A young entrepreneur’s life is never dull. You travel a lot to meet clients, attend networking events and research new business opportunities. Meanwhile, your troops are back at the office working hard and/or your partner is at home looking after the kids while you run your business. Both could need to get in touch with you at any time, so here are some tips on how to make sure you can stay online and be reachable in case of any emergencies.
Make sure you have a good mobile phone
A mobile phone is an absolute must for an entrepreneur. Quite apart from the fact that no one would take you seriously if you didn’t have one, people can instantly get in touch with you when they need to. You can always put the phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ if there are moments you can’t take a call. If you’re driving, you can even set your phone to send an automatic text message which lets the recipient know you’re behind the wheel.
Use a mobile broadband dongle
Depending on where you travel, you may or not have access to the internet, which can be fatal if you run an online business. Access to mobile broadband ensures you’ll be able to get online whether you have a fixed internet connection or not.
It’s like an insurance policy. You just plug a dongle — which is a bit like a USB — into your device, which is often a laptop; connect it to your mobile data network; and get going. Think of mobile broadband as an insurance policy.
Use public Wi-Fi
Although for security reasons you should be careful about how you use the internet when using public Wi-Fi, this type of internet access is a handy resource. Coffee shops, retail shops, libraries and some other establishments tend to offer free Wi-Fi for patrons. Not all do, however. If you wish to use the Wi-Fi on a train, hotel or airport, you may also have to pay for it.
Create a mobile hotspot
This is a useful option for entrepreneurs. Basically, a little like when you use a dongle, you transform your phone into the router temporarily. It’s a question of going into your Wi-Fi options, selecting mobile hotspots and then using your data. Beware that this can eat into your data and isn’t always reliable, but if you can make it work, it will help you to stay connected while you’re on the move. Note that if you don’t want to sign up for an expensive data contract, you can buy pre-paid mobile hotspots that supply you with a limited amount of data.
When you’re travelling around, it’s always a good idea to share your itinerary with others, whether it’s your employees or your family, and register your travel plans with authorities. This allows people to get in touch with you more easily if there’s an emergency. Don’t forget the power of social media, too, so that even if people can’t reach you immediately, they can still see from your profile and status that you’re safe and well while you’re out on your travels.