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Conducting a Home Business Away From Home

by Mary Emma Allen on April 14th, 2007

With a laptop and the Internet, many business owners can conduct their home business away from home these days.  As my husband and I travel from our home in New Hampshire to attend a conference in Tennessee this weekend, I still can write blogs and my newspaper column, research travel articles, add a chapter to my book, and conduct correspondence.

Not all businesses can be maintained away from home.  However,  if they’re mainly online home businesses, you can do much while on the road or in the air.  If we get delayed at airports or have long waits between connections, I can work on my writing there.  Some airports now have Internet connections, most of these requiring a credit card but a few with no charge.  Airports, like Chicago O’Hare, have outlets for travelers where you can plug in your laptop without having to look for a vacuum cleaner outlet.

If you’re traveling by auto, you can plug your laptop into a converter in the cigarette lighter.  Then you can work on your writing while you ride….as long as you don’t try this while driving!

More and more hotels/motels offer free wireless in the room.  (If it’s not free, a hotel may have wireless access for a fee.)  Jim and I try to stay at accommodations with wireless whenever we can.  Both of us need to check e-mail, and I have to post blogs and send newspaper articles.   (The free wireless and complimentary breakfast make many motels more appealing than those without.)

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3 opinions for Conducting a Home Business Away From Home

  • Yvonne Russell
    Apr 15, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Hi Mary Emma

    I’ve found you can find an internet cafe just about anywhere in the world, including China, which is great.

    But one place that is often overlooked for free or low cost internet access is the public library. I’ve used libraries all over Australia, Europe and the U.S. to conduct business away from home. I can recommend it. :)

    All the best

    Grow Your Writing Business

  • Mary Emma
    Apr 15, 2007 at 5:11 am

    Thanks, Yvonne, for your tips about where to find Internet connections when traveling. I’d completely forgotten the public library. And I haven’t had an opportunity to use an Internet cafe, but have seen them in many places in our travels.

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