Running a Home Business on a PDA
Do you run your home business from a PDA? I don’t mean that you have a PDA, but that your entire business is managed using that PDA.
My new hairdresser runs her shop from a Blackberry. She uses it as her business phone, she keeps appointments and all her customer contacts information on it, and she uses it for paying bills through online bill pay (although she does have a laptop where she has her accounting program).
In the same way, I have a PDA that I use as my main phone and I keep my appointments and contact information on it, and I can check email from the PDA when I am not at home.
There are both benefits and drawbacks to using a PDA for everything.
- It goes with you everywhere. My hairdresser said she is taking it on vacation in April so she can make appointments while she is relaxing on the beach. “No one will know I’m gone,” she said.
- It keeps everything in one place. You don’t have to look in several places for the information you need.
- It travels more easily. If you are out of the office/home you don’t have to carry around a notebook to make appointments or do business.
- It eliminates paper, which can get misplaced or destroyed.
- Everything is on it, so if it gets destroyed or you can’t get online, you might be in big trouble.
- It follows you everywhere, unless you turn it off. I don’t think I want to take mine on vacation and answer phone messages while I’m sitting on the beach with a Mai Tai in my hand.
- It’s small, so it’s easier to lose. I have left my on seats in restaurants and in my car. I prefer not to think about what would happen if I couldn’t find it.
We are all so tuned in to instant communication these days, that I think sometimes we have gone over the deep end. What about you? Do you think we should be running our home businesses using PDA’s?
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