You may be surprised to know that you can start up and run certain types of businesses from your smartphone, right from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to have a computer or other expensive equipment. You can do all your business with an up-to-date smartphone.


Building Your Phone-Friendly Business Plan
Some types of business lend themselves more readily to being run on mobile devices than others. For example, you wouldn’t be able to start a web design company with just a smartphone. You would also need a computer, extensive professional tools, and software.
Examples of businesses you could start with a smartphone include:
•    Event planning
•    Consulting
•    Podcasting
•    M-commerce
•    Social media marketing
•    Videography
•    Freelance writing
•    Personal shopping


Keep Your Smartphone Running
Your smartphone is only a useful business tool if it is in running order. You must always make sure that your battery is fully charged. Always carry a charger with you. If you’re traveling and have nowhere to charge it, then carry a backup battery with you.  


Getting the Right Apps
You can make your smartphone more versatile and efficient by downloading the right apps, and there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. For example, if you are a freelance copywriter, you can download a voice transcription app; if your business involves m-commerce, you will need an app such as ecomdash to help you organize your drop shipping. As well as apps which are specific to your type of business, you will also need apps to help with the general running of your business, such as accounting software, a time organizer, invoicing software, and project management.


Hook Up To The Cloud
You’re going to need plenty of storage space for your business files and documentation. Get onto the cloud so you can store all of your data securely. Once you’ve uploaded it all, you will be able to access it wherever you are, so you can feel confident that you always have the information at your fingertips.  


Keeping up With Communications
It doesn’t matter whether you are working with an office full of the most advanced equipment, or just a smartphone; communication is key. That means staying in touch not only with current clients and future customers, but also with members of your team. Even though you’re running your business from your smartphone, you still have a number of communication options, such as email and SMS as well as phone calls. Most mobile professionals rely mainly on email to communicate. This can be tricky when you’re working with a small keyboard, so you must always be careful to check your spelling before sending. You can make life easier if you create a range of templates for simple responses. Don’t forget about other ways to communicate, such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime.

If you want to give the appearance of being at the office while you’re working offsite, you can also purchase a virtual toll free number from a provider such as Global Call Forwarding.  This way when you have incoming and outgoing calls, your clients can’t tell if you’re at the office or at a different location.


Take Time to Get Social
When you are running a mobile business, it’s imperative that you have a full and widespread social media presence. Facebook is a wonderful platform to use for business, but it is not enough on its own. You also need to be posting regularly on Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Use an app like Hootsuite so that you can schedule posts in advance.


Managing Your Business Leads
New leads mean potential new customers, so you can’t let them slip by. Get a good lead management app for your phone, then you’ll have your leads with you wherever you go. You can set this type of app up so that it will notify you straight away, each time you get a new lead.


Get Some Recruits
In this day and age, where telecommuting is becoming not only more popular, but also more practical, it’s easy to find additional help for just about any aspect of your business. A good place to start is Upwork. This is an online freelance recruitment directory. The site allows you to browse, search, and discover talented freelancers from all over the world. You can choose from many different categories including admin., IT and networking, customer service, writing, data science and analytics, legal, accounting, and translation. The mobile app is fully functional and easy to use.  

Once you get started running a business from your smartphone, you’ll be surprised at just how capable your device is. There may be issues that arise from time to time, which you haven’t encountered before, but remember, there is usually an app or other solution out there if you look in the right place. If you follow these tips, you will be just as efficient and successful running your business from a smartphone, as you would if you were running it from an office full of expensive equipment.

Published by Mudassar Ali