Something that many business owners in the 21st century will have noticed is that they need to be on call seven days a week (and in some cases, 24 hours a day). There is so much competition, and so many people shopping when it suits them rather than during traditional working hours, that if they don’t make themselves available as much of the time as possible, then they may lose business to their competitors. This is why running your business from your smartphone is a useful idea. Here are some ways you can do it.
Thanks to the many ways that people can get in touch with you and your business, it’s easy for a wide variety of customers to find you and contact you to ask questions or place orders. Therefore, your phone needs to be set up to receive all these forms of communication. Of course, first and foremost, your phone needs to be able to make and receive calls, so ensuring that you have a good monthly plan that ideally has free minutes and texts included can be a big bonus. Then there are emails; it’s easy to set emails up on your cell phone, and it doesn’t matter what the provider is, there will either be an app or a phone function that allows it. Finally, don’t forget social media. There are apps you can download to get involved in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many other platforms – that way you can always be there for your customers.
Marketing is essential to the growth and success of any business, and you can do it easily from your smartphone. Social media is a great way to advertise and market your business, and as we’ve already mentioned it’s very easy to use social media on your cell phone. However, there is more to marketing than that. Take marketing material, for example. Having items to hand out to customers in your store, or at a networking event, or even to put into parcels that you send out is important. You can use a business card designer on your phone to create beautiful, high-quality business cards, for example. Business cards are one of the most useful forms of marketing material. You can also design pens, bags, flyers, keyrings, and much more, all through your phone. As well as that, you can arrange for advertising too – print, radio, or even TV.
Thanks to some fantastic technology, you can even take payments through your cell phone, which means you can do away with expensive leases for merchant machines and choose just one format for all your payments. Many cellphone payments are conducted through an app with an additional card reader. You’ll need to sign up for a contract, and it will depend on how you want to pay as to which one suits you best. Some take a percentage of what you process through them, others ask for a monthly fixed fee. Do your research before you settle for one as some will be better than others depending on the type of business you run. What’s great about these payment methods is that they are completely mobile, so if you leave your store and go out on the road, you can still make money.