If you are a business owner working from home for the foreseeable future, you’ll want to ensure that there is no disruption to your organization’s normal day-to-day. With office life seemingly still far from a return for many workers, having the right mobile setup for your business to ensure productivity is high for your employees is essential. Here are 7 ways you can ensure your mobile business continues to thrive.
Consider Alternatives to Phone Handsets
With many people working from home, the need for individual handsets to be provided for employees may seem like the route to go. However, there are alternatives that will help your staff to carry on working that will also help to reduce overall costs. A business mobile phone service that requires no additional device to be provided, instead of working through a downloadable app on a personal smartphone, can be the solution to expensive handsets. No additional setup and a separate business phone number provided, make this type of service essential for mobile employees.
Reduce Communication Costs
Looking at ways to reduce costs within a business can seem difficult to implement quickly, but one area that can be looked at is communication. Utilizing a virtual phone system that takes advantage of the GSM network (Global System for Mobile) instead of cloud apps that use an internet connection, will not only reduce costs but also still provide high-quality voice calls.
Take Advantage of Collaboration Tools
Collaboration is key whilst having a team working remotely, ensuring the in-office experience is not lost. As well as using email, there are many available productivity apps that will bring your workforce together to share and discuss ideas, whether that be through voice or video calls. One that also provides secure file sharing will also help as another alternative to using email services.
Make the most of Voicemail
Voicemail features can be implemented easily that go beyond just leaving a message. Taking advantage of visual voicemail, if your service can provide it, will avoid having to make a call to listen to a new voicemail. Additionally, using call screening that provides a manual option to forward an incoming call to voicemail, rather than just dismiss when you’re busy, can ensure no important calls are missed.
Keep Your Social Media Accounts Updated
With more people working from home, having a regularly updated social feed will ensure potential clients or customers can see you still available. You may already make use of email marketing to a subscriber list, but having regularly updated social posts is a more convenient way to reach out to your audience and shout about what you can do for them.
Setup Cloud Storage
You’ll need an easy-to-use cloud storage system to be able to store files and documents whilst mobile, rather than taking up storage on your device or within emails. There are plenty of available cloud storage systems out there, so finding one that isn’t overpriced and will help you quickly access any files you need is essential.
With mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops being used more than ever for working purposes, staying secure is paramount. Any apps you do choose to use for productivity, cloud storage, or file sharing need to be as secure as possible. Passwords should be strong and only provided to those who need them, and your workforce should look to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) as well as install reliable anti-virus software to avoid potential issues.
These tips should be kept in mind whether you’re working away from an office environment temporarily or are permanently working mobile. This way your business will continue to thrive utilizing the latest available technology.