Do you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up in the morning? Is leaving your smartphone at home worse than forgetting your wallet? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may be addicted to your smartphone—and you’re not alone.
Things move fast in today’s world. Missing an important call or email could mean missing out on business. That makes staying connected more important than ever. It’s no wonder more and more business people are turning to smartphones to make sure they’re available for their clients both by phone and email.
In a recent survey by RingCentral, nearly half the respondents said they use their smartphone the most to conduct business. Not too surprising, since smartphone usage has grown significantly in the last year. Sixty-four percent also said they use their smartphone more for business now than they did a year ago.
When asked what’s the first thing they do in the morning before getting out of bed, 49% of people surveyed said they reach for—you guessed it—their smartphone. When it comes to forgetting a wallet or smartphone, a whopping 56% thought it was worse to be without their smartphone than their money or ID.
Clearly, smartphones are playing an increasing role in the business world. Based on results from the same survey, tablets are also growing in popularity—62% said they use their tablet multiple times a day for business.
Thanks to the latest gadgets and innovations in cloud technology, it’s easier than ever to not only keep in touch from anywhere in the world, but still maintain a professional image. The advantage of setting up a cloud-based phone system is that it doesn’t require bulky, expensive equipment, yet it seamlessly integrates your network of phones so you can conduct business anywhere, from your local coffee shop to a café overseas.
One of the downfalls of a traditional, land-based communications system is the costly installation. With a cloud-based service, everything is done online, including set-up. You can have a phone and fax system up and running in just a few minutes—no technician necessary. In fact, all you need is an Internet connection and phone.
Another advantage is the professional touch it can provide for your business. Whether you’re on a desk phone or smartphone, you can set up an auto-receptionist, voicemail, Internet fax, answering rules, and call forwarding. You’ll also be able to dial extensions within your company right from your smartphone.
With so many useful features of smartphones, it’s no surprise that their role in business has increased dramatically. But just because you’re doing more business from your backyard, it doesn’t mean that your level of professionalism has to drop. Help maintain your image with a service that will do it for you.
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