Smart phones have revolutionized the way people communicate, and small business owners can use smartphone technology to help run their companies more efficiently.
Here are 4 smartphone apps that small business owners are using:
Sheel Mohnot, director of business development at FeeFighters.com, a comparison-shopping website for credit card processing based in Chicago, says the Dropbox available for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android is a great way to have your files synced across multiple computers. Carolyn Simnett Branco, CEO of Travel Trot Limited, a London-based company that produces mobile applications for tourists, says Dropbox allows her to give pitches from her iPhone or iPad from PDFs she’s saved to the drive or open up various files on the go. The app also allows for seamless linking of computer files through a cloud.
Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Palm Pixi and Windows Mobile, Mohnot says Evernote is a great app for taking notes. Thursday Bram, owner of Hyper Modern Consulting, an online content consulting firm in Savage, Md., agrees and says that Evernote has been extremely useful when she’s on the go. “It is a note-taking tool that I’ve used to collect business cards from an event,” she says. “You can use your phone’s camera to directly add notes. You can record thoughts because it can directly record audio; and I can access notes I take on my computer because its got a desktop application, as well as a browser plugin.”
Available on Blackberry, WorldMate is a great app for the small business owner who travels. “WorldMate allows me to easily keep my travel schedule under control. It takes my itinerary from all airlines, hotel and car rental firms and adds it to my calendar,” says Jeffrey Yefsky, CEO of 5X Technology, an IT solutions provider based in San Diego. “This keeps me moving with all the information needed, including confirmation numbers, in an easy-to-use application.” When traveling across time zones, the app ensures that all arrival/departure/appointment times remain accurate and that everything’s up-to-date by allowing you to forward travel confirmation emails.
If your small business does on-site work, Intuit GoPayment allows for you to accept credit cards on your mobile device and get paid on the spot. Available on iPhone, Blackberry and Android, Intuit GoPayment also gives you the efficient option of emailing or texting a receipt. Alan Klug, owner of a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise in Baltimore, calls Intuit GoPayment an “innovative merchant services processing app” that makes work much quicker and easier. “When a customer calls in to pay a balance, I can run it on my phone within about one minute from my car, the airport, etc,” he says.
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