Do you currently have a small business? If you do, I can tell you’re overworked. I mean look at those bags under your eyes! Seriously though, most small business owners work well beyond the typical 40 hour work week. In fact, I would say that they great majority work in excess of 70 hours per week. If you would ask any of them what they would like done differently with their business, they would tell you that all they want is more time. With little league games and dance recitals, they would love nothing more to wrap up business early and go spend time with their kids and enjoy their interests.
Prior to the information age, this was incredibly difficult to do. If you were not able to find a competent person to run your business while you were gone, you just simply couldn’t escape. If you did, there was the likelihood that your business would fail and your family would be in serious trouble. This is difficult for children to understand, so rather than trying to explain it to them, why don’t you just fix it? After all, we live in the information age now. Anything is possible!
If you have an internet business or a blog, I believe that you can do everything necessary to edit, write, and email with your Android device. Just the other day, I had my phone while I was walking to the gas station (to buy some nightcrawlers for fishing if you really wanted to know), and not only was I getting exercise, but I was also working on my website at the same time! In the first couple hundred yards, I checked and responded to any emails that were necessary. Next, I opened up my website editor and deleted any spam comments that I felt shouldn’t be posted. Next, I checked to see if my staff writer posted an article for the next day. I reviewed it and published it. All this from my Android device!
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If your small business accepts payments in person, I still believe that you can fully operate your business solely with your Android device. All you need is a small attachment on your phone to swipe their credit card (often referred to as a credit card reader) and you’re all set! You don’t even need a computer anymore, and you certainly don’t need a cash register (if you do have one, I might laugh at you when I walk into your store). ‘What about receipts?’ you might ask. That is a very good question, and thankfully, I have a very good answer. Built into your credit card reader system, there should be an option that allows you to email the receipt directly to your customer. Not only is this just a slick operation (as well as sustainably paperless), but this also allows you to get an email address to market to at a later date. This certainly is a powerful method to use when you’re hoping to grow your business.
If you have orders coming in and shipments going out, you might think that you most definitely need to have large systems that manage the inflow and outflow of your packages. Not true. Androids (as well as many other smartphones) have the capability of scanning packages and holding that information on a central network. Of course you would most likely have to pay for this software, but it is still going to be largely cheaper than any other series of devices and software that you would pay for otherwise.
Finally, in order to succeed in business today, you need to continually educate yourself about what is new in your industry and what technology can benefit your business and take it to the next level. Your Android device can do all of this. Simply use your device as a reader and download books. Not a reader? That’s ok, there are apps out there that allow you to listen to the latest news or even podcasts.
Personally, I would suggest that you subscribe to your industry magazine as well as Wall Street Journal to stay on top of what is happening in the world. Unless you keep yourself informed, your business could be obsolete in just a few short years. Stay of top of things with your Android device and watch your business soar.