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Hannah Jones
Journalist

Hannah Jones is a writer interested in lifestyle and business trends

Hannah Jones
Journalist

Hannah Jones is a writer interested in lifestyle and business trends

Spending time ‘out of the office’ is all part of modern business, particularly for business owners. But while working from the road presents its challenges, remote computer access and readily available Wi-Fi ensure work efficiency doesn’t have to dip.

Flamingo statues pretend to go mobile and cross the road

Blue Tick = green light

If you’re swapping your desk view of skyscrapers for acacias and acres of bush, having a Blue Tick certified mobile phone indicates the handset has been tested and proven to work better in rural areas. Given distance is of primary concern in rural areas, such mobiles are recommended if you wish to maximise your coverage experience – perfect if you’re visiting suppliers in regional or rural areas.

Battery matters

To enjoy remote computer access, ensure your laptop has a long battery life and is fully charged whenever possible. This will allow you to work seamlessly and uninterrupted during long flights and caffeine-fuelled caffeine fuelled sessions in local cafes.

The increasing range of tablets available means travelling with both laptop and a tablet doesn’t have to cost the world and allows you to switch from one to the other should either device run out of battery, maximising your work efficiency and productivity on the go. 

Go wireless

There aren’t many public places or modes of transport where Wi-Fi isn’t readily available – from local cafes to shared office spaces – offering free or cheap ways of getting connected without eating into your phone’s data allowance. These days, it’s easy to enjoy remote access to a computer and other internet-enabled devices.

In the rare case of a Wi-Fi free zone in the digital age, a simple, effective and low-cost solution is to invest in your own personal hotspot. With a variety of mobile broadband plans available to suit your business needs (e.g. single or multiple device connections, speed and data usage), there is no reason not to get connected 'out of office'. 

Find the cloud

If you never know where you’ll be from one week to the next, being able to store, back up, access and share your files in the cloud can make a huge difference to your business. Telstra’s Cloud services for small businesses can provide pay-as-you-use access to software, state of the art security and collaboration options to maintain effective communication with clients and colleagues while on the road.  

Enjoy your surroundings

Looking beyond the technology perspective, working from the road also presents a great opportunity to be inspired by new and exciting parts of the world. Whenever possible, take some time to appreciate what’s around you before using that positive energy to increase your work output.

Need to stay productive while working on the road?

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Originally published 3rd July 2015. Updated 2nd August 2019.

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