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5 Must Haves to Take Your Business On The Road by @profitgeeks

by Erica Wiley | Featured Contributor

Two days on the road and it still hadn’t sunk it. We’ve been working from home since 2010 and homeschooling since 2011; this wasn’t the first time we were breaking from a normal schedule.  But this was different- this was a whole new adventure with our business, 3 young sons and over 3000 miles of interstate.

We’d been talking about moving and doing a road trip to explore some options. We picked a tentative departure and than on a whim, with some supporting excuses, decided to leave 2 weeks early and in only 2 days time. It cut our preparation time short, to say the least. Yet, it was incredibility liberating.

With only 1 full day between us and the new departure date, we zeroed in on the key things we needed in order to work from the road, literally.

  1. charger converter:  A converter car charger was the number 1 item we needed and used. charger converterIf you need your laptop to work on the road for an extended amount of time and your tablet wont’ suffice, this is a must have.  For under $30, we were able to “stay open” meaning we could work with current and new clients, not having to delay projects at all. We used the BESTEK Dual 110V AC outlets and Dual USB 3.1A
  2. mobile hot spot: Paying for the add on service of mobile hot spot is totally worth it ProfitGeeks working from the roadsince it  puts you in control. No worrying if the hotel(or campground) has wifi or if you can find a coffee shop. With mobile hot spot service, if your phone has a signal, so does your tablet or laptop. Because this is an add on service, you may be able to add it temporarily for your trip and discontinue afterwards without any contract hassles. Check with your wireless provider for details.
  3. extra chargers: Odds are you will lose a charger (especially if you’re traveling with kids and preoccupied with not losing them.)  Having an extra phone charger lowers your stress – really. No more code red, freaking out, searching for the nearest electronics store  or offline sticker shock (I continue to be amazed how expensive things are in stores compared to online.)
  4. web & cloud access to data:  Before you leave, verify that you have access to everything you use on a daily and weekly basis. This includes everything from your CRM to your invoicing or merchant account.  It would not be cool to get 100 miles from  home and realize you can’t login to Mailchimp to send your newsletter because you don’t have your password saved. As an added precaution, I’d be prepared with key internal business info too.
  5. Bonus Tip: Safety hound? Me too! That’s why I’d check out LastPass to streamline, simplify and protect your information, especially while accessing remotely or in new locations.
  6. hard copy or local copy of info: Doesn’t sound as sexy as sleek apps, but it would be worthwhile to have a hard copy on hand for situations when despite all your efforts and mobile hot spot, you just don’t have internet access.

It’s the honest truth when I say there was nothing else we brought or needed to work from the road. We did ship the charger converter to one of our destinations since it wouldn’t arrive in time for our expedited adventure. Otherwise, while it does take preparation, it doesn’t take long to follow the call of adventure and take your business along, so you don’t have to take a financial hit.

Sam and Noah ProfitGeek KidsWhat about about our 3  little guys you ask? We brought pillows, audio books and they each picked a stuffed animal; my 7 yr old packed a notebook for journaling. It also helped to make pit stops more exciting. On this trip, we included Gettysburg, Nashville, and The Boy Scout’s Museum (Texas.)

Have a traveling business story? Share it below, I’d love to hear it!

 

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Business + Tech Geek – Erica Wiley of PROFITGEEKS – New York

imageErica Wiley is Co-Founder and President of PROFITGEEKS, a unique web development and marketing agency that uses technology, biz savvy and good clean fun to grow businesses.

Erica blends her 10 years in sales & marketing with the unique experiences learned from working from home, homeschooling and managing a blended family of 7! She knows first hand the challenges that entrepreneurs face and teaches her clients how to use technology to streamline business operations, create a profit-generating online presence and have time for their passion.

Her work is her joy as she helps you demystify marketing and technology and create a customized system that will keep you focused, motivated and in action!

An all around geek, Erica is passionate about personal development, LOTR, Star Wars, white boards, productivity & planning apps, software testing, volunteering, tree climbing and currently, indie folk music.

For simple, practical and immediately effective tips, Tweet with Erica or find her on Facebook.

4 Replies to “5 Must Haves to Take Your Business On The Road by @profitgeeks”

  1. Erica Wiley[ Post Author ]

    @OnDaRoad
    Thanks for sharing the tip. I’ve heard of Carbonite but only as a back up solution, not file sharing- I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

    P.S Enjoyed your post about the hometown of the Grammy Awards

    Cheers!
    E

  2. @OnDaRoad

    Yes a mobile hotspot is essential since wifi is unpredictable on the road! I use Carbonite for a backup which lets mine & my partners files from anywhere either by phone or computer. Thus I can work & transfer a file while waiting in line if I want. Good suggestions.

  3. Erica Wiley[ Post Author ]

    Hi Carrie
    Thanks for sharing- I’m so glad you have the opportunity to be mobile for a season! You’re headed on a great adventure.

    I noticed you are into tech solutions so you may want to check out Toggl.com

    One of the 1st things we had to get a handle on was how long did it take to do something “on the road” as opposed to the office. We hadn’t counted on the added time traveling to a location or just being in a new environment could add- so using a time tracker help us quickly find where we needed to maneuver or extend our project deadlines.

    Safe travels! I hope you’ll post updates on your blog.

    E

  4. Carrie

    I just took my business on the road, and I’ll be spending the summer in a different state. It was kind of a last minute decision for us too, so I’m still working out a few of the details (schedule, equipment, electronics). Your list definitely helps! I’m looking into getting a hotspot right now so I don’t have to worry about being without the internet. Which is stressful when you use it to pay the bills! Thanks for the tips and good luck on your venture!

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