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Maintaining Your Office On The Run

01 Oct

A large chunk of network marketing professionals are “road warriors,” always on the go from client to client. In a world where constant connection is the norm, how can you set up your office for grab-and-go portability that works as well on the road as in a home office or cubicle? Here are some ideas:

  • Get smart(phone) – Whether you’re a loyal iPhone, Android, or Blackberry user, there’s no underemphasizing the benefit of a smartphone when you’re on the go. With one device, you can make calls, send texts and emails, and search the Internet for information (including maps and directions). It’s an invaluable business asset – and the fun apps like Angry Birds are pretty great too, especially when stuck in an airport security line.

  • Lighten up – Having a good laptop is another essential to conducting business on the go, but when buying, make sure you weigh your options – literally. If you’re going for portability, it’s important to select a machine that’s lightweight. Most brands have good options for light laptops that still pack a punch. If you don’t need heavy-duty programs, a netbook may be the way to go. Otherwise, look into options like the MacBook Air.

  • Just in case – Carting around an office on the go requires a quality carrying case. While most consumers go for shoulder bags, backpacks designed for laptops are also a great option. Whatever you select in terms of style, be sure it will be comfortable and has plenty of nooks and crannies for all the office essentials, from pens and notebooks to power adaptors and cords aplenty.

  • A powerful connection – There are a lot of computer essentials that can be taken for granted while in the office and forgotten on the road. While traveling, be sure to pack an extra power strip. It’s worth its weight in gold when plugging in the multiple devices that have become part of daily life. Also be sure to keep an Ethernet cable on hand for the locales where you can’t get a wireless signal.

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4 responses to “Maintaining Your Office On The Run

  1. Shawn E. Tuma

    October 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Very good advice Bob, the suggestion about the ethernet cable is really one that most of us wouldn’t think about but it wouldn’t take but once to have to learn that lesson! Good job, thanks for sharing the information!

     
    • Robert "Bob" Wieters, RYL ID#1033

      October 2, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Thank you Shawn, the ethernet cable is the one thing that I have forgotten and then ended up trying to find a Radio Shack or Wal-Mart to find one. Most hotels & motels have them but you find that occasional one that will not have what is needed. I now have one that I keep in my bag ready to go!

      Glad you enjoyed the article and thanks for the comment!

       
  2. Dr. Rich Rotfort

    October 2, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Great post, Bob. Your timing couldn’t have been better. For the past 2 days, Sandra and I have been searching for a portable computer. We’ve looked at slates,laptops, tablets, and net books.
    Here’s a link to a 5 minute utube video showing the different types….
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUs6XFpdISc)

    What we found out is that even though machines say they have this and that speed…that’s not always true when they were put to the test. One “fast” machine took way too long to work..even our rsyl website!. So my recommendation is to try several machines and be sure they have the speed you need for the applications you intend to use it for.

    Thanks again for your information.
    -Rich Rotfort

     
    • Robert "Bob" Wieters, RYL ID#1033

      October 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Rich, glad that it was useful for you and Sandra. I enjoyed your addition of the YouTube video on uses of the smart devices and laptops. Very informative! In today’s society we have to be versatile and able to work where ever we are and many times that is while we are traveling. And even more so for our type of work environment. Many times we are in fast food or going to someone’s home to do a presentation. Viola – our office on the run!

       

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