Run Your Business While You’re on the Run
2013 has become the year of the mobile device. A great number of business owners in the U.S. and Europe are now virtually running their companies from their smartphones, and more converts are joining every day. So let’s talk today about how apps for your mobile device can help you run your small business more efficiently.
None of the apps we’re looking at today are especially new on the scene. That’s the point – these are tried and true, high value business apps to help you manage everything while you’re on the run.
Dropbox has been king of the cloud since online storage began. It provides users with easy storing, sharing and management for all kinds of data. Save a file to Dropbox and it’s accessible from your mobile device. Share files and folders with colleagues with a simple link. Dropbox works on just about any mobile device, laptop, or desktop system you can name.
Evernote is the ultimate librarian. The app allows you to clip interesting articles, take notes on them, and save it all into a file containing related information. Using a system of notes, notebooks, tags and links, Evernote creates an organized, searchable archive, so even if you collect data like a squirrel collects nuts, you’ll always find what you’re looking for.
This little guy is transforming the way companies do business. Plug the Square Card Reader into your smartphone or tablet, and you’re ready to accept debit and credit card payment for any purchase. Deposits land in your account the next day; there’s a 2.75% fee for each transaction.
Manage your business expenses from your mobile device with this nifty app. Expensify scans and uploads your receipts, tracks expenses and mileage, and organizes records by trip. When you’re ready to submit your expense reports, click a button.
It’s finally time to trade in your jar full of business cards. Bump users can share contact information, photos and files just by bumping their smartphones together. It also provides encryption protection within a network that you designate.
Do you use any other apps to help you manage your business from a mobile device? I’d like to hear from you.