Telepresence on the Road – The Nomad Businessman
Telepresence enables you to much more than only using it holding meetings – you can even build your business on it!
Technologies such as Telepresence has changed many things and many industries and made many of our day-to-day routines and activities much easier or more enjoyable. For everything from staying in touch with friends and families, to travelling to work, to managing and organizing information there are new ways of doing things that have enabled us to do more, more quickly.
Of course business is one area that has been particularly impacted by Unified Communications, especially Telepresence and with easier communication and amazing productivity tools the very business models we rely on are changing.
And one thing in particular here that has been altered is the where of business. As technology improves and we’re able to communicate all around the world, there is no longer the same need to be in a single place to run a business or even to have a base of operations. This then means that we can not only save a huge amount on rent and other overheads, but also potentially enjoy much more freedom in the way we work. Here’s how you can use modern technology to enjoy life as a ‘nomad businessman’ (or woman).
Running a Business from a Café
For the most part business involves providing a product or service to a client or consumer and in the majority of cases this doesn’t actually require any face-to-face interaction. Sure if you run a restaurant or a high street store then you’ll need a physical location to serve your customers, but if you’re providing consultancy work, web design or customer service, or if you sell a product, then normally this can all be handled online thanks to communication technology such as Telepresence.
And with the portability of many devices such as smartphones and laptops, there’s no reason that this shouldn’t mean working from a café, from a park bench or from your flat – you could even work while travelling around the world. Most places have WiFi connections, and when you’re out of reach you can use a 3G connection (or even a 4G connection) to get online.
With most of our files stored on the cloud meanwhile, and with most services pushing for a paperless option, you’ll never be out of reach of the information you need. And if you need a business meeting? Well it always creates a metropolitan and modern vibe to ask to meet in a café, or using a webcam you can engage in Telepresence – saving you and your clients time and money.
Of course some services do require a physical location for production. If you are creating a product that you want to sell then copies will need to be manufactured and stored somewhere until you sell them via your website. However this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t live the nomad lifestyle as these services can now be outsourced using digital manufacturing and thanks to ‘print on demand’ companies you won’t even need to store any stock. And if you aren’t fussed about producing your own products then you could simply become an affiliate marketer.
In short computers, smartphones, tablets and the web at large are now making it possible for us to get out of the office and run businesses from wherever we choose. We are now all connected at all times and we all have access to large production and printing services. In the next few decades the traditional office environment may no longer be relevant at all… What do you think?