How to Run Your Business from the Ball Park

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Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 7.38.51 PMSummer is officially here in the U.S., and sporting events are in full swing. As the proud parent of two very active student athletes, this time of year also means spending an enormous amount of time at baseball diamonds, soccer fields and sports facilities from New Hampshire to Florida.

Add to that tournaments, “showcase” camps and travel time, and you’ve got a dad/business owner who has to be totally mobile.

Regardless of the business you’re in or the content you’re cranking out, being able to run your business on the go is crucial to your success. Fortunately, in our “always connected” society, following your kids to all their games doesn’t  putting your business on hold.

My personal mission is to be able to run my entire business from my iPhone! You may not need quite that level of mobility, but here are several tools to make working on the go much easier:

Buffer

If you know you’re going to be on the road, Buffer offers a great way to pre-schedule your Tweets and Facebook posts.  I prefer to post live, but it’s simply good planning to schedule a handful of generic or “evergreen” posts to maintain your visibility while away from the office.

As with most apps, the basic version is free, but they also have an “Awesome Plan” for $8.50 per month that allows more features and flexibility.

Buffer is perfect for scheduling your social media posts.

Buffer is perfect for scheduling your social media posts.

Clear
Clear for the iPhone

Clear for the iPhone

There are hundreds of apps for tasks and to-do lists, but Clear (for the iPhone) is clean, crisp and fun to use.

Intuitive gestures allow you tons of flexibility, and you can store your lists and tasks in iCloud. The iPhone version is $1.99 in the App Store.

DocuSign

DocuSign allows you to sign and send documents from anywhere and from any device.

No need to fax or Fedex – you can do it all from your mobile device! Their Personal (basic) version is free; Professional plans start at $15 per month.

Instapaper

Instapaper is a handy dandy tool that saves articles for future reading or review on your mobile device or Kindle. It’s free and it’s an easy way to bookmark info on the go so you can come back to it later.

Dropbox
Dropbox is a convenient solution for accessing your files anywhere.

Dropbox is a convenient solution for accessing your files anywhere.

A great way to access all your “stuff” on the go is to keep your files, photos, videos, etc. in your Dropbox.

The basic service is free for up to 18GB of storage space, while Pro plans with more space start at $9.99 per month.

Wherever your travels take you this summer, you can bring your office with you.

In most cases, everything you need is as close as your mobile device!

What are your favorite services, tools and apps that let you run your business on the go? Please share in the comments below…

Lou Bortone
Lou Bortone is a Video Marketing expert and online branding consultant who helps entrepreneurs and service professionals build breakthrough brands on the Internet. He is a former television executive who worked for E! Entertainment Television and Fox in Los Angeles. Lou is also an author and ghostwriter of six business books, a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach and a Book Yourself Solid Certified Coach.
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  1. I just love the Buffer Lou, it’s a great day when the buffer is filled! I will have to check on Instapaper – that looks like a great tool too. I’ve signed up for dropbox but have yet to use it on my Droid. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Thanks for sharing I just downloaded Buffer to check that out could be perfect for me to use!

  3. Great list, Lou. I would also add “DashExpander” which is something I use on my laptop but which saves me a ton of time. I love it.

  4. Hey Lou, great review of tools to use on the go. Do you have any suggestions for content creation tools (in addition to the camera on your smartphone!)?