Don’t let the zebra print fool you. This ipad is no toy. This is my office.
Some think that the brick and mortar office has an advantage in the marketplace. And that certainly was true a decade or two ago. Once upon a time, establishing one’s business in a solid building implied a solid place in the market. But times have changed.
Digital offices are the new way. They’re efficient, mobile, and accessible. Everything is online, and consumers expect to be able to find you there. I market tested this theory even back in my first years when I worked with a brick and mortar type of office. For a year, every single client I met with, I asked the same question. “Would you like to meet at… a) my (brick and mortar) office, b) in your home, or c) in a coffee shop or your favorite restaurant?” Know what happened? Not one single person EVER requested to meet me in the big building in which I worked.
I soon moved to an autonomous mobile agent situation (for several reasons), and continued to build a solid business. Mine is not built with concrete, but on solid, consistent, highly personalized service.
But. To have a mobile office requires tech savvy. Heck, whether one has brick and mortar or not, one needs to still be tech savvy. If you are not online (where your clients are!), you’re missing out on over 60% of the market!
One great way to start is to introduce your business to the ipad. You won’t believe what you can do with it, and how quickly. I was asked recently how I use my ipad for business, so thought I’d share here too.
The 4 Ipad Apps Essential To My Business
Scanner Pro is my preferred app for scanning. I can scan documents, signatures and all, and send them instantly.
PDF Expert is my favorite app for typing or writing on a document.
Evernote is my favorite app for buyer files.
Dropbox or Google Drive are online file storages, that are accessible from anywhere. This is where offers and all other documents related to a deal are stored in perfectly organized files.
In Real Estate, we have to respond to someone in a timely matter – immediately at times. Sending an offer in a hurry is a breeze with these apps. I can get my client’s signature right there in the restaurant, scan the document with the in app camera and it automatically converts to pdf right there. The PDF can email directly and on time, so we can close the deal.
What is keeping you from mobilizing your business online?
If you are already online, what is your favorite digital business tool? (and why?)