Innovative Ways to Use Your Phone to Grow Your Business

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Innovative Ways to Use Your Phone to Grow Your BusinessDo you have an iPhone, or any Smart phone for that matter? Are you using it to it's fullest potential in your business?  Today we are going to talk about Innovative Ways to Use Your Phone to Grow Your Business. If you’re like many Smart phone users, you access it for a variety of personal uses. If you are a business owner hopefully you have discovered helpful business uses. You probably use the GPS to find your way to appointments. Maybe you use a financial application to stick to your budget. You might even use a note-taking application to track ideas. However, chances are your iPhone is underutilized. Most of these apps are for the iPhone, just search and see what is available for your phone, I bet you are amazed.

#1 PayPal

PayPal offers an iPad application that lets you not only receive instant notification that you’ve received a payment, you can also request payments. Speedier cash flow helps you make faster business decisions. A client pays and you can immediately get to work communicating with them and providing your product or service. Better customer service grows business.

#2 Financial Planning and Organization

Applications like Roambi Analytics can help you stay on track of traffic and sales and provide real time information. It integrates with Salesforce, Google Docs, Excel and so much more. Numbers (cost $9.99) and MicroStrategy are two other applications that help business owners stay on top of their business information.

#3 Project Management There are a myriad of project management applications that can help you keep all of your communications and files in one secure location. OmniFocus, Redbooth, and Podio are just three of the dozens of top-rated project management tools. Some of the applications cost; OmniFocus (cost $19.99 iPhone, $39.99 for iPad), Redbooth (free), and Podio (free). However, unlike most online project management services you don’t have to pay a monthly fee to use them. #4 Business Meetings

Fusebox, FaceTime, Skype, and Cisco WebEx Meetings are all applications that you can use to hold business meetings on the go. You can chat in your car, on the beach, or from the top of a mountain – as long as there is a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection, you’re able to hold a face-to-face meeting with clients and prospects. I especially like Fusebox, one of my clients uses it all of the time, it is inexpensive and very reliable.

#5 Content

You can use your iPhone to create podcasts, videos, and even written content. With a few adjustments to your WordPress settings you can even blog from your iPhone. And if you don’t blog, you can use applications like iWriter and PlainText to create documents. Use Dropbox, a cloud computing and file sharing application, to send the documents to your other devices and computers.

If you’d rather dictate, check out Dragon NaturallySpeaking and create your content with your voice. You can email the recorded and transcribed documents to yourself and use them when you’re ready. FrameArtists lets you make infographics to share on social media sites.

Promptware lets you turn your iPhone or iPad into a teleprompter for when you are recording videos, and it's free.

Finally, let’s not forget about the power of research and organization. Applications like OneNote and Evernote help you organize your research and take notes on your abundant business ideas. Your iPhone is a veritable business bonanza. It can help you stay abreast of new information, keep tabs on your company, pay bills, send invoices, create content and stay organized – all this fun in the palm of your hand.

And we haven't even talked about how easy it is to keep your social media up=to-date and stay in touch.  That is a whole blog itself. Please come over to my Facebook page at:  Kim's Facebook page and tell me what your favorite app is.  I'd love to hear from you.
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