These days, most people expect to be able to access anything from a mobile device, whether it be their bank accounts, the news, weather reports or their weekly shopping. The same now goes for employees of any business, whether they are big business or even a small start-up. Employees have come to expect access to their work resources on the go from any device. Of course, there are many What are your business requirements? In order to make the most out of mobility, you don’t want to just get it for the sake of it. You should take a look at how mobility measurably improves your business – the upgrades should lead to saving time, money, or both. Maybe you would like your employees to have the ability to communicate quickly with other members of staff, clients or customers? This would eliminate the need to pay for face-to-face meetings, for example, and would also lead to a smooth workflow. For further advice you can always speak to telecommunications consultants who have the experience in providing mobile workforce solutions. They will be able to provide you with ideas on how you can improve efficiency and what kind of package would best suit your business needs. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Advantages of Using Mobile Phones for Business By going mobile, you can ensure your team always stays connected to the business, even if they are working on the field or away on a business trip. Allowing your employees to share calendars and other files while on the go can help to improve the collaboration process. Mobile applications will allow employees to manage projects, collaborate efficiently with colleagues, host meetings and keep tabs on work performance. Allowing your staff easy access to the business will help to effectively stay up to speed on any changes, furthermore providing input on current projects, even if they are not physically present. Ensure the solution you choose gives you the flexibility to use a range of devices – you don’t want to be constricted by the type of smartphone, tablet or modems you are able to use. You should also be given the opportunity to control costs associated with mobile usage. Look at Fleetview from Macquarie Telecom as an example of what you should be looking for. Make Security a Top Priority Of course, giving your employees access to your network via mobile devices will require better security. They will be able to access your network anytime, anywhere; whether it’s from a laptop, smartphone or tablet, security will undoubtedly be of high concern on this regard. Any mobile device that is given access to your business’ network should be password protected, whether the device is that of the employee or of the company. For additional measures, it doesn’t hurt to ensure a network that is both encrypted and requiring a multi-factor authentication process. All of your employees should have the proper training on mobile security strategies. Understanding any potential dangers could very well prevent a security breach and could prove to be a vital line of defence against any ill intrusions. This will help to keep your network secure and your employees more confident about mobility. The Overall Picture Everyone can benefit from mobility, especially small business start-ups with limited budgets. The way to go about it is to ensure you are using solutions to boost your business and expand operations – it shouldn’t just be ‘nice to have’, but should result in measurable improvements in your business. Mobility is meant to simplify things, and for any business utilizing its benefits correctly, big leaps can be made for future growth and relevancy. Images: “Technology in the hands of businessmen/ Shutterstock.com“ __________________________________________________________________________________ Connect with Tweak Your Biz: Would you like to write for Tweak Your Biz? Tweak Your Biz is an international, business advice community and online publication. Today it is read by over 140,000 business people each month (unique visitors, Google Analytics, December, 2013). See our review of 2013 for more information. An outstanding title can increase tweets, Facebook Likes, and visitor traffic by 50% or more. Generate great titles for your articles and blog posts with the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.