Go Mobile Or Go Home – How Technology Has Changed The Business World

In a time when a company like Apple can sell 9 million iPhones in three days or less, you know our world has gone completely mobile and perhaps more than a little mad in the process. There’s no denying the obvious fact we want instant images, videos, messages, tweets, conversations… not yesterday but immediately, this very instant. No more waiting, no more holds, no more get back to you tomorrow… we want everything done today, this very moment.

We also want to be connected to the web to keep us informed of what’s happening on the world stage and in our own neighborhoods. We want the latest terror threat, the latest celebrity twerk, the latest viral video and the latest gossip from Aunt Sally. Instant communications available anywhere and at any time.

We want/demand these instant communications in our personal lives, and now we are also demanding them in the business world.

We want to be totally connected at all times, not only to our friends and family, but to our business colleagues, clients and customers. We demand a work force that’s totally in sync, completely connected and working on the same page. A sales force which can be flexible, dynamic and mobile.

In order to have this mobility, technology has given us all the gadgets we need – from smartphones to netbooks, from laptops to iPads to PDAs of every description. More importantly, technology has also given us the services we need to do business in this mobile world. We now have online fax providers, remote data storage, virtual PBX office phone systems… to make all your business transactions portable and instant.

Any modern company or business can now use these online providers or services to completely connect/sync all their business transactions, sales, communications to their computers and the web. Giving the recipient total access, instant communications and complete mobility, which could not be imagined, just a few years ago.

These new technologies have simply changed how business is now done.

Lets take a few concrete examples and apply them to the business environment. First, online fax or faxing has been a major game changer for many companies. Now instead of being directly tied to your traditional fax machine in the office, one can use the Internet and your email system to receive/send all your faxes. This process is easier, more secure and much more cheaper than conventional faxing. Plus, since we now have smartphones, netbooks and laptops, these services are completely portable and accessible anywhere, anytime. There is even an app which allows one to sign or initial an important document/fax directly on your smartphone.

Another game changer has been the introduction of virtual phone and PBX (Private Branch Exchange) systems for your office or company. These online PBX systems can give any company a quick cheaper alternative to costly landline systems. One which comes with all the bells and whistles of a PBX system… call forwarding, instant messaging, call parking, online fax, intercom, voicemail… and in many instances, you can have a virtual receptionist to handle all your messages.

Needless to say, all these services make your company much more mobile and accessible, regardless of the location. It also makes your company reachable at all hours of the day, 365 days of the year. In a broader way, it also seamlessly ties your company or business to all your computers and the Internet. Most successful businesses these days have a solid presence on the web for doing sales, customer support or for promotion of the company brand.

These days, it seems like everything is going mobile. Your company must have a presence in this mobile environment if it wants to be competitive. Mobile advertising or promotion is said to be the next big thing… just imagine capturing a customer’s attention on their smartphone with your latest sale while they’re at the mall, steps away from your store and ready to buy. Or just imagine, having the latest company memo or client communication instantly directed to all your workers in the appropriate department or division.

These are just a few examples of how going mobile can make any company more efficient and much more competitive. Those progressive company owners who quickly realize going mobile is the wave of the future, are the ones who will truly prosper in the coming years. Many business operators have discovered this new reality and have acted accordingly. They are also the ones who won’t need convincing, they won’t need anyone telling them any time soon you simply have to go mobile or go home.

Home Business World

There are advantages of working in the home business world is that you save money on travelling to and from work. If you previously had a long commute you know how expensive this can be whether you travel by car or use public transport. This is better for your pocket as well as the environment. You also save time that you would normally spend travelling, so you can have more time with your family and enjoying yourself.

Other advantages of the home business world are being able to have more flexibility over your working hours. If you prefer to work early or late in the day it is more likely that you will be able to do this if you are working at home. You can fit work more easily around family life and always make up time over the weekend if necessary. It makes it easier if children are ill and have to be home or if you have appointments that you need to work around. It is also an advantage not to have to wear office clothes every day. This can save you money and make you feel more comfortable when you work.

You are likely to work harder at home as there are less distractions than there are in big offices with phones ringing, the sound of chatter, and colleagues coming up for help or just a chat. If you are running your own business you are likely to be more motivated as you will directly benefit from all the extra money you make, unlike in a large business when often you are paid a fixed salary despite how hard you work.

The main disadvantage of the home business world is that you will spend a lot of time working on your own. It can be hard spending most of the day alone and it sometimes can be difficult to motivate yourself to work without your colleagues around. It can feel quiet and isolated, especially if you don’t have any family or friends near to where you work. You will need to make sure you get out in the evenings and weekends so that you have some company.

Other disadvantages of the home business world are not necessarily having all the resources you normally have like you do in the office. There are also expenses you may have, like the cost of phones, and heating or cooling your home office. You may have to invest in furnishing a room to use as an office, or at least a new desk and good computer. You’ll need to figure out if you will quickly make enough money to pay for these items or whether you will need to wait a while before investing in things like this.

Now you can see some of the advantages and disadvantages of the home business world.

Beginners Journey Into the Business World

I’ve learned a lot of what I know through my own mistakes, and an equal amount from observing the mistakes of others. Perhaps the best mistake I’ve made was diving head first into the business world as a young man. While the expression “learning things the hard way” has always held true for me, it is by this that I have laid a foundation for myself, and my business ventures.

I often find myself wondering if I made an appropriate business decision, whether in regards to simple things like taking a sick day, or life-changing decisions such as quitting one job for another. I have often acted impulsively in such decisions, but my judgment to base my impulses on is something I have finely tuned. Unfortunately not everyone has good judgment, so impulsive business behavior is probably not a good idea. Either way I have determined that my judgment is based on two things I know to be true about the business world:

1. You may have a hundred competitors in whatever you’re doing, but your biggest competitor is yourself; if you don’t get out of your own way you will never accomplish anything. This is the most important factor in your success in the business world. What this means is that when you have a great idea, it doesn’t matter how great it is if you don’t implement it. If you don’t get the ball rolling no one will do it for you.

2. Opportunity exists everywhere you can possibly look. If you’re struggling trying to determine the best product to sell quit struggling and look around you; Everything is a product! And ALL products sell, which means you can make money with any one of them. If you can’t find your next lead, or make your next sale you need to get out of your chair and go get it, because it you won’t find it sitting around.