The Contribution of Smartphones to Small Business Revolution
According to a 2016 report, over 80% of the population in America adopted smartphones. This was a 38% increase in mobile phone users, as compared to the last 5 years. Looking at these statistics, we can only hope that the number of smartphone users will grow in the future and we will find it harder to part our ways with these devices.
Apple is one of the biggest brands people like to go for. Apple iPhone XS Max has been among the most sold devices by the company. Besides, the newly launched iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max were sold like crazy like every other model.
Over the years, smartphones have done quite good for our businesses, and we can only expect this streak to be that way for a long time. For now, we can remember that they have opened new doors, flexibility, and led to the globalization of businesses. Below are some more ways smartphones can contribute to business revolution:
There is an App for Everything
Long ago, there used to be a time when businessmen had mobile phones to communicate with their clients, computers to contact their clients, files in the cabinets to manage logged business-related expenses, and software for managing different accounts on a desktop.
Today, technology isn’t limited to these only, as we have come a long way.
In the way we use a smartphone, we can think beyond a mobile phone.We have features far beyond what we could think of. Right from messaging apps to messengers, clicking normal photos to portraits and panorama, sending invoices through emails to scanning physical invoices using camera apps, smartphones have become much more than calling devices.
For small businesses, that’s quite a big win. Today, smartphones are so powerful that they not only help in streamlining business activities but also help your potential clients find your services/products.With social media apps like Facebook at our fingertips, operating a small business has become easier than ever before.
Complete Work on the Go
Think of the time when you had to be physically present at your desk to get a piece of work done. There were probably times when you forgot something you committed to doing upon your return to office. This is definitely a frequent occasion for many.
With the evolution of smartphones and technology behind them, you have the freedom to complete a piece of work literally from anywhere. You can still email a contractor using your smartphone, send e-copies of invoices to your clients, and communicate with your teammates when not present in the workplace, using a company-specific messenger. Slack is one such great tool that many organizations prefer over any other instant messaging app.
A great thanks to smartphones for bringing this luxury to our lives. And, they have served as the key for small business owners to expand quickly. Want to know how? If you are the boss, an accountant seeks your approval before releasing any payment and the HR department seeks your approval before they hire a candidate. Since, you cannot be physically present everywhere to give a nod, instant messaging on Slack or a quick email approval using a mobile app does the job multiple times a day.
Stay Organized Always
Every time you go on a trip (be it family or business), you have to carry a lot of your business’s weight along your shoulders. At times, you may think that there should be an alternate way to stay organized when out of office.
Smartphones do the job of letting you enjoy a free mind and attend a voice/video call anywhere you have to.
Gone are the days when you had to ask your clients for their location and draw/print the local map to reach there. Using a smartphone, you can now go anywhere and come back using apps like Google Maps. All you have to do is tell your phone where to go and let it lead your way to the destination.
Earlier, you had to note down the things you find interesting on the internet. Today, you can simply take a screenshot and save it on your device itself. Also, there’s no need to carry multiple business cards wherever you go. You can simply connect with key people on LinkedIn and/or save their cards’ pictures on your smartphone gallery.
Are you that one guy who’s glued to his phone every time? Do you look for your phone first thing in the morning to check on the notifications that you missed while you were asleep? Chances are high that you set an alarm on your smartphone to wake up and do it all over again. Well, you are not the only one who does that.
From your personal to professional life, nothing can serve like smartphones – be it Facebook likes, Instagram sharing, WhatsApp messaging, or Slack instant messaging—they’re irreplaceable.