7 Tips to Run Your Business from Your iPhone
Your iPhone is an addictive, yet powerful tool for business. It’s become an extension of our lives. For such a small device that fits snuggly in your hand, it has enough tech power to let you work on your business in the same way you may have relied on a desktop in the past. It’s become an ideal device for business people always on the move or remote employees working from home.
Still, many businesses are trapped in the past, doing things the way they’ve always been done. Not everyone knows how to maximise the iPhone’s power as a business tool. If you are looking to bring your business up to modern day standards, here are seven tips that will allow you to access your phone’s capacity fully and run your business more efficiently.
Tip #1: Consider a Second Phone for Business
As the old adage goes, it’s not good to mix business with pleasure. For some of us, we have difficulty switching off, a second phone may help. It can be a great way to create work-life balance. It may also help you avoid distractions like games and your personal social media accounts while working. You can also minimize security risks that could happen when you have only one phone for work and personal use.
Tip #2: Secure your iPhone
iOS is a pretty secure system, but it’s not totally bullet-proof. A clever and relentless hacker will always find a way through your iPhone if you’re not careful with its security. Explore your phone’s security features and adjust them to be suitable for your business needs. At a very basic level, you should make sure that your iOS is always up to date. It’s also wise to avoid keeping sensitive files on your iPhone.
Tip #3: Use Multi Platform Apps
Apps that work on a variety of platforms can improve your work flexibility and efficiency. When your tools sync across platforms, you can work continuously, whether you’re using your iPhone, laptop or computer, and whether you’re using Mac or Windows. These apps also allow you to stay connected with your team wherever you are, allowing for improved collaboration.
Tip #4: Keep Things Simple
There are thousands of apps out there for addressing specific needs and improving the flow of your business. It’s tempting to fill your phone with a multitude of apps providing the work solutions you think you need. Try to limit your usage to a handful of apps that can perform multiple functions. Too many apps installed on your phone can slow it down, destroy your battery, and is likely to lead to inefficiencies. You can waste a lot of time switching from app to app just to get your work done.
Tip #5: Establish Communication Protocols
One of the advantages of running your business through your iPhone is you get to be connected to your team 24/7. Just because you’re always connected, doesn’t mean you should contact them any time of the day, and vice versa. You need a healthy culture for your business. Answering endless messages can be distracting and a drain on your time and energy. It can also affect the work-life balance of your team. To make your team communication more balanced and effective, you should establish protocols on how you can connect with them and how they should connect with you. For example, you can use Slack for non-urgent matters, text for urgent issues, and calls for emergencies.
Tip #6: Augment Your Phone with Tools
There are plenty of accessories and tools that you can use with your iPhone to extend its capacity and usability. If you select the right tools and accessories for your business, you can make your workflow easier and more efficient. One example is the Bluetooth earphone—it allows you to call and receive calls hands-free and keep using your phone for other tasks. Another is the Bluetooth keyboard. You can pair this device with your iPhone so you can type longer messages or work with documents even when you’re away from your computer.
Tip #7: Set a Time for Switching off Your Work Phone
Earlier we mentioned how staying connected 24/7 can affect your work-life balance. With this in mind, you should set a specific time for switching off your work phone. This means you’re off the clock. With your phone off, you can rest and relax. You can focus on personal things, such as spending time with your family or engaging in your hobbies.
Your iPhone is a powerful tool. As long as you use it properly and with the right suite of apps, you can run your business efficiently even when you’re on the go. If you need support setting up your team with iPhones, contact us today.