In Australia it is currently the school holidays. Families head off to the snow or, if they do not like the cold, they head off to a tropical island somewhere to escape (like my accountant did!) It's actually my accountant who inspired me to write this article because of a conversation we had before he left. He wanted to have a chat about how he was going to keep in touch with his clients while away on holidays.
And that's where I come in! I've deal with SOHO businesses in the past that just shut down their business over a holiday period. I do not particularly like this approach to business, especially in an always connected world. I'm not saying that you need to be answering emails 24/7. I understand that sometimes you do need to switch off and you should not work 10 hour days, 365 days a year, but there is now technology available that allows you to keep the work going while you are on holiday to ensure the world does not end. With new mobile phones and wireless broadband, you can still log in for an hour or so each day to make sure that your business keeps running (for some people it actually reduces stress when they are traveling.)
Here are some examples of how the best smart phones can improve your holiday:
You can keep in touch with the office or clients- You do not have to do a full day of work but with the latest mobile phones you can check your email once or twice to see if any of your staff or clients have tried to get in touch with you. It is much better to nip a potential crisis in the bud before it gets out of hand and discourages you from ever taking a holiday again. You can also use tools like Dropbox and a variety of other useful apps to check files and update them from your device if need be.
You can keep the kids entertained- If you are traveling with children a smartphone may just be your best friend. You can keep kids entertained with the latest music, games and videos. Smartphones are great in airports or on long car trips.
You can make productive use of downtime- The best smartphones let you jot down ideas as you have them so you can make use of downtime. If you get up before everyone else, churn out an article. If you are exercising in the hotel gym, jot down some blog post ideas while riding on the exercise bike. The options are endless.
Rather than ruining your holiday, a smartphone may actually save your holiday. You'll know what is going on back home but be able to easily switch off when need be. Do yourself a favor and find the best smartphone for your situation today.