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This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Need to work sitting over four wheels and an engine? Taking your office on the road is commonplace these days, but balancing your laptop and files can be challenging. Several solutions come to the rescue.

Ford is the first to offer a wireless mobile office on a stand that includes a docked touchscreen computer, printer, credit card scanner, digital camera and GPS. The system, which is ideal for on-site convenience, connects to the internet and your office network using a broadband cellular card. Currently available only in F-150 Series pickups, the $3,000 dealer-installed option includes Windows Automotive 5.0 software, XP Pro, Excel, Outlook, Power-Point and Word. Dodge, on the other hand, keeps road warriors happy in the Ram truck by providing an extra-large fold-down console with an outlet to power electronic equipment and sized to hold a laptop.

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