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How Your Smartphone Can Help You Run Your Company

If you own a smartphone (and who doesn’t?), we’re willing to bet you use it every day. These handheld devices can truly do it all, can’t they? In addition to making and taking phone calls, your smartphone gives you access to the internet. Enabling you to do everything between watching videos and getting access to important information at your fingertips, your smartphone is basically a daily necessity.

Of course, your smartphone is also an excellent business tool. Surely, you use it to conduct business phone calls. But what else can your smartphone do to help you run your company?

Take notes.

It may seem like a small frill, but it is an important one nonetheless. So many entrepreneurs work on the go. In many scenarios, fantastic ideas or important tasks to do later may come to mind. Do you carry around a pen and pad to write them down? Not likely. Use your smartphone’s Notes app to take down important notes and reminders that will help your business wherever you may be.

“There’s nothing worse than coming up with a great idea for a Facebook post or a newsletter story and not being able to remember it,” believes Ryan Pinkham on ConstantContact.com, “Instead of carrying around a notepad everywhere you go, use your smartphone to record ideas you can save and revisit when you’re ready.”

Get customer signatures.

Gone are the days when people were forced to print out their contracts and application forms to physically sign them with pens. Today, a signature can be written on one’s smartphone. Try it if you haven’t already!

E-mail yourself a PDF file. Go into your inbox using your iPhone and open the file. You’ll notice a pen icon in the upper right corner. When you click on it, it will enable you to use your finger to sign (as you would with a pen) in the required section. You can then save the file with your signature included.

“Does it ever seem like the most agonizingly slow part of negotiating a contract is getting the actual signature?” asks Rieva Lesonsky on AllBusiness.com, “Speed things up by using digital document signing apps to have customers sign contracts and other paperwork right on your tablet and phone. The faster the contract is signed, the faster you can start working (and the faster you can get paid).”

Shoot and post interesting videos.

You’re undoubtedly aware that your smartphone is also a video camera. Your amazing little handheld device has the capacity to shoot vivid, high-quality videos that can be used to market your business online.

“The capability smartphones have given to business owners when it comes to shooting, editing, and sharing videos is really unbelievable,” insists Pinkam, “With the quality of cameras continuously improving and video sharing sites like YouTube making it easier to share videos on-the-go, marketing with video is no longer a Hollywood affair.”

Accept credit card and debit card payments.

With Unity Payments’ Virtual Terminals, you can also accept payments on the go! This solution enables you to turn your smartphone into a credit card terminal. With it, you can start taking payments anytime and anywhere. It allows you to process payments in-person, online or on the road! To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-661-3761 or email us at info@unitypayments.ca.

Author

Dan Faraldo