Smartphones have altered the very fabric of our lives, from how we stay connected to how our brains process information. They’ve had an enormously positive effect on how small businesses run. Technology that used to be too expensive or out of reach for most small businesses now comes to owners and managers as Smartphone apps. Communication, information, and management have all changed for the better thanks to smartphones.
More Efficient Office Communication
When you have a limited staff, communication becomes essential. If someone must travel for business, keeping an open line of communication with that staff member helps ensure that everything goes according to plan, whether he or she is buying product from a supplier or attending a conference for new information. For the boss especially, being available to employees via Smartphone while travelling for business is invaluable. When something unexpected happens in the office, your employees can get in touch with you much more easily.
Easier Project Management
The most experienced and successful managers have learned effective project management. It’s hard to be the boss without managing projects and people effectively. Smartphones have tools that make managing projects simpler, especially when you download the right apps. Project management software you can access from your phone allows you to assign tasks, communicate with employees, and share information. You may decide you’d rather manage via text message, calendars, or e-mail, but all that happens on your Smartphone, too. You’re not stuck shuffling papers, making copies, and calling everyone’s office extension for updates.
Consistent Website Access
Being able to update your website from anywhere is essential in today’s world, in which fresh content drives blog traffic and customer service is key. A powerful smartphone and a 4G LTE connection ensure that you’re never far from website tweaks and blog updates, no matter where you are. You can edit and alter your site while you travel for business, post new stock as soon as you acquire it, or write blog posts about industry insights while you’re at a conference. You also have constant social media access, which means better communication with customers and clients.
Smartphones have put a world of information at our fingertips, and this information access doesn’t improve just small businesses. However, the benefits to a small business are extensive. Your employees can quickly uncover the information they need to do their jobs. Business owners check the market, industry trends, and client communications with a click. Anything you don’t know you can find out very quickly, whether it’s during a conversation with a client or customer or during a staff meeting. You can even snoop on your competition without their ever knowing.
Some people are organized, and others are more laid-back. Smartphones haven’t changed that, but what they have done is made it easier for everyone to stay organized if they want to. Calendar apps, note-taking apps, and to-do-list apps increase employee productivity because they can keep their work and personal lives scheduled and organized. Those schedules come with them wherever they go because they’re on a Smartphone, not a piece of paper. Owners and managers use smartphones to organize all aspects of the business.
Simpler Event Planning
Even a small business with fewer than 10 employees runs into trouble scheduling meetings that everyone can attend. Smartphones allow small business owners and managers lots of options for planning events such as meetings, lunches, and office retreats. Calendar and scheduling apps allow managers to view everyone’s work schedule and input meeting times that fit as many as possible. Group texting and messaging apps connect everyone to the conversation, which allows you to communicate to the entire staff about meeting times at once. Imagine having to call or visit every employee to get this done!
Smartphone advantages for small businesses aren’t limited to these few improvements. Every business finds different uses for Smartphone connectivity and technology; so, be sure to implement the right HR policies within your office to keep Smartphone use productive among employees. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, tablets, and network improvements have increased the reach of smartphones and other business technology.
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