Mobile Applications For Your Business
Mobile Business Apps
- Maintaining Productivity Outside the Office - Mobile productivity tools can help business owners maintain and adjust their schedules and to-do lists remotely. By understanding where you have to be and what you have to do, you can reduce confusion and improve your productivity, work/life balance, and your company's success.
- Mobile Scheduling Boosts Efficiency - Maintaining an electronic calendar, allowing customers to book their own appointments, and keeping track of employee work schedule are just a few of the benefits of Web-based and mobile tools that make life easier for business owners. Scheduling apps can improve efficiency and collaboration by helping everyone stay connected and in sync.
- Apps Help Smartphone Users Manage Contacts - Your business contacts are among your company's most valuable assets, and being able to access an up-to-date contact list remotely can provide important benefits to your company. A variety of apps and services can help business owners use contact data more efficiently and unlock value in their customer lists.
- Password Managers Guard Mobile Browsing - With more of us relying on mobile access and a deluge of passwords to remember, smartphone apps designed to help people generate and manage strong passwords can provide valuable security for online accounts. Web and mobile apps will store and protect login credentials and other sensitive data so you don't have to remember it.
- Using Your Smartphone to Accept Mobile Payments - Customers expect to be able to use credit and debit cards for nearly any purchase, so it makes sense for your business to offer the convenience of accepting payment cards outside traditional retail outlets. Using a smartphone as a virtual payment terminal allows you to make sales and provide services from nearly anywhere, and to be paid on the spot -- without the cost and payment risks of sending paper invoices after the transaction.
- Smartphone Tethering Expands Laptop Reach - Most of the latest smartphones offer "tethering," or the ability to use a smartphone as a modem that can provide a wireless connection for a laptop. You can connect the laptop to your smartphone with a cable or Bluetooth and use the phone's data capabilities to get online. While tethering may not offer the same convenience as a dedicated aircard, it can be a good alternative if a Wi-Fi connection isn't available.
- Mobile Document Management Keeps You Productive - Running your business often means spending time outside the workplace, but that doesn't mean you have to be cut off from important documents or information on your office PC. Smartphone productivity suites can help you access and manage word processing documents, spreadsheets, or presentations remotely, often sparing you the need to travel with a full-featured laptop or tablet.
- Mobile Presentations Spread Your Message - Sometime a presentation or online demonstration is the best way to get your point across, but delivering a mobile presentation doesn't always mean firing up a laptop and a projector. Smartphone versions of popular presentation programs and portable projectors let business owners share ideas nearly anywhere.
- Reaching Out with Video Conferencing - For important meetings or improving internal collaboration, video conferencing can be more effective than phone calls or text chats. A growing range of Web-based and smartphone apps enable even the smallest of companies to reap the benefits of video conferencing without the need for an expensive investment in dedicated video equipment.
- Backing Up Your Mobile Data - With smartphones, tablets and laptops playing an increasingly important role in the success of small businesses, portable devices are storing a growing amount of critical business information and records that must be protected. Scheduling routine backups is crucial to maintaining access to your company's all-important data.
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- Remote Access Expands Your Business Reach - Remote access apps extend your company's network by allowing you to access important documents or files securely from nearly anywhere. By logging in to your network with a laptop or smartphone, you can access or update files securely over a wireless broadband or Wi-Fi connection.
- Finding Wi-Fi Hotspots on the Run - We're a long way from the convenience of Wi-Fi being available nearly everywhere, but for business owners who know where to look, it's becoming more and more common. Knowing the types of places likely to offer Wi-Fi access and checking smartphone apps that list public hotspots are helpful first steps in finding the connection you need.
- Protecting Data Privacy on Public Wi-Fi - The ease and convenience of getting online at a public Wi-Fi hotspot has to be balanced with the risk of your signal being compromised while you're sending data back and forth. A few simple precautions should be followed at public hotspots to protect confidential customer or personal data from online eavesdroppers.
- Smartphones Making Travel Smoother - Applications and services designed with business travelers in mind make it easy to plan your trip, adjust to any delays, and help you take care of the routine headaches that often accompany life on the road. From finding the best deal or sharing your plans to discovering the best local restaurants, smartphone apps can reduce the hassle of traveling.