You probably have a host of great ideas for improving your business, as well as countless things to do to attract clients and increase sales. However, the problem is you don’t have a lot of time. Just how do find a way to accomplish everything, on top of all your responsibilities at home? More importantly, how do you get started? The best way to end marketing overwhelm is actually quite simple: Get things done, one at time.
To help you achieve this, one of the most helpful tools you can use is a mobile device like an iPhone or an iPad. Go beyond the obvious purposes like scheduling, making to-do lists, e-mailing, or using GPS to navigate through the city – there’s so much more you can do with it. Below are a few creative solutions you can apply.
1. Use a business intelligence software
Certain applications can provide you with analytics based on your business intelligence. These are excellent for financial planning and organization, and are very useful to business owners or entrepreneurs. The quick, real-time reporting allows you to easily access relevant data sooner, and thus help you make better decisions.
A few outstanding apps are MicroStrategy and Numbers. Roambi Analytics offers a free app notable for its easy integration with Google Docs, Excel or Salesforce.
2. Stay on top of everything using project management applications
De-clutter your to-do list and increase your productivity with apps like TeamworkPM (my favorite) Zoho Projects, Outpost 2, e-Task and OmniFocus. These allow you to conveniently consolidate and organize your files.
3. Create content on the go
While waiting for your next appointment or if you get stymied by traffic, you can make the most of it by creating website content in the meantime. You can use text editors like iWriter or PlainText, or manage your ideas with Evernote or OneNote. You can even blog directly on your WordPress account.
If you find it troublesome to use a tiny keypad or virtual keyboard, an app called Dragon NaturallySpeaking lets you simply dictate your content. It records and transcribes your dictation, then all you have to do is e-mail it to yourself so you can edit it when you find a more workable keyboard.
Sharing visual content on social media sites is vital for marketing these days. Use Frame Artists to create stunning, easy-share graphics for Pinterest of Facebook.
4. Access your files anytime, anywhere
After creating your content, Cloud storage like iCloud and Dropbox allows lets you store and access them whenever and wherever you need to. External storage devices like USBs and pocket-sized hard drives are easily misplaced (especially if your kids use them too!), and not to mention limited in capacity. Eliminate that problem by having backup files in the Cloud.
5. Keep abreast of payments
If you’ve been in business for some time, you probably know how cash flow can affect your operations. How would you like an app that immediately notifies you about received payments? The PayPal app does just that. By allowing you to make decisions promptly and respond to your customers immediately, it can also help you improve your customer service. It’s particularly helpful to freelancers and the self-employed.
6. Attend meetings from anywhere
Apps like FaceTime, Skype, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Fusebox enable you to meet with associates or clients, no matter where you are. All you need is WiFi or a decent cellular data connection.
So many things to do and decisions to make – have no fear! By making the most of your mobile device, you can significantly enhance your business and increase your productivity.
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