In the past two decades, technology has evolved dramatically for the mobile entrepreneur. In the ‘90s, on a business trip, it wasn’t uncommon to take a slow laptop and connect to the internet through a dial-up connection. Working remotely highly depended on your physical location in the world, and even then, the connection was very intermittent and slow. It was an extremely time-consuming process, plagued by dropped connections and technological limitations.
Around the turn of the century, things had improved. New laptops included Wi-Fi, and some internet providers made adapters to remotely connect to their network from your laptop. Complete with a mobile phone, a portable storage device, and a bulky mobile phone, and you could conduct business that way. Compared to the technology just a few years prior, this was a huge advancement.
Today, however, the options are limitless. Gone are the days of lugging around a huge laptop and an oversized phone. Today’s laptops are lightweight, extremely fast, and run more software than ever. Phones and tablets are smaller than ever and connect with other devices, accept mobile payments, screen share, and more. Portable storage devices have gotten cheaper, smaller, and more spacious. Data capacities that we only dreamed of are now stored on devices the size of your thumbnail.
For the working person, a centralized office is a thing of the past. Between all the devices available, the office now travels with you. There’s an app for seemingly everything you can think of, mobile office suites for you to store your spreadsheets and presentations, and Wi-Fi access points are in almost every coffee shop, hotel lounge, and airport lobby across the country. Even when you’re flying, you can stay connected, as most airlines now offer Wi-Fi service.
For today’s businessmen and businesswomen, the future that the previous generation only dreamed of is here.
Infographic by DJ Miller, Kingston Technology