We are three parts into this five-part blog series to set up your business to run efficiently. Check out Part 1 The Dreaded Inbox and Email Nightmare and Part 2 – Surfing the net like a pro if you missed them. Almost everyone (even my Nana!) owns a mobile phone of some description. We have put some useful suggestions together to help you make the most of your smartphone and/or tablet.
1. Get a smartphone. They are called 'smart' phones for a reason, so if you don't yet own one, then just what kind of phone DO you have? (Android or iPhone – either is great, but the jury is out on which is better. Depends on who you ask as there are some very passionate users of both). I'm almost certain there isn't a single business left out there that wouldn't benefit from their staff using a smartphone. Here at Strictly Savvy, I use my phone to pay for parking, transfer funds, check my calendar, book appointments, respond to emails, reconcile my Xero, and even approve my team's leave on the go.
3. Download your bank's mobile app – you can do almost everything from the banking apps now. Kiwibank's recent update now allows you to pay your tax directly from the app! And having the ability to transfer funds is a life saver when you're at the checkout and your card declines – whoops!
4. Set up your smartphone so that all your contacts go into a cloud account (and not your SIM Card or phone memory). Have you lost your phone along with all of your contacts? This just doesn't need to happen in this day and age. If you're not already on Gmail, just get a free account and use it for the contacts function. Set up your phone so your contacts are only saved to your Google Account. It only takes a few minutes and could save you hours of time and a whole lot of stress in the long run. Check out my blog post here that explains this.
6. Buy a second charger and keep it in your office, or your car (or both). Argh, how frustrating is it when your phone is on 15% battery. It seems like that last 15% goes a heck of a lot faster than the first 15%… Side note: Talk to someone at a proper electronics store, rather than buying one from the $2 shop – the cheap ones tend to not last/ burst into flames…
There are so many more fantastic tips and shortcuts that we could list off for maximising the benefits of your smartphone and mobile technology. Once you get these basics covered and are ready to step up your mobile efficiency, give us a call and we can talk you through implementing some of the more advanced tips and tricks. Alternatively, if you are reading this and have a great tip you'd like to share with us, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you.
In our next post, we are going to present some ways you can free up even more time by reducing the amount of work involved with your financial administration! Stay tuned.
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