Small business owners no longer need to be confined into a specific physical location. Break out of your limits and use these tools to manage your company from anywhere.
Gone are the days when small business owners were limited to specific geographical location. The nostalgia feeling of the ritual of coming to the office purposely to be able to access my email some years back is still very fresh in my memory. Technology has seriously given a dead blow to many “old school” ways of doing things. Disruptive technologies are making mortar and brick store to become obsolete nowadays and its effect has permeated every area of commerce.
The plethora of mobile applications that are available today that integrates seamlessly with your mobile phone has make running a business easy.
Below, we compile the list of tools that can make your life easier as a new business owner.
- Mobile Payment Processing
Mobile Payment Processor has become a de-facto standard of making payment and transaction among the traders and market women. You don’t have to waste productive time to take cash to the bank for deposit. POS is a friend that can help prevent handling of cash and allay the fear of armed robbers breaking in to your shop and carter away your money. Business transactions are now easier and more convenient thanks to mobile payment processing software.
Next time you go to bank, you can apply for POS for your business. Just make sure that you apply for the one that accepts multiple cards ranging from visa to MasterCard etc. You should also check for low processing fees. If portable hardware is included for card transactions, even better!
2. Mobile CRM
There is enormous wealth that is embedded in list building. The ability to communicate with your customers anytime anywhere will surely help you to maintain good relationship and customer loyalty. One thing that can help businesses to do this is a mobile customer relationship management (CRM) system. A mobile CRM gives you access to customer accounts and information from your tablet or smartphone, allowing you to efficiently reach out to clients even while on-the-go.
Some years back, it is very much easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to find mobile phones with CRM application. But today law of displacement is in motion, all the key CRM features you may likely need have been integrated with mobile application, including Google Maps integration and call/text logging. When you’re on-the-go and taking your business with you, lugging around a big laptop isn’t ideal. But with mobile CRMs you are good to go without any stress of carrying along your laptop.
- Automated Email & Social Media Marketing
Travelling should not choke your subscriber list and social following. You want to carry along your tribe through communication. However, it will be more difficult to remember to post something on Facebook consistently or even to send out your weekly newsletter at the usual time. The travelling lifestyle is no place to be tied down to a strict schedule.
You can adopt marketing software and automation tools to schedule your emails at the beginning of the week (or even beginning of the month) and then not have to worry about it for the rest of the time. Same thing goes with social media posts. Platforms like Hootsuite are perfect for keeping your social media presence on track so you can stay top-of-mind with your followers.
- Project Management Software
Time is one the three constraints of the project management. When you’re out of the office, you can use Basecamp to track all the necessary activities and liaise with your team so that you wont lose track of all the projects you and your team are working on. Project management tools will help you and your team to be in the same page; with it, you can communicate company-wide even when everyone is working in different areas. Having a centralized location for all your assignments takes away the stress of possibly letting something slip through the cracks.
- Website Management
In this age of stunning UX and UI, companies are pushing too hard to roll out the best user friendly websites. Website is now your daily workstation where you will be running things smoothly, adding or modifying your content, monitoring analytics, sorting through feedback, and responding to inquiries even when you’re out and about. What’s the point of having a website for your mobile-run business if you can’t manage it on the road?
WordPress or shopify is your friend , you don’t have to be computer geek to make use of it.
Being able to manage your business remotely will surely reduce your business’ overhead costs, and connect you to a whole new audience that you may not have been able to reach by staying in one location. If you are serious about taking your business to the net next, you should start make use of all the 5 tools aforementioned in this blog post