With many businesses today your office is wherever you are. With the natural progression of technology – the cell phone, laptop, Wi-Fi and cloud computing – telecommuting via a mobile office is quickly becoming the norm for many businesses.
Coffice. Yep, that’s what they’re calling it. When you go to a coffee shop and use it as your primary internet connection for business purposes, it’s a coffice. What a wonderful atmosphere! And, let’s face it, who can beat that fresh baked bread smell? It can be a less stressful place for meetings, too. Sometimes that neutral environment it just what’s needed to facilitate improved communication.
What’s your favorite coffice location? Something Panera Bread Company has to offer over other coffee shops is their wide selection of foods and drinks. Just smelling that fresh baked bread stimulates your creative juices and makes an open, friendly environment for meetings that could otherwise be tense or boring due to the atmosphere alone. And then, when your energy begins to lag in the afternoon, great coffee or other drinks are readily available, virtually at your fingertips!
Why Panera Bread Company? Free Wi-Fi, of course! Sure, there are other coffee shops that offer free Wi-Fi access, but is it free and do they have the wonderful bagels, sandwiches, soups and desserts Panera Bread Company is known for? Probably not.
Area sales reps constantly travel within their region making sales and staying in contact with their customers. Often there are files they truly wish they had but hate to drive back to the office to retrieve. Through various programs, including Log Me In, with Wi-Fi access the rep could refresh with a cup of coffee while accessing their desktop remotely. Need a file printed? No problem! Send it to an area print center (Kinkos, UPS, Office Depot…) and pick it up on the way to the meeting.
Professional speakers who fly from city to city speaking at various conventions and conferences could also benefit by cloud computing from their coffice. Wi-Fi is where it’s at! Checking into your flights online is just one example. You can even download handouts and flyers stored on a remote cloud drive (Mozy, DriveHQ), order prints and have them ready and waiting at the hotel upon your arrival; all the while sipping your favorite coffee in your favorite spot in any city – the coffee shop with Wi-Fi. Need to host a meeting with multiple associates? You can do that, too. Just reserve a meeting/party room.
Do you see how cloud computing makes it possible to run your coffice from Panera Bread Company? How has cloud computing prompted mobility within your job, business or company? How have you benefited from running your coffice from Panera Bread?