Are there ever times while when you’re getting away from it all but still want to work on your business? Having an online business is wonderful but, most times, you’re required to be online which means some sort of Internet access. Teri Horn, a Trained Personal Coach, freedom seeker, cancer survivor and unschooling mom, recently posted a question about how to build her business while offline, in a Facebook group we’re in. She’ll be going away with only her iPhone but without WiFi. Here are six important tips to consider before you work without WiFi.
First, the most important thing I’ve found is to have enough space on your phone, tablet or laptop for whatever you are going to do offline. If you are planning on recording videos and taking lots of photos, I would backup and delete all the extra files you won’t be using on your trip to maximize the space on your device. The big issue is that many of the devices in our lives depend on being able to be connected to the Cloud to store your content. Imagine there is a beautiful sunset but you can’t take a picture of it because your phone hasn’t uploaded the previous photos to the cloud. I had this happen when my phone couldn’t connect to the cloud for a week. It was horrible! I had to wait until I was connected to good quality WiFi before I could start taking pictures again.
Second, create a backup. If you can, backup what you’ve done to your laptop. You would hate to have a video that you worked hard on to suddenly be gone. If you are traveling without a laptop, there is a product called iStick that you can buy online that you can backup your files from your iPhone or iPad to with the lightning connector. If you are using Android, you can use a USB flash drive that has a micro USB connector or you can use a USB flash drive with a cable connector. Here are the instructions.
Third, test which apps will work offline. There is nothing worse than wanting to use your favorite app to do something for your business and realizing that the only way for the app to work is online. There is a simple way to do this, turn off Cellular Data and WiFi and see if the app will work. If it still shows a busy notification (usually something twirling) and then an error message, the app will not work while you’re without WiFi. By knowing ahead of time which apps will work or not work, you can more easily plan for what work you can do.
Fourth, download any resources you’ll need before you go offline. While you still have access to WiFi, make sure you have everything you need to create while away. This includes any outlines, mindmaps, to do lists or other planning tools. Most of these tools have an option to download or export. Make sure that they get saved to your device so you have them when you need them.
Fifth, if you have the option, have two separate devices, one for creating content and another for consuming content. While you’re away from WiFi, you might want to have some downtime as well. If you have an iPhone and iPad, have the iPhone be your content creation device and the iPad be your one-stop shop for content consumption (and fun). Download to the iPad videos, podcasts, audio files, ebooks, PDFs and anything else you might want to get caught up on while you’re disconnected.
Sixth, schedule social media before you go. This tip is brought to you by Teri herself (thank you Teri!). There are so many different options that you can use to schedule posts and tweets. Including the schedule post feature on Facebook pages and third party options such as Buffer and Hootsuite. If you want more of an overview, here is a resource guide from Lifehack about scheduling social media. I use Buffer and you can use it with Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. For Instagram, you can use Latergramme to schedule posts. One of the more exciting new apps is the iOS app Kite which you can use together with Buffer to schedule lots of Tweets and Posts quickly and easily. Here is a YouTube video from social media strategist Jen Lenher that explains how to use Kite and Buffer together.
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