How Smartphone Technology Can Increase Your Productivity 49

How Smartphone Technology Can Increase Your Productivity

This is a guest post by Wanda Greaves, the co-founder of Battery Chargers Expert – a website that helps people to find, use and do anything with their batteries, chargers or related electricity devices.

With the advent of cheaper Internet packs and availability of feature rich Smartphones at affordable rates, many businesses are smartly using the employees to increase productivity and boost revenues.

Some of the benefits of using Smartphone for a business include video conferencing, emails on the go, editing and sending the documents while on the move, scanning the documents and sending for important clients in a short span of time, scheduling appointments, attending the calls and solve the problems etc.

Of course, students can also use the smartphones for learning and problem solving.

1. Emailing and texting on the move.

Executives who are on the move can respond to the emails sent by customers and bosses using their smartphones.

The latest mobiles are feature-rich and allow editing documents in excel, word, etc., and sending them to the company or to an important client while traveling.

All you need to do is to buy the best Smartphone that supports applications like MS Word, MS Excel, and apps like Whatsapp, Google Drive, Skype and others.

It should have a good memory like 2GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, expandability of the memory using micro SD card, faster processor, and screen size of 5 inches etc. The Smartphone should also support WiFi, 3G or 4G for faster communication with the company and customers alike.

It is also necessary to ensure that your chosen smartphone has a wonderful phone battery life. If not, it is highly recommended to buy a power bank for seamless connectivity.

You can also edit the documents and spreadsheets using Google Docs facility. If you are in a business conference, you can reply to the customer’s text messages within one or two minutes. You need not wait to reply till the meeting is over. Therefore, it saves your valuable time.

2. Video Conferencing via Smartphone.

The latest android phones and Apple iPhones come with apps that permit video conferencing facility.

You can make use of the apps to talk with the client face to face and finalize the deals without having to setup a full pledged video conferencing facility in your company. It is cheaper and saves time. You can also showcase your products through video conferencing and win the orders.

The recruiters can also use the video conferencing facility to interview the shortlisted candidates. It saves the time of the candidate and the HR officials.

The best apps for video conferencing include Google Hangouts, Skype, Viber, Peer, and Tango along with others.

You can use these video chat apps to communicate with friends, business clients and superiors on the other side on Laptops, Smartphones or else.

3. Synching a smartphone with a computer.

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You can establish a business network between Smartphones and computers to share important messages and documents with your employees and customers.

You can communicate time and date for the conference and initiate the discussion on a particular date so that everyone can hear your message and respond. It saves both time and money.

With this facility, the executives from business units don’t need to travel so many kilometers to attend a meeting at a parent company. The Managing Director can sit in his or her room and schedule a review meeting with the production units.

Similarly, the chief general managers can establish a virtual conference with the department heads and schedule work routines. It’s very simple and easy and at the same time improves productivity.

4. Running of business applications on a smartphone.

The smartphone is a friend to marketing experts.

Some of the best productivity apps for marketing professionals are DocuSign, LogMeln, Leaf.Me, Prezi, and MobileDay. Communication apps for professionals include Yammer and Chatter.

Some of the travel apps for marketing and servicing professionals include FlightAware, Uber, Kayak, and Tripit.

You may wonder what you should do with these apps. The travel apps are highly useful for executives, who frequently travel for business. They can book a taxi using an app like Uber and Ola while landing in a city.

The hotel booking apps can be used to book a room for your urgent business meeting at a distant place in a short span of time.

You can also make use of the flight booking apps to book a flight ticket at short notice. You can also utilize apps for booking train tickets and Volvo bus tickets from the comfort of home or office.

5. Smartphones for payments.

You shouldn’t carry a large chunk of cash to an unknown destination. It is risky.

Use your smartphone to make payments online for booking hotels, buying bus or flight tickets, transferring funds online, paying utility bills online, renewing insurance online, buying a personal accident or car insurance online, and buying a movie ticket online.

Therefore, a smartphone presents a myriad of options for making cashless payment.

6. Sharing of Internet.

The Smartphone with a 3G or 4G Internet access allows Internet sharing via tethering facility.

The Internet can be shared wirelessly with other smartphones or laptops. If you need to work on a laptop and do not have a dongle, you can use the Smartphone for Internet Sharing.

7. The smartphone as a modem.

The smartphones also come with a high-speed modem. You can connect the Smartphone as a modem to your computer and browse the Internet or send emails and other documents.

You can also use the Internet for searching data sheets of components. It is a great tool for business developers and scientists as well.

8. Google maps for travel aid.

Most of the latest smartphones are equipped with Google Maps facility. The travelers, service engineers, and professionals can use Google Maps to find the route to an unknown destination.

9. Smartphones for reading later.

Executives can also use it for reading blogs later. You can find top apps like Evernote, Instapaper and Pocket for a smartphone.

Thus, there are many ways in which smartphones can help us with improving productivity.

Are you using your smartphone in some other way to boost your productivity? Let us know in the comments!

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.