In Canada, small business owners are becoming increasingly mobile – in fact, more than half are now running their companies from their smartphones. Rather than spending thousands of dollars a month on a brick-and-mortar storefront or office rental space, technology enables many people to work anywhere, anytime.
Here’s how to manage a successful small business from your smartphone.
- Sell from Anywhere
For many retail businesses and service providers in Canada, cash registers or an elaborate e-commerce website are things of the past thanks to payment apps like Square, which turn your smartphone into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. It accepts and processes credit card payments and tracks all cash payments. An added bonus is that Square integrates with QuickBooks Online to streamline your accounting. Retailers should also consider Shopify, which is very similar to Square, and provides a POS system you can manage on the fly.
- Build Presentations on the Go
Even though it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, a smartphone is a presentation powerhouse. Apps such as MightyMeeting allow users to upload presentations and run them from a mobile device. PowerPoint presentations, videos and PDF documents can be stored in your secure content repository and downloaded to your smartphone, then opened anywhere you need to host a presentation.
- Conduct Low-cost Meetings
Virtual meetings are considered the norm in today’s digital world, saving time and money on travel expenses. As long as the microphone and camera work, and you have good mobile coverage, one-on-one meetings as well web conferences can be conducted from your device. It also reduces the likelihood of meetings being cancelled even when you are travelling, as users can conduct meetings from the back of a taxi, hotel room or airport lounge.
- Invisible Accounting
QuickBooks Online is the cloud-based counterpart to the popular desktop program. Used by many small business owners, the mobile app allows you to manage all financial tasks on the go, including getting daily imported bank feeds. You can add transactions, send invoices, generate reports and even process payments on the spot. QuickBooks itself can be accessed from Android or iPhone devices. It’s a powerful program that has been around for a long time, so it’s a well-trusted name in the world of financial management software.
- Use Apps to Manage Customers
Customer management apps are proving to be extremely effective for small business owners who don’t want to be chained to an office. Apps such as Booker also allow small business owners who want to pay bills from their smartphone. You can reach out to customers and keep in touch with employees from anywhere.
As you can see, running your business from a smartphone is possible – in fact, there is very little that can’t be done by the pocket-sized device.
Have you considered using mobile apps to manage your small business on the go? Check out what’s available at the Intuit apps store.
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