Smartphones have revolutionised how we work and with entrepreneurial individuals setting up their small businesses across the country selling products and services, you no longer need to be sat in an office to run your business. With an app for almost anything, it is now easier than ever to run a small business from your phone, no matter where you are in the world. Mobile phone retailer Fonehouse has revealed the ten apps you need to help take advantage of your smartphone’s full business potential.
Mobile accounting apps allow you to manage your finances on the move, no matter where you might be located. QuickBooks is one of the most popular pieces of accounting software and the QuickBooks Self-Employed app does everything the online software does, in a phone-friendly format. Top features include helping you keep your finances organised and estimating your annual taxes, as well as supporting the tracking and creation of invoices, all whilst on the go.
Whether you run your business from home, on the go or in a bricks and mortar building, if your business model involves payments for your products or services, a card payment app is a must-have! The Zettle Go app turns your phone into a point-of-sale system and register, which to do you simply need to have purchased a portable mobile card reader and pair it up with the app. The Zettle card readers are sold from £29, with the company charging a payment fee of 1.75% per card transaction.
Mobile scanning apps turn your phone into a portable scanner, transforming any physical document into a handy digital copy. One of the most downloaded is the iScanner app, which lets you scan your documents, save and share them, as well as letting you sign documents on the move thanks to the app’s e-sign feature. Depending on how often you need to scan your documents, the free version allows you to export five documents a day, with the unlimited version available for £19.99 a year.
The pandemic has proven how important it is for businesses to have an online store to sell their products through. Shopify is a popular e-commerce platform, with 1,700,000 businesses in 175 countries currently using it. The Shopify app lets you run your e-commerce store from wherever you are, making it easy to manage your orders, track sales and review your store performance whilst on the go.
Having an online presence for your business is essential, as consumers learn about local businesses online more than anywhere else. If your business has a WordPress blog or website, the WordPress app allows you to manage your website using just your phone, allowing you to create and edit posts, view stats and reply to comments.
You don’t need to be a design expert to create amazing content for your business. The Canva app lets you create all the graphics you need, wherever you are, using just your mobile. From social media content and blog designs to logos and brochures, the app’s wide range of templates makes design incredibly simple.
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Social media is key to promoting your small business and is a great way to reach new potential customers, as well as showcasing your products and services. Keeping on top of regularly posting can be a time-consuming task, so save time by scheduling your posts in advance using the Hootsuite app. The social media tool allows you to seamlessly manage and maintain your social media presence from anywhere, all at the click of a button.
Email marketing apps can help you connect with your customers, promote your business, and increase sales on the go. With over 370,000 users, theMailchimp app lets you create engaging email marketing campaigns whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. The app’s clever business card scanner also means you can build contacts wherever your business might take you.
The WhatsApp Business app was created with the small business owner in mind, giving your business a presence on WhatsApp and allowing you to communicate more efficiently with your customers. Your business profile lets you display your company information, showcase your product catalogue, as well as automate and quickly respond to messages and send timely, one-way notifications.
Google My Business
A free Google My Business account lets you appear in search results when people google your business. Keep your business up to date using your mobile by using the Google My Business app, which allows you to update any changes to your opening hours, website and phone number, as well as respond to any google reviews you may have received.
Ben Branson, CEO of Fonehouse commented: “Over the last year, we have seen a large increase in requests from our customers looking to buy new mobiles to use to run their small businesses.
There are many great smartphones available on the market that will meet your businesses needs and we recommend making the most of the apps available to download from the App Store and Google Play to stay organised and productive, and untimely help you run your business no matter where you might be.”
To find out more, visit https://www.fonehouse.co.uk/blog/starting-your-own-business-here-is-your-mobile-starter-kit/