Monday, 23 May 2016

A change is as good as a rest? - Pack your bags, phone and off you go!

Are you self employed and enjoying the advantages of working for yourself?  OK, so what about the downsides?

Do you worry that you can't take a break or lengthy holiday  because you have to be on call all the time? Answering e-mails, taking calls, making decisions and well, just generally earning a crust. 

It's your business and you need to be there, right?  Does this ring a bell?

Sometimes even a change of scenery will do the trick.  Getting away to sunnier climes, or breathing the fresh air in the country will make all the difference and make your working life just a little more pleasureable.  Work life balance - remember?

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With technology today it's so easy to work from practically anywhere and keep your finger on the pulse, managing your customers, suppliers and staff. 

The internet has us all connected and with a hosted phone system, as long as there's an internet connection, you can simply plug your phone in, and away you go!  Your personal details will be configured into the phone so no one need even know you are calling from a hotel in Goa or Bondi beach!  

One particularly smart idea is to download an app called Bria from
This turns your smartphone, computer, tablet or laptop into your actual phone, so you have access to all the usual features on your VoIP phone; calls, messaging and presence management.  You literally have a communication platform wherever you are in the world on any device.   Best of all, as you are connecting with a data connection and the hosted server is in the UK, you are only charged the usual national/UK rates.

Of course, you can have remote access to your desktop at home or on holiday using software such as LogMeIn, Centrastage or Teamviewer.  E-mail is accessible on your smartphone or tablet using Google Apps or Microsoft, so have your voicemail messages sent to you by e-mail, and you don’t need to worry about missing any calls..  Using Google Docs or Dropbox will allow access to all your documents wherever you are too.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a smarter communications system, pack your bags and off you go.

A change is as good as a rest!

The Merlin Team