Almost everyone has some kind of smartphone, and iPhones are perhaps the most well known of them all. Due to this, it has become usual for business owners to conduct at least some of their business from their phones, even when they are sitting in an office with a laptop open in front of them.
Yet although this has become the norm, is it possible to leave the laptop out of things entirely and run a whole business solely from an iPhone? The answer is yes, although there are some important aspects to think about first.
Check For Apps
If you are thinking of running your business just using your iPhone, the first thing you will need to consider are the apps that will help you. Apps are what make iPhones run; they are the additional pieces of software that mean you can look at social media, do your accounts, send out emails, or check the orders that have come in, or the property valuations you undertake.
Check for advancements across the board
Depending on the kind of business you are operating, you should be aware that the latest in design tools can help develop your company for the right reasons. Some may offer apps as additional tools, but you should also be aware of design tools beyond your iPhone that, collaboratively, can make a difference. The latest in design tools can be anything from a website editor, or technology from CircuitStudio for your PCB design needs, or tools to help you track orders.
Wherever possible, invest in apps that can assist, too. Without the right apps, your iPhone won’t be able to help you run a business, let alone anything else. Take some time to investigate which apps are going to be of most use to you and whether anything exists to help you in your particular business. If not, you can either pay someone to create such an app, make it yourself, or choose to use a laptop or other device instead.
Keep Things Simple
Something that many business owners do is make things complicated and confusing for themselves when using their iPhone to run their business. They download many different apps to try them out, then leave them there, taking up memory and space and never being used, for example. They also mix up their work life with their personal life due to only using one phone.
They key is to keep everything related to your business in one place – make folders on your iPhone to store the apps in, and delete anything you are not going to need. Not only does this keep more space on your phone, but it stops you from getting confused as well.
Ideally, you will want to have a separate phone for work and your personal correspondence; this will help with the work-life balance, but it can be costly and might not be something you want to do right away.
Obviously, a phone is a communication tool first and foremost, and once you start using yours for business, you’ll realize just how in demand you are. From emails to phone calls to texts and social media messages as well as messages on suitable platforms, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and stressed by all the pulls on your time.
Firstly, switch your phone off when you aren’t at work, or set it so that only the most urgent messages get through. Secondly, make sure you have specific guidelines in place for communications. This will stop too many ‘attacks’ on your time and will help you to keep working on prioritized work and not get distracted.