Smartphones – Managing Your Office On The Go

For many of us entrepreneurs, sole traders and small business owners, the ability to run our business on the move is crucial. We want to be able to respond to clients’ emails, compare prices, track shipments, make payments, update calendar and pretty much    maintain convenient access to our essential data. The smartphone does just that, it helps us to manage our office while we are on the go, giving us a new found freedom. It gives us the opportunity to be more efficient and to be more responsive to our clients.

Here are 4 top benefits of owning a smartphone

1. Instant access to the web. Whether you’re researching the price of products, assessing your competition online or looking for the perfect vacation spot, you’ll find it using a smartphone.

2. Sync with your desktop computer. Synchronizing your smartphone with your desktop allows you can store, view, and work on documents directly on your handheld. You can also receive and respond to emails as they arrive in your inbox on your home computer with real-time push email.

3. Smartphones can also serve as multimedia devices, so your entertainment goes with you. They can store and display pictures and videos of friends and family and even entire feature-length movies. Most smartphones take pictures and capture video, but the most common multimedia function is the ability to play MP3s—sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite tunes while traveling or during breaks.

4. Numerous third-party applications (or apps) geared toward hardworking business tasks as well as  entertainment. With thousands of apps available to download in a range of prices, there’s sure to be something that will appeal to you.

Features to consider when buying a smartphone for your business

1. Design – The size and weight, screen size and resolution make a difference in the display and handling of a smartphone.

2. Multimedia – The best business cell phones have at least a 2 megapixel camera with zoom features and the ability to play and record audio and video. Smartphones act as life management devices and include organizational features like calendars and task lists.

3. Call Features/Quality- The foundation of business is communication, and a smartphone’s first function is as a cellular phone. Smartphones for business should include all typical cell phone features including speaker-phone, three-way calling, voice dialing, call waiting, etc.

4. Memory/Storage – The most practical smartphones are compact, include good input and display options with enough battery life to last through a full day’s work and beyond.

5. Additional Features – Many smartphones include practical tools like calculators, map applications and GPS. Some have the ability to support third-party or browser-based programs that can perform a variety of specific functions. Third-party apps are becoming a key component of a smartphone, allowing the user to customize their phones to support their unique lifestyles.

There are a number of smart phones to choose from and here are some options to consider.

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About Sandra McCarty

Founder of SM Business Solutions LLC, offering inbound marketing services that are both innovative and tailored to my clients needs. I use inbound marketing media such as blogging, emails and social media to help independent professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs successfully engage their target markets and increase their revenues. I am passionate about making sure my clients are satisfied and their companies experience tangible gains. A graduate of Martin J Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, University of the West Indies and of the Royal Institute of Marketing, London. Some of my clients are; Retro Lounge & Grill, The Cybernet Place, Optic Masters, Balance & Power Inc, Long Island Entrepreneurs Meetup Group, Best Buyer's Brokers and Male Ego Ltd.

3 thoughts on “Smartphones – Managing Your Office On The Go

  1. I’m a recent grad just trying to learn more about the PR industry and I really enjoyed reading your post. Keep up the great work!

  2. Two years ago, people were surprised to learn that I didn’t have a smartphone, but once I heard Google was releasing a phone operating system, Android, then I knew I had to have one. I could see that advantages to being able to watch my websites, respond to emails, and make it easier for customers to contact me. No more booting up a laptop or netbook, no more waiting for an Internet connection. I saw my productivity increase by 50% and revenues rose 30%, and most importantly, customer satisfaction rose, too.

    The advantages go beyond that as my T-Mobile G1, and now my Samsung Vibrant, both using the Android (Droid) system became a serious marketing and promotional tool, especially for social media. Now I could update Facebook, or Tweet on Twitter, or broadcast my location on Brightkite, and even post to my blog and website all through my phone using social media apps. Just as before, no waiting for bootup times, network connections, webpage loading, or logging in.

    No more waiting for any of that. What a huge time saver!

    Better yet, I could update all those sites and more using the app!

  3. With the iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it is a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won’t be for everyone, the call quality and reception vary if you don’t use a case, and AT&T’s network remains a sticking point, but the handset’s striking design, loaded feature set, and generally agreeable performance make it the best iPhone yet.

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