There once was a time where, in order to run a business, you needed a physical store… Then there was a time where, in order to run a business, you needed a laptop or desktop… but oh how the times have changed. Did you know that you can now run an entire business from the palm of your hand through various apps?
Today’s entrepreneurs no longer have to be strapped to a desk, or a computer, for that matter, to run their business… Today’s entrepreneurs can now run their entire business from their phones! Mobile technology is one technology that has completely changed the entire outlook of what it means to be a business owner.
As a business owner, you now have the ability to finish up a Skype meeting and continue correspondence all while you wait in the “car riders” line to pick up your child from school… that’s what you call business-on-the-go!
Because mobile technology is changing and becoming more accommodating to entrepreneurs, you can imagine that entrepreneurs are now using their mobile devices in more ways than one. Through business apps, entrepreneurs are not only able to be more effective in their business but they’re also able to work more efficiently, saving them time and money in numerous ways… In case you weren’t aware, these mobile apps play a significant role in the progression of modern business success.
From payroll processes to inventory management, mobile apps have taken the guesswork out of determining how well your business is doing and it’s potential survival life cycle… you can simply find that information out with a simple tap on an app. Take a look at how you can effectively run your business from the palm of your hand with the help of business management apps.
First and Foremost…Shop Smart
As a business owner, you have your business life and you have your personal life but it’s so easy to get the two intertwined, right? Of course, but it’s also important that you keep the two separate. Being that lots of business owners are running their businesses from their phones, most entrepreneurs have two phones.
As you know, phones can get a little pricey, and that’s why you should consider buying a pre-owned phone as your business phone. It’s going to give you all the functions and features of a new phone without it taking a nice chunk out of your business profits… this is an especially important consideration when you’re just starting your business.
Once you have your business phone, then you can get down to business. Take a look at some of the different types of business management apps you need on your phone to conduct business on-the-go.
Customer Support Apps
As you probably already know, customers are very demanding and want what they want, when they want it, so in knowing that, one of the best ways to meet the needs of your customers is to be available to them 24/7. Now, being available 24/7 doesn’t mean that you have to respond all hours of the night but having a customer support app is going to make customers feel more connected to you with the various operating tools.
The great thing about customer service apps is that they allow you to use self-service account features. For example, with a customer service app, you’re going to be able to accept payments, password resets, send push notifications about various rewards and incentive programs, etc… and this can all be done through the app. Some great customer service apps include Zendesk, Slack, Administrate, and PipeDrive.
You’ve heard people say “it’s hard to find good help these days”… well, maybe those people find it so hard because they didn’t have recruitment apps. But to be fair, finding talent is pretty tough and it’s especially hard when you’re looking for someone with a specific type of skill… That reason alone is why you have to find a recruitment app and be very specific in the job description and because it will be done through your phone, you can add to it or remove requirements as you see fit. LinkedIn Recruiter is a tool to have on your phone.
In fact, because most entrepreneurs are hiring through mobile apps, it’s also important that you consider leaving a note to potential job applicants at the end of the job posting to make sure their resumes are mobile-friendly, being that you’re more than likely going to review resumes from your phone.
Cometdocs recommends keeping the resume simple and saving it as a PDF… To save your eyes the frustration, you can also leave that bit of information as a helpful tip as well.
Accounting and Payroll Apps
When you’re a business owner with employees, it should be understood that your employees aren’t going to be too fond of any irregularities or delays in getting paid, after all, they have bills to pay just like you and getting those bills paid are dependent on the accuracy in accounting and payroll.
There are several accounting and payroll apps to choose from, it’s just a matter of finding one you like. Whichever app you choose, it’s a guarantee that it’s going to involve no paper, reduce errors, and ensure no delays in payment. Some great accounting and payroll apps include Zenefits and Gusto as well as Divvy and MIP Fund Accounting.