Business on the Go: A Guide for Managing Your Business on the Road

by RobertM on December 22, 2011

By James, Skyscanner.net

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Business never sleeps, no matter how many red eye flights you catch. Stay one step ahead even when you’re hopping from country to country by choosing the best apps and software to help you manage your business on the go.

Find your nearest WiFi spot:

The number one essential for any business traveller, keep yourself connected with the help of apps that will pinpoint the nearest WiFi locations for you.

JiWire is an excellent locator for iPhones and WiFoiFoFum is a suitable scanner for Windows phones, and if you prefer to find somewhere to sit and enjoy a connection and a coffee, the Free WiFi Cafe Spots app for most smartphones is ideal.

Stay powered up:

There’s nothing worse than flat-lining your phone or netbook battery right when you’re in the middle of complicated negotiations, and when you’re running from meeting to meeting it can sometimes seem impossible to find a powerpoint.

Luckily on-the-go recharger packs have hit the highstreet, meaning it’s easy to stash a spare one in your bag. Try the iGo Anywhere line, or the new pocket charger range from Duracell.

Keep on schedule:

Got an evening call with an investor, flights to New York to catch in the morning and three emails to reply to before end of play? Make sure you don’t miss a trick by getting used to keeping your appointments and lists online.

For a to-do list that’s always in-sync and up to date, download Toodelo, which will make sure all of your tasks are collated and up to date. Find the best free online calendar for all your appointments – there are plenty to choose from – and know you’re always on schedule.

Speak the language:

If you have to travel for business a lot you’ll know how awkward it can be to negotiate necessities when you don’t speak a word of the language. While many countries speak English, you’re sure to find yourself in a situation where knowing a few basics proves beneficial.

Download an app like World Nomads or Linguo to help you make sure you at least know the basics, whether you are trying to order a coffee to keep you going or find directions to your next meeting.

Hold your meetings anywhere:

Need to be in two places at once? Make use of free tools like AnyMeeting and hold your business meetings remotely, no matter where you are.

Host webinars and collaborative meetings for up to 200 hundred people on the go, share your screen, choose video conferencing and record your meeting for future reference all online – meaning that as long as you have your laptop and a reliable web connection, you could be working from anywhere.

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