Before 2002, E-mails were checked on our computers, and for some of us, this meant connecting via dialup. You know what I’m talking about, the all familiar sound that seemed to last hours, which I like to call, the soundtrack to my childhood. Today we don’t need our computers to check our E-mail, to put a reminder in our calendar, for international calls or conferences, to pay bills, to read the news. The list of things we can do from our mobile phones is close to infinite, and all from a tiny device that fits in our pocket.
Today 1 in 5 people own a smartphone. That’s more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. Mobile phones have not only changed our lives, they’ve changed the way we work, and they’ve changed the entire business model. These days companies don’t close, with online websites and mobile applications they’re always open. Clients can be reached at all hours, customers can shop from their phones and businesses can update their LinkedIn profile with the swipe of a finger.
Smartphones for small businesses and the individual
Ok, so what if you’re not a giant corporation? Mobile phones can work for the individual or small business just as well as they can work for the giant corporation. Smartphones are our mini mobile computers allowing us to work from a coffee shop, from the pool lounge chair and in between putting away the canned green beans and tomato sauce.
Our favourite app list
There are a lot of apps to choose from, over 1 million in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. We’ve created list of our favourite 8 apps that have helped us with organisation, productivity, marketing and communication.
Jobs by JobisJob: That’s right! We’re now an app! With the JobisJob mobile app you can search for a job from anywhere in the world! Enjoying an afternoon reading in the park? Stuck on the train? Go ahead, search! JobisJob brings the jobs to you! Currently the app is offered in English and Spanish languages on Apple iOS, but shortly it will be available for Android and also in many other languages!
Social Media: Ok, this one encompasses a handful of incredibly useful apps. Don’t just use Facebook to send your friends Candy Crush invites, use it as a tool for free marketing. Have a new product? Take a picture of it and post it on Instagram. Use twitter to reach a broad market and stay up to date with news, new technology and competitors!
LinkedIn: Is a must for every small business and for every job seeker, current job holder or future job seeker. LinkedIn is the best social media site to self-market, connect and network, and keep up to date with trending labour topics and employment markets.
Google Analytics: Want to know how your small business is doing? Track and understand your website visitors to optimise your site visits.
Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts make communication easy; text from your laptop, your mobile or your tablet, your messages will be delivered and received no matter which device you’re using. Want to share photos from your holiday? No problem. Need to schedule a video call? Hangouts allow you to video with 10 people at a time.
Log Me In: Forgot an important document on your laptop? No problem, Log Me In lets you open files and download documents remotely from your mobile phone.
Trello: With Trello, you and your team can organise and keep up to date with tasks on the Trello task board, never missing a step in the production process.
Evernote: Evernotes can be text reminders, a photograph, voice memo or even a hand written ink note. With Evernote you can create lists to manage long term and short term deadlines so you never have an “Oh! It slipped my mind” moment.
WiFi Finder: Does just what it says. In a new city? WiFi finder searches for the nearest WiFi spots near your current location.
With these free tools at your disposal, and most of the time, in your pocket, there’s no excuse not to be using them!
Have a favourite app for you or your business? Share it with us!