When every dollar counts, many businesses give themselves a head start by avoiding the costs of an office or bricks and mortar store. Renting a prime location and utility bills can take up that much-needed money, and you’ll be free to recruit talent from outside your postcode.
With freedom comes certain challenges, however. Thankfully, the technology is out there to make your mobile business go places.
Take payments with your smartphone
If your business demands that you’re out of the office a lot, or don’t have one, you can take payments on the go, well away from the till.
With a credit card reader, you can take payments with all major debit and credit cards and PayPal – all at the same rate. All you need is your smartphone and you’re off. If you have a business such as a street food stall or coffee hut that requires a till-based system without wired internet, they do solutions for that, too!
Getting paid on the go is just one way to keep your business going strong at all times.
Admin tasks such as completing purchase orders, time off requests, and expense forms can take up your valuable time. Today, apps and websites let you do it paper-free, from anywhere your laptop or smartphone takes you.
Some of these apps even let you keep track of your staff’s time, too. You can see exactly who’s off and why, monitor employee absence, and approve requests. You won’t just save on the price of paper, you’ll free up time to focus on the tasks that really make your business tick.
Smart conference rooms
If searching for the best talent has taken you around the world, and your staff want to stay at home, online video technology lets you meet and work with people in boardrooms (or office cupboards) anywhere.
If there’s a group of you, some of these systems even have smart cameras which zoom in on the person talking. You can also use the technology to host webinars, group or one-on-one training sessions, and offer remote support.
Automate your social media
Global customers are always switched on, but that doesn’t mean you are. With social media management platforms, you can create, schedule, publish and analyse all your posts in one place. These platforms share your content at the best possible times throughout the day (when you could be sleeping). That way, you’ll get more eyeballs on your updates.
You can even post different content on different channels at, you guessed it, different times of the day. And with analytics reports, you’ll get to see which times and types of content are engaging your audience. Above all, you’ll save time and get more done by working from anywhere.
So, if you’re a remote worker, or running a business that puts mobility at the heart of its success, try some of the technology above to take the strain off. And concentrate on the bits of your job you love doing – and make you more successful.