Business opportunities don’t observe a typical nine-to-five schedule. As a business owner, you know the road to success requires utmost productivity during each minute of the day. From keeping tabs on clients, vendors and competitors to managing staff, juggling meetings and networking, your on-the-go lifestyle wouldn’t survive without the help of handy tech tools.
Whether you use a smartphone, tablet or laptop (or all three), the well-being of your business depends on you getting work done whenever, wherever. You’re mobile device is your always-there-for-you, never-lets-you-down, loyal business confidant. But, even the most reliable tech tools need a little support to keep up with your busy schedule. Load up your trusted mobile device with apps that make working remotely a breeze.
Manage Social Networks
By now, we know social media is a must to be on the map as a reputable business. But, capitalizing on your brand’s social media presence takes more than a few posts on select networking platforms. With so many social media outlets to keep up with, busy business owners have overwhelming doubts in their ability to keep up.
That’s where apps like Buffer come into play. The app gives you the power to become a social media marketing machine without taking up your entire day to do so. To help you turn Likes into profits, Buffer helps you manage multiple social media accounts at once so you can skip the daunting process of multi-platform posts. You also can proactively schedule content from anywhere on the web, collaborate with team members and analyze rich statistics on how your posts perform. Most importantly, you have one-click access across all platforms to engage with the livelihood of your business—your customers.
Own your Inbox
Morning, noon and night, you’re checking your inbox, responding to important messages and staying on top of communication. When time is your most precious asset, don’t waste it on nonsense. A survey by McKinsey Global Institute reports that workers spend one-fourth of their workday reading and responding to email. It easily gets out of hand because of junk mail, spammy newsletters and general clutter, and this can cause important emails to fall through the cracks. If this sounds like you, it’s time to regain control of your time by getting rid of inbox nuisances.
With SaneBox you can regain control of your electronic correspondence, and focus on emails that actually matter. The app determines the importance of each email based on your past interaction with your inbox. It then moves unimportant messages out of the inbox into a new folder called SaneLater and summarizes them so you can read or expunge them at your leisure.
Drop a Line
We are living in a digital world, but we are not all digital girls (or boys), and staying in-touch via phone conversation is still a preferred method of communication. As a business owner, your customers seek peace-of-mind in knowing live human interaction with your company is possible.
To spare you from adding “receptionist” to your growing list of responsibilities, Grasshopper makes on-the-go calls easy to manage and delegate. The app works virtually with your existing mobile and landline phones, so you never have to purchase, install or maintain expensive phone hardware. And, because you are way too busy to deal with every call, you can create and customize extensions to forward calls to any department or employee you deem worthy of the task.