As technology progresses, the trend towards bigger products waxes and wanes. I remember in college, poking fun at the upperclassmen for how small their computers were compared to mine. As desktop computers became mainstream, the bigger they were, the more powerful they were. Then we began to switch to laptops. They were big, clunky, and heavy. As more people wanted the mobility and ease of a laptop, the smaller they became and the better. Just a few short years after laptops became more mainstream. I am still astounded at how light the newer laptops are! Tablets also were introduced as a sleeker replacement for a laptop.
Around this time, the smartphones led the mobile technology revolution. Over the past decade, we have seen smartphones get more slender, but then get bigger and bigger again with each new release. They are sleek yet offer screens slightly larger, so more work can be done on them.
What does all this mean for us small business owners? Sometimes, we think we need a certain tool to do our job but we wish we could use another. Wish you could break free from your laptop and run your business entirely from your phone? Wish you had more space on your phone screen?
1. Your personal preference
2. How you interact with clients
Some people prefer to work on their phones. I prefer my laptop. I like to be able to see the whole week when I pull up my calendar. More importantly, a lot of templates and settings I use are not available on the phone versions of my apps. Even I, though, sometimes wish I did not have to lug my laptop everywhere (the whopping 3 pounds of it).
Some business owners have set up their business to primarily interact with clients via texting or through an app. These may be service based businesses like landscapers or dog walkers. Apps are readily available for reservations, scheduling teams, checking in, and communicating with clients. I have noticed these types of business owners run their business almost entirely on their phone.
If you would like to be able to do more on your phone and there is no app readily available, think through your daily work processes and how to structure them, so that you can complete them with your phone. Otherwise, get a good bag for transporting your laptop. With all of the technology available for both our phones and laptops, where there is a will, there is a way!
In the end, it really depends on how you like best to work and what is best for communicating and servicing your clients. It would be great if our smartphones could do everything, but the reality is there are still limitations to what they can do for our businesses. We certainly have come a long way in our ability to run mobile businesses, but there are times when a larger screen is necessary. The great thing is technology is changing all the time, so who knows what else is around the corner!
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