use task managers to keep me on track. At the most basic level, you can use iCal or Google Calendar to keep you organized. However, there are plenty of other great task managers, like Things and Don't Forget the Milk. Look for a task manager that works well for you, and use it to keep your business life and your personal life coordinated.
- Data access: Of course, you need connectivity for any of these technology tools to work for your home business. While you can just head to a coffee shop for a little liquid pep and free Wi-Fi, the reality is that you might not be able to do that. Depending on your situation, it might make sense to pay for data access. Many devices, particularly tablets, come with reasonably-priced data plans that you can use to ensure you have regular Internet access.
I love the solopreneur lifestyle, and I love that I can run a home business from just about anywhere, so I don't put my revenue at risk.
What are your favorite technology tools for your home business?