As an entrepreneur, you might not have a fixed workspace. You can work at a cafe, go to your client’s office then head back home early to have dinner before continuing to clear your work emails.
If you lead such a life, your bag is like a house that stores all your work essentials.
Here are some essentials that you should pack in your bag and carry around with you everywhere you go.
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1. Name Card
The no. 1 item that you should bring is your name card.
You never know when you’ll meet a potential customer. But if you already planned to meet potential clients or attend a networking event, all the more you should ensure that you have a name card in your bag.
With a name card, people can easily remember you. The name card also introduces your company and job title. Plus, if there’s a chance for a partnership or collaboration project together, they have your contact details.
In today’s world, most businesses either use digital tools or have some digital processes in place. Therefore, it’s essential that you bring along your laptop.
Your laptop might possibly be the heart of your business where you can use it to
- Communicate with your teammates, stakeholders, partners, clients & more
- Schedule & conduct meetings, video conferences, webinars & more
- Manage your day-to-day operations
With your laptop, you can work anywhere. You’re not limited to working at your office. You can work at a café, library, fast-food restaurant and more. Do remember to bring along your charger and mouse. Also, ensure that the location you intend to work at has Wi-Fi and power sockets.
If you’re meeting clients or working on some tasks today, do ensure that you have your documents ready.
Nowadays, most businesses have their documents in the cloud such as Google Workspace. With cloud security technologies, your documents are securely saved in the cloud. Ensure that you have these documents open and ready or star them in Google Drive.
However, if you still prefer having documents in your hands, do remember to print them in advance. I wouldn’t recommend this because you’re responsible for the security of these documents. You probably need to shred them if they’re sensitive documents. Printing papers is also not environmentally friendly.
4. Products Or Services
If you’re meeting customers to introduce your company’s products or services, do ensure that you bring these products or services.
When showcasing your company’s products, you probably need to get your presentation slides ready. You can also bring along your product brochures so your customers can keep them, consider the benefits and hopefully, make the purchase.
If you’re offering clients a software demonstration, do ensure that you bring the software (including your test account login details like username and password).
5. Headset With Microphone
If you’re working outside or working from anywhere as a digital nomad, you’ll definitely need a headset with microphone for your online meetings with clients and your team across the globe.
I strongly encourage you to invest in one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. The key is that people can clearly hear you.
With today’s technologies, you can write on your phone and all. But there may be times when it’s easier to draw out what you’re describing.
This can be for your clients and teammates who prefer visual explanations. Talking to them can confuse them and they can’t really understand or imagine what you’re saying.
If you have a pen and a piece of paper, you can quickly draw out what you’re saying. Explaining as you draw will also help your audience understand better.
7. Jacket Or Coat
I’m someone who gets cold easily. I freeze when I’m sitting directly under an air conditioner. Thus, I like to carry a jacket or coat around to keep me warm.
Sometimes, the café, restaurant or library is super cold where the air conditioning is turned to full blast. In such situations, it’s best if you have an extra layer of clothing to stay warm.
It doesn’t have to be too thick or made of wool. If you know where you’re going ahead of time, just pack a suitable jacket or coat. Plus, you can make a fashion statement with this jacket or coat~ 😉
Now It’s Your Turn
What items do you include in your office bag? How have they helped you?