In this day and age, it’s perfectly possible to run a mobile business.
Why would you want to do that, though? Well - there’s nothing wrong with owning a brick and mortar store. It’s just, if you’re going to limit your avenues of business, you need to make sure that you are successful before doing so, because limiting your business might prevent you from pursuing success.
There are plenty of benefits to operating a mobile business. Yes, you can still have a solid headquarters. Yes, you can still run a brick and mortar store in the physical world. Running your business on a mobile basis can ensure you can operate from anywhere in the world.
The technology is there for your business to operate wherever you’re based, so even if you don’t want to cut the cord and move around; there are still plenty of benefits you can utilize.
The first among all is cloud storage. The best method of storage is a combination of cloud storage and physical on-site storage via media such as USB sticks and hard-drives. Cloud storage really does have some amazing benefits, though. Storing files and data to the cloud enables you to remotely access your files from anywhere in the world. This is key if you want to work remotely and on a mobile basis. Google Drive is a cheap cloud storage option that also offers a word processing facility enabling you and your staff to not only store files, but complete work from wherever you are located. Google Drive also allows for collaboration and you, or anyone with the right access privileges, can work on the same files at the same time. It also allows for instant feedback, meaning that no more lengthy email chains with heavy attachments need to be sent. Everything can be done so much faster!
Speaking of emails, it might be time for you to move towards instant messaging. Services like Slack offer amazingly detailed messaging services to create an online office no matter where your staff is based. Use it to keep in touch and talk about projects with its mobile and desktop based apps.Skype is also another application that allows for instant messaging but is also a handy videoconferencing tool allowing you to hold interviews and host meetings no matter the distance between your employees, clients and yourself. Of course, regular mail is a big part of business and can be a big problem if you’re mobile based - you won’t get your physical correspondence and communication! Using mail forwarding services can get your mail to you, so you’re not missing out on the real world when you’re working remotely.
Of course, good equipment is needed to run your business mobile, as it would be needed for a stationary business! Laptops, tablets, smartphones and good internet connection are the order of the day and succeed not only in their portability, but their computing power. Equip your staff with the right tools to see success here.
Running a business from remote locations can save you a lot of money and ensure you aren’t tied down. Consider it!