Almost everyone uses a cell phone nowadays. Everywhere you go, you will see someone using their phone. The funny thing is, although most people use it for calling and texting, people use their phone for other things since there is so much a cell phone can be used for, including:
- Playing games
- As a personal organizer
- To-do lists
- To attend online meetings
- Video conference
- To browse the web
- To order food online
- To draw
- Transfer photos
- Make money using certain apps
With thousands of apps available today for use that provides you with a variety of different functions, why not use your cell phone for a business like many others are already doing?
Setting up your cell phone for business
First, you will need a cell phone and unlimited phone service which you can get at your closest AT&T store. Once you have service turned on, there is so much you can do with your phone to help run your business. Start by recording a missed call message as a business, not an individual, so that when callers call your phone and you are unable to answer it at the time, they will know they are calling your business and will leave a message that you can get back to at your convenience.
Once you have your recording all set up, you will need to add your contacts, which you can even import from some sources. Be sure and name each contact so that you will be able to recognize whom they are when they call. You can also set up groups to keep your contacts organized.
Perhaps some groups of clients are considered more important than others or come from a specific company that keeps your business going. Keeping your contacts organized in groups can help in so many ways. For instance, you can send a message, an email, an invite, or other to a whole group.
Another great feature is you can set up a certain notification for an individual or a whole group so that when your phone rings you will know who is calling even if you are not close enough to your phone to view the caller but still can hear it. There are preset sounds you can select from, download more, or record your own.
Keeping your phone safe and dry
Nobody wants to get a new phone and have to redo everything all over again after their phone is already all set up. This is why it is important to keep your phone safe from harm. Usually, most phones are sturdy and can take a lot of beatings, but water damage can do a lot of harm to your phone and even make it unusable. To prevent damage to your phone, you can get a phone holder to use wherever you go since you can set it up anywhere and use your phone hands-free while keeping it safe.
Uses for your phone during business hours
During the eight business hours of the day, you can use your phone to conduct business. The following are just some of the things you can do…
- Organize and attend meetings with both co-workers and clients on your smartphone by either texting or appearing on screen via video conference where you can communicate with each other by talking. You can share information and files while collaborating to resolve issues and create plans and programs to grow your business.
- With a personal organizer, you can get notified by creating reminders or setting up appointments, keep a to-do list where you can check off completed tasks, keep employee and client profiles updated, and more. You might already have one embedded in your phone. If not, you can download one and most are available for free.
- Add, check, and order inventory right from your cell phone, as there are numerous applications available specifically for use with inventory and service data.
- Create newsletters, emails, sales ads, invitations, or other and send them out to all your contacts, certain groups, or add other people or businesses you want to send information to.
Last year, Forbes conducted a survey for Google using 511 executives and found that nine out of ten business executives use their cell phones for business even while at the office. Moreover, ten percent claim that they use smartphones exclusively to conduct business every day.