Running a small business is time consuming,and many business owners waste their precious time and money in organizing things to keep their business running and profitable at the same time. However, due to the advent of smart phones and mobile internet, there are many great applications available that can help you to save time and money. These low cost, and sometimes free, apps offer the small business owners many benefits and can be used to save substantial amount of money every year. Here are some apps you can consider for your business:
• GPS: Using your smart phone for GPS applications like Google Maps for Mobile can offer you many benefits. If you spend a lot of time on the road travelling it will help you reach your destination much faster than normal. It is particularly effective if you have to visit a lot of new potential customers for the first time by making it much easier to find their location. Many of the new GPS apps also feature up-to-date traffic information that also makes it possible for you to avoid the heavy traffic to get to your customers as quickly as possible. MacWorld offers an excellent comparison of several GPS apps.
• Content Management: For keeping your information up-to-date you could try Microsoft SharePoint. This service offers file sharing and synchronization so you can share tasks and calendars with you other colleagues. The data can also be stored on your smart phone for easy access anytime.
• Remote Document Access: If you are looking for a free and easy way to access your documents with your iPhone you can try Box.net. You can store documents, media and other files remotely so you and you coworkers can access them anytime on the go. This enables you to manage and share important documents during meeting with clients without needing to store them on your phone. Another option for remote document storage is Dropbox.
• Travel Planning: For travel planning on the move you can try Tripit. Tripit offers you the possibility to access flight information, hotel reservations, maps and directions and makes it easy for you to book your entire trip from your smart phone. This can save you a lot of time, for example, if your flight is delayed and save wasting hours waiting at the airport or help you to find the location of a meeting after arriving at your destination. You can even create a travel map for your company to keep track of where your colleagues are.
Mobile apps provide a practical and versatile solution for your business needs and they can save you valuable time so you can concentrate on keeping your business profitable.