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Small business owners count on smartphones to run their businesses. Smartphones are the new personal computers. They are used for communications, messaging, customer management and other business aspects such as accounting, transaction processing and marketing.
Zoostr, the free cloud accounting and marketing app, is used by over 25,000 small businesses worldwide. Smartphones and Tablets usage has tripled in the last six months and currently represent over 30% of the Zoostr app users’ transactions.
Smartphone & Tablet Share of Zoostr Users
SMARTPHONES IN SMALL BUSINESSES
Zoostr Data for November-13 to January-14
How to choose a smartphone for your business?
The smartphone market is fragmented. On the other hand, new models are launched every week. Smartphones are not cheap and you may find it hard to choose the right one for your business. You may want to consider following suggestions from the Zoostr experts:
We recommend to use an Android or iOS (Apple operating system) based device. Android is the most popular smartphone platform with a wide range of devices and prices. iOS is mainly used by Apple fans and those that wish to purchase a highly priced device.
Screen size is probably one of the top factors when selecting a smartphone. You need to find the optimal size for you: large enough for your small business applications and not too large for being a mobile phone. Some of our users prefer large devices such as Samsung Galaxy Note. Others, feel more comfortable with a small devices such as Micromax A116, Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone.
You need to make sure the smartphone works smoothly, specifically with internet connection, phone calls and business applications. You don’t want your phone to freeze or reboot frequently, specifically, not when you communicate with a customer or looking for an address or invoice.
Your smartphone is your personal computer and personal assistant. You need to feel comfortable with it. Hold it in one hand and try to do the routine operations you usually do. Hold it with two hands and do the same. Take it from your pocket and instantly operate it. Answer the question: “does it feel great?”
Ask your Friends
Your friends, family and business colleagues’ recommendations and comments are probably the best you can find!
Your smartphone is a great tool for running your small business, but it is also a great tool for entertainment, media consumption, internet and communications. Before choosing a smartphone, try to: view a video clip on YouTube, access your Facebook account, browse the internet and read some news.
Last but not least. Price is a major factor. A good brand name may guarantee quality and support. But you could find also non-expensive smartphones with great quality.
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OK, so there is not silver bullet. No one size fits all answer to what makes a successful entrepreneur but here are six key disciplines that we have seen used by other successful Entrepreneurs in Israel, India and the US.
1. Work Hard. Don’t under estimate how much dedication, blood, sweat and tears it takes to make it work. Even if you work hard and give it all you have, it’s no recipe for success. However, without working hard you can guarantee that it won’t work.
2. Think Long Term. You need to build relationships from day one with other entrepreneurs, potential customers, suppliers, potential partners, the media… in fact just about everything that will connect to your business you want to be making connections with – find people, talk to people, help people, ask questions etc. You will be amazed at how many people are willing to help you.
3. Go for it. Ditch your fears. Just take a deep breath and start. Without starting you’ll never make it. The longest journeys sometimes start with the smallest of steps. It can be one of the most rewarding journeys you are ever likely to take but it takes enormous courage to take the first step. Having courage is one of the most important qualities you can have as an entrepreneur.
4. Small Business Network. Find 8 other business owners in your geographical area and arrange to meet once a month. Each month one of the eight brings a problem or opportunity to the group for brainstorming and action planning. One of the disadvantages of being an entrepreneur is that you don’t have a huge team around you. So go and make one.
5. Find a mentor. Go and find one or many mentors that can help you on your journey. Again you will be surprised how many people would love to help. Just find a mentor that asks questions not gives instructions. You want someone who is a guide (think Obi-Wan or Yoda from Star Wars). What you need is someone who will challenge your thinking and help you find your own style of dealing with problems and opportunities.
6. Power to the People. If / when you have a team give them autonomy. Give them the strategy, the tools, the support and then let them get on with making things happen. See yourself as a Football Team Manager. Your job is to get the right people in the right place, make sure everyone knows the game plan (strategy) and has the right training. Once the whistle blows its time for you to get off the pitch and let the players move the ball!
Successful networking in India pays a major role in the overall development of small and medium enterprises. From meeting and interacting with new people, exchanging business ideas to receiving information about trade fairs or exhibitions, networking plays a major role in shaping the future of both the entrepreneur and enterprise.
The rise of various Entrepreneur and SME centric portals is now playing an increasingly significant role by offering dedicated business networking platform on the web. Meeting fellow entrepreneurs or discussing thoughts and ideas in a business discussion forum can all be accomplished with a click of a button. Small and medium industry centric portals and websites offer a multifold advantage for its members. From meeting new people to hearing the thoughts of industry leaders, interactive discussion sessions and seeking expert opinion on trivial matters, SME centric portals offer a one stop solution for all entrepreneur needs.
Here are some of the most significant networking tools to increase their chances of successfully increase their business network.
Exchanging Business ideas: Meeting up fellow entrepreneurs to exchange of ideas and thoughts has always been the fundamental cause for networking. From experienced business owners to first time entrepreneurs to women entrepreneurs, networking is open to everyone to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Visitors can learn from the experience of various successful entrepreneurs by reading their thoughts and guest articles.
Interactive Discussion Platforms: The use of various interactive discussion platforms including discussion forums is the lifeline of most SME centric portals. Portals usually have a dedicated thread for each aspect of entrepreneurship inviting people to discuss new ideas, troubleshoot problems or even indulge in some harmless banter to build personal relationships.
Expert Advice Just a click Away: Gone are the days when one would have to scratch their head and hunt for a place to get expert advice in case of a problem. Expert advice is now just a click away. Without worrying about whom to approach in case of a difficult decision, SME portals offer expert advice services across all genres of industry. The users can choose the appropriate section and post their query to the expert receiving a swift reply. What’s more mostly the expert advice services are offered without any additional cost.
Raising Funds Made Simple: Networking to make new contact including angel investors and other individuals are now effectively done using various SME portals. Rather than running around for each individual investor, it offers a single platform where new entrepreneurs or SME’s looking for investors can add their details which can be shared with hundreds of users thereby increasing the chance of successfully raising funds for the company or new endeavor.
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For small businesses in india looking for a comprehensive and easy to use accounting solution, here comes Zoostr. While conceptualising Zoostr, we aimed at two major functionalities.
First, we wanted to make it is cloud based so that users have the flexibility to use the software without confining it to a few computers.
Second, we wanted to make the platform highly comprehensive so that this one platform can be used for all accounting activities.
With Zoostr, you can manage almost every aspect of accounting, from preparing invoices to directly contacting customers through the software.
Why is Zoostr especially useful for small businesses?
Zoostr can be used by all small or medium businesses. We understand that one of the main challenges that small businesses in India face, more so in the current economy, is limited resources. Keeping this in mind, we have made Zoostr to be very easy to use.
You do not require any kind of training to use it. Your employees can quickly grasp the functioning of various features. So, with Zoostr, small businesses get the benefits of enterprise class functionality without spending much at all.
In order to enhance ease of use, we have created small video tutorials with clear instructions on how to use the software. Your employees and you can have one look at these tutorials to know how Zoostr works. It is as simple as that.
Update and track in real time
With our cloud based model, you can update your financial documents such as invoices and purchase orders. Furthermore, you can mark them as paid, due or cancelled depending on their status.
On Zoostr, you can enable multiple administrators to look into the account. This way, you can delegate responsibility within your business and have different employees take charge of different functions such as suppliers, invoices, quotes, purchase orders and others.
With Zoostr, you can collaborate over work seamlessly and eliminate problems that arise due to communication gaps within a team.
Prepare schedules on Zoostr
Zoostr comes with a built in scheduler that you can use to create schedules. Slots are provided for every hour of the day and for every day round the year. To enter details, you need to click on the respective slot. You are guided to a new page that contains different slots for details. You can create schedules by month, day and week.
Zoostr helps you with marketing as well. You can create email and SMS campaigns and send messages to customers directly through the platform. To begin with, you are given twenty free credits. If you want to send more messages, you can buy more credits directly from the website.
Multiple features on a single platform
The functionality of Zoostr is tremendous. You can create a log of your customers and enter all their details. The “Search” feature provided on every feature including invoices and purchase orders help you find the exact document that you look for.
With so many useful features, ease of use and simple interface, Zoostr is sure to prove extremely beneficial for your business.
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