Productivity

How to make the beach (or the outdoors) your mobile office

Jessica Rowe
Culture Journalist

Jessica Rowe is a Melbourne-based writer with a passion for not-for-profits, the digital world and making a difference

Jessica Rowe
Culture Journalist

Jessica Rowe is a Melbourne-based writer with a passion for not-for-profits, the digital world and making a difference

When the weather is fine this summer, there’s no need to be stuck inside. Here are five pieces of technology that’ll help you be productive while you soak up the sun in your outdoor office.

Australian summer. The season of blue skies, warm nights and beach days – and for many, the start of a new business year. So, to set the pace of the year, why not stimulate creativity and productivity under the sun?

Working outdoors is proven to reduce stress, lower heart rate and blood pressure, which means it’s the perfect excuse to take work seaside and be mobile. Here are a few ways to help you get out of the office chair and into a deck chair.

A young man working on a laptop at the beach

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab

Gone are the days where we’re bound by a heavy PC that requires cords, a keyboard and a mouse. With the introduction of tablets, we can turn the beach into an outdoor office. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is a tablet that’s super thin and light, so it won’t weigh you down.

There are obviously no power boards at the beach, so battery life is incredibly important. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has an extended battery life and a Power Saving Mode, so the only thing you’ll hear crashing is the sound of waves. 

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2. Cloud

The right IT infrastructure can help keep your mobile office running when you’re under the sun. The cloud can connect you and help ensure working files are a few clicks away. Storing and retrieving files is easy, and sharing is a piece of cake.

Telstra Cloud Services give you access to cloud-based apps, including Office 365, Canvas and Box, when connected via broadband or the Telstra mobile network, so presentations and spreadsheets can be created while your toes are buried in the sand. 

3. Microsoft Office 365

Slip slop, slap and spreadsheets: with Microsoft Office 365, you can do it all. It comes with all of your favourite Office programs, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. And because it’s compatible with iOS, AndroidTM and Windows devices, you can share files with your team in real-time so you can meet deadlines from your outdoor office. 

4. Wireless Broadband

The ability to share data, files and reports with your team is essential when you’re mobile. You need to be able to get online.

Mobile broadband can connect you to the office and your team, and helps you get the most out of your smart devices. So whether you’re streaming a video, approving timesheets or dialling in to a video conference, mobile broadband gets you in the game. 

5. Zunos

Customers may be in holiday mode, but that doesn’t mean projects are. For many businesses, the New Year sets up the next 12 months – so it’s incredibly important workflow doesn’t stop.

Zunos is an integrated platform for mobile devices that helps keep sales teams motivated, connected and incentivised. You can also distribute and share sales training, sales and job information via your team’s mobile devices.

A supported team is a happy and productive team. Zunos helps give you the freedom of working outdoors under a beach umbrella, while efficiently managing your biggest asset - your workforce. 

Looking for more products to help you get out and about at work?

Check out Telstra’s tools for small businesses.

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Things you need to know:

The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, most surrounding suburban areas and in over 600 regional towns. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.

Speeds vary for reasons like location, distance from base stations, terrain, user numbers, hardware/software configuration, download source and upload destination.

Android is a trade mark of Google, Inc. Office 365, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook are either a registered trade mark or trade mark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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