If there were to be a blockbuster horror movie that would swoop all of the awards in 2016, its premise would be around losing your WiFi connection. Is there a more terrifying prospect in today’s digital age than losing your only tenuous grip on the outside world? Not as far as I can tell. Only, things could go from bad to worse when you’re trying to run a business. That’s a tough enough gig in its own right without finding yourself handicapped by a temperamental internet provider.
The difference for a business losing its internet connection is night and day. It could cost you an awful lot of money, for starters. But, not only that, it brings your workforce’s productivity to a screeching halt. Try to contain your shudders. I assure you; it’s all going to be okay. If you find yourself in this horrifying position, just follow these tips for keeping your business connected. Even when your WiFi can’t connect.
This is an option that originally came around with the ability to send text messages from the internet. A good few years ago, hundreds of sites popped up allowing you to send a text message online. God knows what information they took from you in exchange. But hey, at least, your crush knew you weren’t ignoring them after you’d used up all your credit.
Gateway options are also popular among businesses now. In fact, they’re one of the leading outsourced communications services on offer. You can easily send email to SMS so that you can be sure your workers can stay up to date with all your latest developments. Regardless of WiFi connection. Joy.
By now, just about every person in the developed world owns themselves a smartphone. They’re a must-have essential, and we won’t hear another word about it. While some may roll their eyes and chastise how reliant we’ve become on our little devices, this is one scenario in which they could be a lifesaver. With pretty much any given smartphone contract, you’re allocated your own data hotspot. That means you can access the internet on the move. Admittedly, a pipedream once upon a time is now a reality we can’t imagine doing without
And best of all? You can turn that little cellular hotspot into your very own internet connection. It’s an act known as tethering and has become increasingly popular among people who forget to pay their utility bills. You can achieve this with both Android and iOS, but the costs to do so will vary greatly. Also, be aware that the quality of your new wireless connection isn’t going to rival that of fibre-optic broadband. But hey, it’s a start, right? At least, you can get online again.
And if all else fails, remember you can always gather the team together and call it a day. Throw together an impromptu trip to Starbucks. Bring your laptops along. Leech off their WiFi connection until they decide you’re taking liberties. Just take it easy on the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes if you ever want to sleep again.