WIND Mobile SOHO Tips for Small Businesses
Running a small business is a big enough challenge, so to lend a hand to small business owners in Canada, WIND Mobile has enlisted the support of tech expert Carmi Levy to provide tips for small business owners on how to get the most out of their smartphones.
“Wireless technology has given business owners the opportunity to manage their tasks more efficiently and in a cost effective manner,” says Carmi Levy, Canadian technology analyst, “But using our smartphones effectively is essential to helping manage expenses and daily business, operate smoothly and grow successfully.”
Here are some tips and favourite apps:
Keep it simple. You’ve got a business to run. You don’t have the time to babysit your technology. Look for tools that will help support your business, such as flexible, easy to understand operating systems, apps that update with ease, security solutions that keep you protected, and people who stand behind what they sell. Starting a business can be challenging; your mobile device shouldn’t be.
Choose the best phone. Smartphones are offices on the go. When looking for the right one, make sure you choose devices that will best serve your business needs and at the right price. On-board memory and expansion slots allow you to take more work with you. Cameras let you record events, take photos and even scan documents remotely. Wide screens help you get more done, and business-centric apps let you customize your phone to your needs.
Tether your device when you’re on the go. Forget hunting down WiFi hotspots while deadlines are looming. Tethering your phone to your laptop can give you access to the internet making it easy to keep on working, no matter where you are located.
Find the right plan. Expenses are always a factor as a small business owner. Keep your finances in check by not getting locked into a long-term contract with hidden fees and daytime restrictions. Check out carriers like WIND Mobile who offer a great SOHO plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data on the latest smartphones with no-term contracts.
Keep your data accessible – and secure. Your phone is much more than a phone; it’s become the central nerve system of your business. It gives you access to every transaction and every client record. Ask your wireless provider about how your data can be safeguarded including making sure you can lock your screen with a secure password and that antivirus is installed on your phone.
Fight outside your weight class. Like it or not, it’s a 24/7 world, and client expectations have never been higher. You need to look bigger than you are, and your office needs to go with you if you’re going to achieve it. Smartphones let you turn work around even when you’re miles from anywhere. Mobile apps and online services can help you leverage social media and make you look every bit as sophisticated as your bigger competition.
Business needs while travelling. In this global world, business needs often require you to cross borders and rely heavily on long distance calls. Look for a mobile carrier that allows for roaming at affordable rates. WIND Mobile offers international calls that start from 1c/min, with its preferred roaming rates, it’s one less thing to worry about when managing your business from abroad.
Favourite Apps for Small Businesses
Expense Manager – Staying on budget and tracking your expenses is essential. This app allows you to keep track of business expenses and mileage, while also letting you scan and upload receipts on the go.
Google Drive – There’s nothing worse than forgetting to email a document – either to yourself or your client. Keep your documents in one place with this free service that lets you edit, share, store or send your files anywhere you are.
Wunderlist – Staying organized is important. Wunderlist allows you to be on top of task management and list making; its cloud-synchronization makes sure nothing goes unnoticed.
WORKetc – This app, with its integrated CRM system, allows for users to manage contracts, billing and projects. It’s a must-have for small businesses on the go.