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.