5 essential tools to keep you connected to your business
Small business owners and entrepreneurs require business connectivity in order to keep their businesses running smoothly and effectively at all times. As a relatively new business owner myself, I’m often struck by how little time I actually spend in my office, face to face with my employees, clients, and business partners. I actually depend on smart phone apps and mobile software to stay connected to my business on the fly!
Without the following five smart phone apps for my small business, I’m afraid that I would have already failed as an entrepreneur. Here are the essential tools that I use to keep me connected to my business.
1. LinkedIn (Free – for iPhone)
Who uses paper business cards anymore? At a recent conference that I attended I used my LinkedIn app to swap contact information with potential clients and industry colleagues. Also, to prove that I’m run a modern business and understand technology, I direct my professional connections to LinkedIn to read my businesses profile (it’s like a resume) and recommendations from past colleagues. I also use this app to search relevant profiles when looking to hire new staff.
2. Dropbox (Free – for Android)
So on Tuesday I had a really great client meeting! Do you know why? Because of the Dropbox app! Typically when attending client meetings, I download my Power Point presentations, e-brochures, and the like to my laptop and take it with me. However, on more than a few occasions, I’ve had issues with the download and frankly, it’s embarrassing and looks unprofessional. Since adopting the Dropbox app, I can access my e-presentations and brochures, corporate videos, client files, documents, and more whenever I need them, from absolutely anywhere! Plus, all files are securely stored, shared, and accessed via your mobile phone as well as all other devices—tablets, laptops, desktops, even those new cell phones from T-Mobile, etc—since it’s a cloud based system.
3. LogMeIn (Free – for iPhone)
I love the LogMeIn app! Not only is it simple, it’s super convenient and secure! Somewhat similar to Dropbox in that it remembers all of your passwords and lets you access your entire office computer remotely right from your smart phone device, I find that it’s a lifesaver when I can’t remember passwords for all of my various social networks and business accounts.
4. Google Synch (Free – for BlackBerry)
So I’m pretty much married to my Google Calendar—without it I’d have no idea what was going on in my day, let alone my week! As an entrepreneur, I put everything in my e-calendar—appointments, meetings, work to dos, client notes and contacts, and even all of my social events (including client birthdays). So every morning you better bet that I launch my Google Synch app to see what’s going on in my day. The beauty of this app is that it seamlessly syncs all info (i.e., calendar and contacts) between my mobile phone and laptop so I always know what’s on the go!
5. Evernote (Free – for Android)
Evernote is a lifesaver as far as remembering all of those little things—notes, ideas, client names, appointments, etc.—that get lost in the mix of running a business. This handy mobile note-taking app lets me make quick notes via audio, which as a writer, I’m sure you can see the benefit of. I use it on the fly to take down random ideas or inspiration, notes on clients or from, and of course reminders about appointments, to dos, and industry events that I want to attend. I even use it to remind myself to get toilet paper for my office. On top of its note-taking prowess, Evernote automatically syncs (cloud-like) back to a central online hub that you can access it on the fly from any mobile device—such as your iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop, etc.
About The Author
Pearlie Davis is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, and reviews.
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