The Mobile Needs of Digital Entrepreneurs

Monday, June 4, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

The entrepreneurial playing field was forever changed with the Internet, as any digital entrepreneur knows. And those of you planning to start down the entrepreneurial path should know all the benefits of being an online-based business over an offline business. Still, even if you’re the latter, the Internet affords you the ability to run a portion of your business online and to stay connected when you have to travel.

Being able to work anywhere is either a blessing or a curse, depending on your point of view. I like to think of it as a blessing, since I work entirely online.

Some of the benefits of being a fully digital entrepreneur:

  1. Work from anywhere with an Internet connection, including the beach while on vacation.
  2. A short work week, should you want it.
  3. Work with virtual teams, with members based anywhere in the world.
  4. Cheaply build a brand online with free or inexpensive tools and web2.0 applications.
  5. Opportunities to add online revenue streams, sometimes with great ease.

Of course, to achieve this kind of digital nomad lifestyle, there are some things that you need. Andy Abramson, a well-known VoIP blogger, has been writing a fair bit about digital nomads. He has a list of 15 things a global nomad wants in a hotel, so that they can work anywhere. Some are absolutely crucial, others just conveniences. A number of commenters offer some additional items for consideration.

Other VoIP and tech bloggers offer their comments re Andy’s post: Ken Camp, Global Nerdy, Jon Arnold, Russell Shaw, Jim Courtney, and Matthew Miller. Having followed most of these bloggers’ blogs for nearly a year, I happen to know they do travel. So while not all of them are true Digital Nomads, they are close to that category. It’s also their job to write about the IP (Internet Protocol) communication tools available.

Being a VoIP blogger myself, though not as frequently as in the past, I’d have to say that a good VoIP program is the number one software tool in a Digital Nomad’s arsenal, after a web browser and before a web feed reader. And if you plan to be a travelling digital entrepreneur, you need to choose a good VoIP client. More on that later, though you can read Christina Laun’s Ultimate guide to VoIP on a Mac, if you’re so inclined.

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