Who really needs an office these days? Armed only with a smartphone (or a tablet if you’re really ambitious!) you can effectively manage your business from any location.
Whether you want to work from home, the beach or even a bar, you can now accomplish most business tasks directly from your phone. It’s time to ditch the office mentality and embrace mobile technology with a new perspective.
Here’re a few daily business tasks you can easily handle from your smartphone. The key is always choosing software, programs, and platforms that are mobile-friendly. And having enough caffeine to stay focused in any location.
Obviously, communications are the reason we have phones, but smartphones can take this to a whole new level. The main problem is limiting messaging to a few different platforms. Think long and hard before jumping into yet another must-have social media platform, and only choose the amount you can actually handle.
Choose the modes of communication that best connect your business to your market. That generally means phone, text, email, and social media messaging. You can use Gmail to check different email accounts or use Hootsuite to manage multiple social media messages. To really become a master communicator, you can’t forget to use a grammar app like Ginger that helps you avoid those embarrassing mistakes like whether you’re or your is right in a sentence.
Manage Your Online Store
As the number of digital businesses rises, technology now allows sellers to manage their online stores mobily. Selz, a simple and affordable eCommerce platform for online sellers, is mobile-friendly for both sellers and customers. Etsy, a popular eCommerce site for crafters, also has an app for customers and one for sellers. And the online marketplace Bonanza also has a specific app so sellers can manage their stores.
Selz’s mobile eStore:
Stay on Top of Finances
Most banks already have mobile apps where you check an account’s balance or scan and deposit a check. However, you can create a budget or even pay bills using an app like Mint. Plus, you can use your mobile as a checkout with PayPaland Square. Both Apple and Android have their own payment options. With all these choices, you can easily manage the day to day operations of your business.
The Square Reader:
Juggle Social Media
If your business relies on social media marketing, you’ll need an app that handles social media management. Hootsuite and Buffer offer mobile apps, but if you have a tablet, you can actually create social media pictures. Adding pictures to a social media post can actually boost retweets by 35%, and it’s easy to make amazing pictures using Canva. However, they don’t have an app for iPhones or Androids, but they do have one for iPads. If you want to increase social media engagement (and who doesn’t?) try adding pics to your posts.
Canva’s social media graphics platform:
Work Anywhere, Accomplish Anything
These examples are only a fraction of what you can accomplish just using your smartphone. You can also manage your business using Office 365, or organize your entire life using Evernote. The options are virtually endless.
It’s always a good idea to streamline your business, and moving to a mobile office can help you decrease overhead and increase productivity. Just don’t let the idea of working anywhere fool you – you actually still have to work while you’re sitting on the beach.
But you can do it with your feet up and a cold drink in your hand. What more could you ask for?