The World is Your Office – How Business Owners Can Get the Most Out of Their Phones

The World is Your Office – How Business Owners Can Get the Most Out of Their Phones
October 17 19:24 2018 Print This Article

A few decades ago, it would have been unimaginable to work outside of your office. In the past, business owners and their employees were essentially tethered to their desks.

Fast-forward to today, it has become more common for modern business owners to handle different facets of management while on the go — from communicating with their teams and clients, to performing tasks previously associated with the office, like updating accounting books.

To a certain extent, this can be attributed to the rapid pace in which mobile phone handsets have been upgraded by manufacturers. And by the look of things, this trend is not appearing to stop anytime soon.

And on the other end of the spectrum, you can now see a diverse range of apps coming out into the market as well as the best mobile business plans which enable business owners to take full advantage of the aforementioned trends.

Working smarter

But having all the tools you need to perform is not the same as knowing how to effectively wield these.

Unless you have been a keen follower of tech developments, it is highly likely that you have not grasped the full potential of your smartphone and the bevy of apps downloaded into it.

Listed here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your smartphone and apps.

  • Give your phone a digital declutter

How many apps do you have on your phone? And how many of these do you use on a daily basis for running your business?

The numbers will vary from person to person. What is for certain is the fact is that there is a set number of apps that you use on a regular basis.

Perhaps you rely heavily on Slack or Skype for communicating with your team. Or maybe you are hands-on with the promotion of your products and Instagram is a must for you.

Whatever apps you use on a regular basis, it is a good idea to keep these organized for easier access.

There are a few ways to go about this, but the simplest way would be to take advantage of the quick launch menu and the bottom screen of your phone. For both the quick launch menu and bottom screen, you should populate these with the apps that you use several times daily.

After the quick launch menu and bottom screen, the primary home screen is the second most valuable real estate on your phone. Populate this space with the apps you check a few times each day.

Do remember that organization does not simply mean putting things in their rightful place. At the other end of the spectrum, this also means letting go of the things that you don’t need. Take inventory of the apps on your phone and delete those that you haven’t used for quite some time.

  • Make security a top priority

If there is one big downside to being able to work from practically anywhere, it would be the security threats in various forms.

Apart from setting a strong password for your phone as well as the different apps you use, you may want to take advantage of the built-in security features of your phone.

Some of the phones currently available in the market offer biometric authentication, from iris and fingerprint scanning to facial recognition.

Apart from allowing you to unlock your phone, biometrics can now be used to sign in to an app on your phone. With this, you are assured that your phone and data are firmly secured.

  • Take advantage of voice commands

Artificial intelligence or AI assistants are not just for tech-savvy users. With a few tweaks here and there, business owners can boost their productivity while on the go.

The simplest way to take advantage of AI assistants on phones is to use these like you would a real life personal assistant — to give you timely reminders on the tasks that you need to complete.

You can also use your phone’s AI assistant to adjust settings. For instance, you can use the AI assistant to turn on/off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or put your phone on airplane mode. Running out of juice? You can give your phone the command to go into battery saving mode through its AI assistant.

AI assistants can also be used to turn on apps. What’s even cooler is that some of the apps available in the market now support in-app functions through voice commands.

Finally, you can use your AI assistant to send messages to your contacts via call, text, or email.

With the help of these tips, your mobile device can become a truly valuable asset for your business.

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