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How to make any business a location-independent business



There's no reason why you can't take your business on the road. You just need to know how to use the right tools for the job. Here are some ways that any business can become location-independent:


Go mobile with your website.

Mobile is the future and you need to be ready. Here are some things you can do to make your website mobile friendly:

  • Ask your web developer to optimize your website for mobile

  • Use a responsive design that automatically switches from desktop to tablet and smartphone screen sizes as needed. Alternatively, look into using a theme designed specifically for mobile devices.

  • If you have an app in mind, engage an iOS or Android developer to build something that works seamlessly on your users' phones and tablets.


Focus on remote workers and freelancers.

Remote workers are a vital part of making your business location-independent. You can find people who want to work remotely by looking through job boards or posting ads on Craigslist and other classified sites. You can also find remote workers by asking friends, family and colleagues if they know of anyone who would be interested in working for you.


Once you've found someone interested in working remotely, make sure that you're proactive about staying in sync. There are several ways you lean in to the relationship:

  • Call or email them once per day to see if they have any questions or need assistance with anything

  • Articulate expectations on deadlines so that it's clear when you prefer that they complete their deliverables


Make sure you're able to accept payments online.

Accepting payments online is an important part of running a location-independent business. You need to be able to accept payments from customers who are in different countries than you, and those customers might not use the same currency as your bank account. There are many different tools that can help you with this, but the two most popular options are Stripe and PayPal. Both services offer a wide range of payment options for businesses around the world, including local currencies and other international payment methods like credit cards or direct bank transfers.


If you're worried about security, both Stripe and PayPal also have robust fraud detection systems that will detect suspicious transactions before they happen (e.g., someone buying something with a stolen credit card).


Make sure you can take customer calls from anywhere.

With the right technology, you can take calls from anywhere. There are some ways to accomplish this:

  • Use a phone service like Google Voice or Skype. These services allow you to make calls over the internet and receive them directly on your smartphone and/or computer. Although they are not always reliable, they can be very convenient if you have internet access when travelling.

  • Another option would be RingCentral which allows users to enjoy unlimited calling across North America without ever needing anything more than just their phone number!


Use a CRM tool

One of the best ways to stay organized as a location-independent entrepreneur is to use a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. With this software, you'll be able to track all your customer relationships and stay current on their needs. You'll also be able to automate many tasks, like sending out emails or tracking sales leads.


You can use your CRM from any device with internet access: laptop, desktop computer or smartphone. Honeybook, Dubsado, Hubspot, and Salesforce are examples of great CRM tools you can use for your business.


Try out project management software

To run a location-independent business effectively, you’ll want to use project management software that lets you share documents and assign tasks easily. Good options include Asana and Google Apps for Work. Asana is a good choice if your company is small (up to 15 people), while Google Apps for Work is better suited to larger organizations. Both are available as free trials, which can help you decide whether they suit your needs before committing to them.


Conclusion

You can make any business into a location-independent business if you know the right tools for the job. The good news is that there are plenty of tools out there to help you run your business from anywhere! You just need to be smart about the ones you choose, and make sure they fit into your workflow.


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