Top 10 Mobile Office Tools for Summer Time

Attention mobile IT staff: If your employees need to stay connected while decompressing on some summer downtime outside of the office, we can help. We list the top 10 mobile office tools that will help your mobile workforce -- or better yet, yourself -- keep tabs on mobile computing tasks while enjoying the sunshine.

Picture you, soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach, an umbrella drink in one hand, a suntan-lotion-smeared paperback in the other. It's summer, and you're on a much-needed vacation. And then your BlackBerry starts buzzing.

So much for getting away from it all. But let's look at the bright side: Thanks to mobile devices, many small business owners can take an extended leave of absence from the office. And the best part is that practically no one will be the wiser. With a fast Internet connection, a smartphone, a laptop or netbook, and a few other mobile tools, you can rule your fiefdom from virtually anywhere.

So, in honor of the soon-to-arrive Summer Solstice, here are the top 10 mobile office tools and small business technology the entrepreneur on-the-go should have. I haven't included a laptop, netbook, or smartphone on this list, on the assumption you've already got what you need in those departments.

1. A Broadband Mobile Internet Connection

If the hotel, beach cottage or other place where you're hiding out has a Wi-Fi hotspot, you're good to go. If not, there are many ways to take a broadband Internet connection with you.

One option is to buy a 3G modem (for about $50-$100) that fits into a laptop or netbook USB port and an accompanying data service plan from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile. (Some netbooks and laptops, as well as some iPads, have 3G modems built in.)

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