SMBs Turn to Smartphones, Tablets to Run Their Business
The survey revealed 40 percent of respondents prefer doing business on the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPad mini.More than one in three small business owners (36 percent) use three or more mobile devices to run their business, according to a survey commissioned by eVoice, a virtual phone number service for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), from j2 Global. The survey revealed 40 percent of respondents prefer doing business on the iPhone, iPad or iPad mini, and texting is on the rise for small businesses, as 58 percent of respondents text for business at least once a month. Only 33 percent of survey respondents still listen to voicemail from business contacts, and just 18 percent of respondents will listen to voicemail from an unknown number. "In an increasingly mobile work world, small businesses are finding themselves juggling multiple devices and maneuvering the grey area between their personal and professional lives," Mike Pugh, j2 global vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "With virtual phone systems, small businesses are able to stay connected no matter the device they're using and can do business anytime, anywhere while keeping personal contact information private." According to the survey, 75 percent of respondents won't share their personal mobile phone number with staff, 81 percent with partners or investors and 82 percent with vendors, reinforcing small businesses owners' desire to filter their personal phone numbers for business contacts. The results also revealed women are 8 percent more likely than men to share their personal mobile phone number.
Small business that use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks feel that they have had a positive effect on their companies' productivity, according to a recent Sage North America survey of 490 U.S.-based SMBs. Just 1 percent of businesses using mobile devices felt it had a negative impact on the company's productivity, compared with 85 percent of respondents who said the technology had a positive impact on their business.