You Can Use Your Smartphone To Run Your Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

BradFriedman
Brad Friedman President, The Friedman Group, LLC

Posted on March 6th 2013

You Can Use Your Smartphone To Run Your Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

ImageThe very creative people at Desk have put together a comprehensive Infographic detailing how one might run a business from a smartphone with thirteen different apps. We use several of the apps mentioned ourselves but have mixed feels about running one’s entire business from a smartphone. Obviously, it can be done with the apps listed and probably a few more that some of you are currently using. Personally, I think the idea that this can really be done is pretty cool.

So, grab your smartphone and let’s take a look at these apps

QuickBooks

QuickBooks cloud accounting solutions is available for both the iPhone and Android devices. Their website says “1.3 million customers worldwide use QuickBooks Online to take the pain out of managing their finances.”

Mint.com

Mint.com “does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending.” It lets you see where every dime goes so you can make educated money decisions. Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place and allows you to set a budget, track your goals and more.

Office Time

Office Time is an iPhone app built to be easy to use, so you’ll use it. This app works with teams, is 100% guaranteed and comes with a 21 day free trial.

Box

Box is an online filing sharing app allowing you to access, manage and share your content online.

Dropbox

Like Box, Dropbox is another cloud storage service that allows you to store, access and share your businesses’ documents and photos. Dropbox will sync with your computer and smartphone.

Evernote

Evernote syncs to the cloud allowing your business to share almost anything between any number of devices and users. Evernote is great for taking notes, sharing documents, saved web pages and more. Items can be organized into folders as needed too.

Documents to Go

Documents to Go is an all-in-one app with support for Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint, PDF and other files and attachments. iOS and Android users can download the app that synchronizes with a desktop application.

Skype

Skype may be used for free Internet calls, instant messaging and video chat. Many of Skype’s services are free and they have “Pay As You Go” accounts. Skype works on the iPhone and Android devices.

Webex

Webex lets you host high-impact webinars and online events right from your smartphone. You may collaborate with colleagues and even share files online. Depending how many people you need to connect with, you can deliver online training and much more with this free app. Paid plans start at $24 per host/month.

Desk.com

Desk.com is billed as “The all-in-one customer support app for small business & teams.” Desk.com runs on your iPhone, Android devices and any other smartphone that supports an HTML5 browser.

Get Satisaction Mobile

Get Satisfaction Mobile is a “community platform used by companies of all sizes to build customer engagement, acquire more customers, improve customer service and drive product innovation.”

Google Wallet

Google Wallet stores your credit and debit cards on your Android phone. Tap the back of your phone at the point of sale to pay for your product, and you’re off. Of course, not all merchants participate in the program. You may also use Google Wallet for your online purchases.

Square

Square lets your business accept credit cards from a device attached right to your smartphone. There’s a 2.75% fee per swipe and next day deposit to your bank account. Square also introduce its own “Wallet” that operates much like Google wallets when you visit participating merchants.

So, there you have it! Now have a look at this all encompassing Infographic. Then let us know which of these apps you’re currently using and which ones you want to try out.

BradFriedman

Brad Friedman

President, The Friedman Group, LLC

Brad Friedman is a “Recovering Attorney” living in Denver, Colorado. In 2010, Mr. Friedman parlayed his passion for technology and his business, legal and marketing savvy into the creation of The Friedman Group, LLC. Brad has developed a group of highly skilled people to work with individuals and businesses to develop strategies that enhance their online presence and engage clients, prospects and referral sources through the power of inbound and social media marketing.

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Comments

Nice to see a "recoverying" attorney. I am one that never quite got addicted (law degree but never sat for Bar). The infographic is one of the best that I have seen. Great content and enjoyed the statement, "We use several of the apps mentioned ourselves but have mixed feels about running one’s entire business from a smartphone." What's good for the gander is good for the goose (or the other way around). If you trust these for personal use, why not for your business? Enjoyed the read.

Hi Mike,

Apparently my "Recovering Attorney" status has effected my ability to communicate. When I used the word "ourselves" I wasn't meaning "personally." The reference was meant to say, I use several of these apps in my business but I'm a bit leary of using them exclusively to run my business. For example, I use QuickBooks but I am more comfortable running it from my computer and storing backups on my computer. Just a personal decision that is probably generational. I also use Dropbox in my business and store and share files that I access from my smartphone. I hope this better explains what I meant to say in the first place.

Thanks for taking the time to read the post and to comment. I appreciate it.

Brad

Hi Brad,

Thats definitely a good list of apps for smartphone that you mentioned. However, another wonderful mobile app that we use for our business is Replicon cloud based timesheet software - http://www.replicon. Its pretty quick to implement and has some nice features too and is integrated with Quickbooks. Loved it after using for our day to day time management needs!