How Can Your Smartphone Improve Your Business

In the years of early computers, personal digital assistants, or PDAs, were all the rage. These small devices could help you to organize your life, giving you access to loads of the tools found on your normal PC, along with the portability of something which could fit into a pocket. Of course, since then, times have changed a lot. Nowadays, instead of a PDA, most people carry around a smartphone, and these devices have a lot more to offer than the machines of old. To help you to make better use of your phone in business, this post will be exploring exactly what it can do for you.

 

Scheduling

 

When you have a long list of jobs, meetings, and other work to do throughout the day, it can be hard to know what you’re supposed to do next. In the past, people would use secretaries for this job. Times are tough, though, and companies can rarely afford this luxury, leaving you to manage your schedule for yourself. ​The in-built calendar apps you find on modern phones are more than enough to keep you on track. They can give you reminders and keep you up to date with changes, along with making it very easy to add new entries using options like voice control.

 

Work On The Go

 

Carrying a bulky laptop around with you all day is hard when you are moving from place to place. These machines are also very costly, adding risk to your journeys when you already have a powerful phone in your pocket. Tools like Google Docs work very well on these devices, though, and this gives you the chance to start doing real work on a smartphone.

 

Marketing

 

In recent years, the cameras found on modern phones have improved to the point that they can rival even the most expensive professional examples of cameras on the market. Shooting high-quality stills, video, and even recording decent sound, this can turn your phone into the perfect marketing tool. Video production​ is often best left to the professionals. In reality, though, this doesn’t mean that you can’t start creating social media content for yourself.

 

Management

 

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the people you have working for you. Managing​ a large team can be a big challenge, especially when you already have your own work to think about. To make this easier, companies like Sling have worked hard to put together mobile apps which can give you the power to monitor attendance, approve sickness and holiday requests, and even keep an eye on your team while they work.

 

With all of this in mind, it should be much easier to start turning your phone into a powerful tool to support your business. A lot of people ignore the benefits of these devices, choosing to use them to keep up to date with the news, social media, and other online content. When you’ve already paid for it, though, it is always worth doing what you can to make use of it.

 

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Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/