My Mobile OfficeBy
I apologize for not posting an Essential Tools post yesterday. Having Monday as a holiday really got my week out of synch and by the time I realized it was Wednesday, it was Wednesday night. So, instead, I have decided to share a few of my favorite mobile computing tools with you today.
One of the things I really love about working from home is the flexibility. Thanks to technology I can really take my office with me anyhwere. Right now I am sitting on the front steps of the house over looking the yard and the driveway watching my 5 year old and her best friend ride scooters around and around in circles while typing on my laptop with a wireless connection to the Internet.
Just this morning I finally took the step of setting up my Treo 700w phone to get my e-mail so I can stay connected this summer while I spend more time away from my office while hanging out with the kids. My kids are at the age where they don’t really require that hands-on, constant attention that they needed when they were younger, rather now, they want to do more things, play with friends, and we spend more time on the road.
Some of the tools I have found useful for making my office portable, besides my trusty laptop, wireless card, and workhorse phone, are:
- Google Docs & Spreadsheets – If I know I need to work on a document or other files from multiple locations, I will upload them to Google Docs. This is very useful as the tracking tool I use for keeping track of hours I bill to clients is kept in an Excel Spreadsheet.
- QuickBooks Simple Start Online – I have just installed this and think it will be the answer to a lot of my administrative issues. I chose the online version so I can track projects, income, run invoices, and manage reports from anywhere I may be this summer.
- Photobucket – By uploading photos and images to Photobucket, I can access them for use in blog posts or to share with friends. One of the things I really like about Photobucket is that under each photo they give you the code for inserting the image in three different ways – one of which is perfect for posting images on message boards (saves eating up your own server bandwidth – yes, I learned that the hard way).
- I have web editing tools on all my systems. Luckily, most of my work these days has something to do with WordPress which makes it even easier to work on the go. I use Dreamweaver or FireFTP to manage any FTP or editing needs I may have outside of WordPress.
The beauty of it all is now the girls have decided to play in the sprinkler in the backyard and I was able to move with them without impacting my workflow in anyway. I just have to keep sliding into the shady spot!
What tools have you come to rely on in your mobile office? I am always on the look out for new ways to make working on the web more productive, so please share!