“Out in the woods
Or in the city
It’s all the same to me
When I’m drivin’ free, the world’s my home
When I’m mobile.”
~ The Who
Mobile computing has evolved as a result of shrinking portables and growing (wireless) networks. The mobile business users are quickly integrating their favorite applications for collaboration and data sharing on the go. Personal users gain from remote access apps allowing them to monitor home security systems, PCs or DVRs, and from social networking mashups that let them share photos and video or incorporate their phone address books and calendars.
Cloud Services provide support for real-time applications and services which are accessible by mobile devices and the laptop while connected to the wireless web. Cloud Computing is a paradigm shift and changes the way organizations views IT. Some examples of these growing web services you can avail of to complement your mobile office services are:
Mobile devices are perfectly suited to social networking, which is increasingly a big part of every business these day but honestly, most small business owners have hardly any time for it. The only time you can catch up with your Twitter or Facebook is when you are you are stuck somewhere waiting. Leverage the social networking apps and 24/7 connectivity through the mobile phone to keep connected.
Most blogging platforms provide a mobile interface to keep it current whenever. In fact you can email a blog post with your smartphone, on the road. Manage your blog’s content through the mobile app, post news, edit content etc.
Cloud services also provide for file-sharing, collaborating, and automated backup of your work (no need to carry around external hard drives or USB thumb drives). Dropbox provides 2GB of cloud storage and a new service CX provides a whopping 10GB for free.
Online Collaboration and Project Management
Online collaboration tools such as Google Docs allows many different people to work on the same documents simultaneously. Only a google account is needed to setup this online collaboration platform for free and giving you the flexibility to be productive from your desk, on the road, at home and on your mobile phone, even when you’re offline.
Freshbooks is wonderful for near-effortless electronic or paper invoices. No printing or postage needed on your end; they’ll handle all that for you if you need to send out a paper invoice.
The best part? All of these have free basic accounts, so you can start using them right now with no excuses or money up front.