How To Run Your Business From Your Smartphone
Running a business takes a lot of skill and determination. It takes the right tools too, and without those tools no matter how much skill and determination you might have, running your business is going to be more difficult than it needs to be. In some cases, it will even be impossible. Now imagine if all of those tools were on one device that meant you could run your business successfully from anywhere at any time, giving you not only more freedom but more control.
The good news is, this device already exists – it is your smartphone. It is completely possible to run a business solely from a smartphone as long as you have the right apps and tech to do so. This means you can always be responsive to customers, you can network on the go, and you can get more done in general. It’s fast,and in some cases, it can even be free depending on which apps you use. Here is how to go about it.
Have A Separate Phone For Work
The first thing to do if you want to run your business from your phone is to buy a phone solely for that purpose. If you have just one smartphone that you use for both personal and business use, you might have problems when it comes to security. You might also never be able to have any form of ‘downtime’ which can cause stress. A separate work phone can also mean that you are less distracted – if someone texts you about a personal matter, or you have your personal social media feeds setup on the same phone as your business ones, you can easily post the wrong thing in the wrong place, potentially causing embarrassment and loss of reputation.
When you have a smartphone, you have all manner of communication avenues open to you, all from one device. This means that you can contact customers, respond to queries, answer questions on social media and, of course, you can take phone calls to. You’ll never be out of contact when you are using your smartphone to run your business unless you want or need to be. At the end of your working day, whenever that might be, you can set up an out of office reply on your texts and emails, and a special message on your voicemails, so that customers know you will get back to them as soon as possible. This way you won’t have to be working 24 hours a day, but your customers will know that you aren’t ignoring them either.
Make marketing a much easier job by using your smartphone to do it. The right marketing campaign is the key to the success of any business, so it is essential that you do it. It can feel daunting to start with, but if you concentrate on marketing through your smartphone, it will be much easier. Social media is the best way to start. Every business needs a social media account, or perhaps more than one. Which platform you use (either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any others that are available) will depend on which ones your target market is more likely to use, and once you have determined this through accurate market research, you can create your account.
Make sure that you update your social media with interesting, informative posts at least once a day for the best impact. More is even better, but remember the more you post,the more responses you will have, and that will take up some of your time. Doing it all from your smartphone, however, will make it easy to do.
Marketing material is also important. This means items such as flyers and business cards, or promotional items like pens and magnets. These can be great for handing out to people who might want to use your services, or for giving to customers once they have bought from you. Find the right website,and you can design any of these items from your smartphone, and place the order too.
Far fewer people are carrying cash around with them these days, and it is likely that whoever you sell to will want to pay by plastic. Thanks to advances in technology, you can take these card payments through your smartphone. This means you don’t have to lease a potentially expensive merchant terminal, and you can take your smartphone payment device with you wherever you go, so you can take payments even when you’re not in your office or store.
Take your time to research which payment app is going to work best for your business. It is likely that you will need to pay a percentage of each transaction, so bear this in mind and make sure it is all accounted for in your costs.
Use The Cloud
The one potential issue about using your smartphone to run your business is that it may not be completely secure (especially if you are using just one phone for your business and personal lives). This can put some customers off, as they may be worried that their personal data is not as safe as it would be if you were using more conventional methods such as a laptop to run your business.
Using the cloud to store all the sensitive information that you gather, and where you can keep all documents and contracts in one safe place, means that you can guarantee that security. Speak to an expert about which cloud strategy you need and you will find that you really do only need your smartphone for absolutely everything in your business. You can find more info about this here.
Have A Remote Desktop
If you do like to use your laptop or desktop computer at times, and then want to switch to your smartphone when you leave the office and visit customers, or even when want to be able to be reached at home, then create a remote desktop on your phone. This way, you can mirror what is happening on your laptop and move from one device to another without losing data. You can start an email on your laptop and finish it on your smartphone, for example. Or you can create a spreadsheet on your smartphone and populate the fields on your desktop.http://www.thetechnologylounge.com/how-to-run-your-business-from-your-smartphone/Business Technology